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Digging the Sandbox

David Kleeman | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

The Sandbox Summit at MIT has long been a favorite event for me, in large part because it's always been a gathering point for academics and industry leaders to meet and exchange expertise.

The Power of Personal Relationship in Personalized Learning

Smart Parents | Posted 05.10.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

Personalized learning, a concept gaining momentum and credibility in the education field today, shows great potential as a catalyst for student learning. Schools across national borders are revitalizing their curriculum through this approach emphasizing student choice and learning to learn.

Why Learning a Foreign Language Requires Complete Immersion

Allison Underhill | Posted 05.11.2015 | Travel
Allison Underhill

If you're anything like me (and the millions of other students who have suffered through our public school system), you know that the teaching styles implemented in schools don't really capture the true essence of foreign language.

I'm A Fast Learner

Nancy Roman | Posted 05.09.2015 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

"Don't feel bad," said the teacher. "Toddlers have a very low center of gravity. You are much more tippy, so it's harder for you."

Does Internet Usage Rewire the Human Brain?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 05.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Suren Ramasubbu

The anxiety around technology and Internet has provoked intense debate on its effects on the biology of the brain. ''Neuroplasticity'' has been a powerful word in arguments both for and against the effect of technology on the brain.

Skills for Social Progress: The Power of Social and Emotional Skills

Andreas Schleicher | Posted 05.08.2015 | Education
Andreas Schleicher

Excellent schools make sure their students have access to the world's most advanced knowledge, they strengthen key skills such as creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. But their main differentiator is that they also develop mindfulness, curiosity, courage, resilience and leadership.

The Uncommon Reasons for the Rise of Stress

Rajesh Setty | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Rajesh Setty

Do you feel like there is an unlimited supply of stress in this world? No, not the kind of stress that comes with growth. Unfortunately, it is the kind of stress that comes with being stuck. Common sense says that your growth is hugely influenced by the right investments you make in yourself.

Building Beyond the Classroom Walls

Guillaume Picard | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Guillaume Picard

You can't learn to drive simply by watching a video or reading a book -- you learn by getting behind the steering wheel. Our education system should do the same.

The 30 Things I've Learned About Journalism

Ashley McDonald | Posted 05.04.2015 | College
Ashley McDonald

I've devised a comprehensive list of everything I've learned about this field in my years at Central Michigan University. Important stuff -- the stuff I plan to take with me after I'm gone. And as it turns out, I've learned a sh*t load. Ready?

Reviving the Library in Greece: The Future Is Now for the Future Library Network and the INELI-Balkans Project

Sara Panagiotopoulou | Posted 05.01.2015 | Impact
Sara Panagiotopoulou

One of the milestones of childhood is when a child learns to read. It starts out simply; the mere act of spelling out his/her own name and then reading it off a piece of paper is met with much fanfare by the child's parents and teachers. Single words soon turn into whole books.

5 Ways You Are Failing Students With Learning Disabilities (And What To Do About It)

Liz Frank | Posted 04.27.2015 | Education
Liz Frank

I worked as a learning specialist at a day school for a decade, teaching students with learning disabilities how to successfully navigate the rigorous academic landscape. Be sure to take special note of the past tense in that sentence.

A Mile Wide and a Mile Deep

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 04.24.2015 | Education
Naphtali Hoff

The tension between breadth and depth is one that will never go away, so long as there are strong curricular demands that we must adhere to. Using these techniques can help teachers better manage this conundrum in a manner that gives students the most rewarding learning experience possible.

Preparing for the 21st Century: Soft Skills Matter

Stedman Graham | Posted 04.26.2015 | Business
Stedman Graham

Most of us are still operating under a 20th-century paradigm. We were taught that learning all we can about a specific profession is the key to moving up to our goal rung on the socioeconomic ladder. Even "digital natives" learned this flawed premise; like the generations before them, they still think that hard skills are the key to advancement.

Demonstrating Love Through the Newest Languages Human Beings Know

Laura Wellington | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology
Laura Wellington

"Programming" languages might seem devoid of heart when standing on their own, but put them together with the human heart and the outpouring of love that will arise is unquantifiable.

Is Your Inner Middle Schooler Wreaking Havoc?

Liz Frank | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Liz Frank

My teacher didn't see me in a "whole child" sense. And as strange as it may seem, I'm grateful for her misinformed assumptions and public shaming.

Engaging Students: Online and Offline

Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Dr. Mariappan Jawaharlal

Learning is inherently satisfying. All of us have experienced the joy of learning and discovery at some point in time in our life. Learning leads to better understanding, new knowledge, skills and expertise. Whether it is learning how to ride a bike, read a book, write code, or build something -- children are inherently excited about learning.

Ski Dads: 4 Tips for Skiing With Little Ones

Liftopia | Posted 04.19.2015 | Travel
Liftopia

Bottom line: Good ski dads learn from other good ski dads.

Why I Oppose the Death Penalty: Redemption Is Always Possible, so Killing Is Always Wrong

Michael Shammas | Posted 04.19.2015 | Crime
Michael Shammas

The death penalty is about many things -- retribution, punishment, anger, a misguided desire for some illusory "cosmic balancing" of the scales of justice. Yet it is most about imagination.

The Case for 'American' American History

Louise Mirrer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Louise Mirrer

We must make sure that Americans honor their differences, but also know that they have a shared history -- a history that is the indispensable basis for an inclusive, tolerant society.

Does Art Matter?

Samantha Boardman MD | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Samantha Boardman MD

The intellectual, social, emotional, and empathetic value of a piece of art may be hard to measure but are undeniable. A recent study found that students who visited an art museum demonstrated greater knowledge, critical thinking and empathy than those who didn't.

Reality, Risk & Reward: Is US Kids TV Ripe for Authenticity and Autonomy?

David Kleeman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
David Kleeman

If we're going to wring our hands over whether today's kids are losing creativity, though, it only takes seeing the smiles and obvious pride on "MasterChef Junior" participants' faces to suggest that it's worth the attempt.

The Evolution of Blended Learning

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 04.14.2015 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The concept of "blended learning", which was introduced as early as 2000, has assumed more importance than ever before and has transformed from a theoretical concept with rudimentary applications to an essential part of mainstream education.

Confessions of a Literary Addiction

Rachel Verlik | Posted 04.11.2015 | Books
Rachel Verlik

I'm comfortable admitting I'm addicted to reading. I would spend my last dollar on a book, and I have no shame admitting that. I love all that I've learned through books, and the comfort it gives me.

Your Kid Is As Smart As A Pigeon

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 02.11.2015 | Science

We often point to language as evidence of our species' superiority. But the way humans learn language may not be so foreign to other animals, after al...

Making Stress Your Friend: It's All in Your Mindset

Paula Davis-Laack | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Paula Davis-Laack

While it's no secret that sustained levels of stress are not good for your health, there is more to the stress story than "stress is bad." As it turns out, how you perceive stress is just as important as the amount of stress you're experiencing.