The newly revised guide for teachers, “Exchange 2.0 Technology-Enabled International Interaction,” has just been released. The guide was originally developed for the U.S. Department of Education and is now hosted by the Connect All Schools.
Nielsen released a report on how the Class of 2011 engages with media, finding that — no surprise — teens out-text any other age group, more than doubling the rate of the next highest age group. (That’s an average of 3364 texts per month for 13-17 year olds and about 1640 for 18-24 year olds.) Although teens are the heaviest users of mobile video, they watch less television than any other age group.
Note-taking app Evernote introduced a new app this week, Evernote Peek. It’s the first app of its kind, taking advantage of the new Smart Cover for iPad. The app lets you turn your Evernote notes into flash cards, quizzing yourself using the Smart Cover to hide the answers.
Apple released an update to its e-books app, iBooks. Among the new features is a built-in “read aloud” option for select children’s books.
The Kauffman Foundation‘s new education technology accelerator program graduated its inaugural class of start-ups this week. The 23 participating entrepreneurs had participated in a four-month long program.
SwoopThat, a new launch, promises an easier way to comparison-shop for textbooks. The student-built site pulls course information and helps locate the places where the cheapest versions of textbooks can be found, assessing new and used books, rentals and e-books, as well.
When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
Though spatial skills — the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects — are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don’t always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.
Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the […]
Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer […]