Holly Korbey

Holly Korbey writes about parenting and education for the The New York Times, The Nervous Breakdown, FearLess Revolution, Babble, and Brain,Child magazine. She lives in Nashville with her family. Follower her on Twitter: @HKorbey

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Move Over iPad, Here Comes Google Play For Education

Move Over iPad, Here Comes Google Play For Education

| August 19, 2013 | 15 Comments

The famous rivalry between Google and Apple is finding its way into schools, and Google is looking to dethrone the famous iPad with its new Google Play for Education, a suite of apps and management tools that will be available to teachers and students this fall.

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Is It Time for Civics to Make a Comeback?

Is It Time for Civics to Make a Comeback?

| August 1, 2013 | 2 Comments

A recent op-ed by Citizenship First Executive Director Robert Pondiscio wonders whether our children know how to be citizens. “We send kids to school not just to become employees and entrepreneurs, but citizens capable of wise and effective self-government in our democracy,” he writes. “This public dimension of schooling was a founding principle of American […]

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Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

| July 26, 2013 | 10 Comments

Aside from keeping obesity at bay and providing a way to blow off steam, daily physical exercise has benefits that go beyond getting out the wiggles. But despite this, and many other benefits, finding time for recess has been a big hurdle for many schools.

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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

| July 19, 2013 | 29 Comments

Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.

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How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer

How to Get Kids Hooked on Nonfiction Books This Summer

| July 12, 2013 | 23 Comments

The long hot days of summer are the perfect time for kids to hone their knowledge of the wizard world, King Arthur’s court or the magical land of Narnia. And while many summer reading lists are sent home with the hope that students will bone up on fiction during the dog days, reading nonfiction can be just as beneficial — and just as exciting — as a great novel.

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Should Schools Still Teach Cursive?

Should Schools Still Teach Cursive?

| June 28, 2013 | 64 Comments

The decline in teaching cursive handwriting, the rise of the keyboard, and the introduction of the Common Core State Standards that do not require children to know cursive all question its relevance. Passionate advocates claim that cursive is a cultural tradition with cognitive and academic benefits that must be preserved, while some teachers and handwriting experts say the decline of cursive is natural, and it should be allowed to morph into a print/cursive hybrid, or bow out altogether.

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Students Speak Up: Trust Us With Devices

Students Speak Up: Trust Us With Devices

| June 25, 2013 | 7 Comments

A recent survey of students shows they aren’t able to access the full range of learning tools available to them due to firewalls that keep them from social networks and a range of websites, as well as school restrictions on their smartphones.

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Ready, Set, Read! Summer Fiction Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Ready, Set, Read! Summer Fiction Ideas for Kids of All Ages

| June 14, 2013 | 11 Comments

Reading high-quality fiction may serve a larger purpose than preparing students for college and tests. Several recent studies show that reading great literature makes individuals more empathetic. Here’s a great list of fiction books for kids of all ages, recommended by those who know best — librarians.

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In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library?

In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library?

| May 31, 2013 | 22 Comments

The main reason most parents go to libraries is to get books for their kids. So what becomes of the magic of being surrounded by books when e-readers become more prevalent?

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Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives

Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives

| May 24, 2013 | 19 Comments

As with any behavior involving kids, mistakes will be made with online behavior — and that’s a vital part of the learning process.

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