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Opinion


Be Prepared for 'What If?'

No water in my house today. A combination of an unseasonal cold snap and a bad circuit breaker in our pump house has frozen the pipes. While standing in the pump house cursing the guilty circuit breaker, I had an epiphany: So this is what it is like to be...

Sequestration: A Mighty Sword

Inaction by Congress and the impending sequestration could have a devastating impact on educational technology funding.

Realizing Increased Student Achievement With Mobile Technologies: Here's the Plan

It seems appropriate that in our first column for T.H.E. Journal's K-12 Mobile Classroom Newsletter we should lay out the path to the Holy Grail of K-12: increased (if not dramatically increased) student achievement. While we might be wearing rose colored contact lenses, here's the trajectory that we see actually happening over the next few years that will get K-12 to the Holy Grail:

BYOD Teachers Talk Classroom Use

BYOD programs are only as good as the use teachers make of them. One school's director of IT explores how teachers in a variety of subjects are incorporating student devices into their lessons during a comprehensive school-wide pilot.

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking

Mobile apps and Web 2.0 tools can facilitate implementation of activities requiring students to use skills at the top three levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy--analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Here are five examples of activities that target these levels of the taxonomy and can be used with students across grade levels in a variety of content areas.

The Myth of Khan

Educators need to do a better job of explaining to the public what effective education really looks like.

Bill Gates Said a Stupid Thing About Learning

Bill Gates commented that "constructionism," a theory of how people learn, is "bull***t." While he may well be the richest man in the world, that was a stupid thing to say — and it is a dangerous thing to say. Read on to find out why it was stupid and is dangerous.

Why My Six-Year-Olds Blog (And Why Your Students Should, Too)

In a digital world, learners of every age should be taking their first steps toward establishing an online presence. One author shares the compelling reasons why.

Obama's ConnectED: Way to Go!

On June 6, 2013 President Obama instructed the FCC to modernize the E-rate program. On July 19, the FCC voted to modernize the E-rate Program. Holy Cow! What speed?!

What Does 'CCSS Aligned' Even Mean?

Schools need more than a checklist approach to the new standards.

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