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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

How do the education policies of accountability and the common core relate to parents widespread push-back over testing and the privacy of student data? 10 articles below uncover the interrelationships and explain the impacts for parents. 

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Parents Worry Student Data Will Be Used for Marketing, Not Education

Parents Worry Student Data Will Be Used for Marketing, Not Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Allie Bidwell, US News

 

More than half of parents knew little or nothing about schools sharing data with private companies.

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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

 

Arne Duncan gave a speech last week at a parent summit on national assessment.  He asked, “Does a child in South Korea deserve a better education than your child?  As you can imagine, media responded with a range of articles, a sample of which you can find below.

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Have You Heard of the Bartle Test and the 4 Gamer Types?

Have You Heard of the Bartle Test and the 4 Gamer Types? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Douglas Kiang, Edudemic

 

The way we play games mirrors how we act in real life. A 2008 study by the Pew Internet and American Life project found that 97% of teens play computer games.

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All about Explorers, Achievers, Socializers, Griefers or Killers.  One type is more likely to have a growth mindset.

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Will the Common Core Backlash Return in 2014?

Will the Common Core Backlash Return in 2014? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Chris Kardish, Governing

 

The future of Common Core is in doubt. In the reddest states—places like Alabama and Oklahoma—legislators are vowing to dismantle it entirely. In less staunchly conservative states (Indiana, Wisconsin), legislators have “pressed pause.” In New York state, hardly a Republican stronghold, parents and educators are angry over preliminary results.

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

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Last week the anniversaries of No Child Left Behind and the War on Poverty sparked civic confab over how to deal with America's persistent race and gender gaps.

 

Like robot toys? Check out the smartphone-controlled, dronified, accelerometered, bluetoothed playthings revealed last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts in High School

Tech's Gender and Race Gap Starts in High School | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Eleanor Barkhorn, The Atlantic

 

A look at who takes the AP computer science exam—and who doesn't

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Learning More Effective when Spaced out over Stretches of Time, Better than Cramming

Learning More Effective when Spaced out over Stretches of Time, Better than Cramming | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sean Coughlan, BBC

 

The study from Sheffield University examined how more than 850,000 people improved skills playing an online game.

 

It showed leaving a day between practice sessions was a much better way of gaining skills than continuous play.

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The Evidence on School Starting Age (from University of Cambridge)

The Evidence on School Starting Age (from University of Cambridge) | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Via Deborah McNelis, M.Ed
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Deborah McNelis, M.Ed's curator insight, January 2, 2014 10:47 AM
This is a brief review of the relevant research evidence which overwhelmingly supports a later start to formal education. This evidence relates to the contribution of playful experiences to children’s development as learners, and the consequences of starting formal learning at the age of four to five years of age - See more at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/discussion/school-starting-age-the-evidence#sthash.2OnTfsn4.dpuf
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Talking directly to toddlers strengthens their language skills, Stanford research shows

Talking directly to toddlers strengthens their language skills, Stanford research shows | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News

 

New Stanford research finds that the amount parents speak directly to their toddler can make an huge difference in the child's language proficiency and vocabulary.

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Students Who Talk Themselves Out of Boredom Are Actually Less Bored

Students Who Talk Themselves Out of Boredom Are Actually Less Bored | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A lot of students are bored in class, but giving in to distractions can actually exacerbate that boredom.
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AFT's Weingarten Talks Michelle Rhee, Common Core, Pitfalls in Obama's Education Strategy

AFT's Weingarten Talks Michelle Rhee, Common Core, Pitfalls in Obama's Education Strategy | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, says that U.S Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's has had the wrong strategy when it comes to driving change.
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City Students Improve Test Scores, But Still Lag Significantly

City Students Improve Test Scores, But Still Lag Significantly | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

Students in America's largest cities are scoring higher on math and reading exams, but still perform well below the national average, according to a new government study released Wednesday.

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Sleep and the Teenage Brain

Sleep and the Teenage Brain | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Maria Papova, brain pickings

 

How a seemingly simple change can have a profound effect on everything from academic performance to bullying.

"Sleep is the greatest crea

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89% of Americans Concerned Over Advertisers Nabbing Student Data

89% of Americans Concerned Over Advertisers Nabbing Student Data | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

As technology continues to seep into U.S. classrooms, an overwhelming number of parents and others worry that children's private information may not be secure.

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poll done on behalf of the reputable advocay org, Common Sense Media

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How Reading Stories Alters the Brain - NeuroNet Learning

How Reading Stories Alters the Brain - NeuroNet Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Researchers are discovering that reading stories actually does cause substantial changes in our brain function and structure.

Via Sally DeCost
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Sally DeCost's curator insight, January 18, 2014 10:06 AM

Did we ever doubt this?  More research to prove what we already knew :)

Parent Cortical Mass's comment, January 19, 2014 7:28 AM
Thanks, Sally.
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Sleep is the Price the Brain Pays for Learning

Sleep is the Price the Brain Pays for Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

from Neuroscience News

 

Two leading sleep scientists from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health say that their synaptic homeostasis hypothesis of sleep or “SHY” challenges the theory that sleep strengthens brain connections.

 

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4 Questions Parents Should Ask About Student Data Security

4 Questions Parents Should Ask About Student Data Security | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Kelsey Sheehy, US News

 

Most school districts contract with third-party vendors for data storage, but few inform parents.

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Testing through play

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by Anya Kamenetz, Hechinger Report


Quest to Learn is a New York City public school for the 6th through the 12th grades in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and it’s unique in the country. Founded in 2009 in partnership with the Gates- and MacArthur-backed nonprofit Institute of Play, the entire school is organized around principles of games and connected learning. 

 

 

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Have you heard of the school, Quest to Learn?  Worth knowing about...

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The Learning Revolution: It’s Not About Education

The Learning Revolution: It’s Not About Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Markus Witte, Wired, Babbel

 

The good news is that there is indeed a revolution going on. But it is not about education systems. It is about learning. It is people taking learning into their own hands. A new trend is initiated by a whole new breed of learning technology start-ups that set out to make learning easier for everybody. 

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Top Articles This Holiday Season for Parents on Learning and Education

Top Articles This Holiday Season for Parents on Learning and Education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

This week marks the 50th anniversary of “The War on Poverty,” declared by President Lyndon B. Johnson in his 1964 State of the Union address. Debate over wealth distribution and economic justice will heat up this week, and stay hot all year, since these will be defining issues in the 2014 election. Fifty years later new advances in science inform our thinking and policymaking about poverty. One line of research with traction, in the field of language development, discovered a disturbingly persistent “word gap” tied to ...

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Anxious Students? Amping Up May Be Better Than Calming Down, Study Finds

Anxious Students? Amping Up May Be Better Than Calming Down, Study Finds | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Sarah Sparks, Education Week

 

It may be better to get anxious students excited about an upcoming test than to try to calm them down, a new series of studies suggests.

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Common Core: We once wanted to beat the Soviets. Now, we are following their lead

Common Core: We once wanted to beat the Soviets. Now, we are following their lead | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stephen Owens, Atlantic Journal Constitution

 

As the arguments over the Common Core State Standards continue to rage in Georgia, it is worth taking a step back and noting its origins. Reforms like the Common Core have been around for centuries of education, but Georgians should be more interested in how the United States has gotten to a place where each new reform is accepted if it just promises to undo the work of the last.

 

 

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Why Are Colleges Getting So Expensive?

Why Are Colleges Getting So Expensive? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Derek Thompson, The Atlantic

 

Students are paying more every year: But different schools have very different reasons for their unstoppably rising costs.

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Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For? Hint: Not Cognitive Ability

Standardized Achievement Tests: What Are They Good For? Hint: Not Cognitive Ability | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American

 

It's well known that good standardized test takers also tend to have high cognitive ability. That's not a shocker.
But until recently, very little research has looked ...

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