Are School Holidays Too Long?

As a child, did you have long winter breaks from school sledding down the neighborhood hill or building marshmallow towers in your hot chocolate? In the summer did you spend lazy afternoons floating on in an inner tube in the town lake? As much as you may have fond memories…

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The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door? People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part…

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30 Things You Can Do To Promote Creativity in Your Classroom

The concept of teaching creativity has been around for quite some time. Academics such as  E. Paul Torrance, dedicated an entire lifetime to the advancement of creativity in education. Torrance faced much opposition in his day about the nature of creativity.  Creativity was considered to be an immeasurable, natural ability. …

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30 Storytelling Tips For Educators: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention

Storytelling has been around as long as humankind. It is one of the most effective ways to communicate an important truth to another person. It is a connection point between two people. It gives meaning, context, and understanding in a world that is often filled with chaos and disorder. Because…

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25 Books Every Educator Should Read

Education is changing in a way we have not seen since the invention of the printing press. New technologies make more information immediately available than ever before. We are teaching more students at every level of education. These changes bring opportunities. They also bring new challenges while making old challenges…

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The Teacher’s Apple

A decade ago, electronics and cell phones in the classroom were considered little more than a distraction. Today, new devices such as tablet computers and smartphones are changing this perception. Educators are finding innovative ways to supplement their lectures with the newest technology, and students are beginning to see their…

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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”.  Consider collaboration in recent history:  Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google).   But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic programming at a middle school that brought together…

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The Value of Mistakes: Should It Matter How Long A Student Takes To Learn?

James Joyce affirms that geniuses not only accept mistakes as part of the learning process, but willingly seek them out as doors to self-discovery.   In education, our perception of mistakes is important.  It challenges conceptions of what defines success and failure. The greatest mistake I ever made in my education…

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Australia Outperforms US and UK in Adult Numeracy and Literacy

Friday, December 27, 2013

Australia fared well in a new survey that looked at basic numeracy and literacy skills in 24 countries across the globe, with Australian adults coming in fourth for literacy skills, and outranking both US and UK adults in numeracy at 13th place. The survey, conducted by the Organization for Economic…

‘Second Life’ Game Enhances Collaborative Learning and Problem Solving

Monday, December 23, 2013

Second Life allows users to create spaces in which avatars can move about and interact in various environments using text, voice, or gestures to communicate. Several universities have reported utilizing Second Life spaces to enhance collaborative learning and problem solving as an extension of traditional face-to-face learning, while others are…


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