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A New Collection of Educational Web Tools for Teachers

<b>1- Quiver:</b><p>Formerly colAR Mix, this augmented reality app takes pictures that students colored and gives them life.<p>Play or create your own online …

6 Ways to Integrate Play Into the Workplace

Adding a healthy dose of play to the workday makes this company an incredibly satisfying place to work.<p>Play has a PR problem. Some think of play as frivolous –- a distraction, or worse, a waste of time. In the office, play is often regarded as a break from “real work.” But what if the opposite of …

How Long It Takes Kids to Read These Popular Children’s Books

It’s important for kids to learn literacy skills. And some of the classic books we read as children come to be our favorite stories as adults. It’s …

mBot Educational Robot Launches For $49 (video)

Teachers or parents that are interested in teaching children more about coding, programming and electronics may be interested in a new Arduino based …

How to get kids to read independently

By Valerie Strauss<p>, Reporter<p>The Scholastic <i>Kids & Family Reading ReportTM: Fifth Edition</i> is out and offers a snapshot of where young people are when it comes to reading independently.<p>Here are some of the findings of a nationally representative survey conducted last fall by Scholastic in conjunction …

Teaching

7 things every kid should master

In the past few years, parents, teachers, and policy makers have furiously debated whether standardized tests should be used to promote or hold back …

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Summary Poem Activity<p>List ten key words from an assigned text.<br>• Do a free verse poem with the words you highlighted.<br>• Write a summary of the reading …

When They Read But Don't Understand

<b>When They Read But Don’t Understand: The Leap From Decoding To Comprehension</b><p>by <b>Grant Wiggins</b>, Authentic Education<p>How well are we doing in …

Teaching

Writing Out of the Box | Teaching Commons

Getting unstuck in the writing process<p>As I advance through my own process of writing a book-length dissertation, talk to faculty and fellow graduate …

How Spelling Keeps Kids From Learning

Mastering English requires abilities that most children don’t develop until they're pre-teens.<p>Johnny in Topeka can’t read, but Janne in Helsinki is effortlessly finishing his storybooks. Such a disparity may be expected by now, but the reason might come as a surprise: It probably has much less to …

Language Learning

20 of our favorite quotes about San Francisco

Of all the people who ever called San Francisco home, maybe no one loved it more than Herb Caen.<p>The legendary Chronicle columnist said, "A city is not gauged by its length and width, but by the broadness of its vision and the height of its dreams."<p>But it is also judged by how it affects people — …

How to teach a young introvert

What should we do with the quiet kids? A conversation with Susan Cain on the future of classroom education.<p>Susan Cain sticks up for the introverts of …

Mindfulness Exercises Improve Kids' Math Scores

In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress, protect your heart, shorten …

Is It Possible to Measure Creativity?

So why bother measuring creativity? James Catterall, a psychologist and director of the Centers for Research on Creativity in Los Angeles, says the …

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'Play Freely at Your Own Risk'

A history of adventure playgrounds, which offer children the opportunity for no-rules recreation<p>Early one spring morning several years ago, I received an email from my USSR-born, New York City-bred, theater-director friend Yelena inviting me and my family (which then consisted of my husband, Frank, …

Diana Ross

The Benefit of Recess Before Lunch

A new study found that kids ate more fruits and vegetables when playtime came first.<p>Getting school children to eat more of the healthy foods on their plates doesn’t have to involve forcing them, tricking them, or slathering on the butter and cheese. The answer might be as simple as scheduling their …

Nutrition

Friendship, for a Healthy Heart

A new study adds to the research connecting social isolation with cardiovascular risk.<p>Generally, friends are good for you. Decades of research link loneliness not just to depression, but to physical health problems as well. A seminal 1979 study reported that risk of death over nine years was more …

Heart Rates

Books to breed tolerance: what children can read after the terrorist attacks in Paris

In the week of the tragic terrorist attacks that took place in Paris my youngest daughter (aged 10) came back from school with homework to research and write about a human rights concern in relation to children anywhere in the world. She already had a clear idea of what she wanted to research.<p>I had …

Books

How Can We Encourage a Sense of Purpose and Meaning Early in Life?

When adults talk about purpose, sometimes it sounds like a remote and ethereal ideal that dwells only in people with elevated dreams and grand …

Quizlet visits the Town School for Boys

A few weeks ago, the Quizlet team visited Rebeccah Kilian's middle school Latin class at the Town School for Boys in San Francisco. We were really …

Teaching

10 children's app trends for 2015

How your kids might be playing, learning and creating on devices this year, as well as how those apps may get them out in the real world<p>Many children are growing up with apps and digital media as part of their lives, alongside reading, physical play, television and other forms of entertainment and …

Games Can Advance Education: A Conversation With James Paul Gee

Schools today contribute to our massive inequality by providing (some of) the rich with a good education and the poor with test-prep to fit them for …

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

A brilliant student, Jonathan sailed through grade school. He completed his assignments easily and routinely earned As. Jonathan puzzled over why …