The Achievement Gender Gap for Boys

Today’s blog post was written by Jay Barry, a social studies teacher at Arlington High School. Jay has seen first hand the challenge of engaging boys in academics at the high school level. In his post, he describes that problem and his abbreviated effort to do something about it. The Achievement Gender Gap for Boys …

Teach Like a Parent

Teach Like a Parent: Show Them the Love How can principals and other administrators can help new teachers avoid burning out? Make it absolutely clear to new teachers that  their number one priority must always be to show students compassion and caring – and to share their own love of learning. Many of us have …

Memo to #edtech companies: Don’t forget content!

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The past 5 years has seen a dramatic shift in the way that technology is used in the classroom. Driven by greater access to broadband network connections and low-cost mobile devices, there is a greater emphasis on technology that is integrated into regular classroom activities and that does more than simply replace traditional forms of …

RHSU-Inspired University Influence Rankings

I am huge fan of the Edu-Scholar public influence rankings put out by Rick Hess (twitter: @richhess99) via Education Week every year. Here is the link to this year’s ratings, which were released last week: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2016/01/the_2016_rhsu_edu-scholar_public_influence_rankings.html I thought it would be interesting to aggregate the results by university to gain some understanding of the most …

Get in the Game: 10 Ideas for Bringing Gaming into Your High School Classroom

After three decades of educational games that emphasize simplicity over challenge and content over engagement, the nature of video game use in the classroom is transforming. Specifically, there is an understanding that many entertainment-oriented video games have intrinsic educational value in their demand for critical thinking and emphasis on risk-taking – and that there is …

Social Media in Schools: Be the Owl, Not the Ostrich

Possibly no topic in #edtech invokes as much fear in parents or teachers as social media. This is understandable. Research has shown that by middle school, the majority of students are using social media, but lack the maturity to use it appropriately. Their unsafe behavior might take the form of sharing too much personal information, …

6 Biggest School Administrator Myths about Cyberbullying

School and district administrators must take a proactive approach to preventing cyberbullying. Here are 6 myths that are preventing this from happening: Not in my backyard! No matter how healthy your school environment, there is the potential for cyberbullying. Kids can be sucked into mean online behavior even if it is not happening in the …