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A Better Way to Study Through Self-Testing and Distributed Practice

Don’t just highlight and reread to prep for an exam; research proves there are far better ways to get ready by using retrieval practice and spreading it out over time.

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Deciding At What Age To Give A Kid A Smartphone

It's a question most parents will wrestle with at some point — when is the right time to give my child a smartphone? Let's tick through a few other questions first.

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5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students

Barbara Oakley, co-creator of the most enrolled class on Coursera called "Learning How to Learn," shares five techniques to help students become better learners.

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Increased Hours Online Correlate With Uptick In Teen Depression, Suicidal Thoughts

It's not proof of cause and effect, but should be a warning, researchers say. Surveys showed teens — especially girls — who spent hours online daily were more likely than others to report depression.

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Spreading First Aid for Teens’ Mental Health by Training Adults to Help

A program is teaching educators and adults how to spot teens struggling with mental health and give them immediate aid. It's described as "CPR for the mind."

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Students Share The Downside Of Being Labeled ‘Gifted’

Many Stanford students were labeled as "gifted" when very young, often leading to special supports and programs. They reflect on what that designation meant for their learning.

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Making Media Literacy Central to Digital Citizenship

This emergence of video as a high-stakes media form requires a rethinking of what we mean by digital citizenship. 

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How to Build Self-Assessment Into Jampacked High School Classes

Three strategies to ensure students are thinking critically about their work and developing metacognitive skills that will serve them in the future.

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It’s Time For A Deeper Conversation About How Schools Use Technology

"Personalized learning" with technology has become ubiquitous, but it's time to take a tough look at whether all that money has bought anything very different.

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4 Tools to Help Kids Develop Empathy and Cultural Humility

Common Sense Education has reviews on four tools that can help students gain perspective on people and cultures different from themselves to help cultivate a sense of humility.

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How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health

Using art to help adolescents express how they feel is giving students the tools to better understand their own mental health.

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One Gut Check and Four Steps Students Can Apply to Fact-Check Information

A new approach seeks to equip university students with the tools of fact-checkers.

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When Coaching Teachers Has Curiosity As Its Primary Goal

Leaders at the British International School in Shanghai are using a coaching model to help teachers develop individual lines of inquiry into their own teaching practice.

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Three Ways Parents Can Make Digital Media a Positive for Young Kids

Screens have added an extra element of anxiety to family life as parents rightly try to balance the time kids spend on devices. But could fear of screen time be holding us back from seeing the...

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