On Digital Learning Day, 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology

TB Today is Digital Learning Day, a national promotional effort by the Alliance for Excellence in Education to call attention to using technology in schools. More than 10,000 teachers and 1.5 million students have signed up in support to “celebrate innovative teachers and highlight instructional practices that strengthen teaching and personalize learning for all students,” … Continue reading On Digital Learning Day, 7 Golden Rules of Using Technology →

The Power of Play in Learning

Flickr: Ernst Vikne By Aran Levasseur The goal of the videogame “Civilization” is to build a civilization that stands the test of time. You start the game in 4000 B.C. as a settler and, with successful gameplay, can create a civilization that lasts until the Space Age. Throughout the game, you need to manage your … Continue reading The Power of Play in Learning →

Your Old Mobile Phone: The Perfect Holiday Gift

TB Hand-me-downs have a certain stigma, at least when it comes to clothes and toys. But finding a second life for gadgets like smartphones and tech devices is easy — especially when the recipients are kids. A recent PBS KIDS survey of parents of 2- to 10-year-olds found that kids will be the gleeful recipients … Continue reading Your Old Mobile Phone: The Perfect Holiday Gift →

Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs

YOUmedia Earlier this month, we covered the Fayetteville Free Library‘s new Fab Lab, the public library’s plans to build a “makerspace” where library patrons could gain hands-on experience using 3D printers and other tools and could take programming and “shop” classes. It’s part of a larger movement to rethink and re-imagine what a public library … Continue reading Libraries and Museums Become Hands-On Learning Labs →

Can an Online Game Crack the Code to Language Learning?

Practomime.com By Nathan Maton What can possibly get kids excited to learn a dead language? This was the challenge for Latin teacher Kevin Ballestrini. Ideally, he could take the entire class to Rome and walk them through the ruins, where they could practice speaking the language while learning the history. He found a way to … Continue reading Can an Online Game Crack the Code to Language Learning? →

Can a $35 Tablet Be as Effective a Learning Tool as an iPad?

  Ubislate When Amazon unveiled its new Android tablet, the Kindle Fire last month, analysts said that its price could well make it a viable competitor to the wildly successful iPad. Indeed, while the iPad has ignited great interest in tablet computing, particularly in schools, that interest has really just been interest in iPads. The … Continue reading Can a $35 Tablet Be as Effective a Learning Tool as an iPad? →

Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning?

Apple held a press event today at its Cupertino headquarters, unveiling a variety of improvements to its line of iPods and iPhones, including an update to its mobile operating system and a brand new version of its wildly popular iPhone. As always happens around these Apple announcements, there’s a flurry of excitement — before, during, … Continue reading Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning? →

Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life?

How can learning to blog make a lasting impact on a 12-year-old boy living in a rough, East Oakland neighborhood? In the second installment of MindShift’s My Education series, which examines whether technology in learning can have a lasting impact on low-income kids through the perspective of one child, the question focuses on Makeal Surrell, … Continue reading Can Learning How to Blog Change Makeal’s Life? →

For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury?

For schools in low-income communities, the idea of investing money, time, and energy into a digital media program or mobile-learning program might seem superfluous. Administrators and teachers already have so much to contend with — safety issues in high-crime communities, chronic student truancies, debilitating health issues due to poverty, families in constant state of flux, … Continue reading For At-Risk Youth, is Learning Digital Media a Luxury? →

What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II

Here’s the second part of my original interview with Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist who studies new media use in young people. Ito is co-author of Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media, and has been studying the subject of how kids interact with mobile devices. Ito talks … Continue reading What Exactly Can You Learn on a Mobile Phone? Part II →

Five Reasons Why Video Games Power Up Learning

By Aran Levasseur The famous videogame designer, Shigeru Miyamoto, known for creating some of the most iconic and successful videogames in history, such as Donkey Kong, Mario Brothers and Legend of Zelda, once said, “Videogames are bad for you? That’s what they said about rock n’ roll.” In retrospect, we know rock ‘n roll’s influence … Continue reading Five Reasons Why Video Games Power Up Learning →