In children’s books, it can be easier to find talking pandas than characters of color. Here are 25 books with minority characters and authors to help diversify summer reading.
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Getty Looking ahead at some of the education technology trends we’ll likely see in 2012, many are already underway. But here are 12 areas where we believe we’ll see significant adoption and innovation in the coming months. MOBILE PHONES: Mobile learning is hardly a new trend, but we have now reached the point with near […]
Flickr:Toolstop By Jon Kalish, NPR As information becomes more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create “hackerspaces,” where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise. The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in […]
Continuing our monthly Educational Apps series, here are some of the new iOS, Android, and Web-based educational apps that caught our eye this month: THE WORMWORLD SAGA The Wormworld Saga is an online graphic novel about Jonas Berg, a young boy who enters an alternative fantasy world through a magical painting. Author and artist Dan […]
B. Gilliard You’ve heard the stories: Cheating in Atlanta, Georgia. Cheating in Washington, DC. Cheating in Long Island, New York. Academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and cheating are hardly new. And as the history of the banking industry and baseball demonstrate, cheating scandals aren’t just limited to schools. With numerous incidents making headlines in recent months, however, […]
By Laura Fleming and John Connell Until just a few years ago, stories we were told mostly through a single medium – it might be a book, a movie, a radio program, a cartoon. Today, we can tell stories across a wide variety of media, all at the same time. That’s the premise behind the […]
At the end of month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last thirty days. (Read our previous months’ reviews.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. NASA VISUALIZATION EXPLORER NASA’s latest iPad app, the NASA Visualization Explorer (iTunes, free) brings some […]
Within the first 60 days of its release, Microsoft sold some eight million Kinects, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (beating out the iPad and the VCR). For those who aren’t familiar with it yet, Kinect is a sensor input device for the popular Xbox gaming console that allows gamers to […]
There are over 1 billion users of virtual worlds, online communities where users have avatars and participate in various simulated environments. Even more impressive than that number: roughly half of those virtual world users are under age 15. With a number of news stories lately about kids under 13 on Facebook (violating the social network’s […]