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Flipping Out: A New Approach Helps Students Learn at Their Own Pace

November 18, 2015
Step into Mark Lovein’s history class at Esperanza High in Orange County, California, and you won’t see him standing at the front of the room lecturing to a silent audience. Instead, he’ll be making his way around the class, checking in with students as they take short quizzes independently or share their favorite moments of a cellphone video about Theodore Roosevelt (created by, and starring, their teacher). Lovein is using the flipped classroom approach to change the way his students think about history class, and this big change is already having big results. The flipped classroom setup...

Simplifying and Streamlining: How Tech Helps Teachers Respond to Student Needs

November 13, 2015
Teachers in New York City know that information about their students-- their attendance, grades, and test or quiz scores-- provide important insights into what the students already know, and where they may need a little more help. To make the process of organizing and comparing data more efficient and easier for teachers, the city has begun to put computer systems to work on this very task, and they’re already seeing the ways that data can make a difference. Thanks to the help of a nonprofit called New Visions for Public Schools, 94 schools in New York City are using spreadsheets driven by...

Parlez-Vous Twitter? Using Tech to Connect Students Across an Ocean

November 12, 2015
French teacher Elizabeth Jones knows that the best way to learn a foreign language is to practice it with native speakers - not the easiest task when you’re in Bassett, Virginia, and France is an ocean away. Fortunately, Madame Jones has a technological tool on her side, and it’s one that her students can’t wait to use. In fact, most of them use it already. All 100 of Jones’s students at Bassett High School are taking part in her new Twitter project, which connects them with second- and third-graders at a public school in Pern, in the southwestern part of France. Each week, the high...

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