Education and Teaching

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

Thailand cave rescue: Boys found alive after nine days

<b>Twelve boys and their football coach missing in caves in Thailand for nine days have been found by divers, in a drama that has gripped the nation.</b><p>They were discovered by two British divers on a ledge in a cavern after a marathon search operation in the Tham Luang caves in Chiang Rai.<p>The challenge …

Thai Navy

The Dangers of Distracted Parenting

When it comes to children’s development, parents should worry less about kids’ screen time—and more about their own.<p>Smartphones have by now been implicated in so many crummy outcomes—car fatalities, sleep disturbances, empathy loss, relationship problems, failure to notice a clown on a …

Parenting

What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship

<b>3. Personal information:</b> While this information (like the number of brothers and sisters you have or your favorite food) can’t be used to identify …

<i>“As newborns we enter the world completely dependent on others – for food, warmth, shelter and survival. Throughout our lives we remain connected to</i> …

Don’t Stress About Coding: Focus Shifts To Teaching Problem Solving Not Computer Skills

Educators look at coding in a new context, with computational thinking and basic computer literacy as the goal.

Preschool lessons: New research shows that teaching kids more and more, at ever-younger ages, may backfire.

Ours is an age of pedagogy. Anxious parents instruct their children more and more, at younger and younger ages, until they're reading books to babies …

This is how new technologies could improve education forever

Mark Esposito, Harvard University, Division of Continuing Education<p>In this era of machine meritocracy, the traditional systems of learning and …

Why teachers are turning to Twitter

Teachers are very busy workers with tightly packed schedules and regular engagement in work outside regular hours (such as for preparing lessons and …

Early Years and Online Safety: my top resources!

Digital Citizenship and online safety is such an important part of the National Curriculum and confidence to teach this subject is growing amongst …

Internet Safety

The Importance of Speaking and Listening

This resource is licenced under an Open Government Licence (OGL).<p>This resource is adapted from an Initiatl Teacher Education - English resource …

Teaching

Frickin’ Packets

<b>Listen to this post as a podcast:</b><p>Sponsored by Screencast-O-Matic and Microsoft Hacking STEM<p><b>I saw a video a few months ago</b> that I haven’t been able to …

Teaching

Redesigning Early Ed

Computational Thinking for Kindergartners

Much of the content in preschool and kindergarten is taught with hands-on manipulatives, games, and songs, and with thoughtful planning, young …

Middle School

Digital Visitors and Digital Residents

Thanks to Laura Czerniewicz for pointing me to this excellent video discussion by Oxford's David White:<p>This isn't really a full-on replacement of …

Networking

5 Super-Cool Offline Coding Activities

If you want your kid to get a good job, let them play more

Fears about automation displacing workers around the world ranked high on the list of Things to Be Very Worried About at the World Economic Forum in January. “At the end of the day, we have to fire a lot of people,” said Ursula Burns, chairman of the supervisory board at telecom group VEON, and …

Emotional Intelligence

America’s Real Digital Divide

A group of former Facebook and Google employees last week began a campaign to change the tech companies they had a hand in creating. The initiative, called Truth About Tech, aims to push these companies to make their products less addictive for children — and it’s a good start.<p>But there’s more to …

What The Screen Time Experts Do With Their Own Kids

Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.<p>One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.<p>But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So when I was interviewing dozens of them for my …

Parenting

Media Mentors, Not Media Police

It is a tricky thing to look at one’s own biases: it can make us feel somewhat vulnerable. In the case of screen time however, it is essential that …

Media & Information Literacy For Teachers – International, multimedia and multi-language media and information literacy teaching resources

The Truth About Research on Screen Time

At the start of the school year, it seems parents can count on two things to dominate their social media feeds: back-to-school photos and a variety …

University of Michigan

5 Education Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

If you are anything like me, you may be addicted to podcasts. There are so many great education podcasts with wonderful ideas and inspiration. Give …

A great lesson, exploring how websites have changed over time

Who remembers the film Space Jam?<p>Believe it or not, the original website, which was created in 1996, still exists!<p>Have a look at it with your class …

What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You? Take This Quiz And Find Out

Almost as soon as they can focus past the end of their noses, babies today are waving at Grandpa on video chat and swiping the screens on all kinds of devices.<p>It's just plain unsettling to watch a baby in a stroller with an iPad. Especially when his mother is looking at her phone at the same …

Panicked about Kids’ Addiction to Tech?

Here are two things you could do<p>Ever since key Apple investors challenged the company to address kids’ phone addiction, I’ve gotten a stream of calls …

50 ways to use Book Creator in your classroom - Book Creator app

Created by teachers, for teachers<p>Each idea in the book has been tried and tested in real-world classrooms, by teachers from around the world. Thanks …

Media Literacy Explained for Teachers

January 10, 2018 With the pervasive spread of the Internet and web technologies, digital media consumption and production practises have acquired new …

How to Create 3D Printed Snowflakes with the Morphi App | Technology from SCS Elementary

The third graders recently worked on a 3D design project. They used 6 point symmetry in the Morphi app to create these gorgeous 3D snowflakes which …