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By Wesley Fryer | Articles relating to teaching, learning, and/or technology shared primarily for teachers and staff at Casady School.

Digital Citizenship: What’s Your Approach?

By Glenn Brown, Chief Digital Officer, Obama Foundation<p>Last time I posted here, I called for your help with the Obama Foundation’s work on digital …

Digital Citizenship

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

How Information Overload Robs Us of Our Creativity: What the Scientific Research Shows

Everyone used to read Samuel Johnson. Now it seems hardly anyone does. That’s a shame. Johnson understood the human mind, its sadly amusing frailties …

Creativity

Moderate use of social media 'builds resilience and wellbeing in young people', report suggests

Engagement in social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook can build up children’s resilience and have a beneficial impact on mental …

Social Media

Liberal Arts Majors Are the Future of the Tech Industry

Alexei Vella<p>College students who major in the humanities always get asked a certain question. They’re asked it so often—and by so many people—that it should come printed on their diplomas. That question, posed by friends, career counselors, and family, is “What are you planning to do with your …

Harvard Business Review

Why One University Requires All Freshmen To Take A Coding Course

We’re all accustomed to the typical assortment of core classes at universities: math, language, English 101. While the “real-world value” of core classes is often debated, one university is introducing a core class requirement that undoubtedly adds value to graduates’ post-college portfolios—a …

Education

It’s ‘digital heroin’: How screens turn kids into psychotic junkies

Susan* bought her 6-year-old son John an iPad when he was in first grade. “I thought, ‘Why not let him get a jump on things?’ ” she told me during a …

Kids

Why Teachers Are Going Gradeless

Toward a future of growth, not grades<p>After years of teaching using the principles of standards-based learning and grading, I encountered two findings …

Teaching

Tech Bigwigs Know How Addictive Their Products Are. Why Don’t the Rest of Us?

In late 2010, Steve Jobs told <i>New York Times</i> journalist Nick Bilton that his children had never used the iPad. “We limit how much technology our kids …

World of Warcraft

Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol.<p>With minor fits and starts, the trend has …

Finding Your School's Meaningful Language

Lately, our school has been revamping, rewriting and rethinking our student/parent handbook. This has led to some really great conversations that …

To Those of Us Who Don’t Get Enough Sleep

Competition is in the air we breathe; from morning to night, wake to sleep, we are in constant flux with the people around us to see who has the …

Harvard

What Can a Coach's Schedule Look Like?

« What Is Professional Development for Coaches? | Main | Non-Traditional PD: Coaches Take Their Learning to the Forest »<p>A principal from Seattle …

Professional Development

What kind of digital parent are you?

My recent piece for The Atlantic, Parents: Reject Technology Shame, tackles the question of how to raise kids in a digital world. Data from more than …

Parenting

The Path to Enduring Innovation in Schools

It is difficult, if not impossible, for a school proud of its reputation for excellence not to feel the need to claim to have a firm grip on …

Innovation

Flipping Algebra with Rob Huber

Rob Huber teaches 8th grade Algebra at Casady School in Oklahoma City, and has been experimenting with a variety of strategies to "flip" classroom …

Education

K-12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning

By Jacquelyn BengfortDistricts go beyond reconfiguring classrooms and prepare students to take their learning mobile.

K-12

Even tech-savvy Gmail users fooled by sophisticated phishing technique

Even tech-savvy Gmail users are falling victim to hackers who steal their login credentials, according to a security expert, who notes that …

Identity Theft

Flipping Algebra with Rob Huber

Rob Huber teaches 8th grade Algebra at Casady School in Oklahoma City, and has been experimenting with a variety of strategies to flip classroom …

Education

5 things to think about before buying your child a cell phone

<b>(CNN) —</b> In households around the world, I imagine many conversations going something like this: "Mom, I reallywant a phone. Everyone has one. Can I please, please get one this year?"<p>And then, after hearing the appeals, Mom (or Dad, or both parents) edge even closer to buying a smartphone for their …

Parenting

Making “The Olin Effect” Your Own

We talk a lot about “student agency” in these parts. But to be honest, most of what we label with those words are tepid substitutes for the real …

Education

How Do Parents Honor the Benefits of Digital Devices While Limiting Kids’ Use?

We live in a world of screens. And in this digital age — with so many devices and distraction — it’s one of the things parents worry about most: How …

Teens

What’s the Difference Between Coding and Computational Thinking?

In my last EdSurge article, “Computer Science Goes Beyond Coding,” I wrote about the difference between coding and computer science, to help us …

Computer Science

Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world

We were guaranteed a <i>free</i> press, We were not guaranteed a neutral or a <i>true</i> press. We can celebrate the journalistic freedom to publish without …

Journalism

Grad Students Teach Digital Etiquette to Michigan Middle Schoolers

Education students at the University of Michigan have been going into a local school and teaching the middle schoolers there how to mitigate risk and …

Education

Shlenker students teach technology to grandparents

Students at a local Jewish day school became teachers for a day, guiding a group of grandparents on how to use popular communication and navigation …

Education