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Cost-effective tutoring

One on one tutoring has been shown to move a student in the fiftieth percentile to the ninety-eighth percentile. What toolkit would allow a teacher to reliably reproduce those results with each student?

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Video games for learning

Research has shown that action video games can improve things like low-level vision or perceptual processing. How can we use these finding to make video games, which can engage students for hours, valuable complements to other instruction?

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Development of technology leadership

To move forwards, schools need educational leaders who understand the risks and benefits of technology and can help be instructional leaders. There is a need for Technology Institutes to help principals, superintendents, etc. to develop the sort of risk-taking, innovative, creative, and supportive tech leaders that are needed so that they become enablers, not barriers to technology innovation in schools. But they need... more »

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Supporting innovators

A real challenge facing schools is how to support the innovators in their ranks, yet meet the demands of the somewhat unreasonable NCLB requirements. Principals fear taking risks in this climate that is punitive. Instead of a punitive climate which punishes risk-taking, work needs to be done on improving a more innovative, fast-moving, risk-taking climate. Policies which better support this sort of innovation are needed;... more »

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Maximizing Thinking and Project Time: Flipping the Classroom

Real time collaboration, conversation and engagement with other learners in person and in one place provides support for putting ideas into action and creating evidence of learning. Asynchronous online reading, writing and thinking time then provides the flexibility for learners to consider new ideas and make connections of new information to what they already know- flexibly, at their own pace, when they are feeling... more »

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Self Paced Learning for all

Our kids spend too long sitting in class being taught things they already know or can learn on their own. Teachers spend too much time lecturing to the class and the lowest common denominator, rather than focusing instruction on those that need it.

The simplest example is the Kahn Academy - which is entirely self-paced and student led. But there are other more customisable and teacher-led examples, like Promethean's... more »

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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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