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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 […]…

Broward schools salute Innovations for Learning on Digital Learning Day

Broward County Public Schools marked Digital Learning Day today by spotlighting its collaboration with Innovations for Learning. With Innovations’ help, the district is implementing a digital learning program to help kindergartners and first-graders in 13 schools obtain a sound foundation in reading. “Today’s students embrace technology.  It engages them and makes them excited about learning,” […]…

Congrats to Bennett, Detroit’s School of the Week!

Congratulations to one of our TutorMate schools, Bennett Elementary, named as School of the Week by Detroit Public Schools. The district saluted Bennett, a neighborhood school in Southwest Detroit, for its friendly atmosphere, nutritional lunch program,  creative play activities, university partnerships, parent support, and 21st Century technology. The district made the announcement on Jan. 21. […]…

Kids at work: Leaders catch glimpses of students engaged with TeacherMate

Seth Weinberger, the founder and chief executive of Innovations for Learning, paid a visit to a few elementary schools last week in Broward County, Fla. Thirteen Title I schools in and around Fort Lauderdale have started using Innovations’ programs this year to help first-graders and kindergarten students build strong reading skills. The schools are using TeacherMate, […]…

Innovations for Learning has a new website!

We’re happy to announce our new website: www.innovationsforlearning.org We designed it to clearly tell our story:  Why we’re putting our efforts into teaching reading in the earliest grades in underperforming schools in the U.S. and in communities in the developing world. How we’re doing that, using technology, tutors and teachers. The great results we’re seeing. Please […]…

JPMorgan Chase hosts digital-education innovators

Seth Weinberger, Innovations’ founder and executive director, joined education thinkers Joel Rose and Nichole Pinkard today in a discussion at the University of Chicago about the future of technology in education. The three were panelists at a seminar for JPMorgan Chase Private Clients. Rose, co-founder and CEO of New Classrooms Innovation Partners, works with schools to individualize teaching for students. Pinkard, a visiting sssociate […]…

Tutor: ‘I am very proud to be part of it all’

With the school year ending, many Innovations for Learning tutors are visiting the classrooms to meet in person the children whose progress in reading they’ve been guiding long distance, via telephone and computer. Jacqui Howze, an administrative assistant at the law firm DLA Piper LLP in Chicago’s Loop, remotely tutored a young boy at Fiske […]…

IFL off to a high-altitude start in Denver

At most Innovation for Learning end-of-the-year get-togethers, tutors travel to schools to finally meet the students they’ve been helping each week over the Internet. Denver did it differently. On Wednesday, buses delivered children from two elementary schools to the city’s Janus Capital Group headquarters for a rooftop party. Some 40 first-graders from the two schools, […]…

Rich kid, poor kid — all must, and can, get an education

What’s wrong with public education in America? Is it the poor quality of teachers — or maybe the low pay offered to teachers? The inflexibility of unions? An insufficiency of charter schools? We’ve heard all of these, time and again, to explain what is inevitably described as the crisis in U.S. education. But a couple […]…

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