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10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe

For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale. The NMC’s advisory board includes 750 technology experts and faculty members from colleges and universities in 40 countries, and is supported by the…

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Jul
10

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What Makes a Gifted Student?

Parents and grandparents often look for signs that their children and grandchildren are gifted. After all, who doesn’t like to brag about their children? When moving to our new two story home when my twins were 19 months old, I was extremely worried about the stairs.  I was frightened out…

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Jul
8

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20 Ways to Better Organize Your Classroom

“I know it has to be around here somewhere”, you mumble while desperately rummaging through your desk, the filing cabinet, the book case, the storage compartments, and the twenty other places you stash things in the classroom. The teacher who asked for the papers is waiting, her foot begins tapping,…

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Jul
4

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The Effects of Mandatory Retention and Its Use Across the Globe

“In the case of grade retention, the central challenge facing researchers is to distinguish the effect of being retained from the effects of those factors that triggered the retention decision in the first place.”  - Martin R. West Recent policies enacted by states and school districts across the United States…

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Teachers Don’t Need to Have All the Answers: Interview with Krissy Venosdale from Venspired

This week’s interviewee is the passionate, forward-thinking and inspiring educator and blogger Krissy Venosdale. She’s been working in education for over 11 years and strives to make her classroom a place where kids can imagine, create, dream and explore. Her goal is to teach kids how to think rather than…

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The Matthew Effect: What Is It and How Can You Avoid It In Your Classroom?

The only reason not to reward the best and brightest for their achievements is to avoid punishing the rest for their shortcomings. I remember being pulled out of class in the 5th grade to study Pre-Algebra with a group of kids in the Academically Gifted Program (later changed to Talented…

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Interview with Charity Preston from the Organized Classroom Blog

Charity Preston is a teacher, writer and fanatic organizer with a passion for coordinating and categorizing everything from her files and lesson plans to her classroom and students. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, technology integration into content areas, and data-driven instruction. She has been teaching for over ten…

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The Effect of Parental Involvement In School and Education [Infographic]

(Click here for the full version) The influence of parental involvement on a student’s academic success should not be underestimated. While brain power, work ethic, and even genetics all play important roles in student achievement, the determining factor comes down to what kind of support system she has at home….

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How Three Students Are Bridging the Gap By Enabling Their Peers To Teach Each Other

Friday, April 25, 2014

Imagine being able to get online at any time and connect with fellow students anywhere in the world to ask for help with a study problem; collaborate on a project; or share some of your own advice on a topic you mastered last semester. Sounds pretty great right? That’s exactly…

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What Cures Dyslexia, Improves Reading Comprehension, and Sharpens Attention? Hint: It’s Not Allowed in Schools.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

New research out of Oxford University suggests that video games may be potential tools for improving concentration and reading in people with dyslexia. The task that people with dyslexia fail to carry out when they conflate lines and letters–what psychologists call a “cross-sensory shift of attention”–also happens to be the…

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