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Paint or Paint App? Value of Creating Digital Vs. Traditional Art

Paint or Paint App? Value of Creating Digital Vs. Traditional Art

| May 10, 2013 | 8 Comments

Teachers say there is value to learning to create using digital tools, especially when blended with more hands-on means of expression.

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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

| May 9, 2013 | 17 Comments

Disruptive students can be a big challenge for teachers in charge of a room full of 30 students. There isn’t always time to get to the bottom of student behavior and in a large class those students can derail learning for everyone. But what if there was a way to help kids stop acting out […]

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Sesame Street Meets the App Age: How to Nurture Creative Learning

Sesame Street Meets the App Age: How to Nurture Creative Learning

| May 6, 2013 | 4 Comments

By Björn Jeffery and Michael H. Levine All over the world—from East Asia to South Africa to the Caribbean Basin—ministers of government, captains of industry, and scholars are discussing the best ways to foment innovation. Many experts still regard the United States as a leader in promoting creative uses of capital, technology, and people, with unrivaled […]

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Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys

Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys

| May 6, 2013 | 14 Comments

By Shankar Vedantam For some years now, teachers and parents have noted something about boys and girls. Starting in elementary school, young girls often score better on reading and math tests than young boys do. The differences are uneven on different tests and do not describe the experience of every child, but empirical studies do […]

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might be more difficult because of it. Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done. Pens poised over their “study observation forms,” […]

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Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

Report: Federal Rules Impede Competency-Based Learning

| April 29, 2013 | 5 Comments

Competency-based learning, which allows students to progress at their own pace after they’ve shown mastery of a subject, rather than by their age, is quickly gaining momentum. Already, a few states like New Hampshire, Maine, and Oregon are moving towards implementing competency-based learning models throughout the entire state. What’s more, 40 states have at least […]

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Kids and Adults: How To Avert Communication Breakdown

Kids and Adults: How To Avert Communication Breakdown

| April 26, 2013 | 78 Comments

By Matt Levinson Kids operate in a blizzard of communication — texts, social media, music, photography, games, and videos. They’re eager to share any and all new media they discover. In fact, their default action is to share and distribute as they’re living the moment. For the most part, adults take on a more contained, […]

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Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

| April 20, 2013 | 5 Comments

Jeremy Rusnock/Courtesy Imagination Stage By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Let’s start with a question from a standardized test: “How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?” It’s not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it’s used to help […]

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In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

In an Era of Global Competition, What Exactly Are We Testing For?

| April 19, 2013 | 10 Comments

Renato Ganoza/Flickr   In this era of global competition, test scores are used as the primary benchmark to call out which countries will produce “successful” students. Knowing that American students are competing against a global pool of the best and brightest has led education leaders to focus more on how they score on international tests […]

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Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance

Creative Classes: An Artful Approach To Improving Performance

| April 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

Lizzie Chen /NPR By Elizabeth Blair, NPR Over the years, there have been a lot of claims about the benefits of the arts on the mind: Listening to Mozart makes you smarter; playing an instrument makes you better at math. One program — funded in part by the federal government — is putting these theories […]

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