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Tomoko Matsukawa

Online University For All Balances Big Goals, Expensive Realities - WNYC - 1 views

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    Through an example of the University of the People (online, tuition-free, non profit university), the article highlights the hardships such organization face to be successful in achieving their vision/mission. Credibility issue for online university issued certificate is also mentioned.   
Bharat Battu

Reflex : Math fact fluency - the next generation. - 3 views

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    The school I am interning at (The Carroll School) is using this in their middle school math classes. Small class sizes typically (4-8 kids /  class), and it's a 1:1 school where every child has a laptop. But - it's working well for designated independent work time in the math classes I've observed- where each kid is asked to play the game for 15 minutes on their own.

    Kids have their own profiles- and there are several different math mini games they can play, each game focusing on different math skills. Each mini game involves different game mechanics and art styles. But all games involve using arithmetic skills and math concepts to solve problems that progress them in the game. Good performance gives the kids in-game credits/money that they can use to customize their in-gam avatar. 
Maung Nyeu

Online Schools Score Better on Wall Street Than in Classrooms - NYTimes.com - 1 views

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    A Stanford University group tracked students in eight virtual schools and found that "in every subgroup, with significant effects, cyber charter performance is lower." K12 Inc. made large profit, but at what cost?
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    It is sad that every good idea gets hijacked for 'profit-maximizing'
James Glanville

Education Week: N.M. Students, Teachers Urge Schools to Stop Restricting Web - 0 views

  • "We should be teaching kids how to handle content online, how to use it appropriately at school, and giving them the tools they need to be good digital citizens, to act ethically and to protect their privacy," said Deborah Caldwell-Stone, deputy director for the American Library Association's office for intellectual freedom.
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    Move toward moving away from filtering web access at New Mexico public schools.
Chris McEnroe

Private donation aims to boost technology at New Bedford schools | SouthCoastToday.com - 0 views

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    This is the initiative with which I am interning. I used to work at Friends Academy and with Katherine Gaudet and she has organized a robust initiative. It should be very interesting to see how this develops over the next two years.
Maung Nyeu

Michigan Cyber Schools Receive Senate Approval - 2 views

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    Michigan State senate approved Cyber Schools. Experts question this legislation. A new report by education professors from the University of Colorado finds that there's no reliable evidence showing such institutions are as good brick-and-mortar schools. Some are just not comfortable with all the unknowns in the cyber school equation. Sounds familiar?
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    There is a lot murkiness in the conversation. There may be no evidence but so much goes on in brick and mortar schools that has no evidence behind it anyway, I'm less and less convinced by that particular rhetorical approach. I think there is no more to lose by the effort than we already lose in undocumented ways. As with any endeavor, planning and execution will be the determinants of success. I'm beginning to resent the attempts in the media to summarize these complex issues because I think they have a significant impact on public opinion but they horrible at conveying complexity.
Maung Nyeu

Technology In Our Schools - A Better Way To Learn, Or An Invitation To Distraction? - M... - 1 views

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    Martinez Unified School District starting the process of "marrying" technoloyg to education. An argument for technology in education, "technology is only technology to those who were born before it."
Chris Dede

Schools weigh risk, benefit of Facebook - CSMonitor.com - 3 views

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    what is gained, what is lost
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    I am really surprised to see that teachers are using facebook for class assignments. Why can't students and teachers use the school website for posts and responses. I don't expect to get work related information through facebook, so why should students be expected to do their 'work' in a social medium? Should schools post homework in facebook? Almost all schools have a website. Use it.
Stephen Bresnick

CIPA Guidelines - 0 views

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    Interesting to look at some of the federal policies that restrict internet use in schools. The incentive for schools to participate is access to an E-rate saver program. This is a bit controversial because it utilizes censorship and restricts the students' freedom to take full advantage of the information available on the Web. The reasons behind the CIPA act are pretty obvious- safety.
Maung Nyeu

Reforming education: The great schools revolution | The Economist - 2 views

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    Great Schools Revolution
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    Technology made difference in educating children.
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    A timely article. Technology and internet made real difference in educating children.
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    A timely article in the Economist. It states that technology and internet made a difference in educating children.
Diego Vallejos

Research Findings: Rocketship Education Boosts Scores with Online Learning | Edutopia - 0 views

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    " Rocketship schools have made it their mission to close the achievement gap that holds back students in under-served communities. They practice what they call the "Rocketship Hybrid School Model," which combines traditional classroom instruction with individualized instruction through online technology and tutors in a "Learning Lab." "
Doug Pietrzak

What do the best classrooms in the world look like? - By Amanda Ripley - Slate Magazine - 2 views

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    In most the world's most "successful" classrooms, technology is absent.
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    Thought provoking (except for that odd use the phrase "tricked-out" :-) )
Chris Dede

Cell phones emerge as the newest classroom tool - chicagotribune.com - 2 views

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    schools are starting to concede to allowing cell phones in school -- hopefully grabbing some benefits from them soon...
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    Administrators finally realize cellphones can aid education
Mydhili Bayyapunedi

New York Schools Go Google - ReadWriteCloud - 0 views

  • And for both Microsoft and Google, securing agreements from states and school districts is important, not just to boost their customer base, but to establish that base with young students, who will grow up learning and working with a particular set of technology tools, becoming perhaps, loyal Microsoft or Google users.
Garron Hillaire

The Case For Social Media in Schools - 3 views

  • Elizabeth Delmatoff started a pilot social media program in her Portland, Oregon classroom, 20% of students school-wide were completing extra assignments for no credit, grades had gone up more than 50%
  • Although Delmatoff is adamant that there’s no way to pin her class’s increased academic success specifically to the pilot program, it’s hard to say that it didn’t play a part in the more than 50% grade increase.
  • Kidblog.org is one of many free tools that allow teachers to control an online environment while still benefiting from social media. Delmatoff managed her social media class without a budget by using free tools like Edmodo and Edublogs.
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    An article that advocates the use of social media in the classroom. It highlights one pilot program in Oregon.
Allison Gevarter

N.J. schools explore using iPads as teaching devices | NJ.com - 5 views

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    Really interesting article on a school district in New Jersey that is testing iPad use across multiple classroom subjects . The district purchased 60 devices for students in the testing program. Pending the results, they are considering providing all of their high school students with the device as early as next year.
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    Thanks for contributing this great article. I am going to closely monitor this "experiment" and may potentially seek to interview some of the teachers who created this iPad curriculum for the various courses.
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    I'd really like to see one of these lessons in action- this sounds cool. I wonder, do the ipads stay in the classrooms?
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