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The 2011 Cybils Finalists

The 2011 Cybils Finalists | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

The Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards in categories such as Book Apps, Easy Readers, Graphic Novels, and more...

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Why Books Are Better than e-Books for Children

Why Books Are Better than e-Books for Children | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

KJ Dell 'Antonia, New York Times

 

A literacy expert suggests that when we read with our children from e-readers, we may be be impeding their ability to learn.

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Number Of Students Attending Charter Schools Soars

Number Of Students Attending Charter Schools Soars | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

NPR

 

Number of students attending charter schools soars.

 

[PCM tag: Charter Schools]

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Willpower: It’s in Your Head

Willpower: It’s in Your Head | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Gret Walton and Carol Dweck, New York Times

 

It’s easy to attribute our failures of will to our biology. But it’s wrong.

 

[PCM tag: Incremental Intelligence]

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Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms

Khan Academy Blends Its YouTube Approach With Classrooms | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Somini Sengupta, New York Times

 

At least 36 schools nationwide are combining teacher-led lessons with computer-based lectures and exercises using a software program based on Salman Khan’s popular YouTube lessons.

 

[PCM Tag: Resources]

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Summary of Various Philosophies with Computers in Classrooms

Summary of Various Philosophies with Computers in Classrooms | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Leigh Goessl, Digital Journal

 

What's the best approach? Computers have grown to command a significant presence in many areas of life as more and more activities steadily move to a web-based environment.

 

[PCM tag: Digital Learning]

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How About Better Parents?

How About Better Parents? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Thomas Friedman, New York Times

 

America's 15-year-olds have not been distinguishing themselves in the PISA exams compared with students in Singapore, Finland and Shanghai.

 

[PCM tag: Parenting]

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Parents Organize to Push for Better California Schools

Parents Organize to Push for Better California Schools | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times

 

Some 100 parent leaders with the Educate Our State network gather to train on how to better campaign for more school funding, top-notch teachers and a high-quality education for all students.

 

[PCM tag: Parent Activists]

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Why Kids Can’t Search

Why Kids Can’t Search | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Clive Thompson, Wired

 

Kids know how to Google—they just can't tell when the results are crap.

 

[PCM tag: Digital Literacy]

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Why Do Some People Learn Faster?

Why Do Some People Learn Faster? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jonah Lehrer at Wired Frontal Cortex Blog

 

Do we ignore mistakes, brushing them aside for the sake of our self-confidence? Or do we investigate the errors, seeking to learn from the snafus? The latter approach, suggests a series of studies, could make you learn faster.

 

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A Different Role for Teachers Unions

A Different Role for Teachers Unions | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Marc Tucker at EducationNext

 

How did American teacher unions become the target of friends and foes in education reform. And since top nations like Finland and Canada have strong unions, how are their unions different from the US?

 

[PCM tags: Teacher Unions, Global Achievement Gap]

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We Have a Parenting Problem, Not a Poverty Problem

We Have a Parenting Problem, Not a Poverty Problem | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Mike Petrilli

 

It's unlikely we're ever going to narrow the achievement gap between rich and poor unless we narrow the "good parenting gap" between rich and poor families. Yes, I know I'm going to catch a lot of grief for saying that.

 

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At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait

At Waldorf School in Silicon Valley, Technology Can Wait | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Matt Richtel at New York Times

 

Schools nationwide have rushed to supply their classrooms with computers, and many policy makers say it is foolish to do otherwise. But the contrarian point of view can be found at the epicenter of the tech economy, where some parents and educators have a message: computers and schools don’t mix.

 

[PCM tag: Digital Learning]

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Don't Prevent Students' Mistakes, Prepare for Them - Coach G's Teaching Tips - Education Week Teacher

Don't Prevent Students' Mistakes, Prepare for Them - Coach G's Teaching Tips - Education Week Teacher | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by David Ginsburg, Education Week

 

It's common knowledge that people can learn as much from their mistakes...

 

[PCM tag: Incremental Intelligence]

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How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next?

How Do We Prepare Our Children for What’s Next? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Tina Barseghian, Mind/Shift

 

Some of us could ask ourselves if we would have embarked upon our current careers had we predicted how the Internet would revolutionize every part of our lives.

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YouTube for Schools Shows Increased Trend in Videos for Learning

YouTube for Schools Shows Increased Trend in Videos for Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Cargill, Getting Smart Blog

 

This week YouTube announced "YouTube for Schools."  This article explains why it's important, and how it works.

 

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Smarthistory: a Multimedia Web-Book about Art and Art History

Smarthistory: a Multimedia Web-Book about Art and Art History | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Have you seend the Art History resources at Kahn Academy?  Beautiful!

 

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What Is Effective Parental Involvement?

What Is Effective Parental Involvement? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Irene Sege, Eye on Early Education

 

Children whose families are involved in their education perform better. They earn better grades, are absent less often, have better social skills, and are more likely to graduate from high school a...

 

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The Trouble With Bright Kids

The Trouble With Bright Kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Harvard Business Review

 

Chances are, if you're a successful professional today, you were a pretty bright fifth-grader...

 

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The Global Search for Education: On Success

The Global Search for Education: On Success | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by C. M. Rubin, Huff Post Education

 

The desire for successful children in a performance-based culture often consumes us before we realize it.

 

[PCM tags: Parenting, Education]

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Higher Salaries Won't Improve Teacher Performance

by Marcus Winters, US News

 

Yes, says Winters, of the Manhattan Institute and assistant professor at University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

 

[PCM tag: Teacher Pay]

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What to Say When Praising Effort and Process

What to Say When Praising Effort and Process | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tina Barseghian, Mind/Shift

 

More on Carol Dweck's important research on the "growth mindset"

 

[PCM tag: Incremental Intelligence]

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Deborah McNelis's comment, January 11, 2012 7:25 AM
Sakis, You are very welcome! I have very strong opinions on praise. I do presentations on how we need to pay attention to the positive behaviors and efforts, but then help children self evaluate... rather than seek the approval of others!
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Taking the Edge Off Taking Tests

Taking the Edge Off Taking Tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal

 

Nearly every academic milestone in teenagers’ lives these days comes with a high-stakes test attached. But there are simple ways to ease anxiety.

 

[PCM tag: Accountability, Parenting]

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Hooray for the Long Island Principals!

Hooray for the Long Island Principals! | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Diane Ravitch at Education Week

 

PCM Influencer Diane Ravitch tells about how 400 Principals in Long Island have signed a letter of public protest objecting to the NY's new value-ad teacher evaluation system.

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Parents Outsource Basics

Parents Outsource Basics | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Hollander and West, Wall Street Journal

 

Parents are turning to outsourcing to teach social skills to kids more comfortable with videogames and Facebook.

 

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