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Bilingual children might have a superpower, UT study finds

KXAN – Kameryn Griesser

“Puppets, bubbles and dancing smileys may seem like playful distractions, but they are actually key to testing memory and attention. The wired cap is covered in electric sensors which send hundreds of painless infrared lights into the brain to monitor its activity.” (more)

Tips and Resources for Introducing Students to Artificial Intelligence

Edutopia – Jorge Valenzuela

“With the start of Computer Science Education Week, teachers may be looking for entry points to introduce students to the discipline. These may include (but are not limited to) Hour of Code, computational thinking, coding, robotics, and how the internet works.” (more)

5 Ways to Boost Engagement in High School Math Classes

Edutopia – Cheyenne Frietas

“Recently In my freshman Math 1 Support classes, it had been rough in terms of engagement, but with a few minor tweaks and some simple strategies, it’s like new life was breathed into the classroom. My students were engaged, collaborating, and solving problems that I’ve given in my sophomores in Math 2. As teachers, we know when things in our classroom are getting a little stagnant—those times when students start to lose their enthusiasm and just aren’t as engaged.” (more)

Gift Guide: More than 20 STEM gift ideas to inspire kids to code

Tech Crunch – Natasha Lomas

“All aboard the learn-to-code train! As another holiday season looms and kids everywhere start clamouring for shiny stuff, we’ve got you covered with a bumper edition of our annual STEM gift guide. This year’s guide is packed with more than 20 ideas to engage toddlers, excite tweens and inspire teens to get under the hood of the tech world through play.” (more)

NWEA: Full academic rebound likely 5 or more years away

K-12 Dive – Kara Arundel

“Students in grades 3-8 are closing reading and math achievement gaps caused by pandemic disruptions to learning. But for some students — particularly those in the lower and upper end of these grades — full progress could take five or more years.” (more)

Research: Achievement Shows Signs of Improvement, but Youngest Kids Need Help

The 74 Million – Greg Toppo

“As U.S. students in August and September began their fourth school year under the shroud of COVID-19, researchers from NWEA, the nonprofit behind the widely used MAP Growth assessment, took an early look at their achievement. The data suggest that gaps between pre- and post-pandemic performance have been slowly shrinking. ” (more)

How Gaming Creates Opportunities for Learning That Endures

Ed Surge – Sam Peterson

“Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist and learning scientist at UC Irvine. She’s been sharing her observations with EdSurge readers for nearly a decade now, reflecting on young people’s interest-driven and playful engagements as they relate to education.” (more)

OPINION: Why problems with literacy instruction go beyond phonics

The Hechinger Report – Natalie Wexler

“In the debate over Emily Hanford’s podcast “Sold a Story,” two groups have been vocal: those who agree that teachers have been conned into believing most children learn to read without systematic phonics instruction; and those who, like the 58 educators who signed a letter to the editor of the Hechinger Report, respond that Hanford has “reduce[d] the teaching of reading to phonics.”” (more)