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What 100 School Visits Taught Us This Year

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We visited more than 100 schools this year. About half were new schools (in the last 20 years) and the other half were (at least partially) transformed. They were in every corner of the country and ranged from tiny rural schools in Idaho to big schools in Chicago (and a few in Europe and Asia). As a year-end reflection, we identified 10 lessons.

Smart List: 22 Coding and Computer Science Resources

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Fifty-Four Percent of students say they enjoy programming courses “a lot," but few get to spend much time on it in school. Here are some resources to help.

What K-12 Students Should Know About Artificial Intelligence

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In May, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) launched the AI for K-12 Working Group (AI4K12) to define for artificial intelligence what students should know and be able to do. In this post, discover five big ideas, drafted by the steering committee, that every student should know.

Why Schools Should Bridge the Generational Divide

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By: Julia Freeland Fisher. Julia reviews the lessons about bridging the generation gap in Marc Freeman's book, " How to Live Forever."

Building 21: Bold Outcomes, Innovative Model, Next-Gen Network

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Building 21 is leveraging its network to promote access to personalized and competency-based learning for students through their outcome framework.

The Future is Here: Artificial Intelligence & What it Means For Our Kids

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In this episode of the Getting Smart podcast, we throw it back to an old episode featuring Emily Liebtag, Tom Vander Ark and senior Silicon Valley software engineer Gerald Huff on how artificial intelligence will impact the future and how important it is for today's students to #AskAboutAI.

26 Can’t-Miss Education Conferences for 2019

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Check out our 2019 list of 26 education conferences we think will be valuable opportunities for educators, district leaders, startups and policy-makers to learn and engage with each other.

Scaling Competency-Based Education: Equity-Focused Strategies for Policy and Practice

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By: Tom Vander Ark and Mary Ryerse. This week's episode of the Getting Smart Podcast features an in-depth look at the equity imperative behind competency-based education, current barriers to CBE, and five key points to move the field toward CBE for all.

60+ Education Gifts to Add to Your List

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Still finishing up your holiday shopping? Well, we’re here to help! This year, give the gift of knowledge with toys and gadgets that support learning and are sure to excite youth all year long.  

Why Social Studies is Becoming AI Studies

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We’ve all witnessed how artificial intelligence (AI) is reshaping lives and changing the world. AI is not a tech issue, it’s a social studies issue and it’s time to start bringing youth into the conversation and preparing them for the future of work.