Education and Teaching

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

E-Literate Tech Coach | CARP Jr

Children are growing up in an increasingly visual world, yet many still struggle to convey ideas and understanding in a comprehensive way. Design is …

Education Technology

Why Listening to Podcasts Helps Kids Improve Reading Skills

English teacher Michael Godsey is an early adopter of podcasts as a teaching tool in his high school. At first he used episodes of <i>This American Life</i> …

Education

Why Typical Preschool Crafts Are a Total Waste of Time

One morning in March, early-childhood educator Erika Christakis was in a meeting with a woman in Windsor, Vermont, when she felt a pair of eyes on …

Parenting

Google opens up to kids under 13 with Family Link

Google has its eye on your kids.<p>The tech giant is opening up its many online services to kids under 13 with a new tool called Family Link: an app that lets parents carefully manage the content on their kids' devices. It marks one of the first attempts by a major tech company to directly address the …

Google

Teachers must ditch 'neuromyth' of learning styles, say scientists

Eminent academics from worlds of neuroscience, education and psychology voice concerns over popularity of method<p>Teaching children according to their individual “learning style” does not achieve better results and should be ditched by schools in favour of evidence-based practice, according to …

Pedagogy

Study flags later risks for sleep-deprived kids

Children ages 3 to 7 who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems with attention, emotional control, and peer relationships in …

Harvard

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 …

Language

What is Media Literacy?

Incredible Animation Summarises Noam Chomsky's 5 Filters of the Mass Media Machine

For decades, Noam Chomsky has been the agent provocateur when it comes to critiquing the US mainstream media. He co-authored ‘Manufacturing Consent’, …

Noam Chomsky

Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts

It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus …

Education Technology

Beyond Lego Walls - Worlds of Learning

Anyone who follows my work knows that I am passionate about creating makerspaces that are unique to individual school communities. I have said many …

5 Great Literacy Apps for K-2 Teachers and Students

There are a lottttt of apps out there!<p>About 5 years ago, I helped pilot a 1:1 iPad program with my Kindergarteners. At that time, there were fewer …

A lawyer rewrote Instagram’s privacy policy so kids and parents can have a meaningful talk about privacy

In Britain, more than half of 12- to 15-year-olds are on Instagram, according to OfCom (pdf), the country’s communications regulator. So are 43% of 8- to 11-year-olds. But how many of them understand what they signed when they joined? Pretty much 0%, according to “Growing Up Digital”, a report …

Parenting

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The Benefits of Character Education

What I learned from teaching at a "core virtues" school<p>Jessica Lahey<p>When I signed on to teach English at a core virtues school, I had no idea what I was in for. I nodded and smiled in my interview when the Headmaster explained the virtues curriculum, and I parried back with everything I thought she …

KQED

Design thinking has been slowly gathering momentum among educators for the past few years as a way for students to engage with real-world problems …

Pedagogy

The Classroom Where Fake News Fails

By now, you've probably heard about one very real consequence of fake news — the infamous "pizzagate" conspiracy theory that ended with Edgar Welch, 28, firing a real gun inside a real Washington, D.C., pizzeria filled with real people.<p>When <i>The New York Times</i> later asked Welch what he thought when …

Journalism

How Teachers Can Disrupt Fake News

There is almost an infinite amount of information available to us, and more created every second. With such volume confronting us, it’s no surprise …

Fake News

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

<i>Filed by the ACRL Board on February 2, 2015. Adopted by the ACRL Board, January 11, 2016.</i><p>Print copies may be purchased from the Association of …

Fake Or Real? How To Self-Check The News And Get The Facts

Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant.<p>So, yes, fake news is a big problem.<p>These stories …

Journalism

When every moment of childhood can be recorded and shared, what happens to childhood? | The Washington Post

Published on December 7, 2016<p><b>The boys in the YouTube videos</b> always land their bottles perfectly upright. Max Cole has spent hours studying their routine, and now, his own viewers are waiting: Empty half the blue juice. Hold the Powerade bottle by its cap. Flip it into the air and–<p>“Dude!” Max …

Kids

Parenting in the Digital Age - The Conversation Continues

Being the first group of people to parent the iPad generation certainly is an adventure.<p>On the one hand, we are amazed by their capabilities to …

B.S. Detector - Browser extension to identify fake news sites

<b>We’ve been nominated for a Golden Kitty from Product Hunt for Chrome Extension of the Year! Vote here!</b><p><b>B.S. Detector</b> is a rejoinder to Mark …

Fake News

Fake News Isn’t Just an Internet Problem, It’s a Classroom Crisis. A New Push for Media Literacy

Alarm over the ease with which Americans are duped by fake news continues to grow. With propaganda-filled stories and hoax articles crowding social …

Media Literacy

Against the Sticker Chart

Priming kids to expect rewards for good behavior can harm their social skills in the long term.<p>After working with thousands of families over my years as a family psychologist, I’ve found that one of the most common predicaments parents face is how to get kids to do what they’re asked. And one of …

Parenting

The Value of an Authentic Audience

Over the past year, I’ve had the chance to talk to teachers across the country about the ways they are turning their students into creators. Digital …

Education Technology

Guest Post: Olivia Van Ledtje (@thelivbits)

<i>Today, we are thrilled to welcome Olivia Van Ledtje to A Year of Reading as a guest blogger. Liv is a lover of books, sharks, ballet, and all things</i> …