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Wow! This inquiry-based, technology-rich school has no tech staff

When I first became principal, I was compelled to explore all aspects of what it meant to be a 21st-century learner in an international baccalaureate context: as a global citizen, as a collaborative co-creator of knowledge, as a caring human being. We must equip every...

A new toolkit for gender-responsive education sector plans

There is no doubt that tremendous gains in education have been made since 2000. Access and participation have markedly increased, for girls and boys, through the provision of more classrooms, textbooks and toilets and the recruitment of more, and better trained,...

Personalized learning could get a boost with increased local control

Some argue the No Child Left Behind education law created a disincentive for innovation. Under intense pressure to steadily increase the portion of students meeting standards or face sanctions, many state and local educators found the risks of trying something new and...

India: Innovative teaching techniques to the fore

Medak: “Multi-grade and multi-level teaching method,” adopted by primary school teachers is making rapid strides in overhauling the education system in the district. The teachers have come up with this innovative method with the support and encouragement from District...

Is more choice always a good thing?

Many education systems around the world are looking for ways to give parents more choice over where they send their children to school. Proponents of school choice defend the rights of parents to send their children to their preferred school, whether because of the...

WATCH: What are the key ingredients to scaling quality learning?

The goal of the Millions Learning project is to catalyze a discussion about how to scale up quality education more rapidly and equitably in low- and middle- income countries. Building off the previous videos, Why focus on scaling learning for children and youth in...

Nepal: Reshma loves to write

Reshma loves copying out chapters from her grade one textbooks into her notebooks. She is into anything to do with writing, her teacher relates. When she’s called upon sometimes to copy out letters and words from the alphabet chart into the blackboard, she is...

The play’s the thing: Active pedagogies to improve learning

It is a commonly held conviction in the early childhood education community that young children learn most effectively, if not exclusively, through play. What’s more, a growing body of research indicates that teachers who master these concepts can improve learning...

US: The Power of Digital-Comic Therapy in Schools

NEW YORK—Every day, the teenagers Jeremiah Aponte, Jasherah Nalls, and Paula Rodriguez squeeze into a small four-story building housing three schools and close to 1,700 students in the South Bronx neighborhood. Mostly serving generations of families living in one of...

US: Innovation + Design lab turns ideas into reality

When St. Martin’s Episcopal School launched its Innovation + Design program in 2013, the idea was to create a learning environment that allowed students to think, innovate and create. The Gibbs Family Center for Innovation + Design is the heart of the school’s...

Wanted: Innovative professional development for teachers

  A teacher training workshop organized by UNESCO Bangkok in the Republic of Korea.   We demand a lot from our teachers. We want them to have strong subject and pedagogic content knowledge, possess effective classroom management skills, readily adopt new...

8 excellent web tools for creating educational video tutorials

For those of you asking about video lesson tools, below is a collection we published a few months ago featuring some of our favourite tools in this regard.  You can use these tools  to  create instructional videos and tutorials in a simple and easy way without the...

7 new edtech tools for teachers

This month’s New EdTech Tools post features 6 interesting applications we are publishing here for the first time.  Some of the things you can do with these tools include: interactively explore math concepts such as Algebra, Geometry, and Calculus; learn English...

What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments?

With classmates, parents, teachers, and even the Roanoke County schools superintendent standing before him, high school senior Bubba Smith took a deep breath and set the two-story Rube Goldberg machine into motion. The contraption, which performed a series of...

The Little-Known Statistician Who Taught Us to Measure Teachers

Students enroll in a teacher’s classroom. Nine months later, they take a test. How much did the first event, the teaching, cause the second event, the test scores? Students have vastly different abilities and backgrounds. A great teacher could see lower test scores...

Singapore to trial VR for learning and training

Singapore announced a host of virtual reality initiatives as part of building blocks for a digital economy. In an opening address at the Infocom Media Business Exchange, minister of communication and information, Yaacob Ibrahim announced the pilot project of VR in...

STEAM education – taking a co-design approach

Role modelling breaks down gender barriers How art is drawing students to STEM An integrated approach to maths and science The STEAMpunk Girls project that launched this month involves researchers from University of Technology Sydney working with students and teachers...

6 VR Trends to Watch in Education

Virtual reality is taking off in higher education. VR devices are expected to increase 85 percent by 2020, with gaming and educational applications driving most of that growth. But what areas of VR should educators specifically focus on and what tech can they look out...

What could cognitive capital mean for China’s children?

Abstract Cognitive capital is an emerging paradigm that captures the criticality of investing in children whilst neural proliferation and development of brain architecture are at their peak. Distinct from financial capital, cognitive capital represents investment in...

A Solution for Student Disengagement

In my educational leadership work, I’ve talked with administrators and faculty from across the country who are interested in creating safer and more supportive, engaging, and inspiring school environments. But we are confronted with the challenge of disengagement in...

Transforming Education, One Student At A Time

Personalized learning is a hot topic in the field of education right now. Aside from some remote exceptions, the concept has struggled to gain broad adoption. Conversations with those working across the sector echo what we’re hearing from thought leaders – that there...
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