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How to Get Parent Support for Tech Use in Class

By Jennifer Carey Every teacher who has attempted to integrate technology into the classroom knows that getting parents on board can sometimes be a challenge. It’s not uncommon for the parent of a struggling child to be on the phone with you asking questions like: “Why do you need to use technology to teach math/social … Continue reading How to Get Parent Support for Tech Use in Class →

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Online Privacy: Parents Worry Advertisers Know Too Much

The Federal Trade Commission recently reprimanded makers of mobile apps targeted at children for failing to provide enough information to parents about the kinds of data being collected. The announcement raises a long-standing concern many parents have about how to keep kids safe online. A recent study from the Pew Center’s Internet and American Life … Continue reading Online Privacy: Parents Worry Advertisers Know Too Much →

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Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think

In her “anti-parabola” video Doodling in Math Class: Connecting the Dots, Vi Hart demonstrates mathematical curiosity and creativity, which happens to be the opposite of what she does in math class. As she says, “Teaching how to think requires giving power and responsibility to individuals while teaching what to think can be done with one-size … Continue reading Connecting the Dots: Teaching How to Think →

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Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning

Flickr: CriCristina It may come as no surprise that the ideas that are top-of-mind for educators, parents, and policymakers are the very topics conveyed in the most popular MindShift posts this year. Giving kids the tools to create, teachers the freedom to innovate, making students’ work relevant in the real world, giving them access to … Continue reading Top 10 Posts of 2012: Deep, Meaningful and Creative Learning →

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Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break

Flickr: Andrew Beeston With two weeks of holiday break stretched out ahead, here are some fun ways to keep kids occupied and engaged, as collected over time on MindShift. 1. DIVE INTO MINECRAFT. Simply put, Minecraft is a game that lets you build worlds out of blocks. But Minecraft’s visual simplicity belies what is a … Continue reading Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break →

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For Low-Income Kids, Is More Time in School the Answer?

TB To help disadvantaged kids who are struggling to keep up in school, some education advocates believe that extending the school day could give them the extra boost they need. They argue that many parents can’t afford to send their kids to the varied extracurricular activities that wealthier children enjoy – leaving poorer kids with a sparse … Continue reading For Low-Income Kids, Is More Time in School the Answer? →

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2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

At the end of the year, pundits love to share their versions of summarized lists of what was hot in ed tech in 2012. In addition to the obvious — Common Core curriculum and assessments, games in learning, consumer tech in education — there are others that may be more subtle or even counter-intuitive. Here … Continue reading 2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders →

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It’s Time: Create Smart Policies to Support Student Tech Use

Technology has become a seamless part of students’ lives in and out of the classroom, and schools must find ways to integrate it. This is one of the conclusions in a report by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE), which states that policymakers at the highest level need to understand the trend … Continue reading It’s Time: Create Smart Policies to Support Student Tech Use →

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What Teachers Really Think About Game Based Learning

Whether teachers are using jeopardy style questions to do test prep or bringing in online games like Minecraft to teach spatial reasoning, games have long been an effective way to engage kids. We Are Teachers, an online resource for educators, surveyed teachers about how they use games and found that 67% use traditional and digital … Continue reading What Teachers Really Think About Game Based Learning →

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Temple Run Meets Algebra: CK12’s New Approach

Temple Run What does the popular video game Temple Run have anything to do with algebra? Just a few clicks into CK12’s free educational content site, you’ll see it’s leveraged as a real-world application of using algebra to compare the difference between the top scores of the game. The simple tactic of using references like … Continue reading Temple Run Meets Algebra: CK12’s New Approach →

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Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America

Ian Hill/Thinkstock/Penguin By Nikhil Goyal Call it “The Triumph of Nerds.” Poll statisticians have risen to rock star status. One of the most famous is New York Times’ wunderkind Nate Silver — or as Jon Stewart put it, “Lord and god of the algorithm.” He may be best known for predicting the 44th president, but … Continue reading Why Nate Silver Can Save Math Education in America →