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10 Ideas to Get Those Back-to-School Juices Flowing

Educators are getting prepared to welcome students back to school this month. Many have spent the summer reading up on new teaching strategies or getting inspired by colleagues across the country. To help get those idea juices flowing, here are some MindShift articles that delve into creative work, tools, and methodologies.

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools

Paul Salopek and Ahmed Kabil Writing will always be important, but weaving text, images, sound, and presentation together can give students more and different ways to express themselves. Easy-to-use online tools allow students the opportunity to create multimedia projects that demonstrate knowledge and develop useful skills. Check out these new three tools on the scene. … Continue reading For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools →

Remixing Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Digital Generation

In a traditional English class, a teacher might assign Herman Melville’s famous novel Moby Dick in small chunks. Students might complete their reading (or not), discuss major themes and perhaps write an essay at the end of the unit. But if a student never gets past the first few pages, the rest of that unit … Continue reading Remixing Melville: Moby Dick Meets the Digital Generation →

Sorry Video Games: TV Still Reigns as Kids’ Favorite Media

Mobile phones, the Internet, and video games might be growing in popularity with kids, but according to one report, the trusty television is still the predominant media of choice. “Even as technology evolves and young children increasingly turn to games and mobile media, they still love television best.” The statement comes from “Always Connected,” a … Continue reading Sorry Video Games: TV Still Reigns as Kids’ Favorite Media →

How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

FLickr:Christopher Frier Brown The effects of multitasking on the brain and the way we’re wired has been the subject of countless studies, radio shows, and articles. But a new study soon to be released explores the social and emotional effects of media multitasking on kids. Stanford professor Roy Pea presented some intriguing findings of a … Continue reading How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag. →

Creating Media Connects Kids to Global Events

By Sara Bernard Over the past five years, more than 27,000 students from Australia to Senegal to San Francisco have made films and other media about a wide range of subjects — from young refugees, to how to improve public education in the U.S., to environmental preservation, racial and gender discrimination, and more. They’ve produced … Continue reading Creating Media Connects Kids to Global Events →

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