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Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

Teaching Kids Skills For Deep Reading on Digital Devices

Does reading online or in digital format negatively impact comprehension?

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Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math?

Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math?

American students continue to fall behind international peers in math, but it’s not for lack of trying different teaching methods.

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Hands-On and Student-Centered: Subverting the Typical College Experience

Hands-On and Student-Centered: Subverting the Typical College Experience

| July 28, 2014 | 10 Comments

A Canadian college is following the K-12 education trend towards more student-centered, hands-on, and interdisciplinary teaching.

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Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

| July 25, 2014

About half the genetic contribution to a child’s reading ability also shapes how math-savvy she is, a big study of twins finds. But there’s still no telling exactly which genes are involved.

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What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design

What Happens When School Design Looks Like Game Design

| July 24, 2014 | 6 Comments

At the Quest To Learn School, curriculum experts and game designers work together to reimagine what school might look like if it drew its inspiration from video games.

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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

| July 23, 2014 | 11 Comments

At Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, children spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. Instead of math or literacy requirements, they focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.

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Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

Unpacking the Science: How Playing Music Changes the Learning Brain

| July 22, 2014 | 7 Comments

Researchers in the fairly new field of music neuroscience are finding that kids who learn to play a musical instrument also develop important skills related to literacy, math and mental focus.

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Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

Literature, Ethics, Physics: It’s All In Video Games At This Norwegian School

| July 21, 2014 | 15 Comments

Teachers at a Norwegian school use video games to teach everything from language and literature, to ethics, art, and science.

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How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

How One Designer Bridged the Gap Between Play and Learning

| July 20, 2014

An exhibit designer at the Boston Children’s Museum says kids are ‘natural scientists,’ and she wants to create experiences that cater to them.

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A Land Where Kids Roam Free

A Land Where Kids Roam Free

| July 18, 2014 | 5 Comments

A playground that seems dangerous to many adults provides a brand of freedom for kids to take risks through play that is gradually going extinct.

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An MIT Learning Program Challenges Many Ed-Tech Assumptions

An MIT Learning Program Challenges Many Ed-Tech Assumptions

| July 17, 2014 | 5 Comments

A low-tech teaching technique used by a MIT researcher calls into questions many of the maxims about personalized, student-driven learning upheld by the education technology industry.

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How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

How Teachers Can Use Video Games In The Humanities Classroom

| July 17, 2014 | 7 Comments

What if teachers used video games as texts? How can educators teach kids to think critically about the underlying messages in commercial games and leverage video games for their ability to engage students and provoke conversation.

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