Online Word Games with Distant Pals

Last week, a reader asked about playing Scrabble-type word games online with a friend who moved to a different city. As one who’s stayed up late into the night strategizing the highest value words against friendly opponents, I can make a few recommendations. If you’ve got a Facebook account, you can sign up for the … Continue reading Online Word Games with Distant Pals →

The World Wide Web: Accessible to All Students

While it’s important to protect students from danger at school, some in the education community also recognize that giving them access to all the benefits of the web is just as integral to their education. Two interesting articles have come up in this vein. – The Racine Unified School District recently removed the firewalls that … Continue reading The World Wide Web: Accessible to All Students →

To Skip or Not to Skip (a College Class)?

Skipping college classes is par for the course when it comes to higher learning, especially if you think of the experience as a four-year continuum. Who among us has not decided — for better or for worse — to forgo a lecture for an afternoon of productive studying, unavoidable appointments, or even just simple decompressing. … Continue reading To Skip or Not to Skip (a College Class)? →

Text Messages Translated

If you don’t know the meaning of “511” when you see the text on your teenager’s cell phone, let your own mobile phone define it for you. For befuddled parents who need help navigating the jumbled world of teenage texts (“511” means “too much information”), consider the following apps. LRNtheLingo: The app defines text acronyms; … Continue reading Text Messages Translated →

Scitable Goes Mobile

Last week, Scitable, the online science resource and social network for students, launched the mobile version of its open-access library. Now the content is available through the iPad, Android, BlackBerry, as well as basic-feature phones. Scitable exemplifies the Web 2.0 experience in the education space. Users can peruse the rich library of scientific research and … Continue reading Scitable Goes Mobile →

15 Best Back-to-School Podcasts

Last week, I highlighted Mashable’s best back-to-school apps. Today, I call attention to their 15 Essential Back-to-School Podcasts. Among the most notable: – NPR’s Planet Money. “Planet Money’s success lies in how it tackles complex subjects with great storytelling. A financial instrument like a Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) may sound impossibly boring, but Planet Money … Continue reading 15 Best Back-to-School Podcasts →

Girls Cyberbully More than Boys

The Washington Post reported today that girls are “more likely than boys to engage in cyberbullying.” From the article: Research from Cyber-bullying Research Center at Florida Atlantic University has shown that adolescent girls are significantly more likely than boys to partake in and experience cyber-bullying. Girls also are more likely to report cyber-bullying to a … Continue reading Girls Cyberbully More than Boys →

Education Nation: Questions for Milton Chen, Cont’d

In the first part of our Q&A with Milton Chen, author of Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools, we discussed the importance of training teachers to take advantage of tech tools, exemplary schools that are embracing technology, and finding great content on the web. Our conversation continues. Q. What are some … Continue reading Education Nation: Questions for Milton Chen, Cont’d →

Are Books Really “Going Away?”

“For me, real reading is for e-books, and books have become this kind of collectors’ object,” said Mr. Hanas, who has published short stories in literary journals like McSweeney’s and is publishing his next book, “Why They Cried,” only in digital format. “It’s kind of amazing to see people still going through the stages of … Continue reading Are Books Really “Going Away?” →

Online Museum of Vintage Calculators

For math lovers — or accountants for that matter — an entertaining piece on Wired about Emil Dudek, “a technology enthusiast in South Wales, U.K., who has spent the last eight years acquiring calculators made in the 1970s, taking them apart, photographing them, analyzing the technology and posting it all to his website along with … Continue reading Online Museum of Vintage Calculators →

Should Tracking Devices Be Used with Students?

With recent news of preschool students being outfitted with tracking devices in Richmond, Calif., schoolbus riders being scanned on the bus in Chicago, and New Caanan public schools considering placing radio frequency strips on students, questions are surfacing about best practices, as well as broader cultural and safety implications. GPS tracking systems for kids have … Continue reading Should Tracking Devices Be Used with Students? →

Education Nation: Questions for Milton Chen

Individual teachers and entire school districts are reinventing the learning model and pushing the boundaries of traditional teaching methods with great success. Milton Chen’s new book Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools, chronicles these examples and pushes for major reform in education. Chen is a senior fellow and executive director emeritus … Continue reading Education Nation: Questions for Milton Chen →

The Complicated World of Virtual Schools

An excellent overview of the complexities of K-12 virtual schools, on today’s California Report. You’ve heard of public schools, private schools, year-round schools and charter schools.  Now, there’s a new trend in K-through-12 education in California: virtual schools. The Elk Grove Unified School District just south of Sacramento is one of the first two in … Continue reading The Complicated World of Virtual Schools →

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