A hallway is transformed into a learning community at Hillel Academy in Tampa, Fla.

From “Cells and Bells” to Learning Communities

Renovating school facilities for student-centered learning

The United States has more than $2 trillion of net worth tied up in its school facilities, making it the country’s single largest educational investment. The average age of schools in most districts across the nation is between 30 and 50 years. On top of increasing routine maintenance expenses that total many hundreds of millions of dollars, more than $12 billion is spent annually to modernize, add to, or build new schools. Continue

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Tech Is Changing Teaching, Finally

Tech Is Changing Teaching, Finally

As the calls grow for integrating technology into the classroom in ever more impactful ways, it behooves us to look at what the teachers who are recognized in this regard—and for their teaching overall—are actually doing in the classroom. With technology so woven into life, and with so many teachers developing, exploring, learning, and instructing, using some form of technology—from smart boards to smart pens—an examination of these teachers’ experiences in adopting and integrating technology into their practices seems timely and needed. Continue

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From Harvard Education Press:

Something in Common

Robert Rothman, foreword by Governor James B. Hunt, Jr.

Spotlight on Technology in Education

Edited by Nancy Walser, foreword by Will Richardson

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Laura Pappano, foreword by Karin Chenoweth

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Edited by Caroline T. Chauncey, foreword by Robert B. Schwartz

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