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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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What’s Really At Stake? Untangling the Big Issues Around Student Data

What’s Really At Stake? Untangling the Big Issues Around Student Data

| May 22, 2014 | 4 Comments

As student data moves online, concerns from some parents and teachers are mounting around the safety of protecting the data from getting in the hands of corporations.

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For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities

For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities

| May 21, 2014 | 29 Comments

For parents, the task of ensuring that exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory. The path can be frustrating for the kids, and worry-inducing for the parents. But the ongoing boom in online learning opportunities has been a great benefit for many gifted youth because the offerings can cater to a student’s ability rather than age.

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Social And Emotional Benefits Of Video Games: Metacognition and Relationships

Social And Emotional Benefits Of Video Games: Metacognition and Relationships

| May 16, 2014 | 20 Comments

Contrary to the popular image of the gamer as an awkward, socially inept loner, players are actually engaged with one another. Gamers play cooperatively. They play competitively. They share tips and tricks. They work together. The teach each other how to get better at the game.

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Ali Partovi: Why Learning to Code Is Imperative In Public Education

Ali Partovi: Why Learning to Code Is Imperative In Public Education

| May 13, 2014 | 21 Comments

Ali Partovi, co-founder of Code.org, has an ambitious goal: To get public high schools to offer computer programming classes — not just as an elective, but as a science requirement. “It’s absolutely relevant for public education to embrace computer science,” he says. “I can’t think of any other science that would better prepare you for life in the 21st century.”

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Game Developers Experiment With More Open-Ended Apps

Game Developers Experiment With More Open-Ended Apps

| May 12, 2014 | 4 Comments

Co-lab’s second cohort of games focus on open-ended play.

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By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

| May 9, 2014 | 1 Comment

It’s a provocative question, and it may be argued that “choosing” is not exactly the right term. For schools using any online tools — from Edmodo to any of Google’s apps to student information systems, are they risking exposure to a data breach, or is the issue being blown out of proportion? PBS Idea Channel’s always-entertaining Mike Rugnetta breaks it down.

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Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

Math, Science, History: Games Break Boundaries Between Subjects

| May 8, 2014 | 7 Comments

Game-based learning forces students to apply knowledge in a contextualized way, it creates an interdisciplinary learning experience where subject-specific knowledge is used in a context that requires diverse applications. The borders between disciplines become fuzzy and ambiguous.

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Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

Tracking Students’ Grades Minute-By-Minute: Help or Hindrance?

| May 5, 2014 | 15 Comments

Do student information systems — online services that track students’ grade — help kids learn? It all depends on whom you ask. Experts on education and child development, parents, teachers, and students clash on whether or not web-based monitoring systems serve children’s educational interests or actually hinder learning.

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Beyond Grades: Do Games Have a Future As Assessment Tools?

Beyond Grades: Do Games Have a Future As Assessment Tools?

| April 28, 2014 | 13 Comments

Research looking at how games could be used to assess the process of learning is pushing test makers to question what’s important to test and how to most fairly evaluate students.

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