Archive for May, 2012

How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom

How Teachers Make Cell Phones Work in the Classroom

| May 10, 2012 | 74 Comments

In the most ideal class settings, mobile devices disappear into the background, like markers and whiteboards, pencil and paper – not because they’re not being used, but because they’re simply tools.

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Good Read: Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School

Good Read: Nine Dangerous Things You Were Taught In School

| May 9, 2012 | 2 Comments

This inspired list hardly needs an introduction. Just goes to show that a lot of what we were taught in school — whether outright or implied — is being upended. Source: Forbes Be aware of the insidious and unspoken lessons you learned as a child. To thrive in the world outside the classroom, you’re going […]

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For Exams, is Using the Internet Considered Cheating?

For Exams, is Using the Internet Considered Cheating?

| May 9, 2012 | 6 Comments

Erin Scott By Ann Michaelsen Students sit in the test-taking room, with full access to computers and wireless connections. As they work on national exams, they can be seen accessing the Internet from time to time. Are the results from this test going to be corrupted because these test-takers are not isolated from global information […]

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National Teacher Day Honors the True Heroes in Our Schools

National Teacher Day Honors the True Heroes in Our Schools

| May 8, 2012 | 1 Comment

A huge thanks to the heroes in our schools, guiding and encouraging our kids on their path to learning. During Teacher Appreciation Week, we say thank you for all you do! Source: Good Today is National Teacher Day, and thanks to the #thankateacher hashtag on Twitter, America’s superhero educators are getting the public recognition they […]

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Quick Look: Do-it-Yourself Learning Goes to School

Quick Look: Do-it-Yourself Learning Goes to School

| May 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

“There’s real value in doing these ‘making’ projects in a social setting like a school,” says Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Faire, to be held in the Bay Area on May 19-20. “It connects you to other people. You build up a social reputation as a maker. You’re building and learning from one another, learning […]

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Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle?

Which Device Will Win the Tablet Battle?

| May 8, 2012 | 16 Comments

By Frank Catalano The future of tablets in our schools may not be coming from Cupertino. Or even the U.S. Despite the craze around Apple’s iPad, it’s only been two years since the device was introduced, and that may not be enough time to separate fad from trend over the long term in education. And […]

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Five Great Math Apps

Five Great Math Apps

| May 7, 2012 | 4 Comments

The market is flooded with educational apps, as we all know. To make things a little easier, the producers of the Infinite Thinking Machine have pinpointed five great math apps that draw kids into learning math concepts. The show features an app that teach fractions, algebra, geometry, a graphic calculator with a social feature, and […]

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Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

Changing Policies On Digital Books Wreak Havoc on Libraries

| May 7, 2012 | 3 Comments

By Jenny Shank Public libraries are a major hub for Americans to gain access to e-books and other digital resources. But the nation’s recent economic troubles and the transition to digital books are creating major difficulties for these public institutions. Last month, the American Library Association released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, and […]

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Good Read: How Do You Measure Creativity And Entrepreneurship?

Good Read: How Do You Measure Creativity And Entrepreneurship?

| May 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

“What if quizzes measured kids’ ability to question, not answer?” the writer of this thought-provoking article asks. Even in the most progressive inquiry- and passion-based settings, she says “we’re shortchanging kids if we aren’t relentless about measuring outcomes in these new models. Teachers are the linchpins here. They’re much more than just motivational coaches, they […]

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Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

Are We Wringing the Creativity Out of Kids?

| May 4, 2012 | 42 Comments

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 […]

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