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New Report Challenges Beliefs About the Value of AP Classes

Thinkstock By Leslie Harris O’Hanlon Enrollment in advanced placement courses has skyrocketed in recent years, and there are many reasons for this spike. Students often believe taking AP...

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Paint or Paint App? Value of Creating Digital Vs. Traditional Art

Flickr: Naomi Chung While it may be easy to imagine how iPads can support classroom studies with reading, history, or science, some of the most groundbreaking — and creative — work with...

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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

Elisabeth Hahn and Geoff Marietta Disruptive students can be a big challenge for teachers in charge of a room full of 30 students. There isn’t always time to get to the bottom of student behavior and...

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The Future of Tablets in Education: Potential Vs. Reality of Consuming Media

Flickr: Flickingerbrad By Justin Reich The Someday/Monday dichotomy captures one of the core challenges in teacher professional development around education technology. One the one hand, deep...

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Parents Want Kids to Use Mobile Devices in Schools

Flickr: jhaymesisvip Smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices have gained popularity as educational tools in part because of the belief those devices could cut across the digital divide created...

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Sesame Street Meets the App Age: How to Nurture Creative Learning

Flickr: USAGHumphreys/Toca Boca By Björn Jeffery and Michael H. Levine All over the world—from East Asia to South Africa to the Caribbean Basin—ministers of government, captains of industry, and...

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Parents May Devote More Teaching Time to Girls Than to Boys

iStock By Shankar Vedantam For some years now, teachers and parents have noted something about boys and girls. Starting in elementary school, young girls often score better on reading and math tests...

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

Flickr: Ben Seidelman Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might be more difficult...

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A New Role for Avatars: Learning Languages

Flickr: Phillie Casablanca Most experts agree that the best way to learn a language is by immersing yourself in it. Now, with  more sophisticated technology, another theory around language learning...

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