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The questions parents of children with special needs should be asking

Dyslexia, Autism, Auditory Processing Difficulties and Dyspraxia to name a few: the range of what constitutes a ‘special educational need’ is wide and varied. There is one aspect however that they all have in common: when parents and teachers work well together a child’s needs will be best met.<p>Your …

Astronomers have found the source of a deep space radio wave burst for the first time

We finally know the galactic culprit<p>After a decade of bewilderment, astronomers have pinpointed the source of a mysterious blast of radio waves coming from deep outside the Milky Way: a dwarf galaxy located 3 billion light years from Earth. It’s a remarkable first in the study of what has been a …

Universe

Teacher observations have been a waste of time and money

Fundamental information that is the basis for evaluating the performance of our K-12 education system is sending different signals. Measures of …

Education

#JokeoftheDay Prepares Students for Learning

In the Beginning . . .<p>The #JokeoftheDay started on a whim, when my fellow teacher friends decided to tell a joke each morning before work. Finding …

Logic Will Get You From A To B - Imagination Will Take You Everywhere

As the school year begins to wind down before Christmas, I thought I would write my first blog post on two things I care passionately about - …

Creativity

How To Ensure Students Are Actively Engaged and Not Just Compliant

Engagement is a crucial part of learning, but ensuring students are actively engaged is more complex than whether a student is paying attention or …

Teaching

If the Government is serious about 'schools that work for everyone' then they will jump at this proposal

Today marks a new and exciting era for children in England.<p>Independent schools are offering to create thousands of new free places for children of all ages in our schools across the country, specifically for children in need - those on free school meals and from families that are just about …

United Kingdom

A Look Back: I Think Anybody Interested In Ed Tech Will Find These Two “Best” Lists Useful

<b>Next February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

Too Much, Too Young for PISA

So yet again, following the PISA analysis, Britain asks itself why it remains academically in the doldrums. Yet again, ministers will scratch their …

Education

Virtual Reality Could Transform the Education World

When it comes to education, nothing provides a better learning experience than a field trip. But with all the permission slips, bus fees, and rowdy …

Virtual Reality

We need to get smart about education

This week, as we previously noted, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the test results of its Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). You can learn a lot when the same test is administered in more than 70 countries to more than 540,000 students. …

Education

Sloyd Education Theory: Making Things With Your Hands Makes You Smarter

The link between manual skill and cognitive development<p>I love learning, and I hated school. Sitting in a classroom while a teacher drones on and on …

Education

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Science says parents of successful kids have these 11 things in common

Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while there isn't a set recipe …

Achievement Gap

Is there another ‘you’ out there in a parallel Universe?

Even if the Universe grows to infinity, there might not be enough space to hold all the possibilities.<p><i>“We are actually living in a million parallel</i> …

Predatory bacteria can wipe out superbugs, says study

<b>Predatory bacteria - that eat others of their kind - could be a new weapon in the fight against superbugs, say UK researchers.</b><p>Experiments showed a dose of <i>Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus</i> acted like a "living antibiotic" to help clear an otherwise lethal infection.<p>The animal studies, published in Current …

Biology

Ways A Mainstream Teacher Can Support An ELL Newcomer In Class

In addition to teaching full-time in high school during the day, I’m on the adjunct faculty in the teacher education programs at California State …

My grandson is dyslexic - how can we support him and can you recommend any appropriate books?

Being unable to read at a level that is expected for your age can be frustrating for children in two key ways. First, it puts you behind classmates; second, youngsters can end up with books that are inappropriate for their actual age.<p>According to the British Dyslexia Association, around one in 10 …

Teaching

NASA says the ISS' inflatable module is doing great

It's been almost six months since the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) was attached to the ISS, and NASA now has some early data to share. According to BEAM Manager Steve Munday, it's been doing well and performing as expected after the installation hiccup that prevented it from unfolding …

28 Pictures That Prove That Nothing Really Matters

It's freeing in a way.

Pedagogy vs. Andragogy

Over this last year I have been fortunate to have been sent to many education conferences on behalf of SmartBrief in pursuit of content and guest …

Teaching

A New Hypothesis That Challenges Einstein's Physics Could Soon Be Put to The Test

Is the speed of light really a constant?<p>The speed of light in a vacuum, or <i>c</i>, is pretty much the most fundamental constant in physics – and according …

Physics

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Wakanda forever: With the portrayal of women in ‘Black Panther,’ a line in the sand has been crossed.<p>20 min ago7:00 a.m. Feb. 16, 2018<p>This woman …

How Root Wants to Bring Coding to Every Classroom

Root is a programmable robot that solves the main problem with teaching kids to code: it helps grown-ups learn to code too Image: Root <i>This is a guest</i> …

Harvard

Why K-12 Students Have to Be Taught How to Think Critically: Part I

Everyone can agree that applied knowledge is crucial to the learning process, so standardized tests need to do better when measuring it. Every child …

Pedagogy

Four Things Every Parent Can Do To Ensure Their Children Get The Best Education

Every day when I got home from school, before I could even put my bag on the floor, my dad would ask, "Did you get any good marks today?"<p>He was …

Education

How Google overtook Apple in education

Apple's Mac and Apple II computers have been used in classrooms for more than 30 years, but cheaper hardware from rival Google is putting the squeeze …