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Why Finland Is Embracing Open-Plan School Design

The country’s educational successes are undeniable, but simply demolishing school walls alone won’t necessarily replicate them.<p>Children in Finland may have difficulty recognizing their schools upon their return from summer vacation.<p>The country is currently undergoing one of the most ambitious …

Education

Wondering What Happened to Your Class Valedictorian? Not Much, Research Shows

Playing by the rules rarely pays off later in life.<p>What becomes of high school valedictorians? It’s what every parent wishes their teenager to be. …

Notopia: The fall of streets in the sky

Walk between the glassy offices and tucked-away churches of the City of London, along the thundering roads down by the Thames, and you can …

Student Engagement: Is It Authentic or Compliant?

Sometimes a quiet class where students are listening and the teacher is doing the talking is seen as an engaged class. After all, none of the …

Bubble Trouble for Standardized Testing

U.S.<p>Search<p>ImmigrationWhy People Are Wearing White to Families Belong Together Marches<p>ImmigrationThese Celebrities and Public Figures Are Supporting …

Guide: Using the SAMR Model to Guide Learning

Technology is an immense tool that can transform the way students learn. One of my favourite quotes which demonstrates this comes from Steve</i> …

Add a Text to Speech Function to Your Browser

Announcify is a free text to speech application that is available as a Chrome browser extension. With Announcify installed in your browser any time …

How to Annotate Videos Through Vibby

Vibby is another service that I featured yesterday and this morning fielded a couple of questions about how to use it. The video embedded below …

Adobe Slate- A Great App for Creating Beautiful Visual Stories with Students

August 8, 2015<br>Adobe Slate is an excellent free iPad app for students to use in digital storytelling.The app allows you to animate and bring to life …

A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A School Twitter Chat

<b>A Teacher’s Guide For Creating A Twitter Chat In Your School</b>by <b>Nellie Mitchell</b>A twitter chat is an amazing resource for professional development and …

Teaching

Top 4 iPad Styluses for Sketchnoting and NoteTaking

August 7, 2015<br>To enhance your productivity on iPad you definitely need to have access to some useful accessories that go with it. In a previous post, …

Disney, Brain Science and Understanding Emotional Intelligence

I never thought seeing a kid's movie would become the inspiration for a new blog on emotional intelligence. Seeing <i>Inside Out</i>, the new movie from Disney/Pixar got me thinking about how we think.<p><i>photo courtesy of Disney/Pixar</i><p>Almost the entire animated movie takes place inside the brain of a young …

Emotional Intelligence

Why America Demonizes its Teachers -- Part 4: The Role of the Home in Student Learning

One powerful influence on student learning, which federal and state governments refuse to acknowledge, is a student's home life, over which teachers have no control. Students who come from homes conducive to learning usually do well in school, while those who don't come from such homes, generally …

Teaching

This Fun Creative Writing Exercise Will Change Your Life

by Joe BuntingI’m sure this never happens to you, but there are times when I don’t feel very creative. We just had a new baby (our second), bought a …

Creative Writing

Why Education in Finland Works

Stick-On Circuit Could Put Your Phone On Your Finger For Pocket Change

Stand aside wristbands. The latest wave of stick-on circuits could make cheap, flexible electronics mainstream.<p>About a year ago, University of Illinois researcher John Rogers revealed a pretty amazing creation: a circuit that, rather than living on an inflexible board, could stick to and move with …

Nanotech

More Nearly Lost Street Photos by Photographer Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier was an amazing photographer whose talents went unrecognized during her lifetime. Back in 2011, a box filled with Maier's negatives was discovered at a local thrift auction house in Chicago. Since that time, the American street photographer has become quite the recognizable name in the …

Street Photography

300 Cultural Icons: Great Artists, Writers & Thinkers in Their Own Words

Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What's Shareable

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long …