RSSTeaching Strategies

How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

How Are Teachers and Students Using Khan Academy?

| May 6, 2014 | 22 Comments

An SRI International report found that in general, the Khan Academy is not impacting traditional teacher directed instruction, especially when schools have limited access to computers.

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Unshackled and Unschooled: Free-Range Learning Movement Grows

Unshackled and Unschooled: Free-Range Learning Movement Grows

| May 2, 2014 | 25 Comments

Most people have heard of homeschooling — kids are educated by parents or caregivers at home, rather than at school, for a variety of reasons. But within the homeschooling community, the growing “unschooling” subset has a somewhat different, amorphous, definition — and this movement is growing.

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How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff: Understanding Context

How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff: Understanding Context

| May 1, 2014 | 25 Comments

With game-based learning students learn how to solve the problems in context. They understand how the equations they are solving fit into the world. The question, “Why do I need to know this?” is rendered obsolete. It is more than just subject matter, more than just content. There’s context. Students understand how integer partitions work within a system.

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Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra

Why Extra Curricular Activities Are Not Extra

| April 29, 2014 | 2 Comments

School districts have been quick to cut music and art programs when budgets get tight, focusing instead on “employable” skills like math and science. But there’s a strong body of research indicating that neglecting the arts in school puts students at a cognitive disadvantage throughout life.

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Exploring the Idea of ‘Happiness’ As Part of School Work

Exploring the Idea of ‘Happiness’ As Part of School Work

| April 29, 2014 | 6 Comments

Two schools are approaching a project about their own happiness in very different ways based on the context of their schools and lives.

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No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

No Courses, No Classrooms, No Grades — Just Learning

| April 24, 2014 | 40 Comments

A Boston area innovation studio for middle and high school students is bucking the traditional school model for what students love best: hands-on learning.

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Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning

Tapping Into the Potential of Games and Uninhibited Play for Learning

| April 22, 2014 | 25 Comments

In the classroom, fiero — excitement that gamers experience when they overcome challenges — makes students see that they’re empowered players in their own education. They’re released into the exciting adventure that learning can be. Without the intrinsic motivating power of fiero, however, gamification becomes nothing more than semantic spin: a language game in which a letter-based grade system is replaced by a points-based reward system. In these cases, gamification does little to address the shortcomings of a system that relies on high-stakes testing.

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Why Kids Should Be Allowed to Act Out (Scenes) In Class

Why Kids Should Be Allowed to Act Out (Scenes) In Class

| April 21, 2014 | 7 Comments

For children, acting out words on the page can yield benefits. Especially for beginning readers, physically moving objects or one’s own body can provide a crucial bridge between real-life people, things, and actions, and the printed words meant to represent them. Fluent readers take this correspondence for granted, but many children find it difficult to grasp.

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What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

What Types of E-Books Are Best for Young Readers?

| April 14, 2014 | 19 Comments

Could e-books actually get in the way of reading? In a study looking at students’ use of e-books created with Apple’s iBooks Author software, the Schugars discovered that the young readers often skipped over the text altogether, engaging instead with the books’ interactive visual features.

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Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

| April 10, 2014

More schools are collecting and using information about student attendance and grades to flag kids at risk of dropping out — often before anyone realizes they need help.

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