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How trends in technology – social networks, Internet privacy, cyberbullying – influence education.

Should Handheld Devices for Kids Under 12 Be Banned?

A Huffington Post article, 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned, from a couple of days ago has clearly hit a nerve. The link has spread far and wide, with hundreds of thousands of social media shares. The author links to studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Canadian Society of Pediatrics, Kaiser … Continue reading Should Handheld Devices for Kids Under 12 Be Banned? →

A Look Into Teenagers’ Complicated Online Lives

In the world of social media research, danah boyd is a star. She says most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of teenagers. But as the title of her new book suggests, It's Complicated.

Despite Steep Cost, College Degrees Still Show Value

The gap in earnings between young people who have a college degree and those who don't has continued to widen over the past several decades. And while total student loan debt in the U.S. continues to rise, millennials say a college degree is still worth it.

High School Students’ Health Suffers From Too Much Stress

Teenagers say their parents often don't realize how overwhelmed they feel about school. Psychologists say parents can help children manage their expectations and live a more balanced life, even if it means not racking up as high a GPA as their friends.

What Compels Teachers to Quit – Or to Stay?

In addition to the many reasons listed as to why teachers quit their profession in this article, the author also identifies why they stay: “Those schools that do a far better job of managing and coping with and responding to student behavioral issues have far better teacher retention,” says [educator and researcher Richard Ingersoll]. And, … Continue reading What Compels Teachers to Quit – Or to Stay? →

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

Disruptive students can be a big challenge for teachers in charge of a room full of 30 students. There isn’t always time to get to the bottom of student behavior and in a large class those students can derail learning for everyone. But what if there was a way to help kids stop acting out … Continue reading How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation →

Sesame Street Meets the App Age: How to Nurture Creative Learning

By Björn Jeffery and Michael H. Levine All over the world—from East Asia to South Africa to the Caribbean Basin—ministers of government, captains of industry, and scholars are discussing the best ways to foment innovation. Many experts still regard the United States as a leader in promoting creative uses of capital, technology, and people, with unrivaled … Continue reading Sesame Street Meets the App Age: How to Nurture Creative Learning →

Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys

By Shankar Vedantam For some years now, teachers and parents have noted something about boys and girls. Starting in elementary school, young girls often score better on reading and math tests than young boys do. The differences are uneven on different tests and do not describe the experience of every child, but empirical studies do … Continue reading Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys →