FROM the EDITOR Winter 2009

Depending on who you are, 21st Century Learning may be learning with technology, learning with rigor and relevance, learning to communicate, learning about our place in the global marketplace, learning about health, learning about our civic responsi... More >>

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Math Moments with Maggie Full Contact Math

It’s 8:30 a.m. and the buzz and chatter in the room subside. “Good morning,”says the announcer to the 60-plus teachers sitting at tables throughout the room, each hopeful that the day will be worthwhile, bringing new light to his/her math teachin... More >>

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Solving the Dropout Problem

There are five major causes of students dropping out of school: The child him/herself The family situation The community they live in The school environment The teacher(s) they have In order to preven... More >>

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Get Your Students Ready for High Tech Planet

If your students are lost in cyberspace, it’s past time to get them ready for the High Tech Planet we live on today. So many students believe that they’ll be able to slide by without an education and skills. Here are powerful, innovative intervention... More >>

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A Social Imperative Building a 21st century education system

The world has changed dramatically and will continue to do so exponentially. The industrial economy of the last century has been supplanted by a service economy driven by information, knowledge and innovation. In this environment, manual labor and r... More >>

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Rigor and Relevance Preparing students for a 21st century world

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What Should Be the Function of a K-12 STEM Education?

(This is part two of a three part series on STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — education.) One of the recommendations of the committee for Rising Above the Gathering Storm is the creation of K-12 curriculum materials mode... More >>

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Teaching Basic Communication Skills

A student who can’t communicate effectively can’t compete in the modern world. This is why teaching effective communication skills must serve as the cornerstone for any program preparing young people for the 21st century. More >>

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Depth of Knowledge in the 21st Century

As a principal of (fictitious) Memorial Junior High, and an observer of classroom sessions on a regular basis, no one can tell Jim more about the different teaching styles employed in his school. Although he notes the contrast in styles from one tea... More >>

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Games Have a Long History in American Education

In July 1859, the editors of Scientific American magazine made a cautionary plea to their readers.A game was gaining popularity in America, and it was having a deleterious effect on the youth,“robbing the mind of valuable time that might be devote... More >>

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Virtual High School Global Consortium: The Past, Present and Future

Like most innovative organizations, Virtual High School Global Consortium, the pioneer of online learning for middle and high school students and course design for teachers, had a grassroots beginning. What started in 1996 as a five year project fun... More >>

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Visual Journals Move Teachers and Students Beyond Traditional Learning

David Modler doesn’t mind strangers reading his journal. “I like to see people look in my jour-nal,”said Modler,39,apublic school arts educator of more than 15 years and a North Carolina Center for the a decade of art education experience in Virg... More >>

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The Changing Face of Computing 21st century computing for 21st century schools

Districts, administrators, and parents all have the same goal: ensure that children have the necessary tools to attain success.Technology proficiency is now undoubtedly one of those tools. More >>

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Integrating Technology for the 21st Century School

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,atale of a fatefultrip...” Most ofus will recognize these lines as the opening song from the popular TV show Gilligan’s Island.The majority of us were born into a world where television was exploding. Many... More >>

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Oodles of Google — Free Tools for Teachers

Are you looking for a safe solution to streamline basic electronic services, such as e-mail and online collaboration, without the headaches of developing content from scratch? Google Apps for Education ( is for teachers wh... More >>

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