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While there's always a lot of mumbling and grumbling when it comes to anyone mandating what should be taught and how to get there, the Common Core Standards have been adopted by 45 of the states, so they're not exactly something that can be easily ignored.
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What happens when teachers get together in Oslo to explore the best ways to incorporate technology into education? We've got an inside look at the intensive summer course that just wrapped up.
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After opening their new facility Sept. 12, Falcon Virtual Academy’s faculty immediately started using its fresh mix of modern décor and technology.
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Want to build your own pyramid? How about some rice terraces? Sure, you could use some fancy modern equipment and take the easy way out... Or you could only use the tools available to those in times like 2500 B.C. and the like.
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Should teachers be spending upwards of $3 billion of their own money on school supplies? According to the U.S. Census, that's how much teachers in the U.S. spend every year. That works out to about $480 a year.
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Google has just unveiled some new statistics on the uptake of its popular Google Apps In Education platform. Princeton has signed on which means 7 of the 8 Ivy League schools use Google Apps. 14 other schools have also recently signed up.
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The phrase that comes to mind is 'work smarter, not harder' and that's exactly what one father and his daughter, Ruby, did. They leveraged the power of the meme for a school fundraiser by creating a series of images that are both cute and made just for Reddit users. They used popular meme images found on Reddit (even if you're not a Reddit user, it's easy to see how this slideshow could be useful) to resonate with the web's users.
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So you want a 1:1 classroom ... or perhaps a BYOD classroom. Or maybe you just want a couple iPads for some project-based learning. That's wonderful. But what if your school's wi-fi isn't up to snuff? What if the process of browsing the web feels like you're back on your 14.4 baud modem hoping the AOL gods connect you to the web?
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The classrooms of today are far from what most of us would consider traditional. In addition to the lack of chalkboards and the abundance of high-tech devices, many classrooms even conduct their lesson plans entirely online--giving whole new meaning and accessibility to education at several different levels. This practice is often called distance learning, though the process involved is anything but distant.
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Your parents always encouraged you to do well in school, so that you could go to a good college. Once there, they would encourage you to study hard so that you could get a good job. Or at least that was what was supposed to happen. But in the midst of a recession that's been going on for awhile, most news that we see says that jobs are being lost, not gained.
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If you are a student, essays are a necessary evil of the experience of getting an education. It doesn't mean you have to go it alone, though, when there is electronic help available. Check out these top 5 Apple applications for essay writing to make getting organizing and presenting your thoughts in a coherent manner a much easier process.
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The term 'gamification' doesn't do the new video game Ludwig justice. It takes the most cutting-edge graphics and couples them with some of the most important lessons a student needs. The creators of Ludwig delivered a TED talk (below) that unveils a bit more information on why and how they built the epic game.
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Sensing the excitement from online education tools like edX, Google has just unveiled a (very beta) version of its own course building software. If you've ever wanted to run your own online courses, this might be worth your time.
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There are a lot of great teachers out there. But what, exactly, makes a teacher a great teacher? Is their approach to their students and their classroom different? Check out this infographic to see what great teachers are doing and just how their actions have touched students' lives.
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Google Drive is one of the most controversial yet useful edtech tools today. Some people hate the new 'drive' features and others can't live without them. In any case, there are a few updates to Google Drive that you should know about.