The Top Google Search Terms in 2012

At the risk of plugging Google search, this short, impactful video touches on much of what consumed public attention in 2012, according to the mega-giant search engine. Whether or not it’s factually reflective of the top search terms of the year, the most inspiring clips are about stories of people who pushed their own boundaries … Continue reading The Top Google Search Terms in 2012 →

Should Work Experience Come Before College Education?

Della Rollins By Steve Henn Eighteen months ago Eden Full was finishing up her sophomore year at Princeton University. She was on the crew team as a coxswain. She had spent the previous summer in Kenya building an innovative, low-cost contraption to make solar panels more efficient. Full was glowingly successful — the kind of … Continue reading Should Work Experience Come Before College Education? →

Inside Look at Modern Study Habits

StudyBlue recently surveyed 500 students about what study habits got them through finals. The picture of the modern student that emerged from student responses highlights the importance of digital devices, especially mobile technology. Via: STUDYBLUE.com

The U.S. State Department Gets in the Education Game

Trace Effects The U.S. State Department is jumping into the ed-tech world with an online game meant to help teach “American English” to kids between the ages of 12-16 in more than 30 countries. Meant to provide players with a view of American life and culture different from the typical portrayal in movies, Trace Effects … Continue reading The U.S. State Department Gets in the Education Game →

FTC Urges App Makers to Protect Kids’ Privacy

By Mark Memmott Developers of smartphone and tablet apps aimed at children have done little in the past year to give parents “the information they need to determine what data is being collected from their children, how it is being shared, or who will have access to it,” the Federal Trade Commission reports. “Our study … Continue reading FTC Urges App Makers to Protect Kids’ Privacy →

Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution

Erin Scott By Matt Levinson Schools are the perfect breeding ground for fostering students’ questions, a place to spark students’ interests and ideas for designing innovative solutions to real problems. Everyday, educators have opportunities to help kids develop the tools, skills and habits to come up with meaningful, lasting solutions to problems. Take, for example, … Continue reading Got a Problem? Students Can Find the Solution →

Good Read: MOOCs Take on the 1 Percent

From Clay Shirky’s blog: “The fight over MOOCs is really about the story we tell ourselves about higher education: what it is, who it’s for, how it’s delivered, who delivers it. The most widely told story about college focuses obsessively on elite schools and answers a crazy mix of questions: How will we teach complex … Continue reading Good Read: MOOCs Take on the 1 Percent →

For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined

Thinkstock Not too far in the future, students may be faced with an entirely different set of choices than they do today. No longer might college or career straight after high school graduation be the two only and divergent paths in front of them. No longer may a four-to-six-year commitment to a highly esteemed institution … Continue reading For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined →

SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations

Julia Hum/Educreations One of the biggest, fastest shifts in ed tech the last couple years has been the evolution from the use of large interactive whiteboards to the use of mobile, agile multi-purpose apps. Currently, there are at least six products, all competing to become teachers’ favorite. Replay Note, ScreenChomp, ShowMe, DoodleCast Pro, Knowmia, Explain … Continue reading SmartBoard, Make Way for Educreations →

Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome

Science teachers looking for fun videos to show how shockingly exciting science can be, look no further. Molly Michelson, who produces the Science in Action videos for the California Academy of Sciences, has seen a lot of videos explaining the science in everyday life. She’s put together her top five favorite science videos. 1. This … Continue reading Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome →

Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers

TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan The third grade class is busy working in the computer lab when the teacher reminds everyone to save their files. “Save or Save As?” someone asks. No one has ever explained the difference to these students and no one will have the time to explain it. With a frown on their … Continue reading Save or Save As: Teaching Kids Where Their Work Lives Inside Computers →

The Far-Flung Reach of Caine’s Arcade

Who knew a YouTube video of a nine-year-old boy’s cardboard creation would hit such a nerve? Caine’s Arcade, which has gotten more than 7 million views on YouTube and Vimeo since it was posted last April, inspired a global movement, compelling kids across the world to create their own versions of the cardboard masterpiece in … Continue reading The Far-Flung Reach of Caine’s Arcade →

The Maker Movement Goes Global

Courtesy: Exploratorium In step with the popularity and growing momentum of Maker Faire, the “maker movement” is going global with the help of the Exploratorium museum’s Global Studios. After 40 plus years of work in this field, the Exploratorium, which is based in San Francisco, is stepping up its involvement in hands-on, informal science and … Continue reading The Maker Movement Goes Global →

The App’s the Thing: Shakespeare Goes Social

By Aran Levasseur Shakespeare is going digital. Notre Dame professor Elliott Visconsi has co-created a new app for the iPad called The Tempest that he says helps accelerate student learning by allowing them to develop deeper comprehension in less time than solitary reading. At the heart of the app is a social network that encourages … Continue reading The App’s the Thing: Shakespeare Goes Social →