Conversations around technology in the classroom often start with the aspirational. What’s possible with technology tools? For this special report, our reporters chased a more concrete question: What’s really happening right now in classrooms with tech? The stories delve into the ways specific courses, such as music and journalism, have changed in recent years because of new digital tools, and what trends like "gamifying" look like in practice (hint: It’s not all high-tech). You’ll also find a look at how full-time tech coaches change instruction, a Q&A with a leader in ed-tech innovation, and first person accounts from teachers on what tech can and can’t do for their students.

“A lot of schools have devices, but many of them end up sitting there because teachers don’t know how to use them or they’re scared of them,” said a Texas principal. With help from a Google-funded program, his school hired tech coaches to help.

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At this Phoenix high school, students are recording and producing songs using technology tools found in the professional music industry.

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What are the biggest misconceptions about how technology can and should be used in the classroom? Teachers share how expectation differs from reality in a Teaching Ahead roundtable.

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October 3, 2018 Snapchat, Twitter, and livestreaming are a regular part of life for high school journalism programs these days, which means teachers have to keep up with both the new technology and ethical considerations.
October 3, 2018 Teachers say new tech tools give young students more creative freedom in music classes, and offer older students who haven’t participated in band or choir an entry point into the subject.
October 3, 2018 Under a $6.5 million, Google-funded initiative, technology coaches and teachers work together to make classes more creative and collaborative.
October 3, 2018 Some teachers are gamifying entire units of study, while others are assigning single games to reinforce specific concepts. The results, many say, are mixed.
October 3, 2018 In an interview, Justin Bathon, an expert in how technology and education intersect, described the critical missteps schools and leaders make in implementing technology.
October 3, 2018 All students have the ability to become self-taught experts, writes Mary M. McConnaha, and technology provides the tools.
October 3, 2018 Technology can be powerful for learning and collaborating, but the most important community-building students do often doesn’t involve screens at all, writes computer science teacher Douglas Kiang.

This special report was produced with support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Coverage in Education Week of learning through innovative designs for school innovation is supported in part by a grant from the Carnegie Corporation of New York at www.carnegie.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.

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