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The 12 most popular eSN stories of 2012

Here’s a list of the 12 most popular stories we’ve published in the last year.

Recently, we published a special “year in review” digital edition in which we recapped what we thought were the 10 biggest ed-tech stories of 2012, and analyzed what these stories might mean for K-12 education in 2013 and beyond.

(You can access this special digital publication by clicking here.)

Now, we’ve assembled a list of the dozen most popular stories we’ve published in the last year, as measured by the number of page views each received. If you missed any of them before, here’s your chance to read them now, simply by clicking on each headline.

It’s clear from this list that our readers love to learn about new educational apps for iOS and Android devices—and stories about flipped learning were extremely popular this year as well.

What was your favorite eSN story from the past year, or the story you found most valuable? Tell us what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

12. Bill Gates: Why ‘game-based learning’ is the future of education

In Bill Gates’ vision of the classrooms of the future, students are grouped according to skill set. One cluster huddles around a computer terminal, playing an educational game or working on a simulator. Another works with a human teacher getting direct instruction, while another gets a digital lesson delivered from their teacher’s avatar…

11. Seven iPad alternatives for schools

With their interactive touch screens, easy portability, and quick boot-up time, tablets are increasingly becoming schools’ classroom computers of choice. And while many schools have invested in Apple’s revolutionary iPad, which started the whole tablet computing craze, a number of other suitable options have emerged to give school leaders more choices…

10. Free websites help boost student engagement, teacher productivity

Cash-strapped schools can’t stop giving students the resources they need to learn and develop 21st century skills simply because budgets are tight. Luckily, educators can turn to free online resources to help them find and organize lesson plans, give students extra help in various subjects, and more…

9. Five key roles for 21st-century school librarians

Presenters at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities conference described how librarians today must curate, foster citizenship, forge connections—and more…

8. Nine useful lists for educators

As part of Connected Educator Month (CEM), social media-savvy teachers and education professionals are using Twitter, blogs, and publications to get information out as quickly and easily as possible, and are using lists in many ways. Browsing CEM’s Twitter feed, #CE12, we’ve highlighted some of the most popular lists that were tweeted, as well as some lists that might be most helpful to our readers…

7. A first-hand look inside a flipped classroom

There have been many school reform trends over the past few years: student response systems, video games for math, mobile phones for learning—but none have completely transformed the notion of learning like the flipped classroom…

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