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Michael Connell
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We can make education much, much better than it is...but will we?
We can make education much, much better than it is...but will we?

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Learning the Times Tables? Here's How to Do It - Without Tears!
The multiplication facts (or “times tables”).  They’re important. Kids who don’t know them will struggle later in math. But many kids resist learning these facts, complaining that they are boring and pointless. And many parents dread them, having had simila...

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Educational Assessment: A Huge Waste of Time and Money?
An educational road trip Imagine it’s 1980 - no World Wide Web, no cell phones, no GPS. Your child is learning to drive a car. They have to drive from Los Angeles to New York in time to attend an important event that could well influence the course of their...

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Minecraft: The ultimate educational tool?

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Common Core Math Standards Making You Crazy? Some Things to Consider
Pop Quiz! (No Googling, please - this is a closed-book quiz. Also: this will not go on your permanent record.) With reference to the long multiplication problem above, please answer the following questions. Q1) What does the "4" that is circled mean? Q2) Wh...

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Celebrating Howard Gardner's Extraordinary Mind, Life, and Work (with a free book download)
Howard Gardner is the Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Howard Gardner has been identified by Foreign Policy  and Prospect  magazines as one of the 100 most important public intellectuals  in the world t...

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Honoring Carole: An Open Letter of Appreciation to Teachers
It’s easy to see and criticize the flaws in our education system here in the U.S. – especially our public education system. And teachers are the face of public education – which means they often take the brunt of the criticism and discontent from all quart...

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Mind the Quicksand: A Word of Warning to EdTech Investors
I read about a new EdTech startup this morning in TechCrunch. It's called Galxyz . I started writing a comment on the article page itself, but then it got really long and kind of "meta." So I thought it might make an interesting blog post. Here's the descri...

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Khan Academy: How Does It Measure Up? (Part 2 of 2)
This article is the second in a series. In the first article , Dr. Schwartz distinguished authentic understanding from the Illusion of Understanding and introduced five principles from learning science that support the development of authentic understanding...

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Why a touchscreen (tablet or iPad) is better than a mouse and keyboard for young learners
(This article was originally posted at http://www.nativebrain.com/blog .) The Idea, In Brief As schools acquire significant numbers of tablets (Androids and iPads), administrators face questions regarding how these devices relate to the other learning techn...

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Khan Academy and the Illusion of Understanding (Part 1 of 2)
Khan Academy and the Illusion of Understanding (Part 1 of 2) Guest blog by Dr. Marc Schwartz Professor of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington Director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain, and Education This post is based on an article by t...
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