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The art of asking: It's not about what you know — but knowing what to ask

The art of asking: It's not about what you know — but knowing what to ask

06/19/2018

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Even before a rally protesting the removal of Confederate monuments turned violent, students in Charlottesville started asking questions.

What was fueling the acrimonious controversy that gripped their community? Why do monuments matter? What’s the purpose of memorializing?…

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A delicate balance: Exploring the relationship between educators and edtech companies

A delicate balance: Exploring the relationship between educators and edtech companies

06/19/2018

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The math students in Amy Tran’s class at Quebec’s Collège Beaubois have an unusual classmate. Eri is an artificial intelligence robot that communicates with them as they try to solve a problem. It understands which concepts they struggle with, and intelligently…

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Were all in beta  together

Were all in beta together

12/19/2018

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I remember the feeling I got the first time that I heard a speaker say, “Today’s rate of change is the slowest that you will experience in your lifetime.” I don’t recall who said it or where I was when I heard it, but I regularly think about the sense of urgency I felt to make my work…

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Advocacy gives voice to those who need it most

Advocacy gives voice to those who need it most

12/19/2018

Topics: Advocacy

In its purest form, advocacy aims to guarantee that the voices of the underrepresented are heard when decisions directly impact their rights, lives and best interests.

When it comes to education, all advocacy efforts should focus first on securing what’s not available to…

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New platform puts edtech intel at your fingertips

New platform puts edtech intel at your fingertips

12/19/2018

Topics: Tools

I often see discussions in ISTE Connect, home of our online communities, asking for advice about a tool that does this or software that does that. “I need a typing app that works with fourth graders on an iPad.” “Our school is looking for a new LMS.” “I’ve tried this assessment software,…

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Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

12/19/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM

Not long ago, I was a high school student sitting in a classroom wondering how taking a particular class would help me in life.

Luckily, most of the courses I was taking actually complemented what I planned to study in college – computer science.

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Earn buy-in by sharing what digital age learning looks like

Earn buy-in by sharing what digital age learning looks like

12/19/2018

Topics: Parent engagement

Previous experience routinely colors our expectations, and that was certainly the case for us when 60 iPads arrived in our small village school in Purley on Thames, United Kingdom. These wonderful devices were presented to us by the JDO Foundation in response to our application to engage…

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WHAT WORKS: Chatbots and virtual reality

WHAT WORKS: Chatbots and virtual reality

12/19/2018

Topics: Artificial intelligence, Virtual reality

Kids teaching kids — with chatbots

The client: A second grade classroom learning about nutrition.

The developers: Eighth grade computer science students exploring how artificial intelligence works.

The product: A chatbot capable of dispensing…

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Technology meets the humanities in this tech specialist

Technology meets the humanities in this tech specialist

12/19/2018

Topics: Makerspaces

Step into a school makerspace, and you might expect to see science students programming robots, tinkering with circuits or accomplishing miniature feats of engineering.

While there’s plenty of that going on in Harpeth Hall’s Design Den, you’re just as likely to see…

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Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala: Education change agent in Paraguay

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala: Education change agent in Paraguay

12/19/2018

Topics: STEM & STEAM

Cecilia Rodriguez Alcala’s Facebook page resembles that of many young adults: photos of art she likes, snapshots of her nieces and nephews, a group selfie on a night out with friends in Asunción, Paraguay. She also quotes Abraham Lincoln and posts links to media coverage of her job.…

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