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Report identifies problems with education

Interesting perspective on American Education from the Department of Education. Education is vital to America’s individual and collective economic growth and prosperity, and is necessary for our democracy to work. Once the global leader in college completion rates among young people, the United States currently ranks ninth out of 36 developed nations. – Arne Duncan, […]

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Moving Games Forward

Here is an interesting whitepaper called Moving Learning Games Forward: Obstacles, Opportunities and Openness written by Eric Klopfer, Scot Osterweil, and Katie Salen with contributions by Jason Haas, Jennifer Groff and Dan Roy and right out of the Education Arcade. You really need to read the entire paper but here is one highlight which is […]

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Different Types of Educational Simulations and What They Teach

Here is a table from Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning (shown below) that describes several different types of simulations, provides examples and indicates the type of knowledge generally taught with that type of simulation. Type Definition Knowledge Taught Physical Procedures Simulator A simulated object, piece of equipment or machine. It works and functions like […]

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We Teach as We are Taught

As schools adapt to new technologies and hardware and software, curriculum changes need to reflect more than just the inclusion of technology; changes needs to impact methodology, approach and instructional activities. Yet, even today, instructional methodologies are heavily influenced by the instructional models and cultural influences of teachers and administrators, not the students. Much of […]

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Want to Teach Math, Science and Engineering to Kids? Think Guitars

Check out www.guitarbuilding.org If you think math, science and engineering are boring subjects, you need to re-think the topic and pronto. Check out this cool curriculum designed by The National Center for Manufacturing Education. In the curriculum, students build an actual guitar learning all about CAD, electronics, acoustics, general guitar terminology, scale lengths, wave lengths, […]

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Calling all Educational Entrepreneurs

Kauffman Labs for Enterprise Creation Seeks Education Founders Here is some news for anyone thinking of starting an education company. A New Kauffman Foundation program has been launched that is searching for passionate, aspiring founders of high-growth, scalable education enterprises The Department of Education’s Race to the Top competition isn’t the only program focused on […]

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Change Our Traditional Approach to Education

While kids are growing up with cell phones, internet access, virtual worlds and a culture that rewards creating digital networks and online content, the basic instructional paradigm for teaching those students has not adapted to the explosive use of technology among the culture of third millennials. That is not to say that technology tools haven’t […]

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