Richard de Meij

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This wearable Bluetooth device will turn any surface into a keyboard

'Tap' is the future of keyboards. The sensors can be worn on either hand and turns any surface into a keyboard.<p>The device comes with an app that introduces users to a game that will help them master this device.

Wearable Tech

Why Aren’t Black People Learning Foreign Languages?

When it comes to Americans who can speak a foreign language, black representation in that category is slim. We are less likely to learn a new …

WhatsApp Beta For iOS Reveals Live Location Tracking, Edit And Recall Of Sent Messages

WhatsApp beta for iOS has revealed a string of new features for the popular communication app. In December, some of these features were leaked by …

iOS

How The Brain Processes A Foreign Language

Most of us have tried to learn a foreign language, whether it's Spanish, French, or Italian, as a means of honing our analytical skills, listening …

What Gets Easier When You Study More Languages?

Simple & Effective Speaking Rubric For Class Presentations

Talented student teacher Kevin Inlay created this simple and effective speaking rubric that we used with class presentations in our ELL World History …

Education Technology
Education

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

• shares<p>There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language …

Here's a Look at the Questions Betsy DeVos Struggled to Answer

Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump's education secretary nominee, received criticism from Democrats for appearing unwilling or unprepared to …

Learn Spanish

"Love your videos! Lots of CI and great storytelling. Very effective! Gracias"<p>~Sarah, SD<p>"My students LOVE your videos! Keep making more …

Education

Teachers Are Stressed, And That Should Stress Us All

We all experience stress at work, no matter the job. But for teachers, the work seems to be getting harder and the stress harder to shake.<p>A new report out this month pulls together some stark numbers on this:<p>Forty-six percent of teachers say they feel high daily stress. That's on par with nurses …

Mindfulness

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Speaking two languages also benefits low-income children

(Medical Xpress)—Living in poverty is often accompanied by conditions that can negatively influence cognitive development. Is it possible that being …

Being Bilingual Keeps Your Brain Fit

In a café in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more …

Language

The new education reform lie: Denver is a cautionary tale, not a model, for urban school districts

The city has opened 27 new charters in the past five years. At least 40 percent are performing below expectations<p>Scott Gilpin works in advertising, so he’s used to dealing with people in the promotions business. He’s just not used to seeing them operating a local public school.<p>Gilpin lives in …

Education Reform

You can fit this miniature synthesizer in your wallet

The cutest synth you’ve ever seen<p>The Tiny TS, the first standalone synthesizer from Jan Ostman, can do just that. Measuring in at a — as the name suggests — tiny 3.94 x 2.56 inches, it's roughly the size of a credit card.<p>The synth offers audio, CV, and gate outputs, and works well with Ostman's …

Synthesizers

When Finnish Teachers Work in America’s Public Schools

There are more restrictions to professional freedom in the United States, and the educators find the school day overly rigid.<p>“I have been very tired—more tired and confused than I have ever been in my life,” Kristiina Chartouni, a veteran Finnish educator who began teaching American high-school …

Education

How To Learn A Language Faster

In a world that demands rapid learning and massive change, the ability to learn a language faster is an important skill to acquire. Concerning …

Can Afro-Latinos Please Move Beyond The "I'm Black, Too" Rhetoric?

<i>The reason why people don’t understand why you can be both black and Latino at the same time is because the media doesn’t present it that way and we</i> …

Black History

The Best Language Learning Tools of Autumn/Winter 2016

How Learning A Foreign Language Enhances Your Brain

Though we have long suspected that learning a foreign language can help to sharpen the mind, a new study has used EEG recordings to show just how …

5 ways learning a second language will make you a better person

<i>This article is part of the new</i> Mic <i>series "Enabling Empathy Through Travel." See the previous post here.</i><p>"Would you like to speak a second …

Language Learning

Polyglot USA: One in five Americans now speak a language other than English at home - and Arabic is the fastest growing language

• <b>New Census data shows that nearly 65million Americans over the age of five speak a language other than English at home</b>• <b><br>Languages that saw largest</b> …

Watching the brain during language learning: Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain

Language scientist observe how new grammar integrates in the brain<p>For the first time, researchers have captured images of the brain during the …

Language Learning

8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels

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Language

Proof You Shouldn't Blame Teachers For The Achievement Gap

New research finds that there are effective educators teaching students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.<p>Teachers shouldn’t be held responsible for the big gap in the achievement levels of rich and poor students, new data suggests.<p>By looking at the effectiveness ratings of teachers who work with …

Education

“Learning Apps” Is One Of The Top Educational Websites Of The Year!

Reader Gabrielle Klingelhöfer shared the site Learning Apps with me, and I’m sure glad she did!It’s a free site that lets teachers create virtual …

Education Technology
Language