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Why Stop at Basic HTML? The Call for Coding Education in Schools

For years, students around the world took typing classes, first with typewriters then with computer keyboards. This class was designed to help students develop the real world skills they needed to thrive after graduation. However, now knowing home row is less important than understanding HTML, and an employer will be much more excited to see […]

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Play Nice! How to Promote Digital Inclusion and Stop Cyberbullying

Technological advancements have provided educators with a number of tools and opportunities they didn’t have five, 10, or 50 years ago. With live video streaming, smartboards, and dozens of other gadgets and lower-cost technology, educators are now able to reach a larger audience, with less funding, from nearly anywhere in the world. Although these innovations […]

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Oculus Rift in the Classroom

With the 2016 release of the Oculus Rift to the public, the age of virtual reality for the everyday American may be underway. Although smartphone-based VR headsets like the Samsung Gear and the simple Google Cardboard have already been on the market, the new, self-contained, high-definition Oculus Rift, which starts at $599, may mark the […]

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2016’s Presidential Candidates and the Common Core

Since the Common Core State Standard Initiative — more commonly known simply as Common Core — was first started in 2010, it has been a contentious topic for many people, from parents to politicians. The Common Core sets specific academic standards in mathematics and English for students to meet in each grade, with the goal […]

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Digital Textbook Sales Surpassing Physical Sales

The time of college students lugging thick textbooks across campus may soon be coming to an end. Many of the top textbook publishers, including McGraw-Hill Education, are seeing their sales of digital products outpace print copies for the first time ever. As the balance shifts in favor of digital textbooks, 100% adoption of electronic text […]

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The Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom

Using technology in the classroom is one of those issues that makes it easy to be a fence sitter. It’s difficult to be 100% for the use of educational technology all of the time, when there are so many convincing arguments against it.  Most teachers find a happy medium with technology—it’s useful in some situations, […]

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Why Context Is Just as Important as Content in the Classroom

The concept of classroom context is rarely something we discuss, and yet understanding it is essential for creating learning environments in which every student can thrive. So just what is “classroom context,” why is it important, and how can we be cognizant of it in the classroom? Let’s take a look. What Is Context? Gregory […]

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Understanding The Top Learning Management Systems

Learning management systems may have come onto the education scene relatively recently, but they’ve come to play a huge role in many classrooms. As of 2014, the LMS industry was made up of at least 350 systems, worth over $2.5 billion. For schools and districts, that’s an overwhelming amount of choice; but there are a […]

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How to Fill Out the FAFSA

College can be expensive, and most of us look to financial aid to pay for education. Early and correct submission of the FAFSA form can help your students afford college. Bring the FAFSA application into the classroom with these ideas.   What is FAFSA? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form determines how […]

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How Game-Based Learning Can Help Students of All Ages Learn

In school, kids play during recess and work during class. But some of the biggest names in psychology, including Jean Piaget and Jerome Bruner, believe that play is a child’s work. The best way to teach kids, they say, is through hands-on, active learning. But with state benchmarks and performance-based teacher evaluations hanging above our heads, it’s hard for educators […]

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Help Kids Earn Confidence & Improve Social Skills

In addition to academic topics such as science, math, and language, social skills are one of the most important skill sets learned mostly by osmosis during the school day. Students learn how to interact with peers both within their grade and outside of it, as well as with authority figures in the form of teachers, […]

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Help Students Develop Vital Interviewing Skills in Your Classroom

Interviewing subjects isn’t just that thing HR Managers do. In fact, interviewing can be a great form of experiential learning. This is true whether students are the interviewer or the interviewee. In fact, when we encourage students to ask questions of the people they meet, we’re encouraging the development of a wide range of skills, […]

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17 Great Resources for Building a Student’s Self Image

What do your students see when they look in the mirror? Do they see someone worthwhile or someone who will never be good enough? While it isn’t your responsibility to dig into the nuances of every student’s self-perception, you can still help the members of your class to have healthy views of themselves. Such a […]

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5 Maker Movement Tools That are Not 3D Printers

In my previous article on this subject, I wrote about the Maker Movement and its importance to the educational realm. The Maker Movement is also nicknamed the Do-It-Yourself (D.I.Y.) Movement, because it empowers individuals to design, manufacture, and create their own objects, ultimately improving creativity in many fields. In a way, the tools used in […]

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Robots in Education: What’s Here and What’s Coming

Decades before the computer revolution began to spread in earnest, science fiction’s most creative minds sketched out a future most of us never thought we’d see. And yet between self-driving cars and yes, even hoverboards, that future seems closer than ever. Nowhere is this more of a reality than in the field of robotics. Sure, […]

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