NBC News: Exploring YouTube’s education channels

YouTube is usually associated with the latest viral video, but now growing numbers of people are turning to the video-sharing website for education instead of entertainment.

Teachers are broadcasting lessons online, everything from biology to foreign languages — and for some, this online “classroom” is more inspiring than the confines of brick and mortar.


Education Week: Schools Test-Drive Common Core

Schools across the country are learning vital lessons in pilot tests of online assessments for the common standards

More than a million students across the country have traded their No. 2 pencils, test booklets, and bubble sheets for computing devices to participate in a pilot of math and English/language arts online assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards.

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Education Week: ‘Flipped’ PD Initiative Boosts Teachers’ Tech Skills

A Minnesota district relies on video and job-embedded coaching to improve teachers’ tech skills

By Robin L. Flanigan
Anna Wilcek was comfortable instructing her students on how to interview residents of a nearby retirement community and write biographies of those people. How to integrate technology into the project was another story.

The 6th grade teacher recalls asking, “What ideas do you have for me?” during a recent face-to-face workshop with Wayne Feller and Kristin Daniels, the technology-integration specialists in the 8,500-student Stillwater Area Public Schools, in Minnesota.


KQED Video: Teacher’s Most Powerful Tool: Piquing Students’ Curiosity

Ramsey Musallam, a high school chemistry teacher from the San Francisco Bay Area, has been creatively using digital tools in his classroom for several years as a way to drive students to deeper inquiry. In a recent TED talk, Musallam says that a teacher’s strongest tool — the force that draws students deeper into learning — is piquing students’ curiosity. In his classroom, Musallam follows three rules: curiosity comes first, embrace the mess, and reflect and revise.

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Edudemic: How To Properly Integrate Education Technology

Why do schools roll out new programs or courses in small “pilot” groups? I would point at two reasons: the decision makers either (a) want to test the programs out first before deciding if the program is viable, sustainable, and worthwhile, or (b) they need key people to lead the way in the first year which will make full-scale adoption over time quicker and longer-lasting.