Data and research

Dell advertises a panel at SXSW about diversity in tech.

Diversifying the tech industry, one party at a time

Bringing black and brown undergrads to the gathering at SXSW is a tactic easily copied by all companies

Schools collect reams of data that could help teachers make decisions in the classroom, but getting all that data into one system, formatted the same way, is a pressing challenge for districts.

School data is messy, but it doesn’t have to be

A drive to make data ‘interoperable’ could unlock the promise of classroom innovation in the digital age

A student leaps during a game at Horizons Elementary School.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

Physical fitness has been definitively tied to improved academic achievement and schools are starting to take notice.

A new research project aims to figure out why particular ed tech initiatives succeed or fail. Students in a Chicago charter school work on tablets during class.

Don’t ask which ed tech products work, ask why they work

A new research venture aims to help schools find the best educational technologies for their circumstances

UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 19: Washington, D.C., area students and supporters protest against gun violence with a lie-in outside of the White House on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, after 17 people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., last week.

Marjory Stoneman Douglas students give legislators a civics lesson

By engaging in civil disobedience to create change, they are schooling the rest of us

New evidence indicates that paying teachers bonuses raises student performance by a small amount

A comprehensive federal study sheds new light on how merit pay works — and doesn't work


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As classrooms becoming increasingly digital, the role of teachers is bound to change.

As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in?

Technology has transformed many things in schools, but the centrality of teachers isn’t one of them

Students in a marketing course at Roger Williams University in Rhode Island check their phones before class begins. To tame classroom distraction, their professor uses Flipd, an app that locks students out of their phones during class.

Dealing with digital distraction

Solutions run the gamut—from tech breaks to tech take-overs

Helping teens find their purpose

A new movement in schools makes room for students to explore life’s big questions