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I Moved a Drone With My Mind. Soon Your Students Will Too.

I recently moved a drone with my mind. Not long ago my 6-year-old son spent two hours on my bed swishing through the world’s biggest roller coasters on YouTube with cardboard virtual reality glasses. My mind-control-drone-moving experience was nothing like this.

A Student Improved a Classroom Tech Solution—So the Company Hired Him

Tom Sargent, the information technology administrator at the King David School outside of Melbourne, had seen students try to tweak the school’s technology systems before. But when 10th grader Dean Levinson approached him with an idea to enhance their recently installed wireless screen-mirroring and video streaming technology from Vivi, it may have been the first time a kid had actually asked before he hacked.

How Important Are Early Math Skills? Test Your Knowledge. [Quiz]

There’s plenty of debate these days regarding the impact of early math proficiency on lifelong success. And it can be difficult to determine its priority in K-12 curriculum. How important are math skills, really? Do students need a strong foundation in math to get into college or land their dream job? Is math necessary for developing analytical abilities, engaging in computational thinking and problem solving in the digital world?

Empathy Isn’t Enough: Power Imbalances In Edtech Must Shift

As agencies like UNESCO call for global citizen education, in an aim to create peaceful and sustainable societies, online education is being increasingly used to boost cross-cultural dialogues and promote shared values through empathy and compassion-building.

How To Add Feedback To Student Writing On Google Docs

How To Add Feedback To Student Writing On Google Docs by TeachThought Staff Feedback is crucial for learning but there is an art and a science to its use. In 20 Ways To Provide Effective Feedback For Learning, we offered different strategies for learning feedback including the ideas of a ‘feedback sandwich.’ It can be […]

Big Tech Needs to Treat Our Children Better

I invest in education technology, but decades before I knew what a venture capitalist was, I was a history teacher in a small town in America’s heartland where I started my school’s first “Internet club.” I’m a believer in the merits of technology and have written about how technology can be used to broaden access to knowledge, connect people and even

Is Education Entering the ‘Age of Alternatives’?

Has anyone else noticed that some of the new schools being built, including much-celebrated “schools of tomorrow” resemble Google headquarters, as well as each other?Without ignoring that much of what differentiates one school from another takes place below the surface, the desire to make schools look like high-tech office spaces might be just the latest demonstration that education has historically followed and reflected—rather than led—technological, political and economic change.

The Surprising, Research-Backed Benefits of Active Screen Time

If you had to guess how much time teenagers spend using screens outside of work each day, how many hours would you guess? Two? Four? How about nine? According to Common Sense Media, teens today are spending an average of nine hours a day online, while kids from ages eight to 12 are spending an average of six.

YouTube For Children: Is It Still Worth The Risk?

YouTube For Children: Is It Still Worth The Risk? by Terry Heick Over the years, I’ve seen YouTube morph from a digital video library to a vending machine for ‘streamers’ saying and doing almost anything for subscribers. Smash that subscribe button if you want to see more great content. I’ve seen videos of clearly fake […]
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Now With Revenue, ClassDojo Raises $35 Million to Expand to Homes Across the World

Sam Chaudhary doesn’t like to talk about money. But he’s certainly good at raising it—which may seem odd given that the 8-year-old company only recently started generating revenue.In describing ClassDojo’s latest fundraise—a $35 million Series C round—Chaudhary, its co-founder and CEO, says “it wasn’t a very long process,” which wrapped up in late 2017. The entire process, he claims, closed in a mere two months.Even more, he adds: “The best way to raise money is when you don’t need it.”

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