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Opinion


Happy New (School) Year, Everyone!

We’re kicking off the academic year by honoring an innovative district and rolling out our redesigned website.

1-to-1 for Everyone

Putting devices in the hands of every student and teacher is not about the device or the software — it’s about clearing a path to teaching and learning.

Tablets Are a Fad — They’ll Largely Disappear in 2–3 Years

The iPad came out of the Apple chute in 2010 like gangbusters, setting all kinds of sales records. Schools picked up on the iPad too. But the tablet is a fad, we argue; it will pass away in short order (two to three years) because it is neither a mobile device nor a work device – and folks (and schools, we should hope) want those two types of devices!

Education Can't Be 'Hacked'

Quick fixes and top-down disruptions are tempting, but true change is a long, messy, contentious process.

Who Can Best Assess the New Assessments?

A recent study reveals that most students understand the need for testing and prefer to do it on a computer — but their parents still have issues.

The Great American iPad Buying Binge Has Commenced!

The next (massive) wave of iPad buying by K-12 schools is underway. How those purchases can lead to success for students is the theme of this week’s blog!

Who Made Me Sick? Do You Have Cooties? A Participatory Simulation for iPads

This week’s blog features a fun, engaging, and intellectually stimulating (free) iPad app: The Cootie Participatory Simulation. In participating in the simulation of the spread of an infectious disease – the Cuddle germ – children learn how diseases are spread. Usable from 1st to 12th grade.

Common Core is Common Sense: We MUST Resist the Tyranny of the Minority

The Common Core State Standards is taking a bashing. There was such positive momentum at the outset and now? While there are, of course, legitimate concerns about a range of implementation issues, what we see is a small, but very vocal and very –well organized, politically, leading the charge against CCSS. It’s time for the silent majority to stop being so silent!

Rockets in Their Pockets Meet Chickens in Their Coops

Lynell Burmark, education consultant and speaker, explains how video editing software on mobile devices can bring learning to life for students.

Twitter Chats to the Rescue: Mitigating the Challenges of Teacher-Centric Tech Adoptions

In classrooms in the United States the responsibility for making technology work is placed squarely on the classroom teacher's back. Quite a load to carry by one's self! But in this week's blog post we describe a collaboration strategy — Twitter chats — that some educators are using to help each other in figuring out effective and productive ways to use technology in their classrooms. Maybe you and your colleagues should organize a Twitter chat!

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