Education and Teaching

By Pana Asavavatana | A collection of articles and sites around teaching, educational technology, and the future of education.

18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing

Teachers in Littleton, Colorado — like teachers in many places — are increasingly asking students to read and write online. Free tools like Google …

Google Docs

Children spend six hours or more a day on screens

Technology reporter<p><b>The amount of time children spend glued to a screen has risen dramatically in the last 20 years, a new report suggests.</b><p>Children aged five to 16 spend an average of six and a half hours a day in front of a screen compared with around three hours in 1995, according to market …

Technology Has Become Water

There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, …

David Foster Wallace

“Be Internet Awesome”: Helping kids make smart decisions online

For educators<p>We partnered with the Internet Keep Safe Coalition and educators across the country to create a classroom curriculum that brings the …

Kids

Offensive Facebook memes just cost 10 students their spots at Harvard

This piece of advice isn't going anywhere: Be careful what you share on social media.<p>At least 10 prospective members of Harvard University's Class of …

Harvard Crimson

Engaging Young Writers Using 21st Century Technology

Today’s students, who have grown up with the emerging technologies at their fingertips, really challenge teachers to find new ways to engage them in …

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

According to Code.org, 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want their children to learn computer science—it will be crucial for many jobs in the near …

KQED

<b>By David Price</b><p>It might be time we re-thought student engagement. Are we measuring the right things? Are we taking disengagement seriously enough? …

Making a selfie teaches students to write and reflect

Selfies

These three pictures make a powerful statement about race and power among women

It can be difficult to understand how important representation is — until we are faced with a reversed gaze. <i>O, the Oprah Magazine</i> did just that for a …

Invented Spelling Leads to Better Reading, Study Says

« When Children's Books Also Tell Stories About Math | Main | Smarter Balanced to Embed Desmos Online Graphing Calculator In Math Tests »<p>Encouraging …

21st Century Spelling

Spilling had never bin maw impotent<p>Spelling has <i>never</i> been more important, as my example above attempts to illustrate. In an age dominated by screens, …

Brain Science and Spelling

Brains, Science & Spelling<p>Or stop teaching spelling, and start coaching it instead.<p>Kids need to write without worrying about spelling, but then how …

How to Bring Playfulness to High School Students

Play is often the domain of young children, but as those kids become teens, learning playfully maintains its importance, especially as academics and …

Kids

Schools around the US are finally pushing back their start times — and it's working

With a population of just over 11,000, Dobbs Ferry, New York is your typical sleepy town, except for one thing.<p>When the first school bell rings, kids are wide awake.<p>Last September, Dobbs Ferry School District joined a small but growing cluster of schools around the US that have started pushing back …

Education

I've been in education for 20 years, and there's a disturbing trend afoot in kindergartens around the US

Being a kindergartner today is very different from being a kindergartner 20 years ago. In fact it is more like first grade.<p>Researchers have demonstrated that 5-year-olds are spending more time engaged in teacher-led academic learning activities than play-based learning opportunities that facilitate …

Teaching

Sight Words Are so 2016: New Study Finds the Real Key to Early Literacy

Share104<p>WhatsApp<p>Email<p>Pin<p>Tweet<p>It’s no secret that teaching a child to read is a pretty big deal. Research has proven again and again that children who …

Girls believe brilliance is a male trait, research into gender stereotypes shows

Study highlights how children as young as six can be influenced by stereotypes such as the idea that brilliance or giftedness is more common in men<p>Girls as young as six years old believe that brilliance is a male trait, according research into gender stereotypes.<p>The US-based study also found that, …

Gender

Young children must be protected from ingrained gender stereotypes

Whether in school or in the toy shop, sexist assumptions about boys and girls can have a long-lasting effect on children. Luckily, some kids are on top of it<p>Scrolling through my Twitter timeline this week, one particular tweet, with an image attached, immediately jumped out at me. A parent had …

Gender

Good Design Could be a Matter of Life or Death

After the snafu at the Oscars this year, people became a little more aware of the role poor graphic design can have on people making errors. The …

The Sticky Truth about Modern Written Language

What heiroglyphics, emoji, and stickers have in common.<p>The oldest language in the world didn’t have an alphabet. When language began, it wasn’t used …

Inspiring the Future: Kids' Drawings Reveal Gender Stereotypes in an Eye-Opening Spot

Advertising Industry

5 Reasons You Don't Need to Worry About Kids and Social Media

Social Media

Pen Pals 2.0: Can Technology Foster Global Tolerance?

One evening last December, Kay Lee gathered her class of third graders in front of a webcam in Georgia, Vermont, to “meet” a class more than 6,000 …

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

When my daughter was three years old, I taught her the word "stereotype." She was just beginning to string words together into sentences, had …

I’m Not Texting. I’m Taking Notes.

Suit coat and button-down shirt — check.<p>Agenda — check.<p>Extra business cards — check.<p>Fully charged phone — check.<p>I was ready for my first advisory board meeting at Blackboard, an educational software company in Washington, D.C. Most 17-year-olds don’t go to eight-hour board meetings, but Blackboard …

Gen Z

Media Literacy Defined

The Basic Definition<p>Media literacy is the ability to<p><b>ACCESS</b>, <b>ANALYZE</b>, <b>EVALUATE</b>,<p><b>CREATE</b>, and <b>ACT</b> using all forms of communication.<p>In its simplest terms, …

Learning to Think Like a Computer

In “The Beauty and Joy of Computing,” the course he helped conceive for nonmajors at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Garcia explains an all-important concept in computer science — abstraction — in terms of milkshakes.<p>“There is a reason when you go to the ‘Joy of Cooking’ and you want …

Computer Science

In January, we wrote about ways you can help your students determine real from fake news in the classroom. These tips are a way to start the …