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Everywhere you look, kids are playing digital games. Whether it’s a game on a parent’s mobile phone or a student’s personal Minecraft account, many youngsters are engaging with games on a daily basis. These experiences have become an important thread within the fabric of youth culture.
However, many educators are still skeptical about the power of games for learning.[…] Continue Reading »
As fall festivities draw near and the weather cools down, many schools are holding parent-teacher conferences. Educators across the nation have strong feelings about the ways that educators and parents can work together for the benefit of children.
Last week, we polled SmartBrief on EdTech readers about their beliefs regarding the best ways that parents can support educators and school systems.[…] Continue Reading »
Adam Grant, in a new book called Give and Take, shares three profiles that typify most faculty rooms and work spaces:
Givers: People who help others without hesitation.
Matchers: People who help others but expect reciprocation in return.
Takers: People who mostly take from others.
And while common folklore may tell us that it’s a dog-eat-dog world and the “takers” finish first, Adam tells us that this just isn’t true.[…] Continue Reading »
This year, many schools and districts will be implementing the Common Core State Standards. Although the most recent version of the standards was released in 2010, many states have started to implement the Common Core State Standards only recently.
Given this, the following statistic from a recent PDK/Gallup Poll is not surprising: “62% of Americans have never heard of the common core.”
Yes, over half of Americans are not familiar with the common core.[…] Continue Reading »
As the summer draws to a close, your calendar is likely packed with back-to-school events and classroom preparation. However, I’m going to challenge you to prioritize something else during this crazy time of year: YOUR PERSONALIZED PROFESSIONAL LEARNING PLAN.
And while other things might seem more important right now, the research proves otherwise. Just last month, the Center for American Progress released a report on the status of professional learning in U.S.[…] Continue Reading »