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With iPads, a New World of Music for Kids With Learning Challenges

With iPads, a New World of Music for Kids With Learning Challenges

| June 14, 2014

On the surface, the PS 177 Technology Band looks like a typical high school orchestra. But there are two big differences.

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Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

Benefits of Gaming: What Research Shows

| June 13, 2014 | 12 Comments

It’s still early days in research around games and learning, but a few significant studies show important trends.

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Can Parents Protect Their Kids’ School-Collected Data?

Can Parents Protect Their Kids’ School-Collected Data?

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Parents can take action in protecting their children’s data, but it takes work and an understanding of the complicated landscape.

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

| June 11, 2014 | 39 Comments

Educators from around the country share their favorite educational apps.

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8 End-of-Year Questions To Ask Students About iPads

8 End-of-Year Questions To Ask Students About iPads

| June 10, 2014 | 3 Comments

Ask students what they think about classroom tech tools like iPads to improve their use next year.

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Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom

Surprising Insights: How Teachers Use Games in the Classroom

| June 9, 2014 | 4 Comments

More teachers are using digital games in the classroom, and they’re using them more frequently, according to a new teacher survey just released by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. But more surprisingly, the study reveals that teachers are finding that one of the most impactful use of games is for motivating and rewarding students, specifically those who are low-performing.

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Making Games: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning

Making Games: The Ultimate Project-Based Learning

| June 6, 2014 | 9 Comments

Game making is one way to create a space where students are empowered to freely experiment with their own way of framing ideas and choosing perspectives. In this way, game making is tantamount to project-based learning.

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Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

| June 4, 2014 | 20 Comments

Summer break presents the perfect opportunity for students to dig into games and build skills that’ll reap huge rewards when they return in the fall. Game making can be one of the best ways to get students thinking creatively while cultivating useful technical literacies, and there’s a ton of absorbing tools that students won’t tire of over the long break. Here are three options to choose from depending on the type of technology students have at home.

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Can Games Make High-Stakes Tests Obsolete?

Can Games Make High-Stakes Tests Obsolete?

| May 30, 2014 | 8 Comments

Nobody likes high-stakes testing. The problems are well documented. But maybe games can help to change the way we approach assessment.

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Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

Robots in the Classroom: What Are They Good For?

| May 27, 2014 | 6 Comments

Some educators are experimenting with using robots in the classroom to engage students and help explain abstract concepts that students often misunderstand.

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