Archive for 2012

It’s Time: Create Smart Policies to Support Student Tech Use

It’s Time: Create Smart Policies to Support Student Tech Use

| December 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Technology has become a seamless part of students’ lives in and out of the classroom, and schools must find ways to integrate it. This is one of the conclusions in a report by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), which states that policymakers at the highest level need to understand the trend […]

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What Teachers Really Think About Game Based Learning

What Teachers Really Think About Game Based Learning

| December 17, 2012 | 8 Comments

Whether teachers are using jeopardy style questions to do test prep or bringing in online games like Minecraft to teach spatial reasoning, games have long been an effective way to engage kids. We Are Teachers, an online resource for educators, surveyed teachers about how they use games and found that 67% use traditional and digital […]

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Temple Run Meets Algebra: CK12′s New Approach

Temple Run Meets Algebra: CK12′s New Approach

| December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

Temple Run What does the popular video game Temple Run have anything to do with algebra? Just a few clicks into CK12′s free educational content site, you’ll see it’s leveraged as a real-world application of using algebra to compare the difference between the top scores of the game. The simple tactic of using references like […]

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Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

| December 14, 2012 | 41 Comments

Ian Hill/Thinkstock/Penguin By Nikhil Goyal Call it “The Triumph of Nerds.” Poll statisticians have risen to rock star status. One of the most famous is New York Times’ wunderkind Nate Silver — or as Jon Stewart put it, “Lord and god of the algorithm.” He may be best known for predicting the 44th president, but […]

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The Top Google Search Terms in 2012

The Top Google Search Terms in 2012

| December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

At the risk of plugging Google search, this short, impactful video touches on much of what consumed public attention in 2012, according to the mega-giant search engine. Whether or not it’s factually reflective of the top search terms of the year, the most inspiring clips are about stories of people who pushed their own boundaries […]

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Should Work Experience Come Before College Education?

Should Work Experience Come Before College Education?

| December 13, 2012 | 3 Comments

Della Rollins By Steve Henn Eighteen months ago Eden Full was finishing up her sophomore year at Princeton University. She was on the crew team as a coxswain. She had spent the previous summer in Kenya building an innovative, low-cost contraption to make solar panels more efficient. Full was glowingly successful — the kind of […]

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Inside Look at Modern Study Habits

Inside Look at Modern Study Habits

| December 12, 2012 | 1 Comment

StudyBlue recently surveyed 500 students about what study habits got them through finals. The picture of the modern student that emerged from student responses highlights the importance of digital devices, especially mobile technology. Via: STUDYBLUE.com

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The U.S. State Department Gets in the Education Game

The U.S. State Department Gets in the Education Game

| December 12, 2012 | 2 Comments

Trace Effects The U.S. State Department is jumping into the ed-tech world with an online game meant to help teach “American English” to kids between the ages of 12-16 in more than 30 countries. Meant to provide players with a view of American life and culture different from the typical portrayal in movies, Trace Effects […]

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FTC Urges App Makers to Protect Kids’ Privacy

FTC Urges App Makers to Protect Kids’ Privacy

| December 11, 2012 | 1 Comment

By Mark Memmott Developers of smartphone and tablet apps aimed at children have done little in the past year to give parents “the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it,” the Federal Trade Commission reports. “Our study […]

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Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution

Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution

| December 10, 2012 | 1 Comment

Erin Scott By Matt Levinson Schools are the perfect breeding ground for fostering students’ questions, a place to spark students’ interests and ideas for designing innovative solutions to real problems. Everyday, educators have opportunities to help kids develop the tools, skills and habits to come up with meaningful, lasting solutions to problems. Take, for example, […]

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