Jill Barshay

Should we stop making kids memorize times tables?

Stanford professor criticizes New York state's interpretation of Common Core math standards

Teaching a child to read on a shoestring

“I do believe we can teach a child to read for less than a dollar.” So said Shane Hill at the SXSW education-technology conference in Austin, Texas. But how? The…

Backtracking from video games

Here at SXSW’s Ed Tech Conference, there’s a lot of talk about using video games as instructional devices. After all, video games are fun, absorbing and motivating. Why shouldn’t school…

The limits of online assessments

How tough is it for a math teacher to know if his or her students understand basic math? Tougher than you think, according Marilyn Burns, a veteran math educator and…

Louder libraries for a digital age to open across U.S.

High schoolers work on projects at the YOUmedia lab at the Harold Washington library in Chicago. (Photo by Nick Pandolfo) CHICAGO—Imagine walking into a public library filled…

How a “tech break” can help students refocus

Psychologist Larry Rosen laments the fact that technology is driving us all to distraction. This past weekend, he spoke at a Hechinger Institute seminar for education reporters, which…

Students as software testers

How do advocates of digital learning know that students learn better via computers than more traditional methods? Katie Salen is tired of hearing people say, ‘Prove to us that technology…

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Kindergarteners at the keyboard

LOS ANGELES — First-grader Lena Barrett clicks through a series of icons and logs onto a laptop under the fluorescent lights of her classroom. Before long, a cartoon version of…

Q&A with former Gov. Bob Wise: What will a ‘digital’ school look like in 5 years?

Bob Wise Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise co-chairs the Digital Learning Council with Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida. This council aims to…