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The Critical Skills model of instruction builds powerful lessons in classrooms ranging from pre-K to post-graduate. The model combines experiential learning, problem based learning, and rigorous high standards within an intentionally created collaborative learning community, creating the classrooms that many educators imagine, but can’t quite put together. It is the “how” in answer to the “what” of powerful classroom practice. And it was created, continues to be created, by practicing classroom teachers.

The Project RED research team, which has strong ties to the One-to-One institute, recently released a report that identifies best practices for implementing technology in schools to see improvement in student achievement and cost savings.

A collaboration between the New Media Consortium and Educause Learning Initiative. 3/18/2008

Schools all over the country are developing technology plans to implement “ubiquitous computing” in some form. By “ubiquitous computing,” people usually mean a combination of two key ingredients: wireless networking which provides high-speed Internet access, and a 1-to-1 computer-to-student ratio, achieved in most cases by the acquisition of laptops. The educational press has reported on many experiments such as the Maine Laptop Initiative, and similar programs at the local and state level. The new XO, “$100” computer provides an added dimension of affordability and innovation, along with the attractive vision of universal access to computer power and the many gifts of the World-Wide Web.