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Social Media as a Stored Value Currency

Ingrid Sanders | Posted 05.29.2013 | Small Business
Ingrid Sanders

If you are a small business owner and are not a regular contributor to the primary social networks, you are likely missing out.

Why We Must Learn From the Learners

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 05.28.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

Are we talking to the digital natives to get an understanding of why they are so interested in that cell phone that we think is a distraction in the classroom? The answer may be deeper and more complex than "Oh, they just like to be on that silly Facebook."

3 Ways to Maximize Kids' Learning With Technology

Common Sense Media | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Common Sense Media

There's a vast sea of apps, games, and websites out there. Keeping the three "Cs" -- connection, critical thinking and creativity -- in mind can help you find some of the gems.

'I Love It When You're Wrong'

Jarrod S. Chlapowski | Posted 05.25.2013 | Gay Voices
Jarrod S. Chlapowski

I had hoped that my time in D.C. working on the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" (DADT) would go unnoticed while I took time off to teach in Korea. Google is my enemy, however, and my co-workers had a decent idea of who I am before I even stepped off the plane.


Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 05.20.2013 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

Is it possible that advancing technology will permit us to end poverty, sickness, and other serious problems?

Learners Are People, Not Isolated Test-Taking Brains: Why MOOCs Both Work and Fail

Susan D. Blum | Posted 05.16.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

MOOCs are good at certain things and terrible at others, and we need to understand the difference if we wish to educate human beings, not just workers with credentials.

Education for Children and Youth in Conflict

Cornelia Janke | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Cornelia Janke

Hundreds of thousands of children have already sacrificed their education to conflict. Maybe post conflict reconstruction is precisely the time for innovation and change in basic education. If not now, then when?

The Right Toys for Preschoolers

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
Stevanne Auerbach

Preschool is an important, fun, learning opportunity where your child expands social skills and practices communication skills. Observe the toys your child plays with at preschool. You can learn a lot by observing your child during play.

23 Awesome Teachers

Posted 03.11.2013 | Comedy

We all had that one teacher who was the coolest... the one we looked up to who actually made us want to learn. But we often forget that, and all thos...

Unusual Brain Cell (Astrocytes) Boost Learning

Dr. Douglas Fields | Posted 05.08.2013 | Science
Dr. Douglas Fields

Human brain cell transplants make mice smarter.

How I Overcame My Fear Of Technology

Karin Kasdin | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Karin Kasdin

I have had a longstanding fear of straight lines. This is ironic because my life has followed quite a traditional linear trajectory: school... job... house... marriage... kids... grandchild. Can a line get any straighter than that? Yet, straight lines and my inability to draw them have long been a personal bugaboo.

The Future of Learning Is Hard to Predict

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 05.06.2013 | TED Weekends
Maria Voles Ferguson

2013-02-27-tedprizepullDr. Mitra talks fondly about the network of British "grannies" he has enlisted to teach children online and offer encouragement, but what about all the other issues that so often compromise a child's ability to learn and grow?

Technology and Schools: 10 High-Tech Lessons Every Teacher Should Know

Scott Steinberg | Posted 05.05.2013 | Technology
Scott Steinberg

It's important for teachers to consider how kids' seemingly constant use of technology when outside the classroom impacts both their everyday lives and educational development.

Invalid Files and Language Learning: Your Brain's Interoperable World

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.05.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

Since computers have evolved from room-sized mainframes into menageries of smart phones and tablets and office desktop machines, interoperability has become a watchword for forward-thinking communications experts.

How Much Academic Education Does Your Young Child Need?

Diana Grycan | Posted 05.05.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

When I evaluate 5-year-olds to see if they are ready for kindergarten, I am often asked just how much formal academics is necessary for young children

Are We Doing It All Wrong?: Is Increasing Classroom Minutes Hurting Academic Achievement?

David Satcher, MD, PhD | Posted 05.04.2013 | Impact
David Satcher, MD, PhD

We must commit to the fact that physical and academic well-being of children are inextricably linked. We must think about nutrient-rich foods and physical activity time at school the way we think about books, or computers or any other critical educational tools.

The Power Of Encouragement As A Force For Learning

Lisa Petrides | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Lisa Petrides

2013-02-27-tedprizepullGreat teachers have recognized this truth, and now, by leveraging the connectivity brought about by the Internet, through content that is openly available, and by those willing to help champion the learning efforts of our students, anything is possible.

The Future Of Learning: Lessons From A TED Prize Winner

Evie Hantzopoulos | Posted 05.03.2013 | TED Weekends
Evie Hantzopoulos

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIt's time for our schools to boldly re-imagine their purpose, reconfigure their pedagogy, and allow both students and educators to tap into the innate sense of wonder and intellectual curiosity we possess as human beings, whether we live in India or Indiana.

Everybody Truly Wants to Learn

Tara Subramaniam | Posted 05.01.2013 | Teen
Tara Subramaniam

I saw this video on "The Independent Project" thanks to a shout-out from my old principal, Mr. A. Within minutes of checking out the premise of the project, their website and this video, I was fascinated and frankly, hooked.

It's Time to Flip Our Classrooms

Michal Tsur | Posted 05.01.2013 | Technology
Michal Tsur

There has been a lot of recent buzz around the concept of the "flipped classroom," and for good reason: The traditional classroom format doesn't seem to be working for America's youth.

A Cloud of Human Potential

Jackie Bezos | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Jackie Bezos

2013-02-27-tedprizepullIn places where the greatest inequity exists, Dr. Sugata Mitra's "School in the Cloud" holds enormous promise for leveling the playing field. But his methodology, which taps into a child's innate sense of wonder and curiosity through Self-organized Learning Environments, is relevant for communities and classrooms everywhere.

Are You Afraid to Say 'I Don't Know'?

Krisztina 'Z' Holly | Posted 02.27.2013 | TED Weekends
Krisztina 'Z' Holly

2013-02-27-tedprizepullWhy do adults fear those three words so much: "I don't know"? As parents and teachers, we tend to feel we must know everything. But how do we expect our children to learn how to learn, when we aren't willing to be role models for how it happens?

This Is Your Brain on Test Scores

Sam Chaltain | Posted 04.27.2013 | Parents
Sam Chaltain

This is not the first time the Times has uncritically conflated something as comprehensive as "a better education" with something as singular as student reading and math scores. I imagine it won't be the last.

History: Tenacious Teacher or Torturer?

Soul Dancer | Posted 04.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Soul Dancer

For many, history weaves the warp of time with the weft of experience into a brilliant mosaic cloth of memories. Just how does memory serve us? In some cases, memories bless us in their teachings.

Virtual Mentors, Real Benefits

Suzanne de Janasz | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Suzanne de Janasz

The benefits of virtual mentoring are real and the technology enabling it is readily available. By taking advantage of e-mentoring practices, business leaders can tap into a developmental process to enhance personal enrichment and career success.