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This Week in Education Technology: 10/31/2014

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Oct 31, 2014 8:00:00 PM

Common Core and the End of History


The End of History and the Last Man is a book by Francis Fukuyama based on a 1989 essay called "The End of History?" Fukuyama argued that the end of the Cold War, the collapse of Communism, and what he perceived of as the triumph of Western liberal democracy and capitalism, signaled the end of human cultural transformation. It signaled the end of history and the process of historical change. Read more.

In Praise of Style: What's Missing From The Common Core Education Standards


As the debate over national education standards—aka the Common Core—continues to rage, one topic that seems to be missing from the discussion is style.  And by style, I mean writing style, a flair for language, a way with meaning, a panache with punctuation. Read more.


Mankato initiative transforms special education


Hunched over their iPads, the three seventh-graders took turns reading the document displayed on their screens. One, Sam Seifert, followed along, while her special education teacher Jessica Waterstreet did the talking — Seifert has difficulty reading on her own. Seated near the center of the table, Blake Hanna recited the words softy, rushing through them quickly. Jacob Voracek, opposite Seifert, took the text more slowly, pronouncing each word with precision and care. Read more. 

50 resources for using tech in the modern classroom


The aim of technology may be to make processes more efficient and to expand our horizons, but unless used appropriately, it can also make life unnecessarily complicated. In the classroom, teachers are more and more often expected to show innovative and progressive thinking by integrating technological solutions into their lessons — but starting out isn't easy. From learning how to scour YouTube for clips to working out which photos and files can be used under fair copyright terms, while trying to keep up with standard workloads, invigorating lessons with technology can fall by the wayside. Read more.

It's Time To Rethink Our Use Of Technology In Schools


Probably the biggest change in education over the last few decades has been the introduction of new technology. But what difference does it really make? Read more.










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