The Top 12 Education Stories Of 2012

Education is at a crossroads. Technology seems like it should open up vast new possibilities for teachers and students alike. And while that possibility is starting to become reality, there are also many pitfalls to avoid. With the widespread adoption of iPads and other tablets throughout the education system, 2012 saw the first real tests of how pervasive tech might change how we learn.

For grade schools, it means figuring out how to use technology in a way that augments, rather than distracts, from lessons. For colleges, the rise of online learning means that administrators and professors have to re-think what it means to be an institute of higher education when much of the learning can be had far from campus.

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