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Tablets: Tools for Learning or Distracting Toys?

Classrooms have come a long way since the days of pencils, paper and textbooks. Now many school districts are trading those tools in for new ones — the latest tablets and laptops, to be exact. So what kind of impact is all this technology having on students, for better...

source: By Cait Harrison
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Over the past few years, students by the thousands have refused to take their state's standardized tests. This "opt-out" phenomenon has prompted debate in state legislatures and in Washington, putting states at risk of losing Title I funds. Advocates describe opt-out as...

source: Education Next

A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions...

source: Annie E. Casey Foundation

The maker movement is going mainstream, migrating from museums, garages and informal "faires" into the highly regulated world of K-12 education. For fans of hands-on, student-driven learning, the shift presents an opportunity to breathe fresh life into old teaching philosophies....

source: Education Week

When Sally Mitchell, a science teacher at East Syracuse Minoa Central High in Syracuse, New York, spoke to a group of students at the recent U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl, she remarked that one of her projects is to "finally metricate the USA once and for...

source: The Atlantic

Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. And not always as reward for a correct answer. Teachers use them as conceptual props to explain an operation like division. It works intuitively enough with whole numbers. If you have 12 cookies and...

source: The Hechinger Report

What happens when gifted children know they are smart, but society or schools tell them they are wrong? What happens when they sense they are different from their peers, but no one tells them why? Whether their abilities are blatantly dismissed because of cultural, racial...

source: Gifted Challenges

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