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While a proponent of digital textbooks and education technology, there are some concerns about ongoing education-related topics in the United States. One such concern pertains to the online news coverage thus far, specifically with regard to the states of California, Texas and Virginia.

Often, when textbooks have been been topical, the states of California, Texas and Virginia have appeared in the news. Each of those... more »

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One Common Place for Everything Educational Technology

My idea is to create a site that does away with the hours of searching the net for the right instructional technology resources for you. The site would be the one stop location for everything related to educational technology. It would be a site to go to network with educators and professionals around the world in order to share best practices when it comes to teaching with technology. One could also go there to gain... more »

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Flip the Science Lab

Vast quantities of time and money are spent on traditional science labs. Too often, they don't really help students to understand science. Sometimes, they're simply dull.

Too little time is spent discussing what happened with the lab investigations because of multiple stresses on classroom time -- high-stakes test preparation, overloaded learning standards, and, yes, time spent in labs.

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Digital Promise Board Concerns

Greetings. There are some concerns about Digital Promise, specifically the composition of its board. The Digital Promise organization, created through Section 802 of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, intends to receive money from Congress and is otherwise a public policy topic.

There are concerns that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States is participating on the board of Digital Promise.... more »

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Citizen Responders

Work with state, local, federal and private sector Departments, Agencies and corporations to develop gaming products that address the evolving role of citizen responders to stabilize any community experiencing a public health event regardless of causation. These products could be scaled to address K-12, post secondary school education and the general public. Very often Citizen Responders are the first people at the scene... more »

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Creating the Sustainable Education Platform of the Future

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In rural and small schools, curriculum offerings may be limited by constraints such as staffing, space, and enrollments. As K–12 budgets continue to tighten, a growing number of school districts are looking at expanding "1 to 1 computing" or introducing "bring your own device" (BYOD) strategies as a way to expand mobile and digital learning—allowing for greater access to interactive digital curricula, electronic... more »

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Major Tech Companies Partner With Classrooms

I believe today's students are the greatest users of technology. They crave innovation and cannot get enough of the connections they make with the touch of their fingers. I think Major Tech Companies (Apple, Microsoft, IBM, HP, etc.) need to Thinktank, Brainstorm, and partner with classrooms all around the country. They need to put more of their products in the hand of students and teachers, in exchange for ideas to... more »

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Fund research and development in education

Almost no industry spends as little on research and development as the education industry. We have educators, who are often poorly trained in effective research techniques, doing research in their spare time, and we have a small number of independent researchers in universities.

We need to improve funding for research and development, and develop ways to test out educational ideas (while safeguarding the education of... more »

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Supercomputing and Computational Thinking

I am at the Supercomputing Conference in Seattle , Washington. I am a K-12 teacher. There are rich resources and ideas here that need to be disseminated
in classrooms. Some of that work is that of Dr. Robert Panoff at www.shodor.org, and there are many components to his work.
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I think that if he was able to distribute his work and Pat Phillips ideas were widely shared more teachers would be interested. I think the Dept... more »

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Who are the best Maths teachers? Why? How do we get them?

As a principal in a Victorian government school, I have a high degree of autonomy with respect to recruiting staff. We have the Teaching Standards that applicants must address, we interview them, check referees, etc. and they must be registered with the Victorian Institute for Teaching (VIT). We endeavor to appoint high quality practitioners, or those that have demonstrated a capacity towards this, but this is also... more »

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A Call to Arms - The Voice of Practitioners is Silent!

The launch of this forum in September 2011 was supported by the President and the Secretary of Education. The opportunity to share with and learn from colleagues all over the world should be seized by all educators. This Digital Promise site utilises some of the technology that we want students to take advantage of - interactive forums that generate sophisticated discussion, locate high quality resources and connect people... more »

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Authentic Online Science Labs

The most critical portion of a science is the lab portion. That's where you should develop scientific thinking skills and an understanding of the nature of science. Yet, hands-on labs aren't doing the job due to expense, time, and incorrect design.

Build online science lab investigation experiences using real videoed experiments with highly interactive software that allows students to take individual data using their... more »

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ESPN for Education

The greatest power of cable television networks is that they aggregate large audiences for specific interests and provide consistent programming for those passions. ESPN for Sports, Food Network for cuisine and HGTV for home improvement & decorating. Yet we have no such television home for education. NBC does a nice job one week a year with Education Nation but it's talking heads and while informative, it's not entertaining.... more »

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Motivate, Engage, Empower ... MEE

Motivate, Engage, Empower ... MEE ... via Technology and Core Subject Content

Motivate, engage, and empower translate as MEE, and this holistic approach to the student psyche will nurture the “id” of the individual via innovation and best practices inside and outside the classroom. To ensure student success:

1) innovation must comprise cognitive/creative planning that effectively melds core subject content with technological... more »

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