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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

| April 30, 2014 | 21 Comments

If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.

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Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra

Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra

| April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

School districts have been quick to cut music and art programs when budgets get tight, focusing instead on “employable” skills like math and science. But there’s a strong body of research indicating that neglecting the arts in school puts students at a cognitive disadvantage throughout life.

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No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

| April 24, 2014 | 37 Comments

A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.

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Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

Beyond Worksheets, A True Expression of Student Learning

| April 23, 2014 | 12 Comments

Possession of facts is not learning. What is an important skill is the ability to sift through abundant information, identify what is valid and meaningful, then use it to create meaning and express it. This is why student creation is so important in the new economy of information.

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Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

Elementary School Teachers Say They Need Science Training

| April 21, 2014 | 10 Comments

Educators say the middle grades are a key time time to get kids jazzed about science, but many teachers say they lack the tools they need. In Chicago, a science museum is helping to fill the the gap.

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Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

| April 18, 2014 | 42 Comments

Play is nothing if not social. Games organize play, allowing us to wrangle it and use it to experiment with the world. When we play games, more often than not, it’s us under the microscope. But there’s a trend in design toward video games that build social skills and encourage players to reflect on themselves and their relationships. Here are a few games that do just that.

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Yet Another Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

Yet Another Attention Disorder: Sluggish Cognitive Tempo

| April 16, 2014 | 4 Comments

Some mental health researchers are claiming to have discovered a new type of attention disorder characterized by daydreaming and lethargy. But some parents and other researchers are pushing back, worried about over-medicating the nation’s children.

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How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

How Engaged Are Students and Teachers in American Schools?

| April 15, 2014 | 15 Comments

A recent Gallup poll indicates that students’ emotional engagement and well-being at school is powerfully tied to academic achievement.

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How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

| April 15, 2014 | 7 Comments

Every day, teachers are responsible for maintaining numerous logins, passwords, data, and other private information about their students. With so many tools, security and privacy are often an afterthought despite the increasing number of websites that fall victim to data breaches and security vulnerabilities each day. In the wake of the Heartbleed data security flaw discovered last week, here are measures teachers can take to secure school data.

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

| April 14, 2014 | 19 Comments

Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.

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