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Integrating technology: Some class visits

Last week I posted an introduction to Larry Cuban’s current, “live blogged” research on technology integration. By the time I’d written that post, Larry had already posted some classroom observation notes from several different subjects — AP history, AP physics, … Continue reading

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Integrating technology: What does it mean?

A remarkable amount of policy around education (teaching, learning, and assessing) is interwoven with “technology,” by which is usually meant “digital technology” and most often something Web-based — and commercial.  As you know well, our Information Age is said to … Continue reading

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Teacher blog: Doyle

High time for another teacher blog. Allow me to recommend the blog called “Science teacher,” whose subtitle is: “Breaking out of the classroom into the world.” The blogger calls himself “Doyle.”  His profile describes him as: Very briefly a longshoreman, … Continue reading

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Pygmalion, Frankenstein, and the rhetoric of “reform”

Proliferation.  Every month sees new plans and blueprints and pathways and strategies for fixing the education “system” (scare quotes mark a vexed question). To try to read them all, and unpack their rhetoric and intellectual antecedents, I would have to … Continue reading

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Guest post: Engineer schools for equity and integration

This week, we offer a piece that Arthur Camins posted on Huffingtonpost, which he thought readers of this blog might find interesting. Arthur is Director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education, Stevens Institute of Technology, and … Continue reading

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Are projects problematic?

Larry Cuban in recent weeks has been  blogging about “project-based learning”  — and bringing in other voices as well.  (Start here and follow the links back to earlier posts.) Larry, with his finely honed sense of history, sees the rapid … Continue reading

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Blockchains, ledgers, and the engineering of education

Some of my favorite edublogs are exploring different aspects of a new fad in educational policy and engineering.  It has a lot of different names, but perhaps the most general “container” for the various components is “personalization.” (I’ve had my … Continue reading

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Jerome Bruner

Jerome Bruner, one of the key figures in the “cognitive revolution,” died on June 6th, 100 years old. You will not get much of a feeling for Bruner’s stature from the inept NY Times obituary, but really it’s hard to … Continue reading

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“Education reform”: Rorschach test

I first came to TERC in 1986 (August first). In “school reform years,” this is many “waves” ago. In those days, long before the sound of the “www” was heard in the land, “reform” meant things like: developing pedagogy that … Continue reading

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Teacher blog: Colin Purrington

Time to take a break from the heavy issues, and get back to another teacher voice. The blog I have been captivated by this week is by Colin Purrington, an evolutionary biologist who left academia some years ago to pursue … Continue reading

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