Sixty-six percent of teens say they use media to listen to music every day. Fifty-eight percent say they watch TV. But less than half say they use social media on a daily basis, and only about one in three say they like social media "a lot."
"You would think that that'd be a much higher percentage, given how much time they feel that they're on it," said Steyer. "But the truth is they feel they have to be there because their friends are."
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Twitter is planning to extend its typical 140-character limit, and a lot of people are welcoming the change. But as annoying as the 140-character limit can be, I’ve found that it actually helped me practice a few principles for better writing.
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Reading, writing, spelling, speaking, nouns, verbs, capitalization, punctuation, and research are just a few of the skills covered in the ELA classroom. It was hard to narrow down apps when ELA runs such a wide gamut. But have your students try out a few of these free apps and inspire creativity and learning in your classroom.
From all the apps we have been reviewing for the last couple of years, the three titles below stand out from the crowd. These are very simple iPad apps that any teacher teacher can use with ease to create beautiful videos. You can use them to edit your videos the way you want. Editing include: adding soundtracks, adding photos, inserting video effects and transitions, assembling video clips, trimming parts of your video and many more.
Last week, I moderated a panel discussion at Sesame Street Workshop (yes, there were Muppets everywhere!)—an event that was part of the launch of a wonderful new book called Tap, Click, Read. Written by Michael Levine of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center (Cooney is the person who created Sesame Street) and Lisa Guernsey of the think tank New America, Tap, Click, Read is full of fresh ideas and practical suggestions about how to make sure that our kids' technology use is supporting literacy and other kinds of learning.
One of the most interesting chapters in Tap, Click, Read examines the quality of apps that are marketed as "educational." Guernsey and Levine find that there's not much overlap between apps that are popular—those that are frequently downloaded by parents and educators—and apps that have been rated by experts as high-quality educational resources.
The authors did identify eleven apps that were both well-liked by parents and educators, and genuinely educational. Here's a list of these eleven apps:
There are plenty of reasons teachers do not use education technology. It’s expensive. It’s hard to always find a reason to implement edtech into a particular lesson. That’s all true and valid, really.
But what are the other big reasons that teachers don’t use technology in the classroom? We did a little digging through surveys, social media, blogs, reports, and the Daily Genius community to uncover the top 10 reasons that edtech is getting passed over. The results might (or might not) surprise you.
Taken together, these results highlight how improved access to school resources can profoundly shape the life outcomes of economically disadvantaged children and thereby reduce the intergenerational transmission of poverty. Money alone may not lift educational outcomes to desired levels, but our findings confirm that the provision of adequate funding may be critical. Importantly, we also find that how the money is spent matters. Therefore, to be most effective, spending increases should be coupled with systems that help ensure spending is allocated toward the most productive uses.
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