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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 | 18 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 | 199 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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Predicting Dyslexia — Even Before Children Learn to Read

Predicting Dyslexia — Even Before Children Learn to Read

| June 24, 2014 | 18 Comments

New research shows it’s possible to pick up some of the signs of dyslexia in the brain even before kids learn to read. And this earlier identification may start to substantially influence how parents, educators and clinicians tackle the disorder.

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Forget Summer School? A Case for Giving Kids Time for Free Play

Forget Summer School? A Case for Giving Kids Time for Free Play

| June 21, 2014 | 2 Comments

Letting kids play freely this summer could be the most important thing a parent does to improve academic outcomes next year.

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