Reading aloud to children changes their brain

By Chris Meadows
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Researchers have found evidence that reading to children changes their brain, the Huffington Post reports. Pediatricians have found evidence via MRI scans that reading to children activates parts of their brains that deal with narrative comprehension and visual imagery. Children’s brains show [...]

Kindles used as Frisbees at Florida high school? 5,217 devices owned, just 44 checked out last year?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 3 Comments

Here’s a story to make any K-12 tech booster weep, if it’s true. A 1,750-student high school in Florida is said to have owned 5,217 Kindles and Fires over the years. But the kids supposedly checked out just 44 of the devices in 2014. “In 2010,” reports TV station WFTS in Tampa Bay, [...]

Sesame Street to premiere on HBO in new funding deal

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 0 Comments

Sesame Street is going from a public thoroughfare to a toll road, so to speak. The show has entered a 5-year deal with HBO to provide funding in return for a 9-month period of exclusivity on new episodes. The episodes will air free on PBS after that period ends. This begins with the new season’s [...]

Exploring abandoned Second Life virtual college campuses

By Chris Meadows
August 14, 2015 // 1 Comment

One of the clever bits of invention in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is the establishment of schools in the virtual reality game world where everybody games. But it turns out this wasn’t entirely an invention, as back in 2007, many colleges established virtual campuses in the Second Life [...]

‘Happy Birthday’ may turn unhappy for Warner Brothers

By Chris Meadows
August 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

We’ve looked at the legal effort to clarify the copyright status of the “Happy Birthday” song a couple of times—in 2013 when it launched, and again last week. But Boing Boing has posted an extensive look at the key evidence in the case, and at the history of the song’s writers. The [...]

‘Book deserts’ still keep kids from getting books

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 1 Comment

Though I just posted a story about a university library re-opening with no books, having no books is not necessarily a desirable condition for all libraries. Mother Nature Network has a story that looks at “book deserts”—areas where it’s extremely difficult for kids to get their hands on [...]

Gen Con Trade Day offers useful advice for librarians, educators, retailers

By Chris Meadows
July 29, 2015 // 2 Comments

Although Gen Con technically doesn’t commence until tomorrow, today Gen Con held a special industry-and-educators-only event called Gen Con Trade Day. Since I am attending the convention on a press pass, I was also eligible to attend. There were panels available to librarians, educators, and game [...]

How is online learning still so terrible?

By Joanna Cabot
July 27, 2015 // 5 Comments

I have written previously about my summer online courses. The first time I did so was way back in 2009 when I complained that the online textbook severely crippled the learning experience. Since then, I have taken several more, with one more to go before I obtain my second full specialist [...]

‘Nearly all American educators are using digital content’—but the news isn’t all good

By David Rothman
July 5, 2015 // 1 Comment

The big challenge of tech in education isn’t just getting the gadgets out there. It’s actually using them to foster learning. And in that regard the news isn’t all good. From Business Reporter in the U.K., via Ingram’s Wayne Keegan on LinkedIn: “Houghton Mifflin [...]

Curious About Learning? Try

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 23, 2015 // 4 Comments

I stumbled across about a month ago and was intrigued by the idea. The site has tons of video lessons on a variety of topics. I was most interested in their classes on technical topics, like setting up your own WordPress website (which has been on my to do list for a while), using [...]

Climate-themed anthology explores ‘literature of energy’

By Dan Bloom
June 10, 2015 // 0 Comments

A new 288-page anthology of climate-themed and environmental literature is set for publication on June 15, but already the textbook is finding interest in a worldwide community of writers, readers and movie directors. It’s perfect for​ the new trend in academia ​of bringing climate themes [...]

Teaching STEM with stories

By Chris Meadows
June 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

STEM subjects (the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) are important, but can be difficult to teach. There are a lot of complicated concepts to get across to students who are just starting to learn. However, one computer science teacher has found an effective [...]

Toronto Catholic School Board Cuts Every Teacher-Librarian

By Joanna Cabot
March 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

It’s budget time here, and every municipality in my area is trying to balance the books. One of the more controversial cost-cutting tactics to come to light this week is the Toronto Catholic school board’s decision to eliminate teacher-librarians in ALL of its elementary schools. As the [...]

Education alliance urges Congress to support dedicated school library funding

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 23, 2015 // 1 Comment

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced its support for “a coalition of more than 20 education businesses, associations and media groups―including Scholastic Inc., ESCO Information Services and the Association of American Publishers” which has just sent a letter to the [...]

Teaching Good Media Habits for Children

By Joanna Cabot
March 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

I featured this story in the Morning Links yesterday, and have been thinking about it all morning. Amanda Enayati writes about ‘unplugging’ as a trend thing, that people are finally noticing the ‘stress’ that their devices cause them. It seems to me that addressing that [...]

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