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Good News! Teachers Say Technology Is Helping Students Learn

A new survey shows record numbers of teachers are using media and technology, and it's having a positive impact on kids.


Figuring out how to incorporate technology into classroom lessons takes some time, but according to the results of the eighth annual survey by PBS and Grunwald Associates, almost all K-12 teachers are using it these days. In fact, given the large numbers of resources being used by teachers, it's pretty clear that the media and technology revolution is already here. Educators indicate that technology and digital media are helping them do their jobs better.

The survey found that more teachers than ever are incorporating interactive games, activities, lesson plans, and simulations into the classroom. Sixty-two percent of teachers say they use digital media twice a week or more and 24 percent say they use it every day to help them teach. The numbers of teachers using TV and video content in the classroom is even higher. Over 80 percent of teachers say they use TV or video to teach a lesson at least once a month and 76 percent are streaming it from the web.

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Ed Tech: One of These Ideas Might Be the Next Big Thing to Make Learning Easier

Here are five smart business ideas that use technology to solve education challenges.


What's going to be the next big education technology idea? One of the 10 finalist ideas invited to the "Education Innovators Showcase" at the upcoming Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York City could be the "thing" that revolutionizes learning.

The Showcase gives business ideas that use technology to make teaching and learning easier the opportunity to get in front of influential education leaders as well as potential investors. To be able to participate, interested companies went through an application process and were judged by representatives from the Summit’s two host organizations, Education Growth Advisors and Startl, as well as several other education entities. (Full disclosure: One of the judges selecting the finalists was the Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, which sponsors this education hub.)

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16-Year-Old Girl Challenges Michele Bachmann to a Civics Debate

Maybe civics education isn't dead after all.

Ready for a one-question civics pop quiz? How many amendments are there to the United States Constitution? If you're feeling a little overwhelmed by the question, you're not alone. The average American student is pretty ignorant when it comes to civics. Data released this month from the National Assessment of Educational Progress showed three-quarters of seniors can't name a power granted to Congress by the Constitution.

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The Rubik's Cube Makes a Math Class Comeback

Think you can solve a Rubik's Cube in under two minutes? Math teachers are showing kids how.


Think you can solve a Rubik's Cube in one minute and fifty-five seconds? That's what a twelve year-old in New York City did at school, and she's not alone. Students as young as seven are learning how to solve the cube that quickly in just one day—and they're not just switching the stickers around either.

Nope, a crop of Rubik's Cube-solving baby geniuses hasn't been birthed in some secret government program. These young cube solvers attend one of the 1,600 schools and hundreds of afterschool programs participating in the You CAN Do The Rubik's Cube program.

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