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Can Music Help Low-Income Students Close the Academic Gap?

Fascinating research: “Children’s brains show evidence of faster development when they are learning to play an instrument. And studies comparing the brains of adult musicians and non-musicians find the most pronounced enhancements in brain structure in those who began their music training early in childhood.” Using Music to Close the Academic GapSeveral times a week, … Continue reading Can Music Help Low-Income Students Close the Academic Gap? →

How Educators Can Help Close the Achievement Gap With Simple Tactics

A new study from Stanford shows that a simple teaching tactic may help close the achievement gap between Latino American students and their white peers. Geoffrey Cohen, a professor of education and psychology at Stanford, and David Sherman of the University of California-Santa Barbara, and their fellow researchers explored the negative effects of “stereotype threat,” … Continue reading How Educators Can Help Close the Achievement Gap With Simple Tactics →

Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”?

In the past two days, I’ve received a few comments and emails from readers about different articles that all point to the same problem: frustration over lack of money to take advantage of all these transformational tech tools that we write about here. In response to The Most Anticipated Tech Tools of Back to School, … Continue reading Finding Money for Technology: “Where Do I Start”? →

Can Tech Help Preschoolers Catch Up to Their Peers?

Flickr:KidPerez We hear a lot about the promise of technology closing the achievement gap, but few studies have definitively shown this to be true. In this article in Spotlight on Digital Media & Learning by Sara Jackon, a recent study by the Center for Children and Technology delves into how digital media can make an … Continue reading Can Tech Help Preschoolers Catch Up to Their Peers? →

How Do We Address the Needs of Kids Without Mobile Access?

Flickr:Shlala The $64,000 question in education: Does access to mobile technology actually help close the achievement gap? Bill Ferriter, a sixth-grade teacher in North Carolina, has been thinking about this issue, and writing about it on his blog, The Tempered Radical. In this recent post, he addresses a question from one of his readers, who … Continue reading How Do We Address the Needs of Kids Without Mobile Access? →

Can a Smart Phone Program Really Close the Achievement Gap?

Students from different geographic regions communicate socially, but also to help each other achieve the common goal of succeeding at Algebra 1. When asked what tech tools students would like to use in learning science and math, their reply was no surprise: “They said they wanted something that would utilize social networking technology — something … Continue reading Can a Smart Phone Program Really Close the Achievement Gap? →

Can Video Games Help Close the Digital Divide?

Applying African-American boys’ passion for sports video games toward building confidence in a learning environment. This fascinating article by Liz Losh on Digital Media & Learning looks at how video games as learning motivator can be a completely different experience for different cultures. A recent report on educational achievement among young black males describes a … Continue reading Can Video Games Help Close the Digital Divide? →

Mobile Learning Could Be Key in Achievement Gap Equation

By Leslie Rule Leslie Rule is studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Technology, Innovation, and Education (TIE) program. Can mobile learning bring quality education to under-served communities? Research is pointing in that direction. A recent report by Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that the mobile Internet may be the … Continue reading Mobile Learning Could Be Key in Achievement Gap Equation →

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