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Effective classroom management is about prevention, routine, and developing relationships—not bribery, says an education professor.
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The debate over Education Secretary Arne Duncan's speech at AERA—and the protests it engendered—continues.
An older post from Richard Byrne (December 2012) but worth a revisit--check out all of Kern Kelley's Google forms for educators.
It's exam time and students are stressing about turning in papers on time. What's a teacher to do in terms of noticing student plagiarism?
Have you been hesitant about jumping in to the Google+ social network? Well, now’s the time – Google announced in December that it’s online community has reached over 500 million members.
Already on my summer to-do list...
It's a unique project for a health class. The teacher gave his students an interesting assignment: coach 17 teachers and administrators toward healthier lifestyles. The results have been amazing.
"Students serve an important role in catering to a sub-industry that rewards colleges for rejecting the largest percentage of applicants."
This opinion piece, by Jon Boeckenstedt of De Paul University and published in the Chronicle of Higher Education, suggests that the admissions process needs to be modernized.
Rachel Simmons says proms teach girls to value money, conventional beauty, and to wait to be asked out.
I know that prom is a treasured rite of passage in high school, but I do wonder what we, as educators, can do to mitigate some of the more damaging social messages proms perpetuate. Simmons discusses here what girls learn from the prom experience--I'd love to see a similar list of what boys learn (obviously, many of the same things, but some specific to their gender as well).
A look at the sci-fi publisher a year after it announced it would do away with DRM.
DRM stands for Digital Rights Management--the technology embedded in most eBooks that keeps you from doing all those things you'd like to do with eBooks, like transfer them from one device to another, or lend them (that's something librarians would really like to be able to do) without restrictions or the need for additional software. These are the very same activities that publishers don't want you to be able to do with their eBooks because they fear it would cut into their profits.
Science educator Fred Ende proposes three ways to improve reading comprehension.
Modern technology pushes us to multitask. But a neuroscientist says we should do just the opposite.
The hot topic of the month is, apparently, multi-tasking. This doctor claims our brains are not truly capable of it. While I agree with the need to limit the number of activities in which we engage while doing important work like learning, I'm not sure that there isn't some place in our lives for multi-tasking. After all, how else could we raise children?
"A study that scanned young people’s brains when they were 10 years old and then again when they were 13 found, in the second round of scans, dramatically greater activity in a particular brain region when the now-teenagers responded to questions about how they view themselves.
This region, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex, seems to be of central importance when kids consider their identity and social status as they transition into adolescence. From the website ScienceDaily"
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As cities continue their economic resurgence, those in the South seem to be doing particularly well
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When it comes to social media, teenagers look at privacy in very different ways than the adults around them.
Peter DeWitt responds to Danah Boyd's keynote address at Tech Forum 2013 in Boston. We all know that different generations have different expectations for online activity--but you may be surprised by what Boyd reports about teens' attitudes and understandings.
An inside look at how Google is untangling its web of messaging products - and the 41 new updates to Google+.
"iPad's monopoly of the ' school tablet market ' is being compromised now after the announcement of Google Play for Education. Google seems to be moving towards displacing Apple's hegemony of this market by providing a suite of productivity management apps made specifically for teachers and students."
As more and more people get their information and do their research online, often from the comfort of their own couches, the future of public libraries seems very much up for the debate these days....
Why the U.S. emphasis on "teacher effectiveness" won't by itself really improve schools.
Students deemed "willfully defiant" accounted for nearly half of California's 700,000 suspensions last year.
Teachers in schools in Ohio and across the nation are changing how they teach. It's part of the switch to the Common Core, a new set of national standards for what students should know and be able to do in reading and math.
A simple fact of business: You have to spend money to make money. And those who want to privatize education are willing to spend lots of money and effort to push their agenda. One of the main ways they are doing this is through ALEC.
Mainers who have been paying attention should recognize ALEC's (American Legislative Exchange Council) signature on just about every education-related activity which has originated in Augusta during the current governor's term.
Yesterday, author Maureen Johnson had a great idea. She tweeted "I do wish I had a dime for every email I get that says, "Please put a non-girly cover on your book so I can read it." So she issued a challenge on Twitter: "take a well-known book, then imagine the author of that book was of the opposite gender, or was genderqueer, and imagine what that cover might look like." You can see some of the results in this article.
Richard Byrne reviews ten sources for video about science.
By Justin Reich
Reich uses what he calls the "Someday/Monday template" to analyze how (and whether or not) iPads can be used by students to effectively conduct focused reading tasks.
Does distraction matter — do interruptions make us dumber?
More on multi-tasking and technology--this was originally published on May 3, 2013.
Celebrating (the end of) Teacher Appreciation Week? This blog post from Edutopia includes a selection of relevant videos for your weekend viewing pleasure.