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Is “Screen Time” Dangerous for Children? | The New Yorker

I was in the garden with Augie, my four-year-old grandson, watching the bees in the lavender. “Bees make honey,” I said, transmitting the wisdom of the ages in good grandmotherly fashion. After a pause, Augie replied, “How do they make the honey?” There is nothing like a child’s question for …

Parenting

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers.<p>That’s why digital …

A Cinque Terre Alternative? 5 less touristy Italian Riviera destinations - Girl's Gotta Drink

<i>Looking for a Cinque Terre alternative? Here are five Italian Riviera destinations that get you away from the tourist crowds.</i><p>I fondly remember my …

Can Reading Logs Ruin Reading for Kids?

Rather than creating a new generation of pleasure-readers, forcing kids to keep track of their reading time can turn it into a chore.<p>Children who read regularly for pleasure, who are avid and self-directed readers, are the holy grail for parents and educators. Reading for pleasure has considerable …

Sociology

What Can People Do to Get Better at Learning?

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges

Amidst the discussions about content standards, curriculum and teaching strategies, it’s easy to lose sight of the big goals behind education, like …

Pedagogy

Reconsidering Rigor in Schools

“There is a momentous, broad-based cultural shift underway that has struck at the roots of every industrialized system of education. The result is a …

5 Ways an Underperforming School Created a Model Arts and Tech Program

Back in 1997 when I started working at Balboa High School in San Francisco, I had a total annual budget of $150 to design and teach my first art …

16 Modern Realities Schools (and Parents) Need to Accept. Now.

It’s been interesting to watch over the last year or so a growing chorus of parents, authors, educators and even some policy makers begin to …

The 5 best ice-cream parlors in Milan (according to us)

Chocolate, cream or fruit? While temperatures finally rise, the craving for ice-cream is back and we can only surrender! But, what are<b> the best</b> …

Beverages

Scratch + Google = Next Generation of Programming Blocks for Kids

<b>Scratch + Google = Next Generation of Programming Blocks for Kids</b><p><i>By the MIT Scratch Team</i><p>On the Scratch Team, we joke about the number of hours that …

This Science Behind Staying Motivated Will Change the Way You Reach Your Goals

How often do you hear people say things like, “Ugh, I would <i>totally</i> do that if I could just get motivated,” as if it’s something you can pick up at …

Educational Leadership:The Changing Lives of Children:Deepening Our Dialogue About Equity

This complexity and the painful emotions surrounding equity issues often make it difficult for us to go beyond superficial dialogue. For example, …

Let's End Professional Development as We Know It

A new report argues for a new kind of professional learning that is embedded in teaching, connected to content, and differentiated to teachers' …

Professional Development

How the Power of Interest Drives Learning

In recent years researchers have begun to build a science of interest, investigating what interest is, how interest develops, what makes things …

Psychology

21st-Century PD: Retention, Reflection, and Redistribution of Knowledge

The explosion of information available to educators for supporting classroom instruction is at an all-time high. Books, journals, blogs, forums, …

Tech Tidbits: Increasing Teachers’ Digital Efficiency | always learning

Phew! This has been quite a week! Our CLC (1:1) Orientation went amazingly smoothly, thanks to all of the wonderful YIS colleagues involved, and now …

Sustaining Change: The Next Level of PD | always learning

I’ve been thinking a lot about professional development lately, especially about its critical role in shifting a school or shifting a community of …

Two Weeks in Peru: The Itinerary and Budget | Darwin, Discovered

In just under a week, Darren and I will spend two weeks traveling around Peru. About half of our time will be spent hiking and glamping the legendary …

How to Travel to Machu Picchu

Don’t get lost when you visit the Lost City of the Incas. T+L’s comprehensive tip sheet for traveling to Machu Picchu in Peru will help you make the …

South America

Creating a Breeding Ground for Motivation

As coaches, we are often inspired by our colleagues. We get excited by what they can do with their students, how they approach new ideas in their …

Teaching

Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach

<b>I have always taught with my classroom door closed.</b> Officially, it’s because I have trouble with distractions, which is not a lie: Just ask my family …

Professional Development

KQED

Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and …

How to Help Your Child Keep Screen Time in Check

With so much going on this time of year—a new family schedule, carpooling, and all the extracurricular activities that start up—it can be tempting …

10 Ways to Limit Your Child's Screen Time

Although unlimited time with electronics may keep your child quiet, too much screen time isn't good for kids. But setting limits on how much TV your …

Why kids today are out of shape, disrespectful – and in charge

Dr. Leonard Sax has been a family physician and psychologist for 27 years, conducting workshops around the world for parents, teachers, social …

Creating a Student Run Tech Team

Podcast: Download |<p>Have you ever wondered what it might be like for the STUDENTS to have more ownership of the technology choices in your school? …

Burlington High School Help Desk

I am pleased to announce that we have ten new Help Desk Students and one returning student (Sarim Sajid, whose bio can be found here) on the Help …

Creating a Student Technology Team at Your School

2013-2014 SWAT Team at North Star Elementary<p>A student technology team is a great way to create a student-led culture and promotes:<p>Student leaders at …