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How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

How Technology Trends Have Influenced the Classroom

| March 5, 2014 | 27 Comments

Teachers all over America are faced with this challenge of keeping students engaged in the classroom when their world outside of school is one of constant engagement and stimulation. Knowing the world outside of our institutional walls is only one step in addressing modern learning styles. How to act and adjust schools today is the next step in making the classroom of today ready for tomorrow.

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Texts, Snapchats, Instagram: Translating Teens’ Online Behavior

Texts, Snapchats, Instagram: Translating Teens’ Online Behavior

| March 4, 2014 | 7 Comments

How much surveillance should parents have over their teenagers’ social media lives? Why are kids’ online roles so different from their realities? How does technology change the way teens relate to each other and to adults? Author danah boyd, who has been spending lots of quality time with teens over the past few years, attempts to demystify teens’ online actions and behaviors and provide some insight into their motivations in this excellent Science Friday interview.

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Apps That Challenge Kids to Solve Environmental Issues

Apps That Challenge Kids to Solve Environmental Issues

| February 27, 2014 | 7 Comments

Environmental education for most adults used to mean learning a little bit about recycling and planting some trees on Arbor Day. We didn’t delve into ecology as much as we skimmed the surface. But things have gotten more complex since then, and the topic of climate change has brought environmental education to the forefront.

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For Cash-Strapped Schools, Smart Ways to Spend Limited Tech Dollars

For Cash-Strapped Schools, Smart Ways to Spend Limited Tech Dollars

| February 24, 2014 | 11 Comments

For schools looking to spend limited dollars allocated for technology in smart and efficient ways, lessons learned over years of making tough decisions can be helpful.

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Closing the Gender and Minority Gap in Computer Science

Closing the Gender and Minority Gap in Computer Science

| February 22, 2014 | 1 Comment

A great discussion around the need for coding and programming in schools, and how to reach girls and minorities, on Science Friday.

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Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide

Demand for Computer Science Classes Grows, Along With Digital Divide

| February 17, 2014

It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.

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Can Playing Video Games Help With Dyslexia?

Can Playing Video Games Help With Dyslexia?

| February 16, 2014

People with dyslexia take longer to alternate their attention between visual and audio cues, researchers say. That’s particularly true if they have to attend to a sound after seeing something. That difference may provide clues to better treatments for dyslexia.

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What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning?

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning?

| February 13, 2014 | 18 Comments

One principal in an affluent Bay Area School is striving to do more than just “enhance” classroom learning with iPads.

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What Students Think About Using iPads in School

What Students Think About Using iPads in School

| February 13, 2014 | 80 Comments

Students weigh in on how devices change what happens in class, how they think about learning and how they organize their school work.

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Is This the Future of Reading? MIT’s Experimental Sensory Book

Is This the Future of Reading? MIT’s Experimental Sensory Book

| February 10, 2014 | 8 Comments

This new invention from the MIT Media Lab will no doubt be controversial. Readers strap themselves into a robotic suit equipped with sensors that literally make the reader feel the emotions conveyed in the text as the reader flips pages. The video below came with a disclaimer from its makers. “While the project explores new […]

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