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Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Inventive Games That Teach Kids About Empathy and Social Skills

Play is nothing if not social. Games organize play, allowing us to wrangle it and use it to experiment with the world. When we play games, more often than not, it’s us under the microscope. But there’s a trend in design toward video games that build social skills and encourage players to reflect on themselves and their relationships. Here are a few games that do just that.

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Teaching Strategies

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

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

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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What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech

What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech

| April 8, 2014 | 4 Comments

Those “5 Things You Need to Know About EdTech” posts seem to crop up on Twitter every couple weeks — Tech isn’t the Point of EdTech, EdTech is about Learning, EdTech is Exciting. But for those who’ve heard and read it all before, here’s a completely different take on that headline.

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Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

Teachers’ Most Powerful Role? Adding Context

| April 7, 2014 | 16 Comments

When information is available in abundance, teachers will still be subject matter experts, but their true value will lie in their ability to facilitate and share the expertise of their students.

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22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life

22 Interactive Lessons to Bring Earth Day to Life

| April 4, 2014 | 6 Comments

Some great resources to bring environmental science alive in the classroom.

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Facing Race Issues In the Classroom: How To Connect With Students

Facing Race Issues In the Classroom: How To Connect With Students

| April 4, 2014 | 2 Comments

Students’ racial identities play a big part in how they approach classroom relationships and learning, and teachers can learn strategies to make all their students feel comfortable and capable of learning.

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7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Seven challenges facing schools trying to shake up the education paradigm and solutions to push forward.

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What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ In Education?

What Will Happen to ‘Big Data’ In Education?

| April 3, 2014 | 6 Comments

Privacy concerns have put the breaks on many efforts to use “big data” in education. Why are people so skittish of education data when other kinds of digital information are readily accessible?

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Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Standardized Tests?

Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Standardized Tests?

| April 2, 2014 | 16 Comments

A Colorado school district is trying to prove to the state that its performance-based assessments of student learning work better than state standardized tests.

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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

| April 1, 2014 | 125 Comments

Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.

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How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?

How Are Students’ Roles Changing in the New Economy of Information?

| March 31, 2014 | 15 Comments

Beyond increasing the amount of information that students can access, the new abundant economy of information has far greater implications. It represents both a shift in the way that future classrooms will operate as well as in the student behaviors that we will value and expect.

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The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

The Key To Innovation: Making Smart Analogies

| March 29, 2014 | 3 Comments

If we know that X does Y when Z, is it possible that A does Y when Z, too? That’s often how innovations get their start, in the lab and elsewhere: by taking a familiar starting point and using it as a launch pad to explore new territory.

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