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Want kids to be good digital citizens? Show them how!

Want kids to be good digital citizens? Show them how!

01/14/2016

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These days, it doesn’t take much to put trolls in their place on social media with a couple of harsh replies, insulting memes or “proof” of the commenter’s lack of knowledge.

Entering the fray is tempting, but ill advised. Those who have ventured down that path have learned…

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Make kids crave school by breaking all the rules

Make kids crave school by breaking all the rules

01/20/2016

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It’s a rare person who hasn’t dreaded walking into their classroom some days, too mentally drained to deal with the routine. It’s normal to admit you have moments of boredom, struggle with disconnected ideas and feel the sting of rejection. 

So what lies at the end when…

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Let students do real science

Let students do real science

01/27/2016

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Teenager Amy O’Toole was only 7 when her teacher asked her class if they wanted to train bees to play.

“Our imagination went into overdrive,” O’Toole recalled. The boys wanted to teach the insects how to play football, while the girls argued for a dance routine.…

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Proving the impact of women' 's education

Proving the impact of women's education

12/28/2018

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When you’re one of the first female photographers to be published in “National Geographic” — a job that has sent you to 150 countries — what comes next?

For Annie Griffiths, the answer lay in her advice to others: “Surround yourself with people who are better than you. You…

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What should be in your makerspace toolbox?

What should be in your makerspace toolbox?

03/08/2016

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When Vinnie Vrotny was growing up, his father gave him many “gifts,” as he called them — hammers, screwdrivers, wrenches and toolboxes full of the nuts and bolts to create and fix his own inventions.

But the most valuable gift his father ever gave him was something that he…

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Who says techie kids never get outside?

Who says techie kids never get outside?

03/18/2016

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Miles Rasmussen has scrambled up wicked, winding trails of crumbling scree to reach peaks offering spectacular views of the Willamette Valley. He’s waded through streams, rivers and the frigid Pacific Ocean — from California to Canada — in search of fish and other water creatures.…

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Freedom to fail philosophy starts with educators

Freedom to fail philosophy starts with educators

08/18/2016

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Nicholas Provenzano has learned a lesson that he's determined to pass along to students: Failure is often the first step toward extraordinary success.

“I want students to do one, big gigantic failure at one point or another,” this English teacher and technology curriculum…

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Video: LeVar Burton meets today's learners where they are

Video: LeVar Burton meets today's learners where they are

08/25/2016

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Most teachers could introduce LeVar Burton without cue cards. For a quarter century “Reading Rainbow,” the literacy television program he produced and hosted, inspired kids to find the magic sandwiched between the pages of a book.

The public’s response translated to more than…

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Video: Giving kids curiosity for the world

Video: Giving kids curiosity for the world

09/01/2016

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It’s quite possible that Canadian third grade teacher Michelle Cordy has cornered the market on enthusiasm.

And that’s a great catalyst for a woman

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Video: Quest for equity begins in elementary school

Video: Quest for equity begins in elementary school

09/08/2016

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Ruha Benjamin sees schools as laboratories of democratic participation, where society incubates a better world in the hearts and minds of its students.

That’s why elementary schools are in a better position to teach equality than personnel departments or training coaches…

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