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Friday, November 21, 2014

‘Frozen’ Princesses Help Launch 2nd Annual ‘Hour of Code’

Education Week – Benjamin Herold

“Seemingly every child (and parent) in the world is still obsessed with (or unable to shake) Frozen, Disney’s animated smash hit from 2013. So it’s probably no surprise that Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org has called on the movie’s sister-princess stars, Elsa and Anna, to help launch its second annual ‘Hour of Code.’ The campaign aims to introduce children—especially girls—to computer science.”(more)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Parents Most Concerned About Kids’ Social Media Activity

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new survey suggests that of all the things that kids do while online, parents are most concerned about their children’s social media activity. According to the study, social media was the only online activity about which parents felt the negative aspects outweighed the benefits.”(more)

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)