Alpha Reads

Education related articles found by Alpha staff that are worth passing along to parents. This list is updated weekly.

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The K-12 Classroom Experience in the Age of Personalized Learning — The Possibility Report

In the classrooms of the future, new technology, as well as principles of flexibility and personalization, will shape the K-12 experience.

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The best online tutoring services for elementary, middle, and high school students

We selected the best online tutoring services for K-12 students with the advice of experts. Here are the best tutoring websites for kids of all ages.

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6 Habits of Super Learners

Learn any skill deeply and quickly

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The Spatially Gifted — Our Future Architects and Engineers — Are Being Overlooked

Though they have the potential to excel in many fields, we’re neglecting a large body of students with a unique set of skills.

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How I Approach the Toughest Decisions

Our choices reflect and determine who we are.

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Charter Schools vs. Eco-Tours: It’s No Contest

College essays by Success Academy seniors tell stories of inspiration and heartbreak.

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Is the pandemic changing how much the public values college?

The health crisis has some questioning whether a degree is worth the money, new research shows. Efforts are underway to fix that.

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Before Choosing a College, Make Sure It Will Exist in 10 Years

The colleges that are in danger financially may surprise you.

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The Flight To Quality In Colleges Grows: Harvard Applications Up 57%

The flight to quality in higher education continues, with big increases in applications at prestigious schools, with declines at schools with lesser reputation.

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Mental Models: The Best Way to Make Intelligent Decisions (109 Models Explained)

The smartest people in the world use mental models to make intelligent decisions, avoid stupidity, and increase productivity.

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The 10 Most Significant Education Studies of 2020

We reviewed hundreds of educational studies in 2020 and then highlighted 10 of the most significant — covering topics from virtual learning to the reading wars and the decline of standardized tests.

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Learning Loss Is Everywhere. But How Do the Reports Compare?

Learning loss is everywhere — and so are reports detailing the setbacks. As some schools reopen, edtech product use declines.

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What is Peak-End Theory? A Psychologist Explains How Our Memory Fools Us

We are biased in how we form memories from experiences. Our recollection is incomplete, and this is what the peak-end theory seeks to explain.

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MAP Growth assessment results show math growth stunted by pandemic

Reading scores were about the same as last fall, but officials warn the overall picture is incomplete, with one in four students not taking the fall 2020 assessments.

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Thanks to Teachers, Learning Loss This Year Was Not As Bad As Projected, NWEA Finds

When it comes to learning loss during COVID-19, the question is not whether it has happened, but how much. A new report out from NWEA, a non-profit …

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Opinion | A Progressive Assault on Selective High Schools

Instead of fixing public education, the left tries to end testing at schools it deems inequitable.

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Want Students to Remember What They Learn? Have Them Teach It.

Picture this: It’s Monday and Ms. D’Angelo, a seventh-grade science teacher in the South Bronx, gives her students a homework assignment about food …

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First Principles: The Building Blocks of True Knowledge

First Principles tinking breaks down true understanding into building blocks we can reassemble. It turns out most of us don’t know as much as we think we do.

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Can SpaceX satellite tech bridge the homework gap?

Looking to solve an ongoing remote hurdle experienced by many schools, a Texas district is piloting the company’s Starlink tech to provide high-speed home internet to rural students and teachers.

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Language Learning App Maker Duolingo Announces $2.4 Billion Valuation

The world’s most popular language-learning app, Duolingo’s valuation has spiked during the pandemic.

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With Malice Toward None: The Role Of Civics Education In The 2020 Election

The election appears to be over, but how might the distrust and vitriol that has so infected our civic life of late recede? It turns out that history is our guide. Our history — one that is rarely taught, dissected or relished.

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The Importance Of Soft Skills In A Post-Pandemic World

In this post, I explore the importance of soft skills, including empathy and kindness. I also share the four steps I’m taking as part of my deliberate practice to develop this soft skill of kindness.

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Making up for lost time in America’s schools

The case for ‘Kindergarten and a half’ — Covid-19 cases swell among children

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TikTok tests a Learn tab to showcase education and how-to videos

How-to videos have been some of the most popular content on YouTube over the years, and now, to grow engagement and the pool of users that it appeals to, the upstart video app TikTok is getting in on the action, too.

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Students Are Learning Outside of School. Why Don’t They Earn Credit for It?

This spring, while educators were pivoting to new teaching frameworks from home, I witnessed students shifting into new roles too.

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Difficulties taking SAT and ACT persist, signaling long-term problems for test makers

Many testing sites have remained closed or at partial capacity since the spring.

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Harvard Business School Professor Jeff Bussgang On The Future Of Education

Harvard Business School Professor Jeff Bussgang shares his insights on the future of education.

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Survey Finds Most Teachers Assigned Busy Work in the Spring. Now, Experts Say, It’s Time to Give Students More Challenging Assignments — Remote or Not

Eighty percent of students in a new survey said their teachers gave them more assignments when classes went virtual, but 60 percent of them said most of the work was easy or covered material they already knew.

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Most Parents Worry Students Will Fall Behind Due to the Pandemic

Online education has many worried, but even parents whose children are learning in person are concerned.

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This New Docuseries Takes Us Around The World To Explore The First 2,000 Days Of Life

While the first few years of life aren’t ones we tend to remember in great detail as adults, research has increasingly highlighted how vital this time is. But just how much do our early years shape our life? Becoming You, an upcoming AppleTV+

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Twelfth-Grade NAEP Scores Offer More Bad News for Reading, Stagnation in Math

This is the latest article in The 74’s ongoing ‘Big Picture’ series, bringing American education into sharper focus through new research and data. Go Deeper: See our full series. American schools received the latest ominous dispatch Wednesday from the National Assessment of Educational Progress, with twelfth-grade results from the 2019 exam showing stasis in math

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Year online robs kids of kindergarten experience, damage could be lasting

Due to the pandemic, substituting online kindergarten for the critical first year of formal education will have consequences for decades.

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How To Unblock Curiosity And Build Creativity

Curiosity might be the most important disposition of the new age. Unlocking curiosity may the key to innovating.

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High school student makes a list of online learning tools for students

Joffe’s database of online learning tools answered a pandemic-era demand: About a quarter of families and teachers want more online resources

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This 14-year-old girl won a $25K prize for a discovery that could lead to a cure for Covid-19

As scientists around the world race to find a treatment for the coronavirus, a young girl among them stands out

The Teachers Union’s Tiny New Enemy

The behemoth National Education Association seeks to squash popular pandemic microschools.

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Podium Education Raises $12M to Help Colleges Offer For-Credit Tech Programs

With the labor market and college campuses reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, the arrival of new online learning platforms teaching in-demand tech …

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Ed-tech veterans launch Zoom challenger Engageli

Ed-tech start-up Engageli has raised $14.5 million to build a videoconferencing platform. Unlike Zoom, the platform has been purposefully designed with college and university faculty members and students in mind.

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Formative Assessment Is Reshaping Education During Covid-19

In today’s new environment of online, remote learning, the need for teachers and school administrators to get immediate feedback on student progress is of paramount importance.

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Windows, Movable Walls & Furniture, Outdoor Space — How Flexible School Design Makes Socially Distanced Education Work in a Pandemic

School districts with new projects or renovations underway are in a form of limbo. They don’t know if students will be there when the doors open or the ribbon is cut. They are reexamining designs they approved months ago, exploring whether environments will meet the requirements of a post-COVID world.

Thrust, Drag and the 10x Effect

If you are only used to driving cars, it is hard to appreciate just how huge a force drag can be. The reason is that drag increases as the square of speed, so an object will experience 100 times …

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Schools Already Struggled to Teach Reading Right. Now They Have to Do It Online

The coronavirus, the limits of ed tech, and the often-unscientific way schools teach basic reading skills could mean catastrophe.

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a16z Podcast: The Question of Education — Andreessen Horowitz

Monopoly, oligopoly, cartel. All three of those words can describe the (not so) modern education system today, given the cost structures, economics, and accreditation capture — in everything from who can and can’t start a new university (when was the …

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Coronavirus disrupted my kid’s first year of school. Will that set them back?

Remote school may look different to ‘normal’ school, but children are still being taught; they are still learning and many are still actively engaged in the curriculum.

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The Forbes Investigation: How The SAT Failed America

Interviews with more than 75 people expose the deep problems threatening the College Board’s billion-dollar testing monopoly. The great-granddaddy of standardized tests may not survive.

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Kaufman: Does Your Child’s School Use a Strong Curriculum? Why You Should Care, How to Find Out — and What to Do About It

When COVID-19 struck last spring, I was grateful that my kids’ public school was able to get remote learning up and running quickly. My 14-year-old son fell into his distance learning schedule fairly seamlessly.

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A Primer on Algorithms and Bias

The growing influence of algorithms on our lives means we owe it to ourselves to better understand what they are and how they work. Understanding how the data we use to inform algorithms influences the results they give can help us avoid biases and make better decisions.

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How to Equip Educators to Shift From Traditional to Student-Centered Teaching? With Microcredentials That Build on Each Other

The clamor to equip teachers to respond flexibly to another uncertain school year has brought to the forefront a problem that has impeded schools for years, albeit in a less obvious way: Teachers need an updated skill set for the modern world.

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Elon Musk: The Architect of Tomorrow

Inside the inventor’s world-changing plans to inhabit outer space, revolutionise high-speed transportation, reinvent cars — and hopefully find love along the way.

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Children use both brain hemispheres to understand language, unlike adults

Infants and young children have brains with a superpower, of sorts, say neuroscientists. Whereas adults process most discrete neural tasks in specific areas in one or the other of their brain’s two hemispheres, youngsters use both the right and left hemispheres to do the same task. The finding suggests a possible reason why children appear to recover from neural injury much easier than adults.

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The Invisible Coach — Against the Rules with Michael Lewis

Credit card companies are making billions of dollars off of people who don’t understand the rules of the money game. Can a good coach help level the playing field?

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Naval Ravikant on Education

College and schools and the way we think about them come from a time when books were rare. Knowledge was rare. Babysitting was rare. Crime was common. Violence was prevalent. I think schools are just byproducts of these kinds of institutions.

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Howard Gardner on His Theory of Multiple Intelligences and Lessons for COVID-19 Era

The education world gets obsessed sometimes with trying to come up with ways to measure smarts. But today we’re talking with someone who has a history …

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Can Blockchain Technology Provide A Better Learner Record?

Blockchain can be a confusing topic for people who aren’t familiar with the technology. What is blockchain, how does it work, and what is its relevance to the education and workforce sectors?

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Solitude and Leadership — The American Scholar

If you want others to follow, learn to be alone with your thoughts.

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reCAPTCHA and Duolingo: Luis von Ahn : How I Built This with Guy Raz

In 2000, Luis von Ahn was starting his PhD in computer science when he attended a talk and happened to learn about one of Yahoo’s biggest problems: automated bots were signing up for millions of free Yahoo email accounts, and generating tons of spam. Luis’ idea to solve this problem became CAPTCHA, the squiggly letters we type into a website to prove we’re human. He gave away that idea for free, but years later, that same idea had evolved into a new way to monetize language learning on the web, and became Duolingo. Today, the popular app is valued at $1.5 billion, and is seeing a big spike in growth while people are confined to their homes.

The Last of the Monsters with Iron Teeth

In all species, the play of the young is practice for the essential survival tasks of the adults. Human children play at many things, but the most important is the play of culture. Out of sight of adults, children learn and practice the rhymes, rituals, and institutions of their own culture, distinct from that of adults.

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These outdoor classes are ‘designed to withstand hurricane-force winds’

Colleges aren’t just looking to hold classes outside on nice days, but to support regular class meetings outside even in cold weather.

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Zoom went down on the first day of class

A five-hour disruption raises hackles and questions about contingency planning for technical problems in the age of social distancing. Said one university administrator, “2020 is a year of whatever can go wrong, has.”

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Google Has Announced a Plan to Disrupt the College Degree

Google’s new certificate program takes only six months to complete, and will be a fraction of the cost of college.

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Underappreciated No More: A Free Edtech Platform Shines as Schools Go Remote

As countless educators around the world have scrambled to figure out how to deliver lessons remotely with whisker-thin budgets, many turned to open …

RSA ANIMATE: Changing Education Paradigms

In memory of Sir Ken Robison. He passed away at 70. If you haven’t seen this version of his talk, please do (it is a must).

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The Power of Anti-Goals

How I designed my perfect day by fixating on what I hate.

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2 High School Teachers Rap To Raise Student Morale

Two teachers at a high school in Albany, Ga., are raising student morale about virtual learning with a rap song that has gone viral.

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Schools Will Never Return to Business as Usual. Here’s How They Can Make the Most of Our New Reality.

Right now schools are making — and, in some cases, already implementing — tough decisions about where learning should take place this fall.

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Like it or not, we’re in the middle of forced education reform

Here are six societal ramifications in play as many public school systems remain partly or fully closed.

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Know Your Pandemic Schooling Options

As districts decide how to handle the fall semester, parents are podding up, scheduling tutors and enlisting relatives.

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How to Think: The Skill You’ve Never Been Taught

One of the best skills you can learn is how to think for your self. Only we’ve never been taught how to think. Read this to learn how to think better.

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Getting young students to wear masks is challenging — but not impossible

To overcome elementary students’ restlessness and anxiety, one expert suggests class routines, role play activities and other exercises.

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Can learning pods scale, or are they widening edtech’s digital divide?

Lucia, a six-year old, hides from Zoom calls and has rejected every edtech tool from Seesaw to Khan Academy. She will spend all of first grade in quarantine. Her mother, Claire Díaz-Ortiz, says her daughter fits squarely into the “distance learning death zone.”

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The Power of Guides in Your Story

A sense of overwhelming joy filled my heart as I sat on the sideline watching one of my role models, Elon Musk, announce incredible news. He announced he would be providing laptops for the new STEM school to a gymnasium full of 6th grade students.

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How to Start Meaningful Conversations About Race in the Classroom

The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others are forcing the country to reconcile with the injustices that plague our …

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How 2 New York Schools Became Models for Coping in a Pandemic

Vulnerable children need creative solutions, educators say: “The entire system has missed something if they don’t rethink what the fall semester looks like.”

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Teaching Isn’t About Managing Behavior

It’s about reaching students where they really are.

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Barbara Oakley Learning How To Learn

Barbara Oakley shares the science and strategies to learn more quickly, overcome procrastination and get better at practically anything

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How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League, by a Harvard Alum

In this complete guide, a Harvard alum explains the keys to getting into Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Yale and other top schools in the Ivy League. You may find that you need to completely change your application strategy.

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Pass-Fail Raises the Question: What’s the Point of Grades?

This pandemic has surfaced a dilemma frequently ignored: A-F grades are used poorly and for too many different purposes.

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5 Radical Schooling Ideas For An Uncertain Fall And Beyond

American education is full of innovators practicing alternatives to the mainstream. Now, some of those alternatives are proving their mettle.

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Master of None: what I learned from trying all 81 MasterClasses

One of my fondest quarantine memories is sitting on my living room couch on a Sunday…

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Can you really learn a language from an app? This is what experts found out

Researchers from Michigan State University set out to answer that question by studying the educational benefits of Babbel, a popular subscription-based language learning app.

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Massive Study of Online Teaching Ends With Surprising — and ‘Deflating’ — Result — EdSurge News

MIT professor Justin Reich and several colleagues just completed one of the largest-ever research studies exploring teaching techniques in online …

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What Learning Python Taught Me About Computer Science Education for Young Children

This past semester, I took an introductory Python course with roughly fifty undergraduate and a handful of graduate peers.

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University of Texas at Austin to offer 2,100 classes online, limit classrooms to 40% capacity

About 20% of classes at the University of Texas at Austin will be taught remotely this fall. Students who choose not to return to campus can take all their courses online but will pay the same tuition rate as they would for in-person classes.

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This Pandemic Pause Is a Chance to Rethink How We Test Students. The International Baccalaureate Exam Program Is Worth a Look

When schools were shuttered around the country three months ago, the pandemic did what nearly a decade of activist parents and testing skeptics could not do — put a systemwide pause on statewide standardized testing.

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Zigazoo launches to be a ‘TikTok’ for kids, surpasses 100,000 uploads and downloads

Like many parents, Zigazoo founder Zak Ringelstein worries about his children’s screen time. His worries only grew when COVID-19 led to school shutdowns and kids came home to a world of remote learning.

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These millennials are reinventing the multibillion-dollar education industry during coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has been a major learning curve for students and educators. But it’s also been a boon for one of the world’s fastest-growing industries: education technology. CNBC Make It spoke to three founders tapping into the multibillion-dollar business opportunity to learn more.

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Projecting the potential impacts of COVID-19 school closures on academic achievement

With 55 million students in the United States out of school due to the COVID-19 pandemic, education systems are scrambling to meet the needs of schools and families, including planning how best to approach instruction in the fall given students may be farther behind than in a typical year. Yet, education leaders have little data on how much learning has been impacted by school closures.

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Previously claimed memory boosting font ‘Sans Forgetica’ does not actually boost memory

It was previously claimed that the font Sans Forgetica could enhance people’s memory for information, however researchers have found after carrying out numerous experiments that the font does not enhance memory.

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Cleveland Schools Considering Bold Plan to Confront Coronavirus Learning Loss: A ‘Mastery’ Learning Initiative That Would Scrap Grade Levels, Let Kids Learn at Own Pace

A bold proposal in Cleveland could set the tone for how schools around the country could restart in the fall, one that takes into account students’ vastly different access to resources and remote learning during the pandemic and lets students learn at their own speed.

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University of California System to Drop SAT, ACT Requirement

The move could have far-reaching consequences for colleges across the country.

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In response to coronavirus, this Harvard sophomore created a free tutoring service for low-income NYC students

Since March, the organization has recruited about 850 college students who have signed up to provide free tutoring to over 700 students in grades K-12 across the city.

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The Best Ed-Tech Research: 5 Key Lessons for Educators

A new review of 126 rigorous research studies yielded key insights on expanding access to classroom technology, the role of adaptive software, and the dangers of…

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It’s Not Children’s Education We Should Worry About, It’s Their Mental Health

The debate on reopening schools largely revolves around making up for missed lessons, but education is not the most important thing children are missing when schools are closed.

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The Fate Of Classroom Pets Becomes Uncertain During The Pandemic

When schools around the country shut down due to the coronavirus, classroom pets have been displaced from their usual homes. Now, parents and teachers are figuring out what to do with all the animals.

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How to build a breakthrough

…the secret of Backcasting

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What is Peak-End Theory? A Psychologist Explains How Our Memory Fools Us

We are biased in how we form memories from experiences. Our recollection is incomplete, and this is what the peak-end theory seeks to explain.

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A Letter to the Class of COVID-19, From the Founder of The Nike Foundation

“You are exactly who you need to be. And exactly where the universe needs you to be.”

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Using Neuroscience to Launch a Research-Informed School Schedule — EdSurge News

It is 8 p.m. and Sam is sitting down for the first time in hours after a long day at school, which was followed by play practice; she is Liesel in the …

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Puzzles Are Bringing Families Together During the Pandemic — They Are Also a Boon to Young Children’s Developing Brains

Two-year-old Maddyn Robinson picked up her backpack, slung it over her shoulders, and marched over to the steps leading to her family’s garage. “I’m going to school!” she said.

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Parents, before you can help your kid with math, you have to get over your math anxiety

Teaching at home during quarantine is hard enough for parents, but a poor mindset around math makes it much harder.

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Four K-12 Education Models That May Gain Popularity During COVID-19

COVID-19 has disrupted much of the way we live and learn, and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. These four K-12 education models will likely gain popularity over the coming months, as families look for new options.

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On GPS: How will the Coronavirus transform education?

Online learning pioneer and Arizona State University President Michael Crow shares his view of what a post-Covid education system looks like.

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Edtechs Build Alexa Skills That Deepen Learning in AWS Challenge. Which Gets Your Vote?

When Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SXSW EDU collaborate to issue a challenge, the edtech world answers.

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Education is over…

An edifice systematically built on the foundation of F.W. Taylor’s “scientific management,” the misguided application of standardization, and the emphasis on testing and human ‘data’ originally developed during the Second World War has come crashing down under the weight of something so small you can’t even see it: a virus.

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As Europe Reopens Schools, Relief Combines With Risk

Restarting classes is central to reviving economies. But one question haunts the efforts: Just how contagious are children, and could they be the next super spreaders?

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Khan App Boosted Early Literacy, Parent Teaching in Small Trial

With even the youngest students exposed to hours more screentime than typical as school closures drag on, researchers from the Early Academic Development Lab at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst said schools can support parents as educators by guiding their use of educational apps.

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AP Exams Are Still On Amid Coronavirus, Raising Questions About Fairness

A lot is at stake for students taking Advanced Placement exams, even in normal times. If you score high enough, you can earn college credit. It’s also a big factor in college applications. But for some students, the idea of studying right now feels impossible.

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Purdue’s Smart Approach To COVID-19: Planning For Fall

Purdue President Mitch Daniels has laid out plans for opening his campus in the fall.

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Should the Virus Mean Straight A’s for Everyone?

Schools nationwide are debating whether to issue grades to high school students during the coronavirus pandemic.

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These 10 universities are best placed to solve the world’s biggest challenges

Times Higher Education’s second annual Impact Rankings show which institutions are contributing to the planet’s economic and social well-being.

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Will NYC Students Have to Repeat a Grade? Can They? Should They? Or Should We Rethink What Being in a Grade Means?

On April 11, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that, due to coronavirus, all school buildings will remain closed for the duration of the academic year, which is scheduled to end June 26. Remote learning, however, will continue.

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Brick-and-Mortar Schools Will Reopen. What Will That Look Like, and Will They Be Ready?

“Remote learning” will not be the primary way most American children are educated for very long, certainly not anytime soon. Neither have we transformed ourselves into a nation of homeschoolers or “unschoolers” any more than passengers thrown from a sinking ship into lifeboats can be said to have taken up rowing.

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Learning Engineering is Learning About Learning

As the reality sinks in that the shift to online education will continue indefinitely — and some of it permanently — now is a particularly good time to re-examine our beliefs about effective teaching.

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New Research From NWEA Projects Major Academic Impacts from COVID-19

Schools should be prepared for some students to be nearly a year behind in math come fall.

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Why the Coronavirus Will Kill 500–1,000 Colleges

It is dangerous forecasting the future when underlying assumptions are uncertain and changing importantly daily. That said, I feel fairly confident that we are going to see more colleges and universities close in the next couple of years or so than at any other time in American history. Why?

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Homeschool

A professor at my alma mater, Elizabeth Bartholet, believes that homeschooling should be presumptively banned, with the burden placed on parents to convince the government that they should be permitted to educate their children at home. Harvard Magazine has given Professor Bartholet a platform to espouse her views without featuring a single alternative perspective.

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Student Run IT

The student help desk, made possible in part by Verizon’s Innovative Learning Schools, serves as an elective and has become somewhat of a “prestigious” undertaking for students in just its first year. It is expected to expand in the next academic year, with 200 student applicants already in.

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NYC Tells Teachers to Stop Using Zoom for Distance Learning

Teachers in New York City, the country’s largest school district, must stop using Zoom to conduct online classes while schools are closed for their 1.1 million students — a decision made after a handful of reports of security concerns.

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10x Your Knowledge — How to Create a System for Consistent Learning

If someone randomly asked you: “What are some things you want to learn?”, you can probably come up with tons of answers. And that’s normal — all of us have an innate desire for new knowledge and skills.

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These Are the Hours Your Kid Should Be Homeschooling Per Day Based on Their Grade

The pressure to homeschool is at a fever pitch, particularly as more and more states are announcing sweeping school closures until the fall. And with such polarizing guidance, it’s easy for parents to look at a typical seven-hour school day and assume that they simply aren’t doing enough.

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Wide Open School Offers Free Educational Resources

Nearly 300 million kids are missing school worldwide because of the coronavirus outbreak, including some 54 million in the U.S. alone.

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How the Science of Reading Comprehension Has Led Us Astray

The middle of a global pandemic might seem like an odd time to focus on the limitations of science, the very discipline we’re hoping will save us. But when it comes to human behavior and cognition — and specifically, to reading — it can be misleading to draw conclusions based on scientific studies.

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When to Teach Online Classes Live and When to Let Students Learn on Demand

When Elizabeth Self starts teaching her 11 a.m. class via Zoom, she has to remember that it isn’t 11 a.m. for all of her students. She’s in Tennessee — where she is an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University — but some of the students she’s teaching are now taking the class from California, where it’s only 8 a.m. And a couple of students are back home in China, where it’s midnight.

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Why Parents Should Let Their Kids Get Bored

As parents, we tend to try and fill our children’s lives with activity from the time they wake up to bedtime. But research suggests that a certain amount of idleness is beneficial.

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Need online courses? New university consortium has 1 million openings

Acadeum, a company that brokers enrollments in online courses for university students who can’t get into the classes they need at their own institutions, announced this week it’s assembled a coalition of 19 universities that are offering the remote-learning capabilities now suddenly in demand at universities around the country.

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The Internet Archive launched a public, no-wait digitized library

The Internet Archive, a non-profit library of Internet sites and other digital, cultural artifacts, has launched the National Emergency Library by suspending waitlists for its full lending library.

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I Refuse to Run a Coronavirus Homeschool

Maybe this is the perfect time to call a timeout on the academic rat-race.

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How To Keep School Rhythm and Routines at Home

As schools shift to remote learning models for the foreseeable future, parents and caregivers are finding themselves in a new role — that of the school co-teacher. Though parents are naturally a part of their children’s ongoing education, co-teaching is a new role for many of them.

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Can Smart Thermometers Track the Spread of Coronavirus?

A company that makes internet-connected thermometers has followed the flu more closely than the C.D.C. can. Now the devices may be turning up cases of Covid-19.

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American Kids Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

Around 30 percent of children in the U.S. don’t get enough sleep, according to scientists warning of a “public health crisis.”

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Hurricane Katrina Provides Lessons During Coronavirus Crisis

Today, as we face the COVID-19 pandemic, an increasing number of higher-education institutions are again closing their campuses. While this may help contain the spread of the coronavirus, vulnerable students are now being put at risk in an entirely different way.

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The World’s Homeschooling Moment

Over 300 million children worldwide are suddenly being homeschooled, as the Covid-19 epidemic shutters schools for weeks

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Talking to Teens About Coronavirus

Experts offer advice on how parents can help adolescents get the facts straight and be prepared.

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Why We Should Be Measuring Emotional Well Being

Amid schools’ increased focus on students’ social-emotional development, researchers and educators are asking two questions: Can helping students on this front improve their chances of success?

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Fears Children Going ‘Off-Grid’ As Homeschooling Up By 700%

Parts of the country where only a small number of children were registered as being homeschooled five years ago are now reporting figures in the hundreds.

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High school student builds website as leading source for coronavirus information

Schiffmann, a junior at Mercer Island High School, first started working on his coronavirus information website — ncov2019.live — in early January when there were fewer than 1,000 confirmed cases and it hadn’t yet spread outside of China.

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How To Get Lucky: Focus on the Fat Tails

There are at least two overarching mental models for looking at the world: One could be called the bell curve and the other, the 80/20 curve.

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Challenging the tried-and-true, to serve a younger generation of students

Students generally learn about moles, atoms, compounds and the intricacies of the periodic table in college, but Daniel Fried is convinced kids can learn complex biochemistry topics as early as elementary school.

Why Do American Schools Have Such Long Hours?

U.S. students spend more time in K-12 schools than their peers in many other countries. In fact, in Japan and South Korea, kids spend an average of about 150 fewer instructional hours per year in school, yet these students consistently score higher on international tests. How is that possible?

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How Technology Is Changing the Future of Higher Education

Labs test artificial intelligence, virtual reality and other innovations that could improve learning and lower costs for Generation Z and beyond.

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When the Bus is the Schoolhouse

In a remote region of Appalachia, a preschool on wheels offers a vehicle to improved life outcomes for young children and their families.

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A University Built From Scratch in 5 Months Wants to be a Global Leader

A new campus in India, SRM Andhra Pradesh, has high-tech labs, classrooms that use Artificial Intelligence and no paved road to the campus.

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The Outsize Influence of Your Middle School Friends

As they reach middle school, children drift away from the pure play of running in the yard at recess or building with Legos. Middle school brings the beginnings of puberty for some, first crushes for many, and a shift from child to teenager for all. It brings higher levels of academics.

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10 Skills Needed Most in 2020 and 30 Free Courses to Learn Them

It’s 2020 and time to upgrade your business skill set. Creativity and persuasion are the most desirable soft business skills, while blockchain and cloud computing skills dominate as the most in-demand hard skills as we begin the new decade.

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Report: Colleges Must Teach ‘Algorithm Literacy’ to Help Students Navigate Internet

A new report published this week about undergraduates’ impressions of internet algorithms reveals students are skeptical of and unnerved by tools that track their digital travels and serve them personalized content like advertisements and social media posts.

‘Marshmallow test’ redux: Children show better self-control when they depend on each other

The researchers say their experiments are the first to show that children are more willing to delay gratification for cooperative reasons than for individual goals.

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They Changed the Way You Buy Your Basics

Founders of Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker and other billion-dollar companies exploited giant rivals’ weaknesses — and really listened to their customers.

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How to Raise Media-Savvy Kids in the Digital Age

What does it mean for a kid to be media literate? It sounds generally positive and important, like a good dental checkup or a flawless report card. The field is broad and definitions vary, but the main thrust of literacy education is to prepare our children to be adept at accessing, creating, and thinking critically about all types of media.

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How esports can build academic skills and career readiness

It may lack sweat equity, but esports, the competitive side of video gaming, is exploding in popularity in K-12 schools. The reason is that it’s not only fun, but a viable educational tool. A recent webinar hosted by edWeb.net affirms its highly positive impact on students’ academic achievements, soft skills and socio-emotional well-being.

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Montessori Schools Embracing Kid-Tracking Devices

Schools spend billions of dollars on technology with promises of personalized learning and building 21st-century skills.

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School Teaches Students How To Be Bad Workers

Students are offered the fundamental skills and knowledge necessary for work, but the structure and underlying ethos of the education system also ‘teaches’ them how to be terrible employees.

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We Learned to Write the Way We Talk

It’s an internet tradition, when humor or sarcasm goes astray online, to apologize by saying something like, “You know, it’s just impossible to convey tone in writing.”

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6 Tips to Getting Things Done in 2020

Instead of rigorously scheduling every minute of your day around tasks and to-do lists, approach work more from the perspective of: What are the things I care about, and what are the things I want to devote my attention to?

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8 Timeless Skills to Learn Now in Under 8 Hours

In the past 13 months, I’ve proven time and again that you can learn valuable soft and hard skills in about 15 to 20 hours of practice.

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The Machines Are Learning, and So Are The Students

Artificial intelligence is starting to take over repetitive tasks in classrooms, like grading, and is optimizing coursework and revolutionizing the preparation for college entrance exams.

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Project-Based Beginnings of a High Tech Founder

The varied stints throughout Larry Rosenstock’s career reflect the ethos that he instills in students at High Tech High, the San Diego public charter school network he helped found in 2000 that espouses an experiential approach to education.

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Best Education Articles of 2019

This is the latest roundup in T74's “Best Of” series, spotlighting top highlights from this year’s coverage as well as the most popular articles they published each month.

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Smaller Classes Are Not Always Better

A new statistical analysis of data from a long-term study on the teaching of mathematics and science has found that smaller class sizes are not always associated with better pupil performance and achievement.

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Half in US Now Consider a College Education Very Important

About half of U.S. adults (51%) now consider a college education to be “very important,” down from 70% in 2013. Over the same period, the percentages rating college as “fairly important” and “not too important” have both increased, to 36% and 13%, respectively.

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Podcast: The Psychology of Awards, Two Guys on Your Head

Awards are a double-edged-sword; whenever someone wins someone else is left out. It turns out that there is a lot more than merit wrapped up in winning awards. In this episode of Two Guys on Your Head, Dr. Art Markman, and Dr. Bob Duke talk about the social and psychological aspects of awards.

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Writing Tips from Kurt Vonnegut

“Today the printed word is more vital than ever. Now there is more need than ever for all of us to read better, write better and communicate better.”

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Want a White-Collar Career Without College Debt?

In health care, financial services, software development — even law — apprenticeships are offering an alternative to paying college tuition.

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A Podcast for Every Discipline

It’s well-known that podcasting is huge these days. But you might not realize how many educational podcasts are out there.

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After 10 Years of Hopes and Setbacks, What Happened to the Common Core?

It was one of the most ambitious education efforts in United States history. Did it fail? Or does it just need more time to succeed?

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UK to Test New “Ed Tech Testbeds” in Real Classrooms

The idea is to bring software developers, schools and researchers together to test new products that are already in classrooms and generate scientific evidence faster than a typical multi-year randomized control trial.

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Why You Must Accept the Harsh Truth That Nobody Cares and You Need to Work Harder

Nobody said you have to like it, but acknowledging it is a necessity.

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Math: The Most Powerful Civics Lesson You’ve Never Had

Elections are all about numbers, sometimes hinging on minuscule percentage-point differences in turnouts. Math teacher Alison Strole’s middle school students know this better than your average American, because they’ve actually had to wrestle with the data.

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Google Earth’s creation tools help students tell stories with maps

With the goal of providing students with a new way to engage with learning through storytelling, Google Earth has unveiled a new set of new tools that enable maps to be customized and organized into visual narratives.

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High School Students are Unprepared to Judge the Credibility of Information on the Internet

With the 2020 presidential election looming, Stanford education scholars find prospective young voters poorly equipped to evaluate online content.

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Meet the school with no classes, no classrooms and no curriculum

“We get around 70 requests a week from all over the world from people wanting to come and see what we do here” says Rob Houben, manager of the Agora school in Roermond, Netherlands, and the closest thing school has to a principal or headteacher.

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Modern high school math should be about data science — not Algebra 2

Thanks to the information revolution, a stunning 90% of the data created by humanity has been generated in just the past two years. Yet the math taught in U.S. schools hasn’t materially changed since Sputnik was sent into orbit in the late 1950s.

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Future of the Classroom

Emerging Trends in K-12 Education Global Education by Google for Education

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The Greatest Enemy of Creativity in Schools Isn’t Testing. It’s Time.

Creativity is one of those ineffable skills that’s important — especially for jobs of the future — but hard to pin down. We know when we feel creative, and…

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How Free Online College Courses Are Changing the Game for Early Childhood Educators

On a recent morning in early October, when the day is in full swing, Dacie Derbidge settles onto a bean bag in a back corner at Little Leapers, the early learning center she opened two years ago…

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From Ancient Monasteries to Futuristic Libraries

Agora put a call out for photos that depict what learning and education looks like around the world. Photographers from all over submitted their work as part of the #Education2019 contest, and 50 finalists were chosen by users.

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Learning is Optimized When We Fail 15% of the Time

If you’re always scoring 100%, you’re probably not learning anything new. Research found that the ‘sweet spot’ for learning is 85%.

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Outschool.com Takes Education Out Of Schooling

Emerging technology is increasingly helping to separate education from schooling and catalyze new models of K-12 learning.

The New 95

Martin Luther nailed his theses to a church door 500 years ago on October 31st. With your help, we are going to nail ours — ok, fine — tape ours to the doors of universities and schools across the country to mark the occasion.

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‘Embrace the struggle’: Stanford education professor challenges common beliefs about teaching and learning

In a new book, Jo Boaler talks about the importance of struggles and mistakes in the learning process.

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The key to helping kids learn problem solving is a computer science class

As all companies become tech companies, high school computer science teachers are changing the way they teach to attract a broad range of students.

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