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How to Avoid Tech Burnout

How to Avoid Tech Burnout

| November 3, 2010 | 1 Comment

Our gadgets are our saviors and our worst enemies. As parents, we have tools to reign in our children’s time spent online, but it may be harder to impose restrictions on ourselves. As I’ve mentioned before, the tools are not the culprits. It’s what we, as busy-as-can-be, super-productive, highly efficient humans, do with them. To […]

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iPad: Game-changer, fad, or the future?

iPad: Game-changer, fad, or the future?

| October 12, 2010 | 1 Comment

Leslie Rule is studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) program. She specializes in hands-on, in-depth, project-based workshops using geo-apps, mobile devices, and storytelling techniques to explore place and community. By Leslie Rule We first got wind of the iPad in January 2010, released April 3, 2010 […]

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Wii in lieu of P.E.?

Wii in lieu of P.E.?

| October 6, 2010 | 3 Comments

From the Fort Morgan Times: Fort Morgan School District students will have a chance to use the Wii video game system for some physical education classes starting soon. Not every student can play soccer or kickball during physical education due to their disabilities, and the Wii system is helpful for disabled kids to learn eye-hand […]

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The Future of the Book

The Future of the Book

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Every wonder how design-thinkers work? Take a look at Ideo’s vision of the future of the book. http://vimeo.com/15142335

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Video Games in the Classroom? Yes!

Video Games in the Classroom? Yes!

| September 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

What place do video games have in a classroom? Aren’t they just a distracting waste of time for kids who should be memorizing multipication tables? Sara Corbett eloquently answers these questions in her illuminating article in the New York Times, which aptly sums up some of the controversies around bringing technology into the education system. […]

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6 Easy Ways to Protect Your Data

6 Easy Ways to Protect Your Data

| September 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

The more time we spend working, learning, and living, the more data we amass. We’ve been warned to back up our hard drives religiously — and for good reason. You never know when your screen will suddenly go black, never to return to life. For students of all ages who’ll be creating important content that […]

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Milton Chen and MindShift on KQED’s Forum

Milton Chen and MindShift on KQED’s Forum

| September 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

In a discussion with Michael Krasny earlier today on the KQED program Forum, Milton Chen and I discussed a wide range of subjects, including Milton’s new book “Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools,” the role of open-source information such as Wikipedia in the classroom, and how technology affects creativity in kids, […]

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How to be Tech-Safe at School

How to be Tech-Safe at School

| August 30, 2010 | 0 Comments

photos.com Protecting mobile phones, laptops, and e-readers from theft are just the tangible aspects of tech safety at school. Students should also learn how to be savvy social networkers (check those privacy settings), thwart “malware” (malicious software meant to infiltrate a computer), and back up all their data, says Huffington Post’s Christopher Burgess. Little-known fact […]

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Get a Hobby: Photography with Camera Apps

Get a Hobby: Photography with Camera Apps

| August 27, 2010 | 0 Comments

The primary rules of photography have not changed much in the digital age. The Rule of Thirds still stands, as do traditional perspective, balancing, and framing guidelines. But advances in technology now used in this medium have made it possible for anyone to take truly creative photos, with or without following those rules. In fact, […]

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Reading More With E-Readers

Reading More With E-Readers

| August 27, 2010 | 2 Comments

Flickr: Mike Licht It comes as no surprise to me that 40% of e-reader users said they now read more than they did with print books in the recent survey published in the Wall Street Journal. Since my iPad arrived in the mail two months ago, I’ve managed to blow through three novels — a […]

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