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Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

| June 4, 2014 | 18 Comments

Summer break presents the perfect opportunity for students to dig into games and build skills that’ll reap huge rewards when they return in the fall. Game making can be one of the best ways to get students thinking creatively while cultivating useful technical literacies, and there’s a ton of absorbing tools that students won’t tire of over the long break. Here are three options to choose from depending on the type of technology students have at home.

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What Can Educators Learn From the One Room Schoolhouse Model?

What Can Educators Learn From the One Room Schoolhouse Model?

| June 3, 2014 | 2 Comments

The old one room schoolhouse model offers good lessons on valuing each learner and true personalization.

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Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words?

Instead of Framing ‘Failure’ As a Positive, Why Not Just Use Positive Words?

| May 28, 2014 | 31 Comments

The importance of positive language within how society conceptualizes learning is evident for the growth of student potential and learning.

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10 Jobs of the Future You’ve Never Heard Of

10 Jobs of the Future You’ve Never Heard Of

| May 17, 2014 | 3 Comments

People love to speculate about what the future will look like, including the kinds of skills and knowledge people will need to find well-paid work. That’s a big question in the field of education right now, as many states shift to a new set of standards meant to highlight skills over content.

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Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick

Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick

| May 15, 2014 | 1 Comment

Even taking just fifteen minutes to reflect on what was learned during the day could significantly affect how well students retain the information.

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Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

Why the School-As-Factory Metaphor Still Pervades

| May 14, 2014 | 6 Comments

Why has the factory system remained such a strong metaphor for education for so long?

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Why Don’t Teens Read For Pleasure Like They Used To?

Why Don’t Teens Read For Pleasure Like They Used To?

| May 12, 2014

A survey of data shows a marked drop in teenagers reading for pleasure. Researchers are trying to figure out whether the explosion of e-reading and digital diversions is behind the decline.

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The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

| May 7, 2014 | 27 Comments

The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.

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#TeachingIs: Part Art, Science, Struggle, and Joy

#TeachingIs: Part Art, Science, Struggle, and Joy

| May 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

This week we celebrate all the amazing teachers in the world. It’s a tough, but rewarding job and means something different to every person.

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Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

| May 5, 2014 | 15 Comments

Do student information systems — online services that track students’ grade — help kids learn? It all depends on whom you ask. Experts on education and child development, parents, teachers, and students clash on whether or not web-based monitoring systems serve children’s educational interests or actually hinder learning.

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