Katherine McBroom

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4 Ways Technology Can Help Empower Teachers And Students

Ed tech should be a means, not an end, to improving our education system.<p>All too often, technology is treated as a silver bullet for perceived problems in education. This sometimes leads to knee-jerk investments, using scarce resources to invest in software or hardware without a clear notion of how …

Education Technology

Apple seeds a sixth beta version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3

For the third consecutive Monday, Apple has just released a new beta version of Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. The sixth beta, labeled build 14D127a, can …

O Adjunct! My Adjunct!

I spent half of my undergraduate career figuring out what I didn’t want to do. I started off in the journalism program, switched to literature, was undecided for a few panicked, free-floating months, and studied photography for a time. But the spring of my sophomore year, I enrolled in a …

Higher Education

12 Must-Read Books on Education for 2015

Few things are more satisfying than finally getting your hands on a book you’ve been meaning to read. In 2015, you’re going to want to make room in …

Pedagogy

Can volunteers help kids read more proficiently? New research says yes.

Public schools have long relied on volunteers to manage bake sales and to chaperone field trips. But what if schools could harness and organize volunteers to do something bigger and more difficult?<p>They can, according to new research that suggests that volunteers could be instrumental in helping …

Education

7 Effective Ways to Use iPad In Your Teaching

March 27, 2015<br>You have probably already used iPad on your lessons before, and you know that children love everything connected with modern …

Starting to Homeschool Webinar #2 - The Elementary Years

<b>"Starting to Homeschool"</b> is a series of six Webinars for those interested in starting the journey to homeschooling, or just learning more about …

Webinars

Learning to read without books: Supporting your dyslexic homeschooler

<i>Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things.</i><p>My youngest son is nine years old. He is technically in the third grade. He loves animals, …

My Top 10 Favorite Free Homeschool Sites

I don’t write a lot about homeschooling here. Not because it’s not a big part of my life (it <i>is</i>!), but mostly because I know it tends to be a bit of a …

‘You do not speak for our children’

Earlier this year, 19 organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the United Negro College Fund, issued a joint statement about what they would like to see in a newly written No Child Left Behind law, an exercise Congress is now attempting to complete. The statement (which you …

Education

Stanford’s Most Popular Class Isn’t Computer Science–It’s Something Much More Important

It’s called “Designing Your Life,” a course that’s part throwback, part foreshadowing of higher education’s future.<p>Before Kanyi Maqubela became an investment partner at the Collaborative Fund, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on social enterprises, he was a typical Stanford student in …

Front Row Education Is Changing The Way Math Is Taught In U.S. Elementary And Middle Schools

In 2013, Sidharth Kakkar and Alexandr Kurilin had the opportunity to watch children learning math in an inner-city Baltimore school. For a month, they attended school every day and worked with students. At night, they programmed to make an application that could help the students learn. In …

Teaching

Finland just unveiled a dramatic new approach to its schooling system

Finland just unveiled a new initiative that will get rid of the concept of subjects in school classrooms by 2020, and it's pretty dramatic by American standards.<p>This means that rather than teaching math, reading, and science as separate subjects, classroom teachers will now have lesson topics that …

Education

How You Remember Falling in Love Says A Lot About Your Marriage

When you re-tell your falling-in-love story to friends, what gets your focus? What's the narrative through-line? The emotional tone of your story?<p>How you remember falling in love, according to marriage researcher John Gottman, can reveal a lot about the state of your relationship. "In happy …

'Super Mario amiibos' Unlock More Content In Games You Already Own

Super Mario amiibos extend value by unlocking new content in Captain Toad’s Treasure Trackers, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart as well as recently released Mario Party 10.<p>Whether investing in the latest Lego video-game, choosing the right console or expanding the collection of toys to life …

Retrogaming

Learning To Move, Moving To Learn: The Benefits Of PE

<i>One of our occasional conversations with thought leaders in education.</i><p>When it comes to kids and exercise, schools need to step up and focus more on quality as well as quantity. And, says Dr. Gregory D. Myer, they need to promote activities that develop motor skills, socialization and fun.<p>Myer is …

Thought Leadership

Apple Watch Apps Begin Showing Up in the App Store Ahead of Apple Watch Launch

Ahead of the Apple Watch's upcoming April 24 launch, apps that include Apple Watch support are beginning to be released in the App Store. As of today, several popular iOS apps have been updated with built-in Apple Watch apps, including <i>Evernote</i>, <i>Dark Sky</i>, <i>Things</i>, and <i>Target</i>.<p>Additional apps with Apple …

Apps

What Does a School Need to Enable Learning Based on Student Competency?

For this kind of transformation to work, leaders have to work cooperatively with everyone in the school and broader community. Often districts start …

Could the Same Genes Shape Math Skills As Reading Ability?

The research also showed that genes can't explain everything about our abilities, Plomin says. "These genetic propensities are like little nudges," …

Starting From Scratch: A Public School Built on Dreams of Students and Parents

An animal project Power did with kindergartners at her old school demonstrates the way she is thinking about this time. Students selected and …

Teacher: The disturbing things I’ve learned about our new Common Core tests

Emily Talmage is an elementary school teacher in Lewiston, Maine who did some research on the new Common Core tests that her students are taking this spring. In Maine, students are taking the Maine Educational Assessments in math and English Language Arts, developed by the Smarter Balanced …

Education

Fantastical 2 for Mac launches as the calendar app of choice for power users

Flexibits has today launched a new version of its popular Fantastical calendar app for OS X.<p>“When we designed the original Fantastical for Mac almost four years ago, the real goal was to fix (Apple’s own calendar app at the time) iCal – it was hard to add events, really time-consuming, it wasn’t …

Apps

Nintendo's NX Will Surprise Players and 'Change Video Gaming Life,' Iwaya Says

"If you only expand upon existing hardware, it's dull."<p>Dancing around the details about Nintendo's platform codenamed NX, president Satoru Iwata …

Retrogaming

We Weren't "Cornered" Into Smartphone Games, Nintendo Says

Why did Nintendo finally announce plans to enter the smartphone market after years of holding out? It wasn't because the company felt "cornered," according to Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. The English translation of a Q&A session with analysts from last week's presentation in Japan has been …

Nintendo

App Store Update: March 25

Beast Towers is the latest and greatest in tower defense, and a sweeping 2K sale slashes the costs of XCOM, BioShock and more.<p>Every day hundreds of …

App Store

How the Apple Watch will be your personal trainer

The Workout app provides real-time information on the cardio training you're doing, while you're doing it. Data includes elapsed time, distance, …

The Deconstruction of the K-12 Teacher

When kids can get their lessons from the Internet, what's left for classroom instructors to do?<p>Whenever a college student asks me, a veteran high-school English educator, about the prospects of becoming a public-school teacher, I never think it’s enough to say that the role is shifting from …

Real Time Student Reponse System

Class Responder allows you to interact in real time with every student in class using smartphones, tablets, or personal computers.<p>Teachers can assign …

Education Technology

‘Adappt’ Brings Standard Band Adapters to the Apple Watch

A new Indiegogo campaign by the name of ‘<i>Adappt</i>’ is a small bands adapter, that will let you use your Apple Watch with any standard watchband, …