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Khan Academy: Learning Habits vs. Content Delivery in STEM Education

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Most math education analyses in urban high school classrooms focus on delivery of content: What content to deliver, when to deliver it, how to explain it, what textbooks to use, how much home work to assign, and more. As reform efforts have shifted to technology and online learning, we are still asking questions about content delivery in a different context: How to automate it, individualize it, manage it remotely, and deliver it without killing trees.

Why My Six-Year-Old Students Have Digital Portfolios

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From the first week of school, the six-year-olds in my classroom begin to create an online presence in the form of a blog and digital portfolio. We use a blogging platform to do this, and include artifacts that show their progress in writing, reading, math, social studies, and science.

Protecting Your Career: Why Virtual School Teachers Need Liability Insurance

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More than a year ago, Sarah Walters* was a well‐liked virtual school teacher living in a small community in Colorado. Sarah had taught at a suburban school in its close knit community for more than five years before transferring to a new, virtual school for increased career flexibility where she received many awards. It was in this position that the rug was swiftly pulled out from under her after she was fired for contact deemed “inappropriate” by school administrators.

Digital Portfolios for Primary Students

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“Mrs. Cassidy, I showed my blog to my parents last night. I showed them everything on my blog. I showed them all the things on the computer!” That was my morning greeting from one of my six-year-old students not long ago. He had received a surplus computer1 from my school division the day before, and had suddenly been able to show his parents all of the learning artifacts he’d been adding to his digital portfolio through the course of the school year.

An Innovation Ecosystem Meets in Austin for SXSWedu

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Key leaders in Austin will be meeting this week as part of SXSWedu to develop strategies for expanding Austin’s role as a national leader in ed tech innovation.

Your Smartphone Might Be Making You Smarter

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The New York Times just published an interesting debate asking "Are People Getting Dumber?" James Flynn says that we are now "thinking in more sophisticated ways," Steven Pinker claims that "we are living in a period of extraordinary intellectual accomplishment," andLinda Gottfredson argues that "modern innovations make us feel dumber, because they add to the work our minds must do."

Manifesto for Teaching Online Defines a Flexible Learning Future

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Recently, the University of Edinburgh endorsed a collaborative document that defines the future of flexible, online learning spaces. This document strives to challenge the status quo of online education today.

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