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Monday, September 8, 2014

Teachers and social media: trekking on treacherous terrain

The Mercury News – Doug Oakley, Teresa Harrington and Sharon Noguchi

“When news broke last month that Newark teacher Krista Hodges used Twitter to express her desire to stab some of her students and pour hot coffee on them, the questions arose quickly: Aren’t there rules about that? Why wasn’t she fired?.” (more)

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Pupils must follow ‘five-a-day’ rule to boost mental health

The Telegraph – Graeme Paton

“The headmaster of Highgate School in London says that children need to be given more structure to their life – including a ban on computers in the bedroom – to improve their mental health.” (more)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Georgia Governor Wants Computer Programming for High School Grads

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is asking the State Board of Education to amend state policy to allow for computer programming to become a part of the core requirements for high school graduation in his state…“Students need to acquire the 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the modern workforce,” Deal said.” (more)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Third-graders must know how to type, drop-n-drag to succeed on Smarter Balanced test

Oregon Live – Betsy Hammond

“It turns out that to succeed on that challenging new test that Oregon students as young as third grade will take beginning this spring, students need to know how to type on a keyboard and drag and drop using a computer mouse.” (more)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

NPR – JUANA SUMMERS

“Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles. The study, published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, found that sixth-graders who went five days without exposure to technology were significantly better at reading human emotions than kids who had regular access to phones, televisions and computers.” (more)

Laptop Note-Taking: External Brain-Booster or Memory Drain?

Education Week – Sarah D. Sparks

“As more and more districts roll out 1-to-1 laptop and tablet initiatives, new research suggests students may be better off sticking to traditional pen and paper longhand for taking and studying notes.” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain

The Huffington Post – Steve Nelson

“Many so-called educational reformers see technology as the panacea for what ails education in America, but technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it. The cognitive risk of abandoning handwriting is a small manifestation of a huge problem.” (more)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Google’s Helping Young Girls, But How Can We Get Women in College To Code?

Forbes – Yunita Ong

“In June, Google pledged $50 million to Made with Code, an initiative aimed at getting a million girls exposed to computer science by 2020…Amidst the fanfare in getting young girls to code, we need to keep in mind that colleges can still play a huge role in changing the minds of its female undergraduates and getting them interested in giving coding a shot.” (more)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code

Time – Denver Nicks

“Out of that spark was born Yes We Code, an ambitious initiative of Jones’ Rebuild the Dream organization aimed at preparing 100,000 low-income children for careers writing computer code. While good-paying blue-collar jobs continue to disappear in the U.S., computer science is a rare bright spot of opportunity for people without a college education. “This is another opportunity for people to make a really serious, solid middle-class income,” said Jones, a former environmental aide in the Obama Administration.” (more)