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How Teens Deal With Privacy and Mobile Apps

A Pew Internet and American Life survey shows how teens 12 to 17 years old think about privacy when using mobile apps. While some are nonchalant about the kind of personal information some apps collect, more than half avoid some apps due to privacy concerns. Though socio-economics are a factor, that’s not the predominant issues, … Continue reading How Teens Deal With Privacy and Mobile Apps →

Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break

Flickr: Andrew Beeston With two weeks of holiday break stretched out ahead, here are some fun ways to keep kids occupied and engaged, as collected over time on MindShift. 1. DIVE INTO MINECRAFT. Simply put, Minecraft is a game that lets you build worlds out of blocks. But Minecraft’s visual simplicity belies what is a … Continue reading Ideas for Fun and Learning During the Holiday Break →

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 →

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 →

Four Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones in Class

Erin Scott By Jennifer Carey A good rule of thumb for any classroom use of cellphones: the lesson/activity must be engaging as well as productive. You don’t want technology for the sake of technology (and students aren’t going to be intrinsically fascinated with a device they use routinely when they’re outside of school). If the … Continue reading Four Smart Ways to Use Cell Phones in Class →

Going Retro: Reading Apps for Real Books

Reading Rainbow app YouTube clips. Texting. Twitter. Facebook status updates. The prevalence of short-attention-span media — easily scanned or consumed — has led to much hand-wringing over how students will develop that lifelong love of reading perceived to be so critical to lifelong learning. One answer (in addition to “it’s not as bad as you … Continue reading Going Retro: Reading Apps for Real Books →

For Holiday Travel, Apps to Keep Kids Busy

Flickr: GoodNCrazy By Bill Chappell Thanksgiving is Thursday, and that means more than 43 million Americans will be on the road, driving to family gatherings. For many parents, the crowded roads can bring another challenge: Keeping a 9-year-old entertained along the way. And sometimes, DVDs are not enough. These days, kids love to tinker with … Continue reading For Holiday Travel, Apps to Keep Kids Busy →

Five Great Math Apps

The market is flooded with educational apps, as we all know. To make things a little easier, the producers of the Infinite Thinking Machine have pinpointed five great math apps that draw kids into learning math concepts. The show features an app that teach fractions, algebra, geometry, a graphic calculator with a social feature, and … Continue reading Five Great Math Apps →

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