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How A Makerspace in Juvenile Hall Helps Young People See Their Value

A makerspace inside the walls of a California juvenile hall is helping struggling kids see their own talents and connect with adult mentors in different ways.

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How Performing in Theater Can Help Build Empathy in Students

By encouraging students to add more performance back into the text, Shakespeare's works are gaining greater purpose.

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Why Teachers Say Practicing Mindfulness Is Transforming The Work

An evidence-based program teaches mindfulness to educators. Research suggests it can reduce their stress and improve their teaching.

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18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing

The tech team in Littleton, Colorado is trying to build self-sufficiency in students by compiling digital tools for reading and writing that students can choose whether or not to access.

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Listening Isn’t Cheating: How Audio Books Can Help Us Learn

Audio book listeners can find themselves having to explain to book readers why listening isn't cheating. Professor Daniel Willingham explains the differences.

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Five Ethical Considerations For Using Virtual Reality with Children and Adolescents

As virtual reality headsets become more mainstream, researchers initiated "A Code of Ethical Conduct" because little is known about long term VR use, especially in children.

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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson said the current education system is designed to create conformist and compliant students, but this approach doesn't honor the diversity and creativity inherent in human life.

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The Connections Between Computer Use and Learning Outcomes in Students

Several recent studies looking at computers and online learning found mixed-to-negative results. And they offer clues about how schools and tech companies can do better.

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The Role of Metacognition in Learning and Achievement

Learning how to think about thinking can help students develop strategies for solving problems and understand tasks at hand.

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Four STEM Tools to Get Kids Learning and Exploring Outdoors

The four STEM apps get kids moving in different ways, whether by looking up at the sky, analyzing how their own bodies move, discovering unique objects to photograph, or getting muddy at their local...

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How Classroom Culture Opens Up When Students Can ‘Patent’ Ideas

The ability to file patents helped students openly invent solutions for class projects, while having protection for their hard work.

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Books Teachers Share: Katie Salen Tekinbaş and ‘Fires in the Mirror’

For Institute of Play's executive director Katie Salen Tekinbas, "Fires in the Mirror" by Anna Deavere Smith is a book that has had a profound impact on her profession.

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How Listening and Sharing Help Shape Collaborative Learning Experiences

In order for collaborative work to be effective, students need to be mindful about listening, joint attention, sharing, coordinating and perspective taking.

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How to Make Math More Emotionally Engaging For Students

Math is a subject that brings out anxiety in kids and adults. Talking through math's usefulness and being clear about why a math concept matters could help students enjoy the subject.

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