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Survey Says: Parents are Willing Partners on Personalized Learning, But We Must Engage Them

November 10, 2016 | Personalized Learning

We’ve all heard it. Anyone who has been working in education for any length of time knows by now:  We can’t fix education if parents aren’t involved. Unfortunately, too often we see well-meaning education reform efforts fail because their supporters didn’t cultivate buy-in, not only from educators, but from the…

Merit Prep Personalizes Learning One Playlist at a Time

October 28, 2016 | Student Achievement

To get up to grade level in science, Amarachi Onyemaobi knew she needed to understand the systems of the human body. Just as importantly, she knew how long it would take and what she needed to do to master the concept. A freshman at Merit Preparatory Charter School in Newark, New…

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work Webinar and Storify

June 11, 2016

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work for Teachers and Students presents the findings from a survey of over 4,600 teachers about the challenges they face when using digital instructional tools. “Brute force and awkwardness” is how Nicole Cerra, co-founder of Design Tech High School, describes the process by which she and…

EdSurge: Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’

May 29, 2016

Dan Ryder teaches high school English and humanities, but his students still wind up learning computer-aided design and 3D printing. In his classes at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington, Maine, Ryder has students design and build 3D “fidgets”—small handheld toys for nervous fingers—after learning about the impact of stress…

Q&A: How LearnPlatform Harnesses Educators’ Expertise to Improve Edtech

May 20, 2016 | Instructional Leadership

Navigating the vast landscape of edtech tools can be a daunting and time-consuming task for educators and school systems. Too often, it’s difficult to know which tools are worthwhile—and in which contexts they work best. We explored solutions to this challenge through our Progress in Action campaign last month. One…

Teacher Appreciation Week: Showing Students the Sky’s the Limit

May 6, 2016 | Teacher Engagement

Rockets that fly 20 miles high. Prosthetic devices created with a 3-D printer. Food scrap that is converted into fuel. These might sound like the work of scientists or maybe projects from a graduate school program. In fact, these are the types of challenges students solve in Dr. Nghia Le’s…

Building Reading Skills With Digital Literacy Tools

July 8, 2015 | Curriculum & Instructional Tools

Teachers know that meeting students’ individual needs in a bustling classroom is a Sisyphean task. But the job may be getting easier, thanks to a variety of new digital literacy tools. Last year Debra Rook began using Newsela, a program that uses news articles about current events to build reading comprehension,…

Digital Games Twitter Chat

May 21, 2015

Education writer Greg Toppo and Vicki Phillips hosted a Twitter chat on what makes a digital game good (or bad), what teachers have learned from bringing digital games into their classrooms and what game designers can learn from teachers’ experiences. Highlights and favorite tools from the chat are curated below. [<a href="//storify.com/drvickip/edgamechat" target="_blank">View…

Digital Literacy Tools Aid Young Readers

May 11, 2015

Cross-posted on Impatient Optimists Being able to read well opens whole new worlds to students. Literacy is crucial to mastery of any subject and to success in college and career. But it is also a door to the imagination, to stories, and to knowledge about the world—a way to experience a…

Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work

January 9, 2015

With more data than ever available in the classroom, the challenge is making it work—for teachers and for students. In this video accompanying the Gates Foundation’s Teachers Know Best: Making Data Work report, educators discuss how they work with data, and how they’d like to see the digital tools that…