Archive for March, 2014

Shop on AmazonSmile, help Innovations for Learning

You shop, don’t you? And sometimes you shop online? Well, then, here’s a great way to support Innovations for Learning. Do your online shopping through AmazonSmile, and the non-profit will receive a donation of 0.5 percent of the purchase price — the same price you’d normally pay on Amazon.  It only takes a minute. Sign in at smile.amazon.com. You’ll […]…

Bridging the digital and literacy divides: How employee engagement can help

By Dan Weisberg Literacy skills have been critical to achieving success and position since the Industrial Revolution.  In today’s world — so dependent upon a grasp of the Internet and global communications –  these skills are more important than ever. It’s no coincidence that there’s a strong correlation between the long standing “literacy divide” and […]…

What happens when children’s books omit characters of color?

Of the 3,200 children’s books published in 2013, only 93 were about black people, according to a study by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin. And just 57 were about Latinos. Yet about 40 percent of public school students nationwide are black or Latino. There’s more than a numerical disparity at […]…

See what student filmmakers have to say about technology in classrooms

  A White House-sponsored student film festival challenged students to make movies showing the impact and promise of technology in their classrooms. The contest drew more than 2,500 submissions. Sixteen were chosen for screening at the White House on Thursday. See them here. They’re remarkable in showing how deeply students understand and appreciate the great […]…

SXSWedu keynoters: Educational technology ‘has failed to keep its promises’

Educational technology is supposed to personalize the learning process. It’s supposed to democratize education. Make learning fun. Fix what’s broken about school systems. Unfortunately, according to keynote speakers at this week’s SXSWedu Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas, technology is falling short. “The sad truth,” said Vivienne Ming, “is we’re failing to keep these promises […]…