Digital Tools

Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

Gone Home: A Video Game as a Tool for Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

A video game that is classified as a storytelling experience is taking the place of traditional text in some classrooms to teach students critical thinking skills.

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Teaching Strategies

How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices?

How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices?

Librarians may be a teacher’s best resource when it comes to implementing inquiry-based teaching strategies.

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Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

Unexpected Tools That are Influencing the Future of Education

| January 22, 2015 | 26 Comments

Unschooling, greater independence for the student and teacher, and getting in touch with our social and emotional selves are just some of the topics that have inspired educators and life-long learners.

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In an Era of Conflict, Healing the World One Classroom at a Time

In an Era of Conflict, Healing the World One Classroom at a Time

| January 14, 2015 | 8 Comments

Thom Markham offers a set of principles to help educators see beyond immediate reforms to the education system.

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How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

How Integrating Arts Into Other Subjects Makes Learning Come Alive

| January 13, 2015 | 49 Comments

Several schools, including ones in high-poverty areas, are making art critical to the learning of more academic subjects. They’re seeing remarkable student improvement as a result of arts integration.

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Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning

Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning

| January 12, 2015 | 5 Comments

When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.

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How Educators in Rural New York got Creative with Common Core

How Educators in Rural New York got Creative with Common Core

| January 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

A small school district in Upstate New York tossed out state-developed Common Core teaching materials and let teachers create their own tools.

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What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class

What Students Can Learn From Taking Financial Risks in Class

| January 9, 2015 | 4 Comments

Despite the uncertain financial standing of a cooking and gardening program, students are encouraged to take risks, even costly ones, all for the sake of learning.

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Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?

Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?

| January 7, 2015 | 13 Comments

In order to develop creative individuals, children need environments that nurture their interests. Between standards and testing, how much of that are they getting at school?

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Beyond Standardized Tests: Existing Tools For Measuring Student Progress

Beyond Standardized Tests: Existing Tools For Measuring Student Progress

| January 6, 2015 | 10 Comments

There are multiple ways to assess a student’s progress besides standardized tests. Here are some alternatives to the existing system, including emotional skills surveys, sampling and government inspections.

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

| January 2, 2015 | 9 Comments

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

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Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

Appreciating Slang’s Creative Contributions to Language

| December 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

Slang may seem like it has no place in the dictionary, but dictionary editors are listening very closely to the words people use in real life.

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