Blended Learning

More classrooms have high-tech devices. More schools have speedy Internet connections. And more teachers are mixing technology into their lessons. Can blended learning improve academic outcomes? Will it help disadvantaged students? The Hechinger Report explores the way new technology is changing what we teach and learn. See all our Special Reports

U.S. schools have more computers than ever. But what are they doing with all that (expensive) technology?

A show-stopping school of innovation today can quickly devolve into tomorrow’s has-been. Keeping track of who’s doing what in the diverse field of blended learning, which mixes online and in-person…

A proposal from the White House: $4 billion for computer science education for every K-12 student

The White House wants to bring computer science to every student, and this past weekend President Obama proposed spending more than $4 billion on a new federal program to make…

Nolan Young, 3, front, looks at a smart phone while his brother Jameson, right, 4, looks at a smart tablet at their home, in Boston.

Many low-income families get on the Internet with smartphones or tablets. That matters. Here’s why

A new report examines how poor families with children use the Internet

Forget snow days. How one school district uses this time to teach students — and fill their bellies as well

Jason Lee, a Western Kentucky University student from Korea, walks in the falling snow Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, in Bowling Green, Ky. Photo: Miranda Pederson/Daily News via…

Acting U.S. Secretary of Education speaks out in a state where anti-testing backlash looms

The tests disliked by the opt-out movement aren’t the ones that take the most time, federal leader says

Let’s talk about sex: Can digital devices make students feel more comfortable in sensitive classroom discussions?

In a classroom of 400 college students, it can be difficult to lead an intimate conversation. And it can feel like an impossible challenge when you are trying to teach…

Robo-reader redux: Can a curious computer improve student writing?

Will student writers be more comfortable getting critiques from a computer instructor?


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An experiment in teacher training: More in-person fieldwork, but more online professional development

Teacher training programs have new competition from an array of outside-of-academia organizations – think tanks, nonprofits and money-making businesses – that all claim to have the latest, greatest way of…

Using computers widens the achievement gap in writing, a federal study finds

Low-performing fourth-graders do poorly in writing tests given by computer, but high-performing students do better

Why more students are on board for coding instruction – in kindergarten

When it comes to concepts, ABCs and 123s are only part of the equation