Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sharing Ed Tech Successes

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Sharing Ed Tech Successes

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WHEN IT comes to reporting on education. consumer magazines, newspapers and websites do a great job of highlighting the many daunting challenges facing K-12 districts these days: new standards and assessments, a lack of funding, providing support for English language learners and students living in poverty, the ever-growing need for more bandwidth, the mandate to prepare students for college and careers --and the list goes on.

What these media outlets generally don't do is celebrate schools' many success stories.

To some degree, this is a logical business decision. As someone whose job description includes writing catchy headlines, I understand that, when it comes to capturing readers' fractured attention, a headline like "Class Full of Smiling Students Masters Algebra" may not grab as many eyeballs as, say, "Video Shows Fresno Student Punching Teacher in Cellphone Dispute." But among educators, the algebra story deserves as much or more notice, because it provides an example that could help other teachers, who could in turn help their students, who could in turn become happier and more productive citizens. …

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