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Celebrity Obsession Can Be Harmful When You Alter Your Personality

Arts | June 24, 2014 | 1 Comment

Celebrity Obsession Can Be Harmful When You Alter Your Personality

We may know the latest gossip about One Direction or how Beyonce’s sister Solange attacked Jay-Z in an elevator, but is our interest in celebrities a bad thing? Within the past few weeks, students analyzed how our fascination with celebrities impacts society in our #DoNowCelebrity post. We asked students, Given the context of income inequality and changing demographics across the country, is the American obsession with celebrities good or bad for our culture? Why?

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Hands On Projects Promote More Thinking in the Classroom

Civics in the Community | June 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

Hands On Projects Promote More Thinking in the Classroom

Would you rather learn about how a computer works by reading about it or building one with your hands? Last week, we asked students to think about how they like to learn in our #DoNowMaker post.

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Four Ways to Boost Your EdTech IQ This Summer

Arts in the Community | June 13, 2014 | 3 Comments

Four Ways to Boost Your EdTech IQ This Summer

Read about some amazing resource tips from Amy Ridlehuber Kingsley who was recently awarded the 2014 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator Award. Amy has come up with 4 ways to boost your EdTech IQ this Summer.

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Sexism in Science is Caused by Traditional Gender Roles

Community Voices | June 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Sexism in Science is Caused by Traditional Gender Roles

Women have made great strides in fighting for equality in America, but are there factors that still hold women back in certain areas like science? In our #DoNowSexism post, we asked students, What do you have to say about the reasons and realities of sexism in science? What are the barriers, if any, to women in STEM careers?

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Students’ Creative Responses to KQED-featured Artist Michael Arcega

Arts | June 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

Students’ Creative Responses to KQED-featured Artist Michael Arcega

I heard through the grapevine that arts educator Caren Andrews initiated a creative classroom project and included one of my favorite KQED Spark videos on Michael Arcega as inspiration for her students, so I tracked her down and asked her to share the project with us.

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#BringBackOurGirls Brings Awareness Not Action

Civics in the Community | June 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

#BringBackOurGirls Brings Awareness Not Action

Does a hashtag have the power to change the world? Last week, students across the nation discussed the value of utilizing social media for social justice issues in our #DoNowNigeria post.

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Art Can Be Found Anywhere

Arts | June 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Art Can Be Found Anywhere

When we think of art, we typically think of an oil canvas painting hanging in a museum. This week, we challenged students to expand their notion of art and to identify it in everyday places like a subway station wall.

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Water is a Right for Everyone

Do Now Round-Ups | May 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Water is a Right for Everyone

Should water be free for everyone? In the past few weeks, students across the nation debated about whether or not water is a right or a commodity in our #DoNowWater post. We asked students, Should we consider water as a commodity, available only to those who can pay for it, or as a right, freely available to everyone to use (and to waste)?

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Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

Civics in the Community | May 28, 2014 | 3 Comments

Positive Discipline Encourages Students to Work Harder

Last week, students questioned what is the most effective way teachers should address disobedience in school in our #DoNowDiscipline post. We asked students, Explain what discipline looks like at your school. Are you more likely to change your behavior after receiving negative punishment or reinforcement and rewards for taking positive steps?

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The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor is a Problem

Civics in the Community | May 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Growing Gap Between the Rich and the Poor is a Problem

Americans are instilled with the idea that if you work hard enough, you can move up the social ladder, but is this still true today? Last week, students around the nation discussed income inequality in our #DoNowIncome post.

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