This Is Not An Essay

A fair amount of the writing that high school students do is framed as “preparing them for college”: reviews, essays, research papers. But college instructors have long complained that students, upon arrival at university, are not adequately prepared. And now many are beginning to argue too that the essay may no longer be really relevant …

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Rethinking Literacy for the Web

How might new digital technologies prompt us to reconfigure our notions of literacy? And if literacy is changing, how must schools change as well? The Mozilla Foundation’s Doug Belshaw examines the ways in which the World Wide Web changes the ways we think about reading and writing.

Tech Trends to Watch (for Self-Directed Learners)

There are technology trends, and then there are learning with technology trends. Too often, the two fail to overlap. Audrey Watters fills us in on what’s trending now in terms of technologies to help our students develop into the agile, self-directed learners they need to be in the new, globally connected world.

What You Should Know This Week

Facebook Buys a Virtual Reality Company. Each week, Educating Modern Learners will pick one interesting current event — whether it’s news about education, technology, politics, business, science, or culture — and help put it in context for school leaders, explaining why the news matters and how it might affect teaching and learning (in the short …

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Yoga Balls in Rows

I came across an apt metaphor for change in schools a few months ago. An administrator told me excitedly that they had been giving students some say in ways in which their classrooms were outfitted, and that one class had chosen to use yoga balls to sit on instead of the traditional hard plastic (or …

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