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Is Lego Stereotyping Girls with New Product Line?

Is Lego Stereotyping Girls with New Product Line?

| December 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

Legos remain one of the world’s most popular and most beloved toys, and for more than 60 years, children of all ages have played with the plastic bricks. But starting January 1, a new line of Legos called Lego Friends will appear on store shelves, introducing what Lego’s CEO calls “the most significant strategic launch […]

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Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12?

Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12?

| December 15, 2011 | 32 Comments

TB Computer science is not widely taught, even though programming may be one of the most important skills of the 21st century. While most schools do recognize the importance of helping students learn how to use new technologies, you’ll still find scant opportunities in K-12 classes for students to learn how to actually build those […]

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#Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor

#Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor

| December 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

The idea of using the pencil as an analogy to talk about technology in the classroom is hardly a new one. But the analogy has resurfaced and spread in recent weeks, sparked in part by a reading of John T. Spencer’s book Pencil Me In, which uses the pencil allegory to talk about technology integration, […]

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Wiring Insects for Hands-On Science Experiments

Wiring Insects for Hands-On Science Experiments

| December 8, 2011 | 3 Comments

While there’s technology that removes science students from their physical specimens, like the applications that offer alternatives to frog dissection, another company is using tech to connect them to dismembered bugs. Far from the virtual world, It’s all hands-on work with Backyard Brains. Insects lose their legs and their antenna. And for budding young researchers […]

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Is It Possible to Combine TV and Active Play?

Is It Possible to Combine TV and Active Play?

| December 7, 2011 | 1 Comment

Daniel Choo Earlier this fall, Microsoft announced that its Xbox 360 would soon offer special games and TV shows associated with several well-known children’s programs, including Sesame Street and Nat Geo Wild. The plan, says Microsoft, is to create shows that would foster a new kind of “playful learning,” tying them to the capabilities of […]

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Rewards of Role Reversal: Teachers Learn, Students Teach

Rewards of Role Reversal: Teachers Learn, Students Teach

| December 1, 2011 | 6 Comments

Lenny Gonzales All too often, schools find that they’ve invested heavily in education technology only to see these tools unused or classroom instruction unchanged. That was one of the realizations of the Oak Hills Local School District (OHLSD), a tech-friendly district in Cincinnati, Ohio. Even though the district had adopted an “anywhere, anytime, any device” […]

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Awesome New Apps for Building, Reading, X-Raying and More

Awesome New Apps for Building, Reading, X-Raying and More

| November 30, 2011 | 1 Comment

A review of our favorite educational apps released or updated in the past month. (Read all of our Educational Apps series.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. MINECRAFT (POCKET EDITION). We’ve written before about the educational potentials of Minecraft, the open-ended, world-building game. November marked a couple of important milestones: […]

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Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs

Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs

| November 23, 2011 | 1 Comment

YOUmedia Earlier this month, we covered the Fayetteville Free Library‘s new Fab Lab, the public library’s plans to build a “makerspace” where library patrons could gain hands-on experience using 3D printers and other tools and could take programming and “shop” classes. It’s part of a larger movement to rethink and re-imagine what a public library […]

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Considering College During a Recession? Think Again.

Considering College During a Recession? Think Again.

| November 21, 2011 | 3 Comments

Flickr:BradleyGee “I’m going back to school.” It’s a common decision when someone wants a job promotion or a career change. And that’s especially the case during an economic downturn. Can’t find a job? Go back to school. More education can mean job re-training, or it can simply mean a time-out from the work world altogether […]

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What Would You Pay for a Great Educational App?

What Would You Pay for a Great Educational App?

| November 18, 2011 | 2 Comments

Walk the aisles of any toy store and you’ll see miles of shelves lined with $20-$30 board games and toys. We’re accustomed to paying that amount because that’s where that the market set the price years ago. It’s predicated on production costs, overhead for toy manufacturers, distribution, and the store’s cut of the margin, among […]

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