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Middle school boys vault over park benches during parkour enrichment class.

Fit Kids: Working Out with Parkour at a Brooklyn Charter

Parkour, a young and trendy fitness discipline, is brought to the classroom at Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School.

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Digital Literacy: New Director at DOE Emphasizes Greater Social Media Use in Classroom

Lisa Nielsen is New York City’s first director of digital literacy and citizenship. She says her job is to help teachers and students become web-savvy.

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Tweeting, Instagramming and YouTubing in Class

With smart phones, MacBook Pros and iPad’s abound, take a look at how a group of tech-savvy students at a private Upper West Side school are tweeting, posting and instagramming their way through class.

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Jeremy Rivera outside Bread & Roses

Transitions: New Beginnings and Lasting Memories at Bread & Roses

Their high school is going to start the phase-out process next year. Ninth graders Jeremy Rivera and Nakia Watson have the chance to transfer to better schools, but will they?

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Transitions: A Principal Reflects on Her School’s Closure

Like their counterparts at the 49 other schools in New York City that were closing or phasing out in 2012, Believe Southside’s staff and students were forced into transition. Here is that story from the perspective of Believe Southside’s principal, Shannon Browne.

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Tasneema Sultana before her oral presentation

Preparing the Portfolio: One Student’s Journey

Students at Manhattan International High School hail from 57 different countries and between them speak 44 languages. To graduate, they complete a senior portfolio as part of the performance assessment system instead of taking five Regents exams. Follow senior Tasneema Sultana’s journey as she puts the finishing touches on her portfolio.

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Blended Learning: The Digital Blend

Blended learning, a curriculum combining both digital and traditional learning techniques within the classroom is a concept that is being slowly introduced to schools across the city like Pathways in Technology, also known as P-Tech.

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Social Media: Tweeting and Learning in the Classroom

Educators see social media as an important tool to aid learning in the classroom, but there is no consensus on how best to teach it.

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Opportunity Locked

Students at Opportunity Charter have speech therapy in the hallway while other classrooms in the building are empty and locked. These are the space wars in New York City.

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Foreign Languages Making a Comeback in Public Schools

In a school system where more than 100 languages are spoken, classes in Italian, French, Mandarin, even Hebrew are becoming popular.

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