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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn

| August 18, 2014 | 19 Comments

Psychologists are finding that when students are motivated by a desire to have a positive impact on the world they are more able to plug away at challenging or tedious tasks.

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Shaking It Up: For-Profit University Aims to Compete With the Ivy League

Shaking It Up: For-Profit University Aims to Compete With the Ivy League

| August 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A start-up university is rethinking everything about the college-experience and hoping to revolutionize higher education in the process.

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How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success

How Play Wires Kids’ Brains For Social and Academic Success

| August 7, 2014

Children learn their most important lessons on the playground, not in the classroom, researchers say.

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What Are the Most Powerful Uses of Tech for Learning?

What Are the Most Powerful Uses of Tech for Learning?

| August 6, 2014 | 9 Comments

The digital divide is not just about access to devices — a disparity in powerful uses of technology could be even more difficult to overcome.

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A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground?

A Portal to Chaos and Adventure — In a Playground?

| August 5, 2014

What makes a great adventure playground? Among other things, lots of freedom, stuff to build … and a zip line.

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Welcome to Epic, A School Where Students Are Heroes On a Quest

Welcome to Epic, A School Where Students Are Heroes On a Quest

| August 4, 2014 | 21 Comments

At Epic charter middle school in Oakland, students are immersed in a game as soon as they step into the school on the first day.

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What Motivates Teachers?

What Motivates Teachers?

| July 30, 2014 | 12 Comments

Teachers overwhelmingly report that they love their jobs, but hate their workplaces. Teachers weigh in on why they love the classroom and how things could change to make their lives easier.

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Hands-On and Student-Centered: Subverting the Typical College Experience

Hands-On and Student-Centered: Subverting the Typical College Experience

| July 28, 2014 | 10 Comments

A Canadian college is following the K-12 education trend towards more student-centered, hands-on, and interdisciplinary teaching.

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Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

| July 25, 2014

About half the genetic contribution to a child’s reading ability also shapes how math-savvy she is, a big study of twins finds. But there’s still no telling exactly which genes are involved.

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Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

Let ‘Em Out! The Many Benefits of Outdoor Play In Kindergarten

| July 23, 2014 | 24 Comments

At Swiss Waldkindergartens, or forest kindergartens, children spend all of their school days playing outdoors, no matter the weather. Instead of math or literacy requirements, they focus on the social interaction and emotional well-being found in free play.

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