Literacy Tools That Bring Equity and Energy to the Classroom—and Unlock Career Doors

A post from EdSurge that is sponsored content from Achieve3000. The post contains some great insight from Doug Fisher on literacy instruction, and opportunities to support learners in all classrooms. I think the future of literacy is about providing the inspiration to take action, to build public spirit. I think that’s in part why digital…

Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program

Brooklyn teens are protesting their high school’s adoption of an online program spawned by Facebook, saying it forces them to stare at computers for hours and “teach ourselves.” This story provides an interesting counter-narrative for those that think that teachers will no longer be needed in an age of tech. A teacher who requested anonymity…

Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide

Research report from Monica Anderson and Andrew Perrin from the Pew Research Center. Full report here (PDF). All annotations in context. Some 15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. New survey findings…

Do we still believe that networked youth can change the world?

An interesting discussion on activism and social networks between Henry Jenkins, Esra’a Al Shafei, & James Gee. Video Abstract by Henry Jenkins. PDF for full special issue is available here. Jenkins, H., Al Shafei, E., Gee, J. (2018). Do we still believe that networked youth can change the world? Special issue. Working Papers on Culture, Education…

‘Post-Truth’ and the Decline of Swedish Education

Magnus Henrekson and Johan Wennström with an overview of a recent study “‘Post-Truth’ Schooling and Marketized Education: Explaining the Decline in Sweden’s School Quality.” Full copy of study available here. Swedish school system suffers from profound problems with teacher recruitment and retention, knowledge decline, and grade inflation. Absenteeism is high, and psychiatric disorders have risen sharply among Swedish pupils…

Report: Teachers Find Technology Mostly Helpful in Classroom

New research suggests that a majority of teachers believe technology is helping them do a better job in the classroom. The research also suggests that many educators are concerned digital devices can cause physical and mental harm to students. All annotations in context. The 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey was published by the website Campus Technology. Of those questioned, 44…