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OPINION: Stop driving kids crazy — A four-year college degree isn’t the only answer

Hechinger Report - October 16, 2017 6681

American society is obsessed with a single route to success. We tell our children they must get high SAT scores, attend selective colleges, get bachelor’s degrees and get high paying jobs to have a successful life. They go through 12 years of incessant testing, test-prep lessons and test mania, as if tests were the key […]


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States connect students with degrees they don’t know they’ve earned

Hechinger Report - October 13, 2017 5450

A senior at Purdue University, Sage Archer was surprised to get an email out of the blue from the community college where she’d taken summer courses years before. It told her she’d amassed enough credits for an associate degree and could get one at no further cost and with almost no effort. “I thought, there […]


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Digital driver’s licence

Parenting for Digital Fututre - October 18, 2017 5404

Digital driver’s licence What kind of online safety messaging resonates with young people? What tools and strategies are most effective for improving digital literacy? In this post, describes the .  Created by the , an Australian online education resource, this resource focuses on exploring the nuance of online engagement alongside ethical and moral maxims. Jeremy is Senior Advisor, Cyber Safety at the . [Header image credit: T. Wilson, CC BY 2.0] Australian primary school students earn their ‘pen licence’ when teachers recognise that their handwriting is fluent enough to graduate from using a pencil.

Four tips from a high-poverty school where kindergartners excel at reading

Hechinger Report - October 11, 2017 5274

Although Governor Phil Bryant is considering taking over Jackson Public Schools, which has struggled to improve student achievement and meet accreditation standards, there are bright spots in the district. Kathleen Grigsby principal of Davis Magnet World IB Elementary School, spoke to The Hechinger Report about student success at the school, particularly with early literacy. In […]


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OPINION: Not every black person’s story invokes urban poverty and dire need

Hechinger Report - October 18, 2017 5201

I recently heard a fellow from one of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation’s programs speak about her research on the impact of racial stigma and stereotypes on African Americans’ sense of agency, worth and humanity. I was startled by a particular statistic: Ninety percent of African Americans fall into a category she frames as “not poor.” […]


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the medium is the message

Harold Jarche - October 22, 2017 5133

Hossein Derakhsahn states that with social media platforms like Facebook, “The very idea of knowledge itself is in danger”. He goes on to describe how the web started as a text-based medium but has flipped into a new form of broadcast television. “Social networks, though, have since colonized the web for television’s values. From Facebook... Read more »

Colleges and universities join together to survive enrollment and financial problems

Hechinger Report - October 13, 2017 5126

ATLANTA — A business major at Clark Atlanta University, Delaina Mims said she spends at least eight hours a day at the Robert W. Woodruff Library. “It’s a good space and it’s better than being by yourself,” said Mims, who had just met up with three of her friends near the library’s outdoor promenade, which […]


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The next generation of science education means more doing

Hechinger Report - October 10, 2017 5116

Five groups of high school students worked around tables in Vielca Anglin’s science classroom on a recent afternoon at City-As-School in New York City. They had half-liter water bottles in front of them and a range of materials including pebbles, soil, rice, marbles, scouring pads and gauze. Their task: create a gravity-driven water filtration system […]


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This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

Hechinger Report - October 16, 2017 5104

LONGMONT, Colo. — In one back room at Skyline High School, you can learn all you need to know about St. Vrain Valley School District. It’s there that bins of materials sit next to past projects, exposing the district’s DNA. Boxes holding glue, Popsicle sticks, tape, pipe cleaners, compasses, zip ties and rulers lie nestled […]


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Who is keeping student data safe in the era of digital learning?

Hechinger Report - October 17, 2017 5084

When Baltimore County Public Schools started giving every student a computer for daily use in the classroom, teachers sought out more online learning materials to go with them. That meant more partnerships with third-party vendors, some of whom tracked student performance or required personal information about students to open new accounts. Parents in Baltimore County […]


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TEACHER VOICE: In Finland, it’s easier to become a doctor or lawyer than a teacher — Here’s why

Hechinger Report - October 15, 2017 5054

In Finland, teachers are trusted, appreciated and educated in advanced degree programs. Becoming and being a teacher starts with earning a placement at one of the country’s highly selective teacher education programs. I vividly recall the two educational books I was required to study for the first part of Finland’s initial classroom teacher education entrance […]


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TEACHER VOICE: On the ground in Singapore, with a sharp perspective

Hechinger Report - October 22, 2017 5029

SINGAPORE — Shortly before I completed my teacher training 15 years ago, my vice principal gave me some advice. “Don’t forget that the higher and faster you fly, the more blurry things on the ground get,” he warned. “You need to land once in a while.” This profound reminder to make periodic assessments has shaped […]


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Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

Hechinger Report - October 23, 2017 4999

For years policymakers have fretted about the “digital divide,” that poor students are less likely to have computers and high-speed internet at home than rich students. The fear was, and is, that technology might cause achievement gaps between rich and poor students to grow if it’s easier for rich kids to use educational software, practice computer […]


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Outdated practices

Learning with e's - October 22, 2017 4998

Who Owns Digital Science?

The Scholarly Kitchen - October 23, 2017 4998

In the shift beyond content licensing and towards supporting researcher workflow, Elsevier has few competitors. A key question is whether Digital Science and SpringerNature should be understood strategically as one company, or two. Who owns Digital Science?


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