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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 | 3 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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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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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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Does Reliance on Specific Textbooks Stack the Deck Against Poor Districts?

Does Reliance on Specific Textbooks Stack the Deck Against Poor Districts?

| July 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Philadelphia mother and journalist digs into why improving state test scores in poor districts can be so challenging.

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What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?

What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?

| July 8, 2014 | 17 Comments

It’s the hunger for learning rather than raw intellect that distinguishes Extreme Learners from the gifted. Intensely motivated and harboring a breadth of interests, they also consider ignorance a temporary and reparable condition.

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Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom

Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom

| July 4, 2014 | 13 Comments

These days, students can walk into a classroom and use their tablet or smartphone as the AR device to trigger to original content made on movie-making software and posted to YouTube, leading to an immediate and immersive learning experience.

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For Creative Problem-Solving, Why Young Kids Can Outwit College Students

For Creative Problem-Solving, Why Young Kids Can Outwit College Students

| June 30, 2014

When researchers asked young children to figure out an experiment using cause and effect, they did a much better job than young adults. That may be because their thinking is more flexible and fluid.

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Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

Sending Mixed Message: Do Parents Value Kids’ Achievement Over Empathy?

| June 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parents and educators tell kids to care for one another, but their actions often send the message that high achievement and personal happiness are actually more important.

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What’s the Impact of Overzealous Internet Filtering in Schools?

What’s the Impact of Overzealous Internet Filtering in Schools?

| June 26, 2014 | 11 Comments

Over-filtering websites at schools misses the opportunity to teach students the critical skills they’ll need to discern the good from the bad.

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Empathy to Boys

| June 25, 2014 | 198 Comments

We need to cultivate empathy in all children, but gender stereotypes — often reinforced in playrooms — risk leaving boys, in particular, with a social deficit.

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