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I graduated from Harvard and MIT — here are the 5 best pieces of advice I can give you about early applications

While my seven tips to ace a college application can give your student a great head start on putting together an awesome application, I wanted to go deeper.<p>The truth is admissions committees usually spend less than five minutes reading your child's application. Remember, they have to go through …

College & University

Why Differentiation Misses the Mark for Gifted Students

"Differentiation might have a chance to work if we are willing, as a nation, to return to the days when students of similar abilities were placed in …


Yes, you can take free online photo classes from Harvard and 5 others

Nope, that’s not a typo in the headline – you can take Harvard photography classes online for free. While any free online class, whether from an Ivy …

The Power User’s Guide to Safari

Apple’s Safari web browser tends to get a bum rap because it’s a pretty boring and comes with every Mac, but over the years Apple has quietly made it …

Operating Systems


Personalize Your Coursework<p>The Center for Social Innovation offers a curriculum to address the needs of students at various stages of awareness of …

Stanford University

The 11 best school systems in the world

The WEF looks at data on areas as varied as the soundness of banks to the sophistication of businesses in each country. It then uses the data to compile a picture of the economy of almost every country on earth.<p>Countries were ranked according to the "12 pillars of competitiveness," which includes …


Super Awesome Hikes for Families in Northern Vermont

Guess what? Today is National Take a Hike Day! If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you know that we don’t need an excuse to hit …


BeepWee - Gaming, tech, and geek culture!

Latest<p>I feel like everyone gets a little anxious every now and then. Especially now that we have the holidays coming up, you may feel like things are …

50 Beginning Of The School Year Procedures For A Stress-Free Classroom

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4 Strategies For Implementing Learning Stations In Your Classroom

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Highland Trail 550, Scotland

The Highland Trail explores 550 miles of the most rugged and remote terrain in the Scottish Highlands. The route features world class singletrack and …


Travel photo of the week: Hiking the Laugavegur Trail, Iceland

This trek across hills and lava fields east of Reykjavik is hard, and subject to extreme weather, but that’s what makes it one of the most rewarding hikes in the world

Utah Travel Tips

If you’re headed off to tour one of Utah’s National Parks for vacation, or even all of The Mighty Five in one trip, it’s good to get some expert …

An Easy and Quick Way to Grade Quizzes on Google Drive Using Super Quiz Tool

February 22, 2015<br>Super Quiz is an excellent Google Sheets add-on that allows teachers to add some amazing functionalities to the quizzes they create …

Education Technology

Comment on The 7 questions every new teacher should be able to answer by annemarie

A huge mind shift is needed as educators tend to teach the way they were taught. This change in approach should start at the universities.

College & University

How to Stay Faithful to a Personalized Learning Approach (and Hold Your School Accountable)

Learning Strategies<p>How to Stay Faithful to a Personalized Learning Approach (and Hold Your School Accountable)<p>By Jeff Kiderman     Jun 3, …

What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Yesterday was _____.<br>Today is _____.<br>Tomorrow will be _____.<p>Does dressing a teddy bear for the weather each day make optimal use of instructional time? …


Create iPhone Reminders That Trigger When You Get In / Out Of Car, Here’s How

Here's a simple step-by-step guide on how to create iPhone reminders that are displayed when you get in or out of car. This works with both …

How to Build a Compelling Apple Watch App

This presentation will cover how developers can take advantage of the most beneficial aspects of the watch in their apps, along with optimal ways of using watch frameworks. Looking at current user behavior, I'll pair these habits with key features that any compelling watch app should have.<p>This …


What I Learned Making Common Core Videos With State Teachers of the Year: The Assumptions Are Wrong

By Joe Fatheree<p>As a teacher, I often hear two long-standing negative assumptions about the Common Core States Standards. The first is that standards …

Apple Watch gains yet another ‘killer app’

Apple Pay remains the killer app for Apple Watch, but a new home security solution from Dutch smart home firm, smanos, means you may soon have …

Home Security

A 3 Dimensional Model Of Bloom’s Taxonomy

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A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

When the Dalai Lama teams up with a top psychologist, who teams up a top data viz firm, you get the Atlas of Emotions.<p>The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion. Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment.<p>Reductive? Yes. But that’s exactly the …

5 Ways Teachers Are Opening Up the World to Special Education Through Technology

Special Education<p>Teachers who work with special needs students are finding that technology can not only broaden their students' experiences but …

Education Technology

How-To: Group Mission Control windows by application on OS X [Video]

Mission Control is a tool that I use every day on my Mac to quickly locate open app windows. In my opinion, though, finding a specific window in the Mission Control view can be a challenge if you have many app windows open at once.<p>The good news is that it’s easy to group like applications while …


Student Portfolio Startup, FreshGrade Gets an A—Along With $11.6 Million in Funding

Edtech Business<p>Student Portfolio Startup, FreshGrade Gets an A—Along With $11.6 Million in Funding<p>By Tony Wan     May 10, 2016<p>FreshGrade<p>Selling your …

Connect The Dots: The Dalai Lama, TOK Classes & The “Inside Out” Movie

The New York Times just published a fascinating story about how The Dalai Lama hired the psychologist who advised the creators of the “Inside Out” …