Future of Learning

The factory model of education is out. Now more schools are personalizing learning and trying to motivate students by empowering them in the classroom. Will this improve academic outcomes? Will it close achievement gaps? The Hechinger Report explores the innovations at the core of today’s cutting-edge schools. See all our Special Reports

Schools prove soft targets for hackers

Cybersecurity is a growing concern as schools collect an increasing amount of data on students.

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

Technology is increasingly helping these nontraditional students achieve

Using creative classroom design to promote instructional innovation

This Long Island district is scrapping traditional rows of desks in favor of more flexible learning spaces.

Laptops, Chromebooks or tablets? Deciding what’s best for the nation’s schools

Tech directors at districts around the country cite different rationales for their top picks

Online work has become a classroom staple for students around the country, but hundreds of thousands are still locked out because of inadequate internet connections.

Federal penny pinchers keeping rural schools from the internet

Federal E-rate money could bring these high-speed connections to rural schools, but funding is elusive

Students at Barwell Road Elementary School

Can freeing struggling schools from red tape help them improve?

North Carolina gives schools flexibility to try their own ideas for turning around

How to sort the good from the bad in OER

Online resources are overflowing, but reliable means to evaluate them and help teachers use them are rare

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Fifth-grader Camar Graves adjusts his Lego robot in a robotics class at Elm City College Prep, in New Haven, Connecticut.

Beyond ABCs: Can school give kids a lifelong love of learning?

A charter network tests a model of schooling that lets youngsters reinvent themselves through exploration

Eunice Millán prepares to measure the force of friction in a physics lab at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, New Jersey, which requires all students to take physics to graduate.

One reason students aren’t prepared for STEM careers? No physics in high school

A shortage of physics teachers limits physics-taking, which limits the number of physics teachers

While most books are still just text on a page, augmented reality books can bring words and stories to life.

When reading a book means more than just looking at text on a page

With augmented reality books, students can see vocabulary come to life.

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