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If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

If Robots Will Run the World, What Should Students Learn?

| April 12, 2013 | 23 Comments

Those who study robots and their impact on life foresee a day not too far off when many jobs now held by people will be automated. So, what should students be learning now to stay relevant?

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Allergic or Not? Middle School Students Design App That Tells You

Allergic or Not? Middle School Students Design App That Tells You

| April 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

Responding to worries that school is not preparing students for the jobs of the future, there’s been a concerted effort lately to emphasize the importance of learning STEM subjects. President Obama made a pitch for STEM in his State of the Union address this year saying, “we’ll reward schools that develop new partnerships with colleges […]

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Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist

Combining Robotics With Poetry? Art and Engineering Can Co-Exist

| April 4, 2013 | 11 Comments

By Barbara Ray At the beginning, people thought she was nuts. Sue Mellon, gifted support coordinator for Springdale Junior and Senior High/Colfax School in the Allegheny Valley School District, thought 7th and 8thgraders could develop a deeper understanding of poetry by playing around with robotics. “Originally, people looked at me like I was crazy,” Mellon said. Now, two […]

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Why Competition Can Be Healthy For Kids

Why Competition Can Be Healthy For Kids

| March 29, 2013 | 4 Comments

By Amanda Stupi Competition. The word conjures images of people pushing and shoving, trash talking, the exulted winner standing above a field of downtrodden losers. Not exactly what most parents consider healthy or constructive for their kids’ development. Po Bronson presented a very different picture of competition when he spoke with Michael Krasny on KQED’s […]

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Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

| March 28, 2013 | 2 Comments

Getty Bestselling author and educational expert Alan November’s new book Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age compiles lessons learned over 30 years of educational experience. Beginning with his first teaching job, November began to realize that the most powerful education happens when students take ownership of their learning and […]

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We Are All Clark Kent, With Promise of Being Superman

We Are All Clark Kent, With Promise of Being Superman

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

You will change history. That’s the core message of author Brad Meltzer’s TED-Ed talk. Even famous change-makers — like Martin Luther King — had concerns like everyone else. They worried about failure and were lonely sometimes, but that didn’t stop them from changing history. Meltzer sets out a simple path for each person to change […]

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Teachers’ Ultimate Guide to Using Videos

Teachers’ Ultimate Guide to Using Videos

| March 26, 2013 | 14 Comments

With one billion monthly users (and growing), YouTube’s popularity is a pretty clear indication that video is a powerful medium. And kids’ unrelenting fascination with videos is motivating many educators to find ways to leverage them for all kinds of purposes. But the best ways of using videos are not always obvious. Teachers want to know: […]

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Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students

Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students

| March 21, 2013 | 18 Comments

Getty Technology has often been called a democratizer in education, allowing students from all backgrounds to access the same resources and tools. Others see potential for technology to do great harm, widening an already substantial achievement gap related to issues of equity. Access to technology costs money and some fear lower-income schools and students will […]

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Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

Study: Path Through College is Indirect and Stressful for Many Students

| March 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Despite a deeply held belief that success in college is crucial for success in life, the traditional path students assume they’ll take is more an exception than the rule, according to a new report. Though most students believe the college path — high school, college with chosen major, internship, job — will smoothly go from […]

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For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer

For Low-Income Kids, Access to Devices Could Be the Equalizer

| March 13, 2013 | 44 Comments

No device should ever be hailed as the silver bullet in “saving” education — nor should it be completely shunned — but when it comes to the possibility of bridging the digital divide between low-income and high-income students, devices may play a pivotal role. Access to the Internet connects kids to all kinds of information […]

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