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Tom Vander Ark is author of Better Together, Smart Parents, Smart Cities, Getting Smart and The Power of Place. He is co-founder of Getting Smart and Learn Capital and serves on the boards of Education Board Partners, 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation. Follow Tom on Twitter, @tvanderark.

Bill Gates: beginning of tech revolution

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"Technology can pull the United States out of recession and help the world's ailing financial markets work better, Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O)...

In favor of training and (better) testing

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At the Closing the Gap rally in Washington DC , a speaker shouted, “You train dogs not children.” He went on...

Partial list of favorite high schools

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A friend asked me for a list of the best schools to visit.  Here's some of my favorite high schools, each...

How better teachers & technology can save our schools

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Great piece by Mort Zuckerman, major donor to NYC iSchool, in the Daily News:  Technology holds promise. Through the miracles of the Internet...

Social learning: the next platform

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I've been watching social learning (i.e., Facebook for edu) for a year.  It's a super saturated solution--a few solutions will explode...

'Innovation' Push Raising Questions

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EdWeek ran a good summary of tensions around the innovation agenda.  Full text below:School leaders are under increasing pressure to “innovate.”The word...

Miami Zone suggests closing better than supporting bad schools

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After taking over NYC schools in 2000, Rudy Crew set up a Chancellor’s District—an early example of differentiated management for low...

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