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Evalutating Instructional Materials

The National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA) is working to develop standards for digital instructional materials. It is important to assist teachers by thoroughly evaluating and reviewing instructional materials as they compare to each state's core curriculum. We would love to be involved in efforts to collaborate to insure that the highest quality materials are available to classrooms.

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Professional Development for All

All of the ideas and all of the educational technology in the world will be useless unless teachers know how to use it with their students in meaningful 21st Century ways. What can we do to make sure that ALL teachers not only have access to, but actually take and use the proper professional development to implement education technology tools and 21st Century learning skills in the millions of classrooms across the country?... more »

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Connect Classrooms Globally

Technology now gives our educators and students the opportunity to learn with the world, not just about it. The challenge: how do we help empower a new generation of young citizens who are aware of and comfortable with interaction with peers worldwide when most schools do not have the flexibility to pursue such connections?

The education community and private sector companies have identified global awareness, ability... more »

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Scaling Literacy and Numeracy Through Global Storytelling

New mobile technologies offer the K-12 classrooms worldwide unlimited opportunities for scaling the teaching and learning of reading, writing, and numeracy. New writing, audio, and video storytelling tools are being developed daily. Research shows that peer collaborative storytelling, editing and feedback is a powerful motivator for student learning. The challenge: how do US classrooms, which commonly ban cell phones... more »

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Exchange 2.0

New technologies and social media have, for the first time in history, offer an unlimited number of teachers and students of all ages and economic backgrounds to develop relationships with one another and promote empathy, respect, prosperity and security across international borders in a way that has never been done before. “Exchange 2.0” isn’t dependent upon travel costs, real-time language immersion, face-to-face interaction,... more »

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Student Engagement through Authentic Simulations

Our curriculum is fragmented and NCLB increases the focus on subject-specific content. Our students are left less-engaged in a school day that seem disconnected from the real world, and the real-world skills they will need as adults.

Tech simulations/games can engage students in holistic and authentic environments. Can we develop these so that they also allow teachers integrate content, stressed by NCLB?

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Library Think Tank--Design, Function, and Future of Libraries

Library budgets and librarians have been cut drastically across the country, yet we know through a decade of studies that they have a significant improvement on student learning and achievement. A think tank on libraries of the future that also provides seed money for renovating libraries, infusing technology and good design into them, is needed. Much like the Robin Hood foundation is doing in New York City, the best... more »

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Combine Arts and Science/Technology curriculums

Arts education is often used as an enhancement to "core" curricula in Language Math and Technology. In reality the arts and creative activity deploys amazingly well-developed technology and science. From painting to digital animation to musical instruments the Arts is math and science, and artistic practice can be used to give students a window into applied math, technology, and science. Let's stop separating arts and... more »

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Spread school year to learn not forget

Spread the school year to four or five semesters. This raises attainment by avoiding the long summer of 'forgetting'. Learning is better delivered and reinforced and seen as a continuous process. We are long past the need for an educational timetable based on the 'agricultural calendar'.

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Rethink and refresh numeracy and maths

Maths curriculum is too abstract, irrelevant and inappropriate for the vast majority of learners. It needs refreshed to deal with 21st century technology (more inputs and outputs into software, like spreadsheets) and less focus on algebra and calculation. Functional maths is the real need, not maths as an instrument of filtering through failure in standardized tests. How many adults really need to know the quadratic formula... more »

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Learn from other countries.

A comprehensive survey of what other countries are doing to take advantage of technology to advance learning would be a great contribution. Too often, we in the U.S. limit our vision to what's going on here. We need to look beyond our own borders to see what models and solutions are out there that we might appropriate and build upon.

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