Archive for April, 2012

Good Read: Do Current Math Teaching Techniques Fail Even the Smartest Kids?

Good Read: Do Current Math Teaching Techniques Fail Even the Smartest Kids?

| April 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

“Students are rarely asked to solve a problem they are not thoroughly familiar with,” Carol Lloyd writes. “Instead, they come to think of math as a series of rules to be memorized. The trouble is kids don’t necessarily learn how to attack a new or different kind of equation.” Source: Greatschools As sure as one […]

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Apps Aimed at Kids Raise Privacy Concerns

Apps Aimed at Kids Raise Privacy Concerns

| April 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

TB By Eleanor Yang Su The number of mobile apps marketed to kids is growing at a rapid pace, yet a recent report by the Federal Trade Commission raises new concerns about child privacy and the lack of disclosure about the personal data being collected. The FTC reviewed the promotional pages for 400 apps aimed […]

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Quick Look: New Crop of Digital Science Books Change the Way Students Learn

Quick Look: New Crop of Digital Science Books Change the Way Students Learn

| April 13, 2012 | 1 Comment

And not just books from the big publishing companies — these include open education books written by volunteer marine scientists, designed by a computer science class, and donated images and video. Source: Scientificamerican Science can advance quickly, rendering existing textbooks obsolete. Now new digital textbooks are emerging intended to better engage students and keep them […]

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Do Students Really Have Different Learning Styles?

Do Students Really Have Different Learning Styles?

| April 13, 2012 | 40 Comments

Lenny Gonzales Learning styles—the notion that each student has a particular mode by which he or she learns best, whether it’s visual, auditory or some other sense—is enormously popular. It’s also been thoroughly debunked. The scientific research on learning styles is “so weak and unconvincing,” concluded a group of distinguished psychologists in a 2008 review, […]

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Learning to Read Goes High-Tech

Learning to Read Goes High-Tech

| April 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

A computer voice guides 12-year-old Amir Accoo to spell the words he hears through his headphones: emergency, bulldozer,  minutes. Accoo spells “minutes” wrong and is asked to try that one again, several times. Later, he clicks on a proofreading button. “You check what you have wrong out of the spelling words I just did,” Accoo […]

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Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions

Using Musical Notes to Teach Fractions

| April 12, 2012 | 8 Comments

Caitlin Esch/KQED By Caitlin Esch Math teachers know that fractions can be hard for the average third-grader. Teachers at a public school in San Bruno, Calif., just south of San Francisco, are trying something new. They’re teaching difficult math concepts through music, and they’re getting remarkable results. At Allen Elementary School, a roomful of third-graders […]

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Do Students Have the Right to Post Negative Comments Online?

Do Students Have the Right to Post Negative Comments Online?

| April 11, 2012 | 8 Comments

By Corey G. Johnson Civil rights groups recently intervened in a free-speech controversy at the San Francisco Unified School District after a school suspended three high school seniors and banned them from graduation and prom over comments they made online. The students were suspended from George Washington High School after a teacher learned about postings on […]

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Students Redesign Their Own Schools

Students Redesign Their Own Schools

| April 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

By Chris Thompson Up until a couple of years ago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation’s strategies were pretty ordinary: tours of interesting buildings around Chicago, or publishing a high school architecture textbook. But the foundation staff wanted to do try more interesting, a project that would compel students to really be immersed in the world of […]

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Good Read: How To Speak Like A Native

Good Read: How To Speak Like A Native

| April 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

Can’t roll your R’s when speaking Spanish? Maybe you don’t need to: “Pronunciation can be learned—but it should be learned with the goal of communicating easily with others, not with achieving a textbook-perfect accent. Adult students of language should be guided by the ‘intelligibility principle,’ not the old ‘nativeness principle.’” Source: Time Can an adult […]

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Is Learning Facts a Trivial Pursuit?

Is Learning Facts a Trivial Pursuit?

| April 10, 2012 | 5 Comments

By Tasha Bergson-Michelson Dear Savvy Searcher, You wrote recently about the importance of teaching search skills. What do you make of the whole idea that kids no longer need to learn facts because they can find answers so easily online? Do you think that is true? Concerned Teacher When I was growing up, we used […]

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