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Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

Taking Stock: Do MOOCs Work Best For Educated People?

Recent studies of MOOC completion rates and participation indicate that students with some college experience already do better.

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.

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Yet Another Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Yet Another Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

| April 16, 2014 | 1 Comment

Some mental health researchers are claiming to have discovered a new type of attention disorder characterized by daydreaming and lethargy. But some parents and other researchers are pushing back, worried about over-medicating the nation’s children.

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How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

| April 15, 2014 | 11 Comments

A recent Gallup poll indicates that students’ emotional engagement and well-being at school is powerfully tied to academic achievement.

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How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

| April 15, 2014 | 6 Comments

Every day, teachers are responsible for maintaining numerous logins, passwords, data, and other private information about their students. With so many tools, security and privacy are often an afterthought despite the increasing number of websites that fall victim to data breaches and security vulnerabilities each day. In the wake of the Heartbleed data security flaw discovered last week, here are measures teachers can take to secure school data.

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Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

Creativity and the Brain: What We Can Learn From Jazz Musicians

| April 11, 2014 | 18 Comments

Research on what’s happening in the brain when jazz musicians improvise is helping shed light on the neuroscience behind creativity.

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Are We Underestimating the Math Powers of Our Youngest Students?

Are We Underestimating the Math Powers of Our Youngest Students?

| April 10, 2014 | 2 Comments

New research questions if US math scores would improve if students were exposed to more complicated math early in their school lives.

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Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

| April 10, 2014

More schools are collecting and using information about student attendance and grades to flag kids at risk of dropping out — often before anyone realizes they need help.

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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Level of Learning

| April 9, 2014 | 5 Comments

How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.

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Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School

Students Want More Alignment of Tech In and Out of School

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Speak Up survey of more than 325,000 students and 75,000 parents, teachers and administrators digs into how students and teachers are using technology in school and for learning outside of school, and comes up with some interesting insights about the pervasiveness of tech use. A quarter of students in grades 3-5 and […]

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What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech

What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech

| April 8, 2014 | 4 Comments

Those “5 Things You Need to Know About EdTech” posts seem to crop up on Twitter every couple weeks — Tech isn’t the Point of EdTech, EdTech is about Learning, EdTech is Exciting. But for those who’ve heard and read it all before, here’s a completely different take on that headline.

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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

| April 7, 2014 | 16 Comments

When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.

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