Archive for April, 2012

Good Read: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

Good Read: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Some researchers believe playing a specific kind of game actually builds what they call “fluid intelligence” — “the capacity to solve novel problems, to learn, to reason, to see connections and to get to the bottom of things.” Source: Nytimes “Can somebody raise their hand,” asked Kate Wulfson, the instructor, “and explain to me how […]

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Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens

Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens

| April 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Kyle Palmer Entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger these days. Just a few weeks ago, more than 100 high school and college students converged on a warehouse in Bellevue, Washington, with one mission: to build a marketable mobile app in less than 24 hours. By all accounts, this convening is an encouraging sign of […]

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Good Read: Eight Ideas for Summertime Math Learning

Good Read: Eight Ideas for Summertime Math Learning

| April 27, 2012 | 1 Comment

Sure, all the ideas are linked to New York Times-specific articles, but they’re still great for finding ways to incorporate math in kids’ daily lives. Source: Nytimes The school year is starting to wind down in many places in the country, and it brings worries about so-called summer slide – the documented decline in student […]

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Movement Against Standardized Testing Grows As Parents Opt Out

Movement Against Standardized Testing Grows As Parents Opt Out

| April 27, 2012 | 63 Comments

A growing movement of principals, parents, and teachers is rising up against standardized, high-stakes test.

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Good Read: How ‘Free-Range Learners’ Hunt for Educational Content Online

Good Read: How ‘Free-Range Learners’ Hunt for Educational Content Online

| April 26, 2012 | 1 Comment

More about students relying on their own peer networks to help them source information: Students report relying on friends to get help and share resources, Ms. Morgan says, whereas their responses suggest “much less of a role” for “conventional authority figures.” They “don’t want to ask librarians or tutors in the study center or stuff […]

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What’s the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game?

What’s the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game?

| April 26, 2012 | 13 Comments

Getty Chocolate-covered broccoli. That’s what designers of educational games call digital products that drape dull academic instruction in the superficially appealing disguise of a game. Instead of placing the fun of discovery and mastery at the heart of the game, these imposters use the trappings of games “as a sugar coating” for their otherwise unappetizing […]

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How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids’ Online Lives?

How Should Schools and Parents Be Involved in Kids’ Online Lives?

| April 25, 2012 | 10 Comments

The most important goal is to maintain open communication, explaining to kids the responsibility that comes along with having an email account, and the need to ask an adult for help if the child feels uncomfortable with the nature of any online exchange.

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MIT Joins Forces with Khan Academy to Produce Videos for Young Students

MIT Joins Forces with Khan Academy to Produce Videos for Young Students

| April 25, 2012 | 4 Comments

MIT’s seminal OpenCourseWare and MITx have brought free, high-quality educational content to anyone who wants it. Now MIT is turning its attention to younger students with the newly announced MIT+K12, developed with the Khan Academy. With this venture, MIT students will develop videos on science and engineering topics aimed at younger students.Some of the videos […]

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Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

| April 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

Today, Open Education Resources (OER) industry leaders are arguing that the free content is only the starting point.

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Ivy League Poetry Professor Will Try Yelp-Style Crowd-Sourcing

Ivy League Poetry Professor Will Try Yelp-Style Crowd-Sourcing

| April 24, 2012 | 2 Comments

Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan will join Stanford in the new online venture Coursera. Two venture capitalists are investing more than $15 million in the company.

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