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How Social Media Changed Everything

Eric Sheninger | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

I was just like ever other principal on the planet prior to becoming connected. My narrow focus was on sustaining a school culture focused on rules, compliance, conformity, and preserving the status quo.

Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Since my twelve year-old son has been obsessed with the game for some time now, I thought I'd pick his brain about what exactly is so compelling about the virtual world and what he thinks about the idea of Minecraft in the classroom.

A Starter's Guide to Flipped Parenting

Brad Spirrison | Posted 10.07.2014 | Education
Brad Spirrison

Technology is not only revolutionizing how kids are learning in a school setting, but also impacting virtually everything else they do. For anyone raising young children, don't be afraid to "flip" traditional parental functions in order to stay ahead of all the changes.

California Continues to Lead the Nation in Child Privacy Protection

Jim Steyer | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology
Jim Steyer

As technology transforms every facet of our lives, educators are implementing exciting new tools that will help our children learn the critical skills they need and prepare them for the 21st Century economy. California has taken the lead in ensuring these new innovations are incorporated into our classrooms in ways that protect student privacy.

The CK-12 Foundation Simplifies Physics with Their Latest Series of Interactive Education Simulations

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

What do pan flutes and major principles of physics have in common? You don't have to answer the question because the CK-12 Foundation has already made...

It's Time for Schools to Upgrade Both Technology and Pedagogy

Larry Magid | Posted 08.27.2014 | Technology
Larry Magid

An increasing number of teachers are flocking toward "connected learning," which involves changing not only educational methods, but also some fundamental assumptions about the nature of education.

Schools Need to Work Better for Kids than Adults

Eric Sheninger | Posted 10.11.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

The world is changing, but many schools are not. Are the needs of our learners being met, and will they be prepared to succeed in this world?

Mobile Learning and the Long Tail of Education

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 10.08.2014 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

The challenge is for teachers to identify or learn the effective use of mobile learning to implement any combination of the automatic differentiation strategies.

College 2.0

Dan Butin | Posted 10.05.2014 | College
Dan Butin

Whether we call it online learning, flipped classrooms, or digital learning technologies, I fundamentally believe that teaching and learning will be transformed in the coming years.

Is Education as We Know it On its Way Out?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Suren Ramasubbu

Unless you're an educator, you probably haven't heard predictions by thought leaders that the traditional school system is on its way out. More surprisingly, these predictions are being borne out by experiments where new learning models are being tried out.

On Voracious Curiosity: Q&A with Ben Nelson, CEO of Minerva Project

Laura Cococcia | Posted 09.07.2014 | Education
Laura Cococcia

Two years ago, I had the privilege of attending TEDGlobal in Edinburgh, Scotland , which focused on the theme of "Radical Openness." Following a numbe...

How to Use Technology to Enhance Your Note-Taking Routine

Chuck Cohn | Posted 09.06.2014 | College
Chuck Cohn

Note-taking is a central skill for both high school and college students, and it is a skill that requires instruction and practice to be of true use to students.

Do Mobile Devices Affect Kids' Health?

Suren Ramasubbu | Posted 09.06.2014 | Parents
Suren Ramasubbu

All of us are constantly exposed to the radio frequency fields around these devices. The health effects of such sustained and repeated exposure is still being studied, with mixed results.

Poorly Used Technology: The Workbook?

Rob Furman | Posted 08.27.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

We need teachers to be creating real world, performance based experiences for our students that incorporate the latest technology while learning 21st century skills.

Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.09.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

I am not a Luddite and know quite well that technology can provide some important educational experiences. But I worry that slavish, uncritical devotion to technological gimmickry is shortchanging our students.

Information Overload

William E. White | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
William E. White

We can educate our children by rote, but we will surely lose the future unless we embrace our enlightenment heritage of reason, logic, and innovation.

Technology and Multisensory Learning: A New Twist to an Old Application

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 07.27.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Technology in K-12 classrooms is evolving at a rapid pace. Of K-12 teachers, 86 percent think that education technology is an essential in the classro...

Why I Traded Textbooks and Chalk For The Silicon Valley Hustle

Quim Sabrià | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

In five months, my life shifted drastically. I exchanged my beloved students, the chalk and the noisy halls of a public school in Barcelona for elevator pitches with business angels in Palo Alto.

The Secret To Startup Success? Fail Fast -- And Often.

Quim Sabrià | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

Teaching at a public high school in Barcelona, I witnessed daily, and sometimes hourly, failure: students struggling through exams despite hours of preparation, missing days of school, threatening teachers and losing their motivation.

10 Points Where the Research Behind Banning Handheld Devices for Children Is Flawed

Lisa Nielsen | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Lisa Nielsen

Rather than acknowledge any of the amazing things children are doing with handheld devices, those calling for a ban instead focus only on couch potato zombies.

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

Cris Rowan | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Cris Rowan

s a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years.

Learning From Zappos: Why Every School Needs an Organizational Mindset

Peter Hutton | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Peter Hutton

Simply put, an organizational mindset is the aggregated mindset of an organization's members. Historically, schools have not placed much importance on defining these, which I think is a mistake. At Beaver, we have taken great care to identify the three key components.

Putting the 'Education' Back in Educational Apps

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff | Posted 03.12.2014 | Parents
Roberta Michnick Golinkoff

Humans learn best in active, engaged, meaningful and interactive contexts. Whether the platform is digital or traditional, electronic or paper, the results are the same.

The Moments and People That Shape Us

Eric Sheninger | Posted 03.11.2014 | Education
Eric Sheninger

However, in a school of close to 2000 learners I felt that I could do more. Due to the influence of my father and a passion to help as many students as possible succeed, I ventured into the world of educational administration in 2004.

Reinventing the One-room Schoolhouse

Rob Furman | Posted 03.08.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

The amazing thing to me about the one-room schoolhouse is that there was only one teacher in the room teaching multiple grade levels and multiple skill levels, all at the same time. Does this sound familiar? Today we call it differentiating instruction.