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Monday, October 27, 2014

Screen time debate broadens with research

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Screen time remains a hot-button issue, but classifying technology use guidelines to include active versus passive use, and how the technology is used, could help redefine traditional screen time guidelines as tech tools become increasingly integrated into early childhood education settings.” (more)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

One giant leap for kid-kind: Miami youngsters to send satellites into orbit

The Miami Herald – Alexi C. Cardona

“Students in the Geospatial Information Systems academy at iTech at Thomas A. Edison Educational Center in Miami, a magnet high school that just launched this year, can soon explore outer space from their classrooms. These students are learning the basics of coding and computer programming to build small, cube-shaped satellites that will be launched into low Earth orbit by astronauts on the International Space Station. Sensors inside the satellites’ payload connect students to the universe by taking pictures and collecting data about the earth’s composition, temperature, weather and light.” (more)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Coding Is Not Just For Geeks, Say Industry Experts

Forbes – Nick Morrison

“Students are not being taught the skills they will need for the digital economy of the future, according to some of the leading lights in the technology industry, who insist that coding is not just for geeks.” (more)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Online homework and social media pose parental dilemma

BBC – Judith Burns

“Parents feel unable to make children study by blocking internet access, as homework often requires online research, a survey suggests.” (more)

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Will Common-Core Testing Platforms Impede Math Tasks?

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“As two state consortia work to finish new assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards, some mathematics experts say they’re worried that the computer-based testing platforms will hamper a key element of the exams: open-ended math-performance tasks that test students’ ability to apply their knowledge.” (more)

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)