Education Trends

Action Video Gameplay: Benefits and Dangers

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While evidence suggests that action video games enhance higher-order brain functions, the violence built into most commercial titles is far from beneficial.

Getting Curious (Not Furious) With Students

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When teachers get curious instead of furious, they don't take the student's behavior personally, and they don't act on anger. They respond to student behaviors rather than react to them.

Infusing the Basics With the Spirit of Innovation

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Your school can innovate without sacrificing the foundations of education by utilizing teachers' strong suits, embedding innovative practices, empowering students to lead, and engaging families.

Teachers: Move On Before You Burn Out

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Have you moved on in order to keep from burning out? Have you changed a subject or grade you taught, or even your school? Sometimes this is the best choice.

Constructive Thinking and the Perfect Fixer-Upper

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High school students can take a class that, through a joint effort by their school district and community, lets them redesign and remodel a house.

Education Virtual Events and Conferences Worth Attending

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Find opportunities to engage in DIY PD, connect, and stay up-to-date about new ideas in education through webinars, unconferences, and conferences. Check back weekly for updates!

Create a Startup Culture in Your Classroom

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Through use of classroom space, intentional course design and scheduling, and building "brand" identity, teachers can create a startup culture of empowerment and innovation for their students.

5-Minute Film Festival: Learning with Rube Goldberg Machines

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Building a Rube Goldberg machine is a great way for kids to explore engineering and build teamwork skills. We've gathered a collection of videos to inspire and encourage learning from these elaborate and comical machines.

Social Justice Projects in the Classroom

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Successful classroom social justice projects require raising students' awareness through empathy, giving them choice and voice in creating their projects, and providing advocacy and aid opportunities.

Summer Reading: 6 Sci-Fi Books to Create Classroom Discussion About Freedom

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Check out these six sci-fi books to get your students talking about freedom and civil rights in the fall.

Climate Change and Game-Based Learning

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To learn about complex systems, students explored the basics of game development for a perspective on the causes and effects of global climate change.

5 Ways to Use Scannable Tech in the Math Classroom

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Using QR codes and AR, math teachers can connect to tutorials, make their word wall interactive, share student work, explore 3D shapes, and update old textbooks.

Resources for Closing the Digital Divide

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Learn more about the changing landscape of the "digital divide," and explore resources that discuss how to improve digital access and help all students develop digital and media literacy.

Critical Analysis and Information Literacy

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Teach students to evaluate what data needs to be gathered, what characterizes fact versus opinion, and where to find the most current and useful information.

Navigating Your Identity as a Parent and an Educator

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Check out these tips for parents who are educators on navigating their child's education and advocating when necessary.

Tools to Assess Social and Emotional Learning in Schools

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A well-designed SEL program includes not only evidence-based curricula and instruction, but also clear goals, benchmarks, and tools for universal and targeted screening and progress monitoring.

Teaching Young Children About Bias, Diversity, and Social Justice

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Use young children's understanding of differences to teach social justice through age-appropriate literature, news stories, anti-bias lessons, familiar examples, and problem solving.

Resources for Building Community Partnerships

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Learn how schools can benefit from the support and expertise of local businesses, organizations, and individuals, and discover strategies for fostering successful business and community partnerships.

5 Questions That Promote Student Success in High-Poverty Schools

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High-poverty schools can meet student, professional, and system learning agendas by strengthening instructional framework, targeted interventions, reading proficiency, reflective practice, and data-based inquiry.

Responding to Tragedy: Resources for Educators and Parents

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When tragedies happen, it can be difficult for young people to process their emotions and manage stress. Here are a few resources from around the web to help teachers, administrators, and parents respond.