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The Hechinger Report

Jill Barshay

3 August 2020

United States

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An ed-tech researcher continues to investigate the success of a study that looked into the effectiveness of "crowdsourcing homework tips." In the study, the homework tips were pre-written by teachers for students to a...

Staten Island Advance

Jordan Hafizi

31 May 2020

Staten Island, New York, United States

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Dance, karate, and music instructors in Staten Island, New York are adapting and shifting the ways they deliver lessons to work within the virtual landscape their students, and the rest of society are living in due to...

San Diego Union-Tribune

Deborah Sullivan Brennan

31 May 2020

California, United States

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As teachers have shifted their classrooms to remote learning during the pandemic, the challenge of keeping students actively engaged and interested remains. For some teachers in California this included enhancing less...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

20 May 2020

United States

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An AI app is potentially eliminating the need for Quran teachers by offering precise feedback to those who are learning to recite or memorize the holy book of Islam. Tarteel uses machine learning technology to enable ...

The Hechinger Report

Gail Robinson

10 May 2020

New York, United States

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Students in the Mineola school district had a head start when schools around the country switched to online classes as a result of the coronavirus? Since 2017, students as young as kindergarteners have been learning t...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

2 May 2020

Mesa, Arizona, United States

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The Summit Learning Program is an online program that offers personalized lessons in science, social studies, math, and English language arts for students in grades four through 12. “Nearly 400 schools use it across 4...

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Molly Fosco

2 June 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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After her experience arriving woefully unprepared at Dartmouth, Alex Bernadotte started Beyond 12, a tech nonprofit that provides virtual coaching to graduating high school seniors and college students. Beyond 12 has ...

FastCompany

Harry McCracken

19 March 2019

Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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JamieSue Goodman, an employee at Google, was part of the team that developed an Applied Digital Skills curriculum that teaches students how to use technology to accomplish real-world tasks. Available for educators wor...

BBC

Vibeke Venema

22 January 2019

Ankara, Turkey

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Education for children with autism can be a costly challenge to procure, but an app called Otsimo aims to democratize education by providing software designed specifically for autistic children. Now 3 years old with o...

Montana Public Radio

Kevin Trevellyan

21 January 2019

Montana, United States

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Funding from the US federal government is helping one Utah nonprofit bring educational resources to children in Montana. UPSTART, developed by the Waterford Institute, uses computer programs to teach children academic...

Bright Magazine

Kathlyn Pattillo

30 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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In the past decade, Nairobi has established a name for itself in the world of education innovation - entrepreneurial private school models, a growing edtech ecosystem, and reforms in public education have drawn attent...

NPR

Cory Turner

25 September 2018

United States

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In an effort to make the frustrating FAFSA application process even just a little bit easier, the U.S. Department of Education has created a new phone app for students. The app is intended to bridge a gap for families...

The New York Times

Laura Pappano

2 August 2018

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Universities like Princeton look to social media and other digital solutions to form a connection with their latest generation of students. Teachers incorporate iPads and video conferencing into their curriculum to ke...

Al-Fanar Media

Doreen Aijambo

16 July 2018

Somaliland

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Similar to other countries in Africa, Somaliland is using technology to better education. There, an estimated 150,000 parents use a free-mobile messaging tool to communicate about school conditions with the government...

The Boston Globe

Deirdre Fernandes

7 July 2018

Kenya

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Far from its location in Boston, Southern New Hampshire University is offering refugees at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya a shot at getting an education. SNHU offers associate's and bachelor’s online degree programs...

Quartz

Jenny Anderson

22 January 2018

Kenya

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Founded by Silicon Valley veterans and funders in 2007 to serve the world's poorest students and most under-resourced teachers, Bridge International Academies now operates 600 low-cost private schools in Kenya, Nigeri...

The New York Times

Kate Taylor

11 January 2018

United States

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Several charter school networks have found that a strict and structured approach to instruction, while it may be improving test scores, is not resulting in the anticipated increase in timely college completion rates f...

Christian Science Monitor

Gretel Kauffman

26 December 2017

Rwanda

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Research says that bilingual kids reap significant benefits from reading in their primary language. One nonprofit working in Rwanda, Congo, Haiti, Cambodia, and Mongolia provides digital books in students' strongest l...

Wired

Tara Garcia Mathewson

29 November 2017

Fresno, California, United States

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The Fresno school district is getting surprising results following the rollout of Strides, a student portal app that gamefies the learning experience and in doing so incentivizes students to stay engaged. Like with ot...

The 74

Carolyn Phenicie

26 November 2017

Utah, United States

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Since Upstart launched in rural Utah in 2009, 30,000 children have completed the online personalized preschool alternative from their homes. Upstart provides participating families with computers and internet access i...

BBC

Angela Saini

8 October 2017

Nairobi, Kenya

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This podcast episode covers 3 entrepreneurial solutions in India and Kenya, and 2 of them have already started seeing very positive results. The first is a rugged tablet named Kio Kits loaded with educational software...

The Hechinger Report

Ben Stocking

10 April 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In response to dropping enrollments and low test scores, Catholic schools nationwide have started taking a new approach to instruction, one called "blended learning." Students alternate small group learning with digit...

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Spring Wise

31 March 2017

Riga, Latvia

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In Latvia, a new software-Edurio- helps educators learn from insights that go beyond grades by surveying students, families and teachers. This allows for fast feedback and alterations to improve educational experience.

Upworthy

James Gaines

1 July 2016

Finland

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Finland is tackling bullying with a national prevention program known as KiVa. In addition to classroom lessons and other resources, the program uses computer games to teach kids what they can do if they see bullying ...

Bright Magazine

Nichole Dobo

6 October 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Increased technology in classrooms is popular among schools in the U.S. However, research suggests that its effect is sub-optimal due to low-quality software, implementation, and participants' digital skills.

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