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.

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Does lunch have to be 45 minutes? Rethinking school schedules to support innovation

Getting creative with class-period lengths and staffing plans can dramatically reduce class sizes and increase teacher collaboration time

The messy reality of personalized learning

In Rhode Island, questions persist about the effectiveness of individualized instruction via laptop

Ian Fairhurst, who integrates educational technology into grades K-6 at Knox Grammar Prep, showed a session participant how to use a VR headset at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia.

Virtual field trips bring students face-to-face with Earth’s most fragile ecosystems

First-person environmental experiences engage learners and foster empathy, teachers say

At the Telstar Freshman Academy in Maine, service learning is included as part of the curriculum. Bailey Fraser, 15 (left), and her stepsister Leah Kimball, 15, volunteer with Edible Bethel during their service learning block.

All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

At Telstar Freshman Academy, outdoor-based projects are a way to raise students’ ambitions and keep them engaged

Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage collaboration, creativity

But can the Instagram-ready spaces get the job done?

Student ed tech entrepreneurs argue they know what classrooms need

Most ed tech is made for student use, but it’s all created by adults

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Research shows lower test scores for fourth graders who use tablets in schools

Reboot Foundation questions the use of technology in education

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Not going it alone: International education programs in an age of isolation

A sampling of Hechinger reporting for The New York Times’s Learning section

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Can “playful assessments” tell us whether maker education works?

An MIT pilot project at two schools seeks to measure hands-on, collaborative learning

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In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

This district says personalized learning boosted its graduation rate from 78 to 97 percent

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