achievement gap

Is Technology Widening Opportunity Gaps Between Rich And Poor Kids?

Is Technology Widening Opportunity Gaps Between Rich And Poor Kids?

| June 27, 2014 | 13 Comments

The way kids interact with computers and software — and the support they get from adults — is more important to improve learning outcomes than merely having access to the technology, study finds.

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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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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

| March 19, 2014 | 6 Comments

Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged — whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason — educators can find a way in by tapping into students’ interests and passion.

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What Can We Learn From the Global Effort Around Mobile Learning?

What Can We Learn From the Global Effort Around Mobile Learning?

| October 17, 2013 | 9 Comments

Mobile technology is changing learning internationally, often without fancy gadgets. Recognizing the creative learning strategies being implemented in developing countries could help expand thinking in the U.S and inform ongoing discussions about how to best use technology to deepen learning.

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Can Music Help Low-Income Students Close the Academic Gap?

Can Music Help Low-Income Students Close the Academic Gap?

| October 12, 2013 | 3 Comments

Fascinating research: “Children’s brains show evidence of faster development when they are learning to play an instrument. And studies comparing the brains of adult musicians and non-musicians find the most pronounced enhancements in brain structure in those who began their music training early in childhood.” Using Music to Close the Academic GapSeveral times a week, […]

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‘An Education in Equality’: Following Middle Class African-American Boys

‘An Education in Equality’: Following Middle Class African-American Boys

| September 30, 2013 | 5 Comments

This provocative 10 minute video previews the documentary film “American Promise,” which follows two African-American boys from kindergarten through graduation. The film provides a glimpse of middle-class black life and how race inflects the lives of even the most privileged African-American students.

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Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted

| July 26, 2013 | 10 Comments

Aside from keeping obesity at bay and providing a way to blow off steam, daily physical exercise has benefits that go beyond getting out the wiggles. But despite this, and many other benefits, finding time for recess has been a big hurdle for many schools.

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How Educators Can Help Close the Achievement Gap With Simple Tactics

How Educators Can Help Close the Achievement Gap With Simple Tactics

| February 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

A new study from Stanford shows that a simple teaching tactic may help close the achievement gap between Latino American students and their white peers. Geoffrey Cohen, a professor of education and psychology at Stanford, and David Sherman of the University of California-Santa Barbara, and their fellow researchers explored the negative effects of “stereotype threat,” […]

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Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

| August 18, 2011 | 1 Comment

In the past two days, I’ve received a few comments and emails from readers about different articles that all point to the same problem: frustration over lack of money to take advantage of all these transformational tech tools that we write about here. In response to The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back to School, […]

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Can Tech Help Preschoolers Catch Up to Their Peers?

Can Tech Help Preschoolers Catch Up to Their Peers?

| April 13, 2011 | 1 Comment

Flickr:KidPerez We hear a lot about the promise of technology closing the achievement gap, but few studies have definitively shown this to be true. In this article in Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning by Sara Jackon, a recent study by the Center for Children and Technology delves into how digital media can make an […]

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