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Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Top Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Can you believe how much news coverage the changes to SAT got? Major media gave it top billing. It's valuable when education grabs the public mind, even for a day. ● For weeks we’ve heard about the opt out movement. But, this week Lisa T. McElroy’s, “I Opted My Kids Out. My Schools Freaked Out. Now I Know Why,” has spread far and wide. It’s worth the read. 

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Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents

Week's Best Articles on Learning and Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Here are nine questions for you this week. Are parents being guilted over children’s screen time? ● Should you let your kid use Snapchat? ● How can you tell if an app is really educational? ● How much help do teachers expect parents to provide their kids on school projects? ● Could you be confused about what a growth mindset really is? ● Do you know how the “testing effect” works? ● Does comparing U.S. and Chinese scores on international tests mislead parents? ● Are you familiar with the new college rankings...

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Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer

Psychologists recommend children be bored in the summer | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Do you entertain your kids with chess camp, art school, cooking classes, or tennis lessons during the unstructured summer months? Or perhaps all of them? There are activities and summer camps galore to fill children’s time and supply much needed childcare when kids are out of school. But psychologists and child development experts suggest that over-schedulin
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Silly Talk Directed at Infants May Be More Educational than Imagined | New Research from Rutgers University

Silly Talk Directed at Infants May Be More Educational than Imagined | New Research from Rutgers University | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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Why We Need More Boredom in Our Lives

News, Information and Reviews for the design community
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CrashCourse Video Lessons

CrashCourse Video Lessons | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Tons of awesome courses in one awesome channel: Hank Green teaches you Anatomy & Physiology; Phil Plait teaches you Astronomy; Craig Benzine teaches you U.S. Government and Politics; Adriene Hill and Jacob Clifford teach you Economics.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 31, 1:30 AM

This is a great video channel on YouTube that has loads of short animated and entertaining videos about a wide range of topics. Great for exploiting as learning content in online courses.

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, May 31, 4:26 AM
Nice resources for any one who needs crash courses :-)

Anthoula Vasiliou's curator insight, June 9, 2:53 PM
Said to be great for online courses
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15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research

15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Think you know everything there is to know about smart studying? You may be surprised by some of the past year’s research. Below are 15 new insights on how to prep for exams and boost your academic achievements in general.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 29, 12:49 AM

Some interesting and useful insights.

Character Minutes's curator insight, June 29, 11:33 AM
Some new data out there plus a good reminder of what we know will students!

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Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement

Why Young Kids Learn Through Movement | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Children acquire knowledge by acting and then reflecting on their experiences, but such opportunities are increasingly rare in school.
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How Kids Learn Resilience

How Kids Learn Resilience | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Paul Tough


In recent years, the idea that educators should be teaching kids qualities like grit and self-control has caught on. Successful strategies, though, are hard to come by.

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Did the Country’s Best High School Claim Its Crown Thanks to Its Late Start Time?

Did the Country’s Best High School Claim Its Crown Thanks to Its Late Start Time? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
On Tuesday, U.S. News and World Report released its annual public high-school rankings, with the School for the Talented and Gifted in Dallas earning
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Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read

Sorry, You Can’t Speed Read | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Don’t be fooled by courses or digital technologies that promise otherwise.
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Using Fingers to Count in Math Class Is Not 'Babyish'

Using Fingers to Count in Math Class Is Not 'Babyish' | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Evidence from brain science suggests that far from being “babyish,” the technique is essential for mathematical achievement.
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Learning to Code vs. Coding to Learn (Michael Trucano)

Learning to Code vs. Coding to Learn (Michael Trucano) | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Should we teach coding in schools? What does ‘coding’ mean in our context? Who should teach it, and who should learn it – a certain few, or everyone? Can we afford to do this do? (Conversely, given that our neighbors and competitors are doing this, can we afford not to do this?) Are we interested in making sure more kids ‘learn to code’ and then stop there, or is it more about developing the skills that would help students eventually ‘code to learn’?
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How Standardized Tests Are Scored (Hint: Humans Are Involved)

How Standardized Tests Are Scored (Hint: Humans Are Involved) | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
We know very little about what goes into standardized tests, who really designs them and how they're scored. Take a peek into the nation's largest test-scoring facility.
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Do Reading Logs Ruin Reading?

Do Reading Logs Ruin Reading? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Rather than creating a new generation of pleasure-readers, forcing kids to keep track of their reading time can turn it into a chore.
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Practice Makes Possible: What We Learn By Studying Amazing Kids

Practice Makes Possible: What We Learn By Studying Amazing Kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
In the age-old fight between hard work and talent, researcher Anders Ericsson says it's no contest. Practice wins the day.
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Skills for a changing world

Skills for a changing world | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How can we best prepare children for success in their lives and livelihoods? In a new paper, Rebecca Winthrop and Eileen McGivney explain that recognizing the world’s constant evolution is key to preparing children for the rapid change in technology, increasing interconnectedness, and new forms employment.
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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, May 30, 9:56 AM

Obviously, in education, we are going to have to change both the content and way we educate our young.  Are we getting with these changes in our schools fast enough? -Lon

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To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents

To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Adults can be taught to create an environment for success.
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Paying Students May Raise Test Scores, But The Lesson Is Not Over

Paying Students May Raise Test Scores, But The Lesson Is Not Over | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A research finding may have implications for attaching stakes to standardized tests. It also brings up questions about motivation — for tomorrow's test and for the rest of the students' education.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 21, 9:18 AM
This might be true if the only motives are extrinsic. But, what if learning were the motive? What if students enjoyed coming to school and learning? What if teachers were able to share their passion with others in meaningful and uplifting ways?
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Uncovering the Stark Disparities Behind School Money

Uncovering the Stark Disparities Behind School Money | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Podcast: NPR reporter Cory Turner details his investigation into school spending inequities.
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9 Out Of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are On Grade Level. They're Probably Wrong

9 Out Of 10 Parents Think Their Kids Are On Grade Level. They're Probably Wrong | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A new national survey shows a huge disconnect between parent perceptions and student performance.
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Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem

Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How much money a school can spend on its students still depends, in large part, on local property taxes. And many states aren't doing much to level the field for poor kids.
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Every US citizen should know about this.  This can be fixed.
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Why the baby brain can learn two languages at the same time

Why the baby brain can learn two languages at the same time | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Research shows babies begin to learn language sounds before they're even born. What about babies who hear two languages from birth? Can a baby brain specialize in two languages?

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, April 15, 8:15 PM

Yes and we are glad that we raised our children bi-lingual right from the start - against much advice to the contrary...

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Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck

Recognizing and Overcoming False Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Examples of a false growth mindset include praising effort over progress, affirming students' potential without enabling them, and blaming their mindset instead of refocusing it.
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Don't grade schools on character skills: Some “character skills” underlying school misbehavior can be valuable to careers.

Don't grade schools on character skills: Some “character skills” underlying school misbehavior can be valuable to careers. | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Nicholas Papageorge responds to Angela Duckworth's recent New York Times op-ed which raises important concerns about the dangers associated with attaching consequences to school children’s development of character skills. While the concerns are valid, he argues the critique overlooks an additional feature of such skills that raises serious doubts about the utility of uniformly penalizing or rewarding schools for the development of students’ non-cognitive skills.
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