The Digital School on the Rise

(Photo courtesy of  PSFK) Would you send your kids to a video game school? Probably not when I put it like that. But, hundreds of parents are doing just that. Quest to Learn is a New York school that uses a game-based curriculum that includes several video game based lessons to stimulate and engage students … Continue reading

NY Times debate: ‘Can Young Students Learn From Online Classes?

(Photo courtesy of Bunk Class) Online courses are on the rise, particularly with education systems nationwide facing significant budget cuts.  The New York Times is putting it all on the table in a Room for Debate series for three teachers, a developmental psychologies, a professor and, of course, the readers to share and defend their … Continue reading

Parents seek exposure of children to Chinese culture

(Photo courtesy of mLive) There are public schools. There are private schools. There are charter schools. And then there are language immersion programs, and they open up an entire other category. Language immersion programs take place at all kinds of education institutions, but instead of teaching a foreign language as a separate subject, the selected … Continue reading

Is hybrid learning the next phase of education?

(Photo courtesy of School of One) Rocketship Education is doing just what we think rocketships should be doing, taking off and sending people to new heights. Rocketship Education is a nonprofit charter school network striving to eliminate the education gap nationwide by integrating hybrid learning models into schools. Hybrid learning, sometimes called blended learning, changes … Continue reading

Diane Ravitch talks education on The Daily Show

(Photo courtesy of Democratic Education) Diane Ravitch, author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System appeared on the Jon Stewart show last night to discuss the problems with the American education system.  “Schools have been turned into testing factories,” she said, which in turn eliminates the time for more interesting subjects … Continue reading

The case for foreign language courses

(photo courtesy of AGAWAM Public Schools) “To remain competitive in this century this country must focus on creating a globally competent work force.” Clarissa Adams Fletcher, ACTFL‘s 2011 National Language Teacher of the Year, began her case for foreign language learning with clear reasoning. While the United States is pushing the STEM initiative subjects, science, … Continue reading

Critical Challenges: the Horizon Report 2011

(Photo courtesy of Woodburn Schools) The 2011 Horizon Report, a collaboration between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, looks at emerging technologies and their potential impact on the education system in the United States in the next five years.  The report points out key trends and issues: Key Trends 1. The abundance of … Continue reading