Some researchers believe playing a specific kind of game actually builds what they call “fluid intelligence” — “the capacity to solve novel problems, to learn, to reason, to see connections and to get to the bottom of things.” Source: Nytimes “Can somebody raise their hand,” asked Kate Wulfson, the instructor, “and explain to me how … Continue reading Good Read: Can You Make Yourself Smarter? →
By Kyle Palmer Entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger these days. Just a few weeks ago, more than 100 high school and college students converged on a warehouse in Bellevue, Washington, with one mission: to build a marketable mobile app in less than 24 hours. By all accounts, this convening is an encouraging sign of … Continue reading Watch Out Silicon Valley: Here Come the Tinkering Teens →
Sure, all the ideas are linked to New York Times-specific articles, but they’re still great for finding ways to incorporate math in kids’ daily lives. Source: Nytimes The school year is starting to wind down in many places in the country, and it brings worries about so-called summer slide – the documented decline in student … Continue reading Good Read: Eight Ideas for Summertime Math Learning →
More about students relying on their own peer networks to help them source information: Students report relying on friends to get help and share resources, Ms. Morgan says, whereas their responses suggest “much less of a role” for “conventional authority figures.” They “don’t want to ask librarians or tutors in the study center or stuff … Continue reading Good Read: How ‘Free-Range Learners’ Hunt for Educational Content Online →
Getty Chocolate-covered broccoli. That’s what designers of educational games call digital products that drape dull academic instruction in the superficially appealing disguise of a game. Instead of placing the fun of discovery and mastery at the heart of the game, these imposters use the trappings of games “as a sugar coating” for their otherwise unappetizing … Continue reading What’s the Secret Sauce to a Great Educational Game? →
The most important goal is to maintain open communication, explaining to kids the responsibility that comes along with having an email account, and the need to ask an adult for help if the child feels uncomfortable with the nature of any online exchange.
MIT’s seminal OpenCourseWare and MITx have brought free, high-quality educational content to anyone who wants it. Now MIT is turning its attention to younger students with the newly announced MIT+K12, developed with the Khan Academy. With this venture, MIT students will develop videos on science and engineering topics aimed at younger students.Some of the videos … Continue reading MIT Joins Forces with Khan Academy to Produce Videos for Young Students →
Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan will join Stanford in the new online venture Coursera. Two venture capitalists are investing more than $15 million in the company.
Learning from her successes and shortcomings, e-Learning Laura offers some important key ideas to keep in mind when using iPads in class. Source: Elearninglaura Here are six pieces of advice I would pass on to anyone leading the Teaching and Learning side of an iPad deployment. I’ve learned as much from our successes as our … Continue reading Good Read: 6 Ideas for Deploying iPads in Class →
ARIS If you’re interested in creating your own mobile games, but are intimidated about taking the first step, teacher Jim Mathews offers a few ways in. Start small. Create something simple before embarking on a more complex effort to design a game or interactive story with lots of moving parts. Experimenting with many simple (and … Continue reading Can Anyone Design a Mobile Game? →