Are Fire six-packs meant for education? I doubt it

By Chris Meadows
September 26, 2015 // 4 Comments

Might the six-pack of $50 Fire tablets be Amazon’s way of slipping into the education market via the back door? The Motley Fool’s Adam Levy thinks so, pointing out that schools have been making more and more use of tablets lately, but iPads are just so expensive and schools do have limited [...]

Khan Academy releases an Android application

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

We first mentioned Khan Academy in 2011. An innovative education program, it started when Salman Khan, a triple-MIT graduate with a Harvard MBA, started creating educational YouTube videos while tutoring his cousins, and found they were so popular that he began making more and more of them, on many [...]

How to create classrooms full of eager readers

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A recent post by Jennifer Serravallo, educator and author of such works as The Reading Strategies Book, shares some insights and tips into how to foster independent reading in classrooms, and unleash children’s own curiosity and eagerness to read more widely. As Serravallo says, this can [...]

Tablets may be good for toddlers if used in the right way, say researchers

By Chris Meadows
September 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

Do tablets and toddlers mix? It’s a question that has been much on the minds of parents as touchscreens grow more ubiquitous. The conventional wisdom has been no—that exposing kids to screens too early can disrupt their proper development. However, there actually hasn’t been all that much [...]

iPads and computers may harm kids’ performance in schools

By Chris Meadows
September 18, 2015 // 1 Comment

The Brisbane Times discusses an OECD report indicating that investment in computers and iPads in schools are not helping students’ numeracy and literacy skills. In fact, they may be hurting it—according to the report, schools that more frequently use computers often have lower results. [...]

The digital clock that totally wasn’t a bomb but still got a kid arrested

By Chris Meadows
September 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

When I shared my gadget bag story to my social media, as I do, I got responses from two different friends (on two different social media networks so they didn’t see each other’s posts) advising me that I had sufficient hardware to be accused of being a bomb maker at a Texas high school. But [...]

Biometric test proctoring service fails to raise eyebrows

By Chris Meadows
September 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here’s an interesting story from Ars Technica that mentions an anti-cheating proctoring service that uses biometric measurements to try to detect when students are apparently cheating. The focus of the story seems to be on whether this service actually deleted all the biometric data it collected [...]

The Crayon Initiative rescues and recycles restaurant crayons for hospitals

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

There are still some things that you just can’t do with e-books and digital paper, and one of those is the good old tactile experience of coloring with crayons. Yes, you can use paint programs on computers and tablets, but it’s just not the same. A lot of restaurants realize the appeal of [...]

Fighting high school censorship with ‘Some Girls Are’

By Chris Meadows
September 4, 2015 // 0 Comments

Censorship in school libraries is heartbreaking, isn’t it? For whatever reason, some parents seem to believe that they are the arbiters of morality for everyone else’s kids as well as just their own, and take it upon themselves to have books pulled from libraries or reading programs. That [...]

Harry Potter’s first son enters Hogwarts today

By Chris Meadows
September 1, 2015 // 2 Comments

Just in case you missed the news, Geeks of Doom reports that on this date in the books, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley Potter’s first son, James Severus Potter, begins his first term at Hogwarts. The kid featured in the epilogue of the last book, their second son, Albus Severus Potter, will enter [...]

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 [...]

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