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Indoor river is teaching tool for summer school students
Washington Times

Grain by grain, sediment began to build up in the reservoir behind the tiny dam, as anticipation built on the faces of the high school students watching. (August 8)


Here's a resource worth checking out - a high school education blog from U.S. News & World Report.

Why flip the classroom? ‘If kids aren’t learning, it’s not them, it’s you’
eSchool News

Why a teacher’s decision to flip the classroom turned out to be a great learning experience for everyone. (October 2015)

How one school fashions geometry lessons from recyclables

Amid rows of chairs set up in Hawthorne High School's cafeteria, students, teachers and even the superintendent strut around as they model elaborate, hand-made outifts for an appreciative audience. (June 2015)

Why cell phones belong in our classrooms
eSchool News

As the principal of a high school in Manhattan, I know firsthand how cellphones can both help students stay in touch in today’s world and how they can be a valuable teaching and learning tool in the school setting. (March 2015)

Students use coding to build their own Minecraft worlds
eSchool News

Programming languages like Python are being paired with Minecraft at one school. (March 2015)

Engineering game promotes problem solving, mechanical concepts
eSchool News

Backyard Engineers, a new game from Filament Games, is designed to teach engineering concepts and problem solving skills. It aims to help students from middle school to high school understand the principles of engineering design through experimentation. (February 2015)

Students sing way through history
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

February welcomes more than blustery weather. It brings Presidents’ Day, honoring all the country’s leaders, not just the two who claim birthdays this month. But if your presidential knowledge is sketchy, this approach might help you. (February 2015)

Journey to the student-centered makerspace
eSchool News

Whether you know it or not, your students are already making things outside of school. From digital animation and programming to video production and duct tape crafts, it’s surprising the number of outlets students have found to vent their creativity. (February 2015)


4 ways to create a successful hybrid school
eSchool News

Six years ago, our district created the PSD Global Academy, and I was hired to launch the school. Our charge was to provide students with online learning opportunities. (November 2014)

Encouraging Hesitant Writers
Classroom Chronicles

Tipton County English teacher and 2014-15 Tennessee Teacher of the Year finalist, Becky McBride, shares three ways she encourages even her most reluctant writers to get their thoughts on paper. (November 2014)

Pilot program will give teens more personalized learning
eSchool News

Grants help students personalize learning with more control over schoolwork and schedules. (November 2014)

Bringing Twitter to the Classroom

Students upload pictures of their annotated texts and ask their classmates to help them understand the nuances of iambic pentameter. This is Chris Bronke’s freshman English class at North High School, a public school in Downers Grove, Illinois. (September 2014)

5 reasons to use Netflix in the classroom
eSchool News

While teachers look to find new ways to make the classroom more interactive, some might look to Netflix, a video-streaming site. (June 2014)

Atlantan can really rock in classroom
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The rules of rock apply to Erik Herndon’s music class: Play hard, be original and push limits. Herndon, a rock guitarist and a teacher at Young Middle School in west Atlanta, uses the power of music to break through to city students. (January 2014)


Brookwood teacher named 2013 Claes Nobel Educator of the Year
Gwinnett Daily Post

This program recognizes educators who model best-in-class practices in teaching, are a positive influence for students and peers, and who have demonstrated leadership and excellence in education. (December 2013)

Four steps to flipping the classroom
eSchool News

The flipped classroom, in which students watch a video explaining a particular lesson or topic at home and then come to school prepared to complete assignments related to that lesson or discuss the topic in class, is gaining ground. But how, exactly, can educators go about flipping the classroom? (January 2013)

College kids develop apps to help kids master algebra
Louisville Courier-Journal

iPad apps that college students have developed soon could help high school and middle school students crack the code of algebra, often a gatekeeper to college entry. (January 2013)


State’s push for digital textbooks, tests has schools scrambling
eSchool News

Students at Florida’s Lake Minneola High School spent the year reading from shiny, new iPads instead of textbooks, something many say helped them stay engaged with schoolwork. (July 2012)

Why An English Teacher Introduced Her Class to the World
The Atlantic

When high school students submit papers to the Web rather than their instructor does the larger audience inspire them to write more seriously? (July 2012)

Virginia high school uses technology to increase learning time, boost graduation rates
eSchool News

T.C. Williams High school in Virginia's Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS), uses technology to create online and blended-learning environments that provide extra support to students who need it. (April 2012)

New twist in education: 'Flipped classroom' makes homework an in-school effort, puts lectures online
Pittsburgh Post Gazette

A high school teacher has developed what he calls the "flipped classroom" that is seeing positive results as well as student enthusiasm. (January 2012)