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Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys

Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys

| June 17, 2011 | 22 Comments

School or no school, there’s a world of learning opportunities for kids. When they’re not exploring outdoors, keep kids engaged in learning throughout the summer months with these enjoyable and educational apps and websites. For kids, playing these games is a cool pastime; for parents, it’s another way to get kids to exercise their thinking […]

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You Have 54 Hours: Quick, Build an Ed-Tech Startup!

You Have 54 Hours: Quick, Build an Ed-Tech Startup!

| June 6, 2011 | 5 Comments

Startup Weekend may sound like a crazy idea. You have 54 hours — from Friday night until Sunday afternoon — to pitch an idea, then assemble a team, then build and demo your product. But the intensity and creativity of the teams that come together to participate in this Kauffman Foundation-sponsored event are always impressive. […]

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Children’s Magazines Draw Early Adopters with Apps

Children’s Magazines Draw Early Adopters with Apps

| June 2, 2011 | 2 Comments

By Susan Currie Sivek Digital magazines designed for kids are giving new meaning to the phrase “early adopter.” Children’s magazines have come a long way from those dusty print editions at the pediatrician’s office. While adults struggle to join the transition to digital magazines and apps, their offspring are moving seamlessly into the new age […]

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New Educational Apps of the Month

New Educational Apps of the Month

| May 31, 2011 | 8 Comments

Continuing our Apps of the Month Feature, here’s a round-up of some of our favorite educational apps released or updated over the course of the month, which includes Android, iPhone, and Web applications. If you want to let readers know about your favorite educational app, tell us in the comments. ANSEL & CLAIR’S ADVENTURES IN […]

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Animal Dissection? There’s an App for That

Animal Dissection? There’s an App for That

| May 11, 2011 | 5 Comments

Animal dissection is one of the most controversial topics in science education. Scientists, teachers, animal rights activists, and parents and students all have a opinion about whether animal dissection is necessary or even educational. But despite strong arguments on both sides, it remains a core part of many schools’ biology curriculum. In addition to controversies […]

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New Educational Apps of the Month

New Educational Apps of the Month

| April 28, 2011 | 9 Comments

We’re starting a new monthly feature here at MindShift, a round-up of new educational apps released or updated over the course of the month. This list is a combination of Android, iPhone, and Web applications that have caught our eye. If we’ve forgotten any of your favorites, let us know in the comments. VANISHED The […]

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Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games

Don’t Forget the Fun Factor in Educational Games

| April 13, 2011 | 5 Comments

Too often, educational games are neither fun nor educational, and there are plenty of educational games that fail on both those counts. Without an exhaustive study of games and game designers, it’s hard to pinpoint why. Do those making educational games have little experience in game design? Or do those making educational games have little […]

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Music for the Masses: Apps and Sites for Learning to Play Tunes

Music for the Masses: Apps and Sites for Learning to Play Tunes

| March 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

Flickr:NZGabriel By Audrey Watters In his remarks at TEDxNYED a couple of weeks ago, education activitist Will Richardson shared an anecdote about coming home one day to the sound of “Don’t Stop Believin’” on the piano. It was his daughter, a novice pianist, who’d placed Will’s laptop next to her and taught herself the song […]

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Defining the Differences in Screen Time

Defining the Differences in Screen Time

| March 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

Context is as important as content. Time, place and purpose matter. Pushing forward our discussion about the value of games and apps, David Kleeman wrote in response to the article: “Every screen has benefits and cautions, quality content and junk.” In this essay on the Huffington Post, Kleeman, who’s the president of the American Center […]

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Screen Time For Kids: Is it Learning or a Brain Drain?

Screen Time For Kids: Is it Learning or a Brain Drain?

| March 11, 2011 | 9 Comments

When it comes to video games and apps, what’s a parent to do? On one hand, we’re bombarded with messages about the perils of letting kids play with computer games and gadgets. On the other, we’re seduced by games and apps marketed to us as “educational.” It’s a tricky line to navigate. The spectrum of […]

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