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Carrying on the Legacy of the First Teacher in Space

January 28, 2016
On a typical walk down the halls of Christa McAuliffe School in Concord, NH, you might see a group of girls coding on iPads during lunchtime, a fifth-grade class taking apart old computers, or third-graders building digital models of flying machines – if not all three at once. The school takes its commitment to innovation and exploration from its namesake, Christa McAuliffe, a social studies teacher at Concord High School who was chosen by NASA to be the first teacher in space. McAuliffe died thirty years ago today in the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger, but as they mark the...

Veteran Teacher Champions Change

January 27, 2016
Diane Harris of Midland, Texas, has been teaching for 35 years, and she’s seen it all. Take edtech, for instance: Harris remembers “when the only technological tool we had was the overhead projector and the purple ditto machine.” But even though technology has changed significantly since she started teaching, that doesn’t keep her from wanting to try something new. As part of her school’s leadership team, Harris leads the charge as her school adopts tools for learning in the 21st century. The Lead4ward team at Jones Elementary, where Harris teaches, is a group of teachers who help their...

Snow Day? Time to take learning online!

January 22, 2016
There’s a storm brewing in the northeast, and you know what that means: snowmen, snowball fights – and, of course, snow days. But in this age of digital learning, even icy roads and chilly winds can’t stop teachers and students from finding a way to keep the learning process alive. Take Mt. Vernon Public Schools in Indiana, for instance. Their new e-learning program allows students to stay on track in wintry weather, without even getting out of their pajamas. Last week, when a snowy morning shut down the roads in Mt. Vernon, teachers and students were ready for it. Mt. Vernon teachers had...

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