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Welcome to the Education Renaissance

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Today's disruptive changes in education -- from the proliferation of digital devices to the availability of open educational resources, online universities, and badge-based certification -- have the field abuzz like never before. Recently I had the opportunity to give a talk at WNET's Celebration of Teaching and Learning on creating the conditions for innovation in education.
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When Will Blended Learning Be Mainstream?

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At the CUE conference this month, a questioner asked our Panel a simple question about blended learning – What is your prediction for when blended learning will be a mainstream application in education?

Khan Academy: Students Regain Confidence to Tackle Math Challenges

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Observing students struggle with these problems suggests a simpler explanation: poor habits fueled by low confidence. Students take a quick glance at this problem and then make a series of careless entries. In the same amount of time, they could have simply done a little counting on the number line and found the correct answer.

Would Alabama’s Football Coach Nick Saban Do This?

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We all know that something in our educational processes is not right. Our businesses talk about how our graduates lack skills, our government talks about how we are falling behind as a nation, our neighbor talks about how they can’t find a job and our schools talk about how frustrated they are. Like the scene in the movie Moneyball “blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.” All talk aside, what is the fix? We can even debate it, yet not many will argue that something needs to change. Once we starting fixing our nation’s education our neighborhoods can begin to regain their confidence, our communities can start to feel like an actual community and our local economies may just start to pick up.

Learning STEM in Classrooms Modeling the Future

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The typical elementary, middle and high school classroom is filled with chairs and desks, chalk and erasers, and a teacher and students. There is also closet space for backpacks, cabinet space for educational tools and wall space for exemplary student work. Does this traditional classroom provide the best teaching environment for teachers and the best learning environment for students? The answer depends on what needs to be taught, and we are quickly finding out that educational needs of the future look much different than the past.

3 Top Apps & Tools For Collaborative Learning

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Studies have shown that students at every age and level do better on tests when they study in a group setting. Collaborative learning is a natural direction for the Internet, which has provided a great deal of collaborative platforms and resources students and educators including Grockit, OpenStudy and Edmodo.

What Would You Do With Endless Internet Bandwidth?

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The theme of the CoSN 2012 Annual Conference was to “reimagine learning” and the keynote speakers and concurrent session presenters all provoked us to do just that. From my conference experience, none was more provocative than the session, “On The Horizon: Harnessing Emerging Technologies In Education,” with Larry Johnson, CEO of New Media Consortium.

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