Archive for 2012

How to Get Parent Support for Tech Use in Class

How to Get Parent Support for Tech Use in Class

| December 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Jennifer Carey Every teacher who has attempted to integrate technology into the classroom knows that getting parents on board can sometimes be a challenge. It’s not uncommon for the parent of a struggling child to be on the phone with you asking questions like: “Why do you need to use technology to teach math/social […]

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Online Privacy: Parents Worry Advertisers Know Too Much

Online Privacy: Parents Worry Advertisers Know Too Much

| December 28, 2012 | 7 Comments

The Federal Trade Commission recently reprimanded makers of mobile apps targeted at children for failing to provide enough information to parents about the kinds of data being collected. The announcement raises a long-standing concern many parents have about how to keep kids safe online. A recent study from the Pew Center’s Internet and American Life […]

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Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think

Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think

| December 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

In her “anti-parabola” video Doodling in Math Class: Connecting the Dots, Vi Hart demonstrates mathematical curiosity and creativity, which happens to be the opposite of what she does in math class. As she says, “Teaching how to think requires giving power and responsibility to individuals while teaching what to think can be done with one-size […]

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Boy Scouts Make Way: Kids Explore By Creating

Boy Scouts Make Way: Kids Explore By Creating

| December 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Countless kids have grown up with the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts or Campfire Girls, but for some families, the uniforms and outdoor focus of traditional Scouting groups don’t appeal.

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Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

| December 26, 2012 | 3 Comments

Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to […]

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Happy Holidays from MindShift!

Happy Holidays from MindShift!

| December 25, 2012 | 1 Comment

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Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break

Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break

| December 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

Flickr: Andrew Beeston With two weeks of holiday break stretched out ahead, here are some fun ways to keep kids occupied and engaged, as collected over time on MindShift. 1. DIVE INTO MINECRAFT. Simply put, Minecraft is a game that lets you build worlds out of blocks. But Minecraft’s visual simplicity belies what is a […]

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For Low-Income Kids, Is More Time in School the Answer?

For Low-Income Kids, Is More Time in School the Answer?

| December 21, 2012 | 3 Comments

TB To help disadvantaged kids who are struggling to keep up in school, some education advocates believe that extending the school day could give them the extra boost they need. They argue that many parents can’t afford to send their kids to the varied extracurricular activities that wealthier children enjoy – leaving poorer kids with a sparse […]

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For Advice, Ideas and Support, More Educators Seek Social Networks

For Advice, Ideas and Support, More Educators Seek Social Networks

| December 20, 2012 | 2 Comments

Social networking is hardly a new phenomenon, but teachers have come a long way in their use of sites like Facebook and Twitter.

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2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

| December 19, 2012 | 5 Comments

At the end of the year, pundits love to share their versions of summarized lists of what was hot in ed tech in 2012. In addition to the obvious — Common Core curriculum and assessments, games in learning, consumer tech in education — there are others that may be more subtle or even counter-intuitive. Here […]

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