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Hayden Bixby | Posted 04.04.2012 | Impact
Hayden Bixby

A group of local businessmen recently came to the Cura Orphanage to make a donation of food, blankets, and, especially school shoes. Thinking about the new shoes got me thinking, too.

Create a Distraction-Free Zone

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 04.04.2012 | Parents
Art Markman, Ph.D.

That is where technology comes to the rescue for kids. In the middle of that frustration, they are prone to turn to a smart phone app, to start texting with a friend, or to take a break and play a video game. This multitasking is a killer for complex learning.

Memo to Mayor Bloomberg: Let Them Make Games!

Dr. Idit Harel | Posted 03.14.2012 | Education
Dr. Idit Harel

Children learn best when they are the designers, builders, navigators, engineering and key operators of their own learning.

Translate the Web While Learning a New Language

Joe Kutchera | Posted 03.07.2012 | Latino Voices
Joe Kutchera

With Duolingo, he hopes to solve two enormous problems for the developing world: bring down the incredibly high-price of computer language learning to nothing and improve the quality and quantity of online content in languages other than English.

Actions and Action Figures: Gift Giving as Brain Development

Judith Sandalow | Posted 02.26.2012 | DC
Judith Sandalow

Actions and action figures both speak louder than words when it comes to telling children that they are unconditionally loved and have a safe environment where they can develop -- physically, emotionally, mentally -- as they should.

Are Americans Still Eager to Learn?

Patricia Martin | Posted 02.12.2012 | Chicago
Patricia Martin

Just 8 percent of the graduates of the Chicago public schools are college-ready. That's 8 percent of a population already narrowed down by attrition -- only 57 percent of students in Chicago finish school.

Best of TEDTalks 2011 #16: The Birth of a Word

Deb Roy | Posted 02.04.2012 | Technology
Deb Roy

2011-12-05-debroyted.jpgWe are creating learning systems to interpret the intended meaning of social media comments made "in the wild." We call our television dataset the TV Genome.

Deb Roy: The Birth Of A Word

Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology

jQuery(function($) { $('#ad_sharebox_260x60').prepend(''); }); In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are ex...

What (& Where) Are the World's Most Transformational Schools?

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.31.2012 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Out of all the schools in the world, which ones are the most transformational when it comes to imagining a new way to think about teaching and learning in the 21st century?

Taking Things Apart

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 01.30.2012 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

An artist learns to notice things by him or herself, maturing as an observant and reflective individual. The creation of art is ultimately not entirely a product of conscious intent, though conscious awareness helps a lot. Teachers help us get there.

What We Can All Learn from Tim Tebow

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.19.2012 | Sports
Sam Chaltain

The education of Tim Tebow is also a chance for the rest of us to be reminded of some essential truths: that we must continually create spaces for new ways of seeing and understanding old systems.

Cuts in Education: A Failing Choice

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 01.18.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

We still talk about public education as the great equalizer and pathway out of poverty, but continue to fall far short in assuring millions of poor children upward mobility.

Learning To Cook And Cooking To Learn

Dr. Rebecca Palacios | Posted 01.18.2012 | Parents
Dr. Rebecca Palacios

The holidays offer wonderful opportunities to create learning experiences for children that center around cooking. Memories created in the kitchen can last a lifetime.

What The Peace Corp Taught Me About Failure

Maya Lau | Posted 01.17.2012 | Travel
Maya Lau

In West Africa, I confronted the "toubab" version of myself, a self previously foreign to me that was lethargic, cynical and at home with failure.

Is Cursive ... Cursed?

Ellen Siminoff | Posted 01.11.2012 | Education
Ellen Siminoff

As more and more things can be done electronically, cursive -- and even printing to some degree -- are going by the wayside. The question is: Is this really a bad thing?

My National Work and Family Month Flashback

Kristin Maschka | Posted 12.27.2011 | Women
Kristin Maschka

My boss and I were both stopped in our tracks by a pair of assumptions common in many workplaces.

The Mystery of Outstanding Achievement

Jeffrey Shaffer | Posted 12.20.2011 | Home
Jeffrey Shaffer

I'm glad to see so much attention being given to the commencement address Steve Jobs delivered at Stanford University in 2005. It's a wonderful combi...

Teacher Over The Moon After Winning £150,000 For Physics Lesson

Huffington Post UK | Felicity Morse | Posted 12.14.2011 | Home

A Physics teacher has scooped £150,000 for her exciting physics lesson which uses homemade rockets and animation in a competition organised by e-lear...

In His Shoes

Patrizia Chen | Posted 12.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrizia Chen

Dancing can be equated to life: One has to learn to overcome difficulties, and how we go about it will naturally change from person to person. I discovered that kindness is beneficial and patience is an unsung virtue.

Do Single-Sex Schools Reinforce Gender Stereotypes?

Kristin Maschka | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Kristin Maschka

Gender stereotypes remain some of the most intractable in our society. We can't afford to have public institutions legitimizing them.

The 'I Have to do it all Myself' Trap

Kristin Maschka | Posted 12.02.2011 | Women
Kristin Maschka

Caring for others and being cared for is a part of every human being's life. Equality and economics now require women and men to share that responsibility.

Workplace Culture Wars

Kristin Maschka | Posted 12.01.2011 | Women
Kristin Maschka

In the battle between well-intentioned policies and the unwritten rules of any workplace, unwritten rules win every time.

Boost Your Kid's Brain Power With a Little Imagination

Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2011 | Parents
Charlotte Reznick, Ph.D.

Without understanding and support, kids with different learning styles than their peers can suffer from low self-esteem, anxiety from too much pressure, or a negative attitude toward school and learning.

School Days and the Arts: a Perfect Match

Nick Rabkin | Posted 11.29.2011 | Chicago
Nick Rabkin

Whether the school day is extended or not, the arts should be part of every day for Chicago students and schools should be filled with the visual arts, music, theater, and dance.

The Land of Opportunity -- An American Fairytale

Steve Nelson | Posted 11.29.2011 | Education
Steve Nelson

There are many things American schools need. More early academic emphasis is not one of them. In fact, early academic emphasis is one of the root causes of the intractable achievement "problems" in public schools.