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Breakthrough Learning from the Outside In: Four Policies to Accelerate Innovation in the Classroom

by Victor V. Vuchic
October 21, 2009

Victor V. Vuchic is Program Officer, Open Educational Resources The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation     Often when we think about innovation, we focus on lots of low cost rapid prototypes and bottoms up design driven approaches. You don’t often hear much about how policy could stoke innovation. Usually, people … 







The Promise of Games in the Public Interest

by Suzanne Seggerman
October 20, 2009

Suzanne Seggerman President, Co-Founder, Games for Change           Games can be used for A LOT of purposes – well beyond entertainment. And as they are a young medium, they are not often envisioned beyond their current contexts; we are all still just getting used to them. … 







Technology and Family Literacy

by Emily Kirkpatrick and Sharon Darling
October 19, 2009

  We’re excited to participate in the  Cooney  Center’s upcoming Forum. Families of all socio-economic classes are using technology in their daily lives. The National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL) is on a quest to crack the code on helping families—particularly families struggling with low literacy skills—use technology to further education and their well-being. … 







Digital Connectors Will Build Today’s Communities and Tomorrow’s Leaders

by David L. Cohen
October 15, 2009

David L. Cohen is the Executive Vice President, Comcast Corporation This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. We are strong believers in investing in stronger communities, and we’re in the midst of one of our most exciting community investment initiatives ever. Building on our partnership … 







The Outer Spaces of Learning

by Colleen Macklin
October 14, 2009

This post was originally published on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. In the recent Star Trek movie by J.J. Abrams we get to see what a 23rd century Vulcan school was like for young Spock. Hundreds of crater-like pods, with 360-degree projection systems, allow individual students to navigate through an … 







+1 Learner: How personal learning networks can transform individual teacher practice

by Lucy Gray
October 13, 2009

Lucy Gray, Education Technology Specialist Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education University of Chicago This post was originally published on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. Imagine a learning community for educators, a place where teachers can connect to the world. Teachers can pose questions and receive just … 







Write a Story On a Phone? Are you Kidding?

by Ben Bederson
October 12, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog.   Creativity continues to be an essential skill in the emerging creative economy. Since scientific and technological creativity are tightly intertwined with cultural and artistic creativity, developing tools for creative expression can help all members of society. … 







Taking Down the Digital Divide in Schools

by John Merrow
October 8, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog.   I vividly remember a physician friend of mine, Dr. Karen Hein, saying that, for AIDS, asthma and other health problems, geography was destiny. She meant that poverty and the problems associated with it were key determinants … 







Connecting: Rigor and Relevance

by Paige Kuni Johnson
October 7, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog.   Recently, at a conference on education reform, I heard a state superintendent from one of the country’s highest performing states share a comment I found concerning. He said he believed there would be a tension between … 







Education 1.0 and the Desire to Upgrade

by Scott Traylor
October 6, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. A new high school is being built near my office. The old high school had served its function well over time, but in recent years the level of maintenance necessary to keep the school functioning translated into …