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5 tips to help ease your child back into school mode after the holidays

The Conversation – Christine Grove and Kelly-Ann Allen

“Easing back after the holidays can range from feeling really excited and eager to concern, fear or anxiety. Getting butterflies or general worry about going back to school is common. Among the biggest worries of preschool children are feeling left out, being teased or saying goodbye to their caregiver at drop off. Concerns of school-aged children are about exams (27%), not wanting to return to school (13%), and problems with teachers (14%). Some feel lonely and isolated.” (more)

From Artificial Intelligence to Augmented Reality to Peer-to-Peer Learning, 7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2020

The 74 Million – Tim Newcomb

“Technology has taken over the century, creating a rapidly changing landscape that has dramatically touched nearly every aspect of social interaction, business and entertainment. Education, though, has proved slow in experiencing the digital disruption, says Michal Borkowski, CEO and co-founder of Brainly, an online peer-to-peer learning community. He views the 2020s as technology’s time to shine in education.” (more)

Is Algebra Useful?

Forbes – John Ewing

“On the face of it, such an assertion is absurd. Would these people make equivalent arguments for other subjects? What do you think the Freakonomics percentages would be for biology or chemistry or history or Shakespeare? Has Mr. Mathews dissected small animals in his current job? Does he perform titrations or calculate moles per liter? Do Freakonomics listeners refer to ancient Greece or Egypt “on a daily basis?” How about life lessons from Lord of the Flies or Catcher in the Rye? How often do listeners recite poetry in their everyday work?” (more)

Study: Preschool expansion leads to gains for Massachusetts children

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Massachusetts was one of 13 states in 2014 that received funds for expansion through the Preschool Development Grant program, administered by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Another five received initial development grants. According to a 2018 progress report on the program, the funding had contributed to an increase in children served from 34,000 in 2015 to 52,717 children in 2018.” (more)

New data shows earning power of college graduates

Education Dive – Jeremy Bauer Wolf

“Lifetime earnings for college graduates with bachelor’s degrees far exceed those with just a high school diploma. The estimated median lifetime earnings (in 2017 dollars) for a bachelor’s degree recipient at age 64 was more than $1.2 million. High school graduates earned far less — just over $800,000, according to the College Board’s research. The data assumes adults are working full-time after college and accounts for money borrowed to cover tuition, fees and supplies.” (more)

How We Turn Cybersecurity Concepts Into a Classroom Staple

Ed Surge – Sam Bocetta

“For many, the topic of cyber-crime instantly brings to mind a horde of “Mr. Robot”-like hackers striving for the greater good to take down “The Man.” Unfortunately, the reality of it isn’t as satisfying and large corporations aren’t the sole victims of weak cyber defense. The harsh truth is that all of us—along with our private data—are often the target, and we are constantly at risk for cyber-crimes, regardless of how blissfully unaware we remain of the threat.” (more)

When should a child’s STEM education begin? As early as possible.

St. Louis Magazine – Staff Writer

“Experts agree that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills are required to excel in our increasingly automated and globally connected world. In addition, the early childhood years from birth to age 5 are the most critical point in neurological or brain development. That’s why Kiddie Academy makes STEM an essential part of its Life Essentials curriculum. During the play-based lessons, students learn to explore and ask questions, work together, think creatively, solve problems, and find new ways of doing things. While that might sound similar to what kids do naturally every day, preschool is the perfect time to begin STEM-based learning.” (more)

Why learning language early jumpstarts a child’s education

WRAL – Robert Brittain

“Chris Cox, the principal of Stough Mandarin Language Immersion Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, was giddy with excitement after observing a classroom of third grade students. “I observed a group of our 8-year-olds solving mathematical word problems, while speaking completely in Mandarin,” Cox said, almost like a proud father. “The learning and comprehension of our students fascinates me. Their minds are like sponges. By ages 7 and 8, the majority of our students are functionally bilingual – they are able to speak conversationally in either their native or their foreign tongue.” Both Cox and Sheri Golden Perry, senior administrator of global programming for the Office of Magnet and Curriculum Enhancement with the Wake County Public School System, recommend the language immersion journey should begin early, in kindergarten.” (more)

We Need STEAM, Not STEM Education, To Prepare Our Kids For The 4th Industrial Revolution

Forbes – Bernard Marr

“We are at the beginning of a 4th industrial revolution and educators are faced with preparing a generation of students for many jobs that don’t even exist yet. Since the term STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) was coined back in 2001, there has been growing interest in this learning philosophy to better prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. However, to adequately prepare the future workforce, another acronym is gaining popularity: STEAM, which adds arts to the mix.” (more)

Coleman: Fractions Can Be Scary for Kids and Adults. Here’s How to Take the Fear out of Them

The 74 Million – Lauramarie Coleman

“Because so many of us struggle with understanding and working with fractions, math instruction frequently resorts to the mindset of “Let’s just learn the steps so we can find the answer and move on.” One example of a set of steps often taught for division with fractions is “keep change flip” (keep the first number the same, change the division sign to multiplication and flip the second fraction). This simply procedural work leads to students who can find the correct answer in the moment but quickly forget the seemingly meaningless series of steps.” (more)