Technology in Education

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…

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,…

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…