Education Week: Digital Trends Shifting the Role of Teachers

Digital content shifts educators into coaching, guiding modes

By Amanda M. Fairbanks

Chris Merkert, a veteran teacher who has spent nearly two decades in the classroom, is constantly tweaking his lesson plans. It’s become a kind of obsession.

One recent evening, he sat watching TV with his wife when the news broke that an infrared camera had helped capture Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the man charged with setting off explosives during the Boston Marathon.

Mr. Merkert’s response? He began retooling the following week’s lesson on the electromagnetic spectrum, using a YouTube clip of the news broadcast as a hook to lure in his middle school science class.

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