What Does Your School Know About You?

In the information age, data will follow us from the time we first walk into kindergarten to well past retirement. As data is used to guide us in making all kinds of decisions, from what we consume to what health plan we follow, it’s also becoming a powerful tool in education. As more schools and … Continue reading What Does Your School Know About You? →

With Media, Parents and Kids Learn More Together

Most of what we read about kids and screen time revolves around whether or not it’s good for them. But one aspect of media use with kids that’s worth examining closer is how co-viewing affects their experience. Whether kids are watching TV, creating digital media, reading, searching, or playing video games with parents, siblings or … Continue reading With Media, Parents and Kids Learn More Together →

12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

Getty Looking ahead at some of the education technology trends we’ll likely see in 2012, many are already underway. But here are 12 areas where we believe we’ll see significant adoption and innovation in the coming months. MOBILE PHONES: Mobile learning is hardly a new trend, but we have now reached the point with near … Continue reading 12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012 →

Books and Band Saws: the Future of Libraries

Flickr:Toolstop By Jon Kalish, NPR As information becomes more digital, public libraries are striving to redefine their roles. A small number are working to create “hackerspaces,” where do-it-yourselfers share sophisticated tools and their expertise. The Allen County Public Library, which serves the city of Fort Wayne, Ind., has a modest hackerspace inside a trailer in … Continue reading Books and Band Saws: the Future of Libraries →

Great New Apps for Music, Middle School, Math, And More

Continuing our monthly Educational Apps series, here are some of the new iOS, Android, and Web-based educational apps that caught our eye this month: THE WORMWORLD SAGA The Wormworld Saga is an online graphic novel about Jonas Berg, a young boy who enters an alternative fantasy world through a magical painting. Author and artist Dan … Continue reading Great New Apps for Music, Middle School, Math, And More →

What’s Behind the Culture of Academic Dishonesty

B. Gilliard You’ve heard the stories: Cheating in Atlanta, Georgia. Cheating in Washington, DC. Cheating in Long Island, New York. Academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and cheating are hardly new. And as the history of the banking industry and baseball demonstrate, cheating scandals aren’t just limited to schools. With numerous incidents making headlines in recent months, however, … Continue reading What’s Behind the Culture of Academic Dishonesty →

Quick Look: Foldit Game Leads to AIDS Research Breakthrough

Incredible news from the gaming world: “video gamers were able to do what biochemists have been trying to do for a decade: decipher the structure of a protein called retroviral protease, an enzyme that is key to the way HIV multiplies. Being able to see how this protein builds will likely help scientists develop drugs … Continue reading Quick Look: Foldit Game Leads to AIDS Research Breakthrough →

With Pictures, Puzzles and Games, Students Create Transmedia Stories

By Laura Fleming and John Connell Until just a few years ago, stories we were told mostly through  a single medium – it might be a book, a movie, a radio program, a cartoon. Today, we can tell stories across a wide variety of media, all at the same time. That’s the premise behind the … Continue reading With Pictures, Puzzles and Games, Students Create Transmedia Stories →

New Educational Apps of the Month

At the end of month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated over the last thirty days. (Read our previous months’ reviews.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps. NASA VISUALIZATION EXPLORER NASA’s latest iPad app, the NASA Visualization Explorer (iTunes, free) brings some … Continue reading New Educational Apps of the Month →

Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect

Within the first 60 days of its release, Microsoft sold some eight million Kinects, making it the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (beating out the iPad and the VCR). For those who aren’t familiar with it yet, Kinect is a sensor input device for the popular Xbox gaming console that allows gamers to … Continue reading Computer Science With a Twist: Students Hack into Kinect →

What Kids Can Learn from Playing in Virtual Worlds

There are over 1 billion users of virtual worlds, online communities where users have avatars and participate in various simulated environments. Even more impressive than that number: roughly half of those virtual world users are under age 15. With a number of news stories lately about kids under 13 on Facebook (violating the social network’s … Continue reading What Kids Can Learn from Playing in Virtual Worlds →

Video Games Built Just for Girls

The stereotypical video game player is a young male under age 18, but study after study has shown that majority of the game-playing population does not fall into that demographic. Only 18% of gamers are under age 18, and women over 18 represent a significantly greater proportion of this population (37%) than do boys age … Continue reading Video Games Built Just for Girls →

Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys

School or no school, there’s a world of learning opportunities for kids. When they’re not exploring outdoors, keep kids engaged in learning throughout the summer months with these enjoyable and educational apps and websites. For kids, playing these games is a cool pastime; for parents, it’s another way to get kids to exercise their thinking … Continue reading Boredom Busters: 50 Fantastic Play-and-Learn Apps, Sites, and Toys →