The Achievement Gap [Infographic]

We’ve come a long way from the days of segregation in schools. Minority groups are no longer banned from educational opportunities, but fractures still exist. Today, the problem is largely economic. Socioeconomic factors play a major role in the achievement gap. The following infographic is a series of statistics showing…

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20 Tips On How To Work With Students Who Have a Hard Time Collaborating

There was nothing I hated worse in school then when the teacher announced, “The next assignment will be a group project.” The word group was a swear word in my book akin to a big fat F. Group projects meant arguments. Group projects meant a low grade. As an adult…

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How To Develop a Culture of “Can” In Your Classroom

It’s an age-old saying, “Give a man a fish, and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and feed him for a lifetime.” What separates good teachers from the excellent ones? The excellent ones are handing out fishing poles; creating a culture in the classroom of independence…

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16 Innovative Ways to Use Crowdfunding for Education

Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. –John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy’s quote about the goal…

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25 Things Successful Educators Do Differently

If you ask a student what makes him or her successful in school, you probably won’t hear about some fantastic new book or video lecture series. Most likely you will hear something like, “It was all Mr. Jones. He just never gave up on me.” What students take away from…

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50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you. Podcasts are a great way to get information when…

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Online Teaching: 15 Ways Online Educators Can Light Social Engagement Afire

Social engagement may help eliminate the student retention problems that have plagued higher education for many years. Stephen Abram, author of the Stephen’s Lighthouse blog on library trends, pointed out that, “For decades, research has been pointing to social engagement as a key factor in helping improve student retention. While…

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15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013

What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013? It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised…

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Why We Need To Teach Students Time Management

Monday, January 27, 2014

Online courses are often chosen for their flexible structure, but although the ability to adjust study-time to specific needs is certainly attractive, students should not underestimate the importance of time management in online learning. As part of a larger project to explore different ways to analyze and promote productive “listening”…

Why Spaced Learning Works Better Than Cramming

Saturday, January 25, 2014

You probably don’t need a study to tell you that late-night coffee-fueled cramming sessions aren’t the best way to be preparing for an important exam, but  neuroscientists in Japan recently uncovered new evidence that helps explain the so-called “spacing effect.” Of course neuroscientists have long known that learning is more…


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