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Screen Time Can Help or Harm Youngsters. How Much is Too Much? What are Best Uses? – Education Article

How Young is Too Young for Screen Time? When They Are on Devices, What Should They be Doing? One of the things that I find disturbing about digital technology is the tendency to cavalierly put devices in the hands of very young children. I raised three kids and I get the desire to keep them busy so you can have a few moments to get something done or just take a breath. I let my kids watch TV or a…

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Scottish SPCA Partners with Robo Wunderkind to Teach Kids About Animals – Education Article

Organization if Educating Students About Animals and Raising Awareness With Small, Fun Programmable Robots The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Scottish SPCA) is Scotland’s animal welfare charity (completely separate from the RSPCA who operate in England and Wales only). This year marks our 180th year helping Scotland’s animals. We were founded in 1839 in Leith in Edinburgh to help working horses. We receive no government funding and rely on the generosity of our supporters and corporate…

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Create Compelling Reads with the Kabookey Multimedia E-book Ecosystem – Education Article

Kabookey™ delivers what an interactive e-book should be. E-learning has come a long way. Rapid e-learning tools have evolved over the years, and with them, the opportunity to create interactivity, video, branched scenarios and more. We’ve seen technologies shift from Flash to HTML5, and we’ve seen new tools emerge and old “friends” reconfigured and renewed to support the delivery of effective learning to mobile devices. We’ve also seen a plethora of tools that create rich interactivity and games – some…

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How Will IoT Change the Education Sphere? – Education Article

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a revolutionary change taking place right under our noses that promises to transform a myriad of sectors including education. It not only seeks to augment traditional human-to-human classroom interactions, but also challenges education in a broader sense. IoT invokes opposing emotions. While technology evangelists are placing their bets on IoT, integrated objects, and an automated world, others are not too thrilled with the development, considering the privacy threats that it poses and finances that…

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Making Learning Spaces That Inspire and Engage – Education Article

Educator and thought leader, Dr. Jennifer Jones is the founder of Green Ivy Schools. She is a thought leader in education innovation. One of Jennifer’s key innovations is her classroom design. She recognizes the importance that architecture and design can play in enhancing the learning experience. Dr. Jones feels that surroundings make a huge difference in children’s engagement. Dr. Jennifer Jones Dr. Jones has designed her schools with bright, beautiful colors and many communal areas to engage and inspire her students (photos…

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5 Ways to Improve Online Discussion Boards – Education Article

When it comes to online classes, discussion boards typically form a vital crux of group participation. It is through this medium that students share their ideas, interact with each other, clarify doubts, offer suggestions and learn in the process. As an online teacher, you are responsible for facilitating engaging discussions while enabling students derive value from it. It’s important to note how you are approaching these discussions – are you letting it run on auto pilot? What is your tone…

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Loving our Kids to Failure – How Generous Grading Can Hurt Students – Education Article

Educators are the conductors of the classroom, guiding instruction and parent and student expectations. A teacher’s assessment process is the foundational component informing all three components. Like a house, a faulty foundation leads to cracks and ultimate collapse. Overly generous grading is one cause of a faulty foundation. Our analysis shows that lenient grading in early grades sets students up for failure as they age. Fact: 68% of grades have no correlation to student proficiency That is, over HALF of our…

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Mental Health and Teachers: Why More Needs to Be Done – Education Article

While this is not an “ed tech” topic, I thought it was important to share. I think we’ve all known friends and family who have suffered from mental health challenges. If this post helps one educator deal with such a challenge, then it was clearly worth sharing. – KW You know how stressful the teaching job is, yet the people who claim you’re not stressed have never taught in their life. Teaching is a job that tends to be undervalued…

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7 Things That Can Spoil Your Relationships With Your Students – Education Article

Teaching should be about guiding and inspiring your students, not punishing them Has something like this ever happened to you? You’re about to start a new course at university. You’re excited and ready to invest your whole reservoir of productivity to do your absolute best. But, after a few lectures, you realize that you hate it, you don’t want anything to do with it, and you’re absolutely turned off. Why? Your professor absolutely murdered your motivation. According to the stats,…

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Your Child Doesn’t Want to be a Programmer? That’s Fine — But They Still Need STEM – Education Article

Image Source If you’re a parent of a student, or an educator, or even a student or recent graduate yourself, you’ve likely been hearing a steady drumbeat of “STEM education” for the past 10 years, if not longer. As a whole, US education has really stepped up to incorporate STEM into all aspects of learning; it should be a relief to many parents that these opportunities are now readily available for most kids. While not every child is going to…

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Social Media is Increasing Anxiety, Depression, Especially in Teen Girls. We Need to Talk About it. – Education Article

Educators should be aware of the mental health challenges that more and more of our young students are dealing with. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that the smartphone and similar devices, and the social media use that they support, are having bad effects on our kids, who have become pretty much dependent on them over the last decade. While rates of depression and other indicators of mental health have been worsening for both boys and girls, there appears…

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The Importance of Parental Involvement for Student Success – Education Article

There is robust research about the different factors that influence student achievement. While teacher skill and communication is important, there are a number of influential factors for student success that happen outside of school. In fact, research shows that supportive behavior from parents or guardians correlates with student achievement. The link between parental support and student achievement is so robust that districts often have policies to encourage it, and various funding sources for schools have been tied to it, but…

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