Tina Barseghian

Technology is revolutionizing the world of education – replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. Tina Barseghian is the editor.

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By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

| May 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s a provocative question, and it may be argued that “choosing” is not exactly the right term. For schools using any online tools — from Edmodo to any of Google’s apps to student information systems, are they risking exposure to a data breach, or is the issue being blown out of proportion? PBS Idea Channel’s always-entertaining Mike Rugnetta breaks it down.

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Forget Gold Coins and Badges: The Real Value of Video Games for Learning

Forget Gold Coins and Badges: The Real Value of Video Games for Learning

| March 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

“Game-based learning is not gamification!” exclaims Jordan Shapiro, author of FREEPLAY: A Video Game Guide to Maximum Euphoric Bliss. “We don’t need gamification if gamification is about competition and commodification of learning,” Shapiro says in this talk at the Global Education And Skills Forum in Dubai. But what it can do is introduce systems thinking in a way that allows kids to want to solve problems and master new systems, even if they don’t know the first thing about it — yet.

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Should Handheld Devices for Kids Under 12 Be Banned?

Should Handheld Devices for Kids Under 12 Be Banned?

| March 12, 2014 | 7 Comments

A Huffington Post article, 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned, from a couple of days ago has clearly hit a nerve. The link has spread far and wide, with hundreds of thousands of social media shares. The author links to studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Society of Pediatrics, Kaiser […]

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Four Fun Videos That Explore the English Language

Four Fun Videos That Explore the English Language

| March 11, 2014 | 4 Comments

TED-Ed offers dozens of fascinating videos about all kinds of subjects that draw students in. (To learn more about how to use videos in the classroom, check out MindShift’s Teachers’ Ultimate Guide to Videos) This series of videos, called Playing With Language explores issues of language and learning from different perspectives. Here are four from […]

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Texts, Snapchats, Instagram: Translating Teens’ Online Behavior

Texts, Snapchats, Instagram: Translating Teens’ Online Behavior

| March 4, 2014 | 7 Comments

How much surveillance should parents have over their teenagers’ social media lives? Why are kids’ online roles so different from their realities? How does technology change the way teens relate to each other and to adults? Author danah boyd, who has been spending lots of quality time with teens over the past few years, attempts to demystify teens’ online actions and behaviors and provide some insight into their motivations in this excellent Science Friday interview.

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Putting Power In the Hands of Kids Through Design Thinking

Putting Power In the Hands of Kids Through Design Thinking

| February 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

Using design thinking to get teenagers to reimagine their learning environment, design firms and educators show kids how the process can help them make a difference in their neighborhoods, all the while giving them control over their own learning. “You need to challenge students because they will rise to the occasion,” says educator and designer […]

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Closing the Gender and Minority Gap in Computer Science

Closing the Gender and Minority Gap in Computer Science

| February 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

A great discussion around the need for coding and programming in schools, and how to reach girls and minorities, on Science Friday.

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Inventor to Schools: ‘Let Kids Fail!’

Inventor to Schools: ‘Let Kids Fail!’

| February 8, 2014 | 2 Comments

We’ve heard the importance of failure and experimentation in learning. In this excellent interview on Science Friday, inventor James Dyson speaks about his direct experience with failures and schools’ need to accommodate it. “My life and my day are full of failures,” he says. “Failures are interesting.”

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Rich Resources for Celebrating Black History Month

Rich Resources for Celebrating Black History Month

| February 6, 2014 | 2 Comments

In recognition of Black History Month, PBS LearningMedia offers a rich collection of multi-media resources, lesson plans and student guides that can complement educators’ teaching tools.

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Tech Companies Commit $750 Million in Products and Services to Schools

Tech Companies Commit $750 Million in Products and Services to Schools

| February 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama is announcing commitments from U.S. companies totaling about $750 million to connect more students to high-speed Internet.

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