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How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

How Educators Can Protect Students’ Data from Security Breaches

Every day, teachers are responsible for maintaining numerous logins, passwords, data, and other private information about their students. With so many tools, security and privacy are often an afterthought despite the increasing number of websites that fall victim to data breaches and security vulnerabilities each day. In the wake of the Heartbleed data security flaw discovered last week, here are measures teachers can take to secure school data.

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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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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 | 123 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 | 14 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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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

The Difference Between Praise and Feedback

| March 28, 2014 | 15 Comments

Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?

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One Size Does Not Fit All: The Need for Variety in Learning

One Size Does Not Fit All: The Need for Variety in Learning

| March 27, 2014 | 6 Comments

When you want to improve your physical health, you don’t have to eat one specific type of food or exercise in a specific way. Rather, you need an appropriate mix of healthy foods and exercise — no one thing is required. Different types of exercise and foods are in some sense interchangeable. What matters is that you get the appropriate dose. Could this common idea from health translate into the world of education?

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10 Free Online Educational Game Sites

10 Free Online Educational Game Sites

| March 27, 2014 | 19 Comments

Web-based games can prove to be a treasure trove of learning opportunities, and there are a variety of content-areas, age ranges, and skill levels to choose from. The true pay dirt for browser-based learning games can be found on large online digital game hubs. Here are 10 game hubs players that teachers can use to as one tool in their arsenal.

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Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing

Cursive, Print, or Type? The Point is To Keep Writing

| March 26, 2014

The real fear among those who study kids and handwriting is not that our schools will stop teaching cursive; it’s that students aren’t writing enough.

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