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12 texting tips you didn’t know the iPhone could do

Share your location, silence chatty group messages and hide embarrassing notification previews. These are some of the lesser known features of Apple's iPhone. Kim Komando, Special for USA TODAY<p>“Hey, can I call you?” I bet millions send this text every day. It’s common etiquette. You text first and …

iOS

Teachers Are Using \#ArmMeWith to State What They Really Need Instead of Guns

After sitting down for a "listening session" with a group of high school students and teachers that included survivors of the Parkland, Florida, shooting, President Trump raised s controversial idea to combat gun violence in schools: armed teachers. He suggested that 20% of faculty and staff could …

Guns

After Parkland: A Letter From a Furious Teacher

<b>Rebecca Berlin Field</b> is an art and art history teacher in Richmond, Virginia. She says she did not sign on to a job that was potentially life threatening. Rebecca wrote this essay for Medium following the shooting in Parkland, Florida. Read it below, or click on the 'Listen' button above to hear …

Editorial: All the Reasons It's a Terrible Idea to Arm Teachers

On Thursday, President Donald Trump tossed out a characteristically jarring idea: Arm teachers. His original statements were less than clear, so at a …

Guns

Teachers say #ArmMeWith funding and mental healthcare, not guns

In the wake of the Parkland high school shooting, President Donald Trump and the far-right have argued that teachers should be armed with guns to …

Teaching

How to exercise when it’s the last thing you want to do

<i>iStock</i><p>Wise ideas from psychology, behavioral economics, business — and even activism — to get you moving.<p><b>Excuse #1: “I don’t have the time to</b> …

Barnes & Noble

Tips From a Professional Photographer: How to Capture the Perfect Sunrise

We've all been there, gazing at a magnificent sunrise and wanting to capture the moment, only to have the photograph turn out horrible. What is it that makes it so difficult to translate the magic and beauty of a sunrise into the perfect picture? Professional photographer Anton Gorlin, who recently …

Landscape Photography

Abolish middle school? Not so fast, new study says.

The push to combine elementary and middle schools into K-8 schools has seemed like a heartening example of policymakers making decisions based on …

Syracuse University

And a Child Shall Lead Them

I'm floored by the sheer volume of reports I get about the Florida school killings. At every moment there's another report, another angle. Some are …

Donald Trump

Please Upgrade your Teacher / Principal Meetings

The summer months are ideal for educators to reflect, recharge and to begin planning for the next school year. I always try select one new idea, …

The Next Big Disruption

The Gapingvoid team and I have collaborated on projects over the last decade focused on startups, corporate culture and innovation and audience …

KQED

Elizabeth Vega teaches pre-kindergarten at Loma Verde Elementary in Novato, California. Her school and district leaders want to do more project-based …

Pedagogy

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids' brains: exercise

APPLETON, Wisc. — Middle school students at Kaleidoscope Academy, a district charter school in Appleton, Wisconsin, are constantly moving. Everyone …

Michelle Obama

Clint Smith: GOP Tax Plan Hurts Poor Kids, Worsens Unequal School Funding

Clint Smith writes in The Atlantic that the underlying cause of educational inequality is unequal funding of children who are poor. Instead of …

Income Inequality

Computer Science for All: Can Schools Pull It Off?

Citing a shortage of tech-savvy workers, lawmakers and business leaders have successfully pushed schools to offer more computer science. Now comes …

Education

Teaching Kids to Love Reading: 3 Strategies That Work

If you’re an elementary teacher, you know that the most daunting and wonderful part of the job is opening the world of books and reading to students. …

Teaching

How to Build Curiosity and Critical Thinking Within the Classroom

<i>Editor's Note:</i> <i>Ali Giska</i><i>, a literacy coach in Berlin, Maryland, participated in the Teachers for Global Classrooms Program (TGC) and traveled to</i> …

Pedagogy

Want Other People to Have a Great First Impression of You? Try These 5 Proven Habits

It can be as simple as being curious about the other person.<p>There are several ways you can elicit a great first impression from someone you just met. Here are five proven strategies to get you started.<p>1. Be curious.<p>Want to be the most interesting person in the room? In a previous article, I posed …

Albert Einstein

This single cartoon about school shootings is breaking people’s hearts

As news of the deadly mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., unfolded last week, Pia Guerra, a 46-year-old Vancouver-based artist, felt helpless. She couldn’t bring herself to go to sleep, so she began to draw.<p>About 6 a.m., she came up with an idea. One of the …

Nikolas Cruz

Students seize control of gun debate, plan walkouts and march

Students are taking hold of the gun debate in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, by organizing a series of school walkouts across the country and a march in Washington to protest gun violence.<p>The Women's March youth branch, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School — the …

Guns

Emma Gonzalez survived the Florida school attack. Watch her impassioned plea for it to be the 'last mass shooting.'

Floridians gathered in downtown Fort Lauderdale Saturday to rally for stricter gun laws in response to Wednesday's deadly shooting at a high school …

Guns

Teens Don’t Join ISIS Because of Religion. They Do It Because of Their Brains.

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22 Easy Sleep Tips For People Who Are Sick Of Feeling Tired

Simple tips and tricks for getting some quality shut eye.<p>View this post on Facebook<p><i>Responses have been edited for length and clarity.</i>

Alternative Medicine

You’re Wrong! I’m Right!

We live in two Americas.<p>In one America, a mentally unstable president selected partly by Russia lies daily and stirs up bigotry that tears our social fabric.<p>In another America, a can-do president tries to make America great again as lying journalists stir up hatred that tears our social fabric.<p>The …

Political Science

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones, apps can now recognize faces in photos and translate from one language to another.<p>Artificial intelligence is here — and it’s bringing new …

Artificial Intelligence

What Explains U.S. Mass Shootings? International Comparisons Suggest an Answer

When the world looks at the United States, it sees a land of exceptions: a time-tested if noisy democracy, a crusader in foreign policy, an exporter of beloved music and film.<p>But there is one quirk that consistently puzzles America’s fans and critics alike. Why, they ask, does it experience so many …

Guns

American Schoolteachers Are Heroes. They Shouldn't Have To Be.

It was Valentine’s Day. Balloons, roses and pastel-colored bags adorned the hallways, which were full of middle-schoolers running to their hopeful faves and BFFs. In my classroom, because it was a special day, I let students eat the assorted chocolates and lollipops they’d stashed in their bags. In …

Education

Friday Open Thread

Dr. Nyland speaks out about the Florida high school massacre (partial):<i><br>As a district, our goal is to prevent these types of emergencies whenever</i> …

Thoughts about Technology Then and Now

Nearly two decades ago–1998-1999–my research on schools in Silicon Valley was published as <i>Oversold and Underused: Computers in Classrooms.</i> Next …

Education Technology

Yes, Charters Do Hurt Public School Funding

Policy & Funding<p>Does the proliferation of charter schools hurt public-school funding? Yes, it does, according to a new working paper from Duke …