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What Seymour Papert Meant to Us

Let’s play a game. Guess when the following quotes were first published: “[W]hen a child learns to program, the process of learning is transformed. It becomes more active and self-directed. In particular, the knowledge is acquired for a recognizable personal purpose. The child does something with it.” “[M]any children are held back in their learning […] Read More

Marathon Runner- Rock Like a Teacher Series

Ed. Note- In honor of the CUE Rock Star Camps, which run all summer, we will be presenting a Rock Like a Teacher series of posts in which educators talk about the music and musicians who made them better teachers. I am a marathon runner/ and my legs are sore/ and I’m anxious to see/ what I’m […] Read More

What a Time to Teach Languages!

What a time to be alive! The whole world is inside our classrooms every day. I like to pretend it’s me bringing it to my Spanish I and II students, but really, they’ve had it in their pocket the whole time. What a time to teach languages! There are two things any language teacher needs […] Read More

Qué Momento Para Enseñar Idiomas

[Ed. Note- Since this is about second language learning and a Spanish teacher wrote it, she's graciously translated it into Spanish for us. For English, click here.] ¡Qué días para los maestros de idiomas! El mundo entero está dentro de nuestros salones cada día. Me gusta pensar que soy yo que lo trae a mis […] Read More

CUE Presents LeRoy’s Big Idea 2016 Finalists

On what would have been Mark Twain's 180th birthday, CUE launched a search for similarly brilliant representatives of educational innovation to embody the creative spirit of CUE's original irascible author and columnist, LeRoy Finkel. The Fellowship was set up in his name over 20 years ago to "promote leadership in the field of educational technology." […] Read More

Rookie Teachers and the Pressure To Integrate Technology

It’s finally mine. I spent four years sitting in the back of various classrooms with my constant list of mental notes running in the background. By the end of student teaching, I felt like my head would explode if I didn’t get to start making the decisions soon. I graduated and was lucky to find […] Read More

Keeping Pace Report 2015

Keeping Pace 2015 report is now available online The Keeping Pace report was developed as an important guiding document for schools around the world. Since 2004 it has examined the status and provided an overview of the policies, practices, and trends of online education across the country. CUE CEO Mike Lawrence, as well as CUE […] Read More

Take a Hike and Take Your PD With You

I’ve been doing a lot of math in my head lately trying to puzzle through some vexing equations: Teachers + Technology + (?) = Engaging/Effective PD (Sub-equation: Effective = Dynamic Learning for Students and More Trusting, Transparent Professional Culture) Truth be told, professional development can often be an impersonal experience, one that fails to nourish […] Read More

Unfixing a Broken Mindset

I can now relate to my students! For several years I have told my students, “Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try.” At the beginning of October I decided to stop saying that to my students and actually live it. I have a love/really hate relationship with math. I teach science and […] Read More

The Connected Educator’s New Clothes

For over a year I have been excited about being a connected educator. I frequently lose myself in conversations, blog posts, and chats that speak to my diverse interests. As someone who enjoys consuming information and having intellectual discussions, the connections I have made are energizing and valuable. When I first started to connect with […] Read More