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Your Guide to Education in the 21st Century

January 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Say I am a new teacher at a high school with a growing student population, and I’m teaching a class with over thirty students for the first time. I could go join schoolnet.com, which will help me target students who need help as I use the site to manage assignments and grades. Or perhaps I am a college student studying for the next test in my Microbiology course, so I go on quizlet.com, enter in my notes, and play games in which I match up terms and definitions for the class. Or maybe I’m a single mother who doesn’t have the money or time to attend a university or even a community college, so I participate in an online certification program to broaden employment opportunities. In his article, “100+ Resources that are Transforming Education,” Yury Lifshits, former professor and current Yahoo tech guy and blogger, makes sense of the massive jungle of the new, innovative startups and resources cropping up throughout the buzzing field of education technology. Read more…

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Are America’s Students ‘Racing to Nowhere’ or ‘Waiting For Superman?’

December 29, 2010 2 comments

This year’s ACT college readiness test results revealed that many graduating high school students are unprepared for college. In fact, as pressure on schools increases to improve their graduation rates, more and more are passing students who don’t even meet graduation requirements. The documentary Waiting for Superman investigates how schools are failing to intellectually stimulate, challenge, and adequately prepare students for the real world. Meanwhile, the documentary Race to Nowhere tells a different story in which students grapple with curricula so vigorous, schedules so tightly packed, and pressure from parents so intense that their creativity, physical and mental health, and, in some cases, their very lives, are at stake. Should parents and faculty be pushing students harder or easing up? Read more…