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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Why Our Future Is In Good Hands

Why Our Future Is In Good Hands

| January 31, 2014 | 1 Comment

“Ideas can spark a movement. Ideas can spark opportunities and innovation.” This, from enterprising 13-year-old wondergirl Maya Penn, who at the tender age of eight, launched her own business, Maya’s Ideas for the Planet. Listen to her inspiring talk at the recent TEDWomen Conference and learn how this budding entrepreneur is going to help save the planet.

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What Kids Want Out of School

What Kids Want Out of School

| January 31, 2014 | 9 Comments

When we consider what kids need from school, we often revert to getting advice from experts – researchers, parents, teachers, principals, administrators. Rarely do we have the chance to hear from students about what they want from their school experience. While out reporting on different stories, NPR Education correspondent Eric Westervelt and I took the opportunity to capture students’ voices. Here’s what they said.

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How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps?

How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps?

| January 27, 2014 | 13 Comments

Depending on the context in which it is used, and the priorities of the educators (which includes those present in the classroom, lurking at home, or at their drawing boards or computer screens at an educational publisher), one can skew the same application toward app-dependent or app-enabling ends.

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Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students

Far Beyond Test Scores, What We (Should) Value In Students

| January 25, 2014 | 17 Comments

From Jackie Gerstein’s resource-rich site comes this sweet infographic depicting the skills we’d like to instill in our students. The post also includes a long, helpful list of resources for everything from how to help students develop hope, to encouraging empathy and social and emotional skills, to how to foster grit, tenacity and perseverance: an educator’s guide.

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A Grade School Where Every Student Is An Engineer

A Grade School Where Every Student Is An Engineer

| January 24, 2014 | 3 Comments

A fun story about a public elementary school in South Carolina where every student is an engineer. There’s plenty of robotics and science, definitely some art — but no handwriting instruction. Is this the future?

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How Do Parents Think ‘Educational’ Screen Time Affects Learning?

How Do Parents Think ‘Educational’ Screen Time Affects Learning?

| January 23, 2014 | 8 Comments

As media becomes more prevalent in kids’ lives, parents are grappling with the potential benefits and pitfalls of screen time — what’s just the right amount, what’s truly educational, what’s beneficial, and what’s detrimental. To get a better understanding of parents’ attitudes around kids’ educational media, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed 1,577 parents of kids ages 2 to 10 years old, including a representative group of African American and Latino parents.

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For Students of Science, Understanding Our Sugar Addiction

For Students of Science, Understanding Our Sugar Addiction

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

This short and powerful video describes all the many reasons we crave sugar. It’s not only a great video to show science students (though older ones — drugs are mentioned too), it’s a fascinating look into how our bodies work for anyone who’s interested.

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Why Students Need More Sleep Than We Think

Why Students Need More Sleep Than We Think

| January 18, 2014 | 1 Comment

You kids probably aren’t getting enough sleep. “Ninety percent of parents say they believe their children are getting sufficient sleep, and yet when asked, 60 percent of teenagers report extreme daytime sleepiness.

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Questioning the Implications of the Famous Marshmallow Study

Questioning the Implications of the Famous Marshmallow Study

| January 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Questions arise about the conclusions drawn from the famous Marshmallow Study.

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Questioning the Common Core: What Will Be the Lasting Impact?

Questioning the Common Core: What Will Be the Lasting Impact?

| January 7, 2014 | 3 Comments

  Lots of interesting fodder for conversation in this PBS Newshour piece, which attempts to put the evolution of the Common Core in context with current changes. Key points raised in the discussion include the role of standardized testing, teachers’ apprehension around Common Core assessments, and renewed attention and focus on teacher education programs.  

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