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Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries

Library for All: Free Digital Content for Developing Countries

| June 18, 2013 | 4 Comments

A startup charity is hoping to create a mobile learning library in the cloud that can help turn access to tablets, smartphones, and legacy phones into useful content at resource-starved schools in developing countries.

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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

| May 23, 2013 | 54 Comments

Skills used for programming could also be used for a wide range of careers, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula.

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Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools

Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools

| May 7, 2013 | 29 Comments

Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have gained popularity as educational tools in part because of the belief those devices could cut across the digital divide created by socioeconomic boundaries. Now a new study reinforces that perspective, finding that students’ access to mobile devices, in this country anyway, is more often a question of parents’ […]

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Game On: Physics Teacher Creates World of Classcraft

Game On: Physics Teacher Creates World of Classcraft

| April 30, 2013 | 4 Comments

In creating World of Classcraft, a not-so-subtle nod to the world’s most popular online role-playing game, Quebec-based physics teacher Shawn Young has turned the everyday interactions of his classroom into a quest to gain special powers and avoid death. In a manner similar to other role-playing games, students assume a class—in this case a Mage, […]

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A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem!

A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem!

| April 25, 2013 | 14 Comments

Creating a safe recreation space for teens; protoyping a recyclable lunch tray; setting up a water delivery system to guard against urban fires; building a public awareness campaign to combat hunger. These are just a few of examples of the types of tasks students are taking on when they participate in the Design Learning Challenge, […]

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Money Smarts: How to Promote Financial Literacy With Students

Money Smarts: How to Promote Financial Literacy With Students

| April 16, 2013 | 3 Comments

Those of us who just filed our taxes, or paid our bills, or calculated our monthly expenditures know the importance of having a solid base of financial literacy. For students, it’s just as important to have this base knowledge to prepare them for the real world, so in observation of Financial Literacy Month, here are […]

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Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses?

Why Do Students Enroll in (But Don’t Complete) MOOC Courses?

| April 5, 2013 | 23 Comments

Less than 10 percent of MOOC students, on average, complete a course. That’s the conclusion of Katy Jordan of Open University, who published her analysis, pulled together from available data of some Massively Open Online Courses, or MOOCs. But do completion rates matter? It’s not that course completion rates don’t inform observers about the nature […]

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How Mozilla’s Open Badges May Work In the Real World

How Mozilla’s Open Badges May Work In the Real World

| March 25, 2013 | 6 Comments

After 18 months in the darkness of beta world, Mozilla’s Open Badges project stepped out into the light recently with the unveiling of Open Badges 1.0. But will the concept of organizations bestowing their own virtual endorsements for the mastery of skills hold up to critical examination from a world that, even in an information […]

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Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

| March 18, 2013 | 5 Comments

Despite a deeply held belief that success in college is crucial for success in life, the traditional path students assume they’ll take is more an exception than the rule, according to a new report. Though most students believe the college path — high school, college with chosen major, internship, job — will smoothly go from […]

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Student Mentors: How 6th and 12th Graders Learn From Each Other

Student Mentors: How 6th and 12th Graders Learn From Each Other

| March 7, 2013 | 5 Comments

When Tracy Edwards posted on Facebook last October that she was searching for a part-time writing instructor for a middle school program, Kip Glazer jumped immediately at the chance. But Glazer wasn’t applying for herself. Instead, she envisioned her 100 senior high school English students, who were about to become virtual writing mentors to 200 […]

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