Archive for August, 2011

Should Students Advance At Their Own Pace?

Should Students Advance At Their Own Pace?

| August 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Flickr:Kreative Eye- Dean McKoy What if student learning wasn’t based on age, but on proficiency? That might happen soon in Oregon’s public schools if Senate Bill 909 unfolds as planned. Oregon governor John Kitzhaber ushered a group of education bills through the legislature in June. One of them, SB 909, created the 15-member Oregon Education […]

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New Educational Apps of the Month

New Educational Apps of the Month

| August 31, 2011 | 3 Comments

At the end of each month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last 30 days. (Read all of our Educational Apps series.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. MOTION MATH ZOOM We’ve covered the educational apps built by Motion Math […]

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Quick Look: What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar

Quick Look: What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar

| August 31, 2011 | 2 Comments

Having seen the creative designs of all three company environments, I can say first-hand there’s lots of wisdom in the article. Source: Fastcodesign The country’s strongest innovators embrace creativity, play, and collaboration — values that also inform their physical spaces. A community about to build or rehab a school often creates checklists of best practices, […]

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Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog

Six Reasons Why Kids Should Know How to Blog

| August 30, 2011 | 14 Comments

Flickr:Pixelsrzen In the digital age, kids need to have an understanding of what it means to be a responsible digital citizen. They need to learn the technical how-to’s, as well as a more global comprehension of how to navigate the online world. To that end, Melbourne educator Jenny Luca made a commitment to help her […]

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The First “Internet Class” Goes to College

The First “Internet Class” Goes to College

| August 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Just in time for back-to-school, Beloit College has released its annual “Mindset List,” listing some of the cultural experiences and expectations of the would-be Class of 2015. The 18-year-olds that comprise this year’s incoming freshmen were born in 1993 — the year that Mosaic introduced its popular Web browser and that The New Yorker published […]

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Watch Out, Facebook: Edmodo Ups Its Ante With New Features

Watch Out, Facebook: Edmodo Ups Its Ante With New Features

| August 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

We talk a lot about social networks and education, but Facebook dominates most of that conversation. Edmodo is upping its ante with new additions that integrate social learning in interesting new ways. Source: Thejournal Edmodo has updated its free classroom communication system. The system, referred to as a “social learning network” by the company that […]

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With Pictures, Puzzles and Games, Students Create Transmedia Stories

With Pictures, Puzzles and Games, Students Create Transmedia Stories

| August 29, 2011 | 1 Comment

By Laura Fleming and John Connell Until just a few years ago, stories we were told mostly through  a single medium – it might be a book, a movie, a radio program, a cartoon. Today, we can tell stories across a wide variety of media, all at the same time. That’s the premise behind the […]

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Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading?

Can Digital Comic Books Spark a Love of Reading?

| August 29, 2011 | 3 Comments

It has been a bitter pill for me to swallow as a parent and as a bibliophile: my son does not love to read. Sure, I read to him daily when he was a toddler, and even once he learned to read to himself, we still spent many evenings reading books aloud as a family. […]

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Addressing Parent Fears About the Changing Classroom

Addressing Parent Fears About the Changing Classroom

| August 26, 2011 | 2 Comments

by Marsha Ratzel It’s Back to School Night at our middle school, and as I finish my five-minute overview for parents about what their kids will learn in in my math and science classes this year, I can see the questions start bubbling up. Their faces say it all. Since their kids were in kindergarten, […]

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Quick Look: How to Fix Our Math Education

Quick Look: How to Fix Our Math Education

| August 26, 2011 | 0 Comments

Interesting take on how real-life problems would make more sense in teaching math. Source: Nytimes Imagine replacing the sequence of algebra, geometry and calculus with a sequence of finance, data and basic engineering. In the finance course, students would learn the exponential function, use formulas in spreadsheets and study the budgets of people, companies and […]

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