EdSurge Reporter Wins Top Prize for Story About Preschool Helping Kids Impacted By Opioid Crisis

EdSurge senior reporter Emily Tate won a top prize for feature writing by the Education Writers Association for her story about an Ohio preschool that helps the youngest victims of the opioid crisis, the group announced this week. Judges praised the piece for its strong organization and writing, noting that it was both a “compelling … Read more

What the Odd History of ‘Pulling Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps’ Says About Education Equity

There’s a phrase that’s used a lot when talking about the American Dream, a phrase that captures this idea that anyone can rise up and make their own fortune: “Pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.” And it turns out, the idiom has a precise—and surprising—origin story. It starts back in 1834, with an inventor from … Read more

Can an XPrize For Learning Science ‘Lure’ New Types of Researchers Into Education?

The field of education research is usually pretty sleepy—marked by small one-off trials isolated from the work of other research projects. That frustrates Mark Schneider, the director of the Institute for Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. So he’s pushing to bring a little flash—and more experimentation on the big-name education platforms that … Read more

Coursera Is Now a Public Company. What Does That Mean For Higher Education?

Coursera’s founders and CEO rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange today, as the online-learning company became a rare edtech enterprise to go public. And because it’s a pandemic, the event was online and the bell was virtual (perhaps fitting for an online-learning company). Of course, the money the company is raising … Read more

What Do Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World? More Than Tech and Academics

So what do today’s students—whether they’re in K-12 or in college—need to know to be prepared for the world they’ll graduate into? That question has only become more complicated during the uncertainty of a pandemic. And it’s the topic of a new book by Stephanie Krauss, called “Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s … Read more

Worried About Student Mental Health, a College President Moved Into the Dorms

When an outbreak of COVID-19 cases led Norwich University to put the campus on lockdown, the school asked students to stay in their dorm rooms full time, except to use the bathroom. Pretty soon, the university’s president, Mark Anarumo, began to worry about the mental-health impacts of that social isolation. So Anarumo made an unusual … Read more

Is the Solution to College Zoom Fatigue … a Different Video Platform?

Just as the pandemic is loosening its grip and schools and colleges move back to in-person classes, new startups are offering video platforms they say do a better job for teaching than Zoom or other mass-market systems. One of the latest entrants is Engageli (pronounced, “engage-ly”), which a few months ago scored $14.5 million in … Read more

Why Is Teaching So Prone to Fads?

Teaching is full of fads, big ideas that promise to revolutionize instruction. A few years ago, MOOCs graced the covers of newspapers as a way to bring college to the masses on the cheap. At some point, gamification was going to be the answer. For this week’s EdSurge Podcast, we’re revising an episode from the … Read more

There Is No ‘Average Student.’ So How Should Educators Measure Learning?

There are longstanding debates about testing in education. Some say we test kids too much and should do away with things like the SAT. Others think assessments still have value and must continue, but delivered in more modern ways. So, what’s the right amount? But what if that’s the wrong question? What if the way … Read more

More Students Are Using Chegg to Cheat. Is the Company Doing Enough to Stop It?

The pandemic has dramatically altered teaching and learning, and one side effect seems to be a rise in cheating on quizzes and tests, aided by websites designed to help students study. Students were used to being watched as they took tests in-person, says Tricia Bertram Gallant, a board member of the International Center for Academic … Read more