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 [...]

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 [...]

What does Windows 10 mean for Chromebooks?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 11, 2015 // 3 Comments

Few can have missed the enticing offers for Chromebooks at back-to-school discounts, with the Google Store offering up to $30 off already dirt-cheap devices, or as little as $159.99 for Acer’s [...]

Michelle Rhee is just as clueless about e-books as she is about ‘school reform’

By David Rothman
July 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

Michelle Rhee, the so-called school reformer, is a female Gradgrind who used to run the schools in Washington, D.C. Like Dickens’ headmaster in Hard Times, Rhee has dedicated her life to [...]

‘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 [...]

Morning Links: What Is a Book? Pebble Time Review

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
June 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

A Book is a Book: What is a Book? (Dear Author) When you hear the word book, what comes to mind? TeleRead Take: It’s a fair question. eBooks have been challenging the question. I think about it [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Morning Links: Children in Mali reading eBooks. Digital making us dumber?

By Joanna Cabot
May 19, 2015 // 1 Comment

Is Digital Making Us Dumber? (GoodeReader) Since the most recent advent of digital reading and ebook proliferation, the techno format has been blamed for  a drop in reading comprehension scores [...]

National digital library endowment proposal makes Education Week

By David Rothman
May 13, 2015 // 3 Comments

LibraryCity’s proposal for a national digital library endowment has now made the leading publication in the field of K-12 education—not just philanthropy (Chronicle of Philanthropy) and [...]

Weekend Links: Time enough for reading? Inside the Kobo Glo HD

By Joanna Cabot
April 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

What’s So Great About Young Writers? (NYT) I have an interest in the nurturing of “late blooming” writers. I have long grumbled about the conflation of the words “young” and [...]

Morning Links: Juvenile book sales drop. Reading on the bus dangerous?

By Joanna Cabot
April 24, 2015 // 0 Comments

Juvenile Book Sales Plummet (PW) Industry members expected that sales in the two segments would cool this year and sales, which started to slow this spring, plunged in the week ended April 19, 2015, [...]

Morning Links: LA wants refund for school iPads. Tech and the home

By Joanna Cabot
April 17, 2015 // 1 Comment

Silicon Valley Needs To Be More Willing To Talk Openly About Failures (Techdirt) This is Silicon Valley’s stupid secret that really should be discussed more openly. Lots of startups fail. It [...]

Morning Links: Sharing economy getting big. Showrooming like shoplifting?

By Joanna Cabot
April 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Sharing Economy Is Getting ‘Very Big, Very Fast,’ Says PwC Study (Re/Code) Renting and borrowing will replace ownership in many industries, according to a dizzying array of new statistics [...]

Morning Links: Laptops for students? Adults love coloring books too!

By Joanna Cabot
April 6, 2015 // 3 Comments

Are Laptop Requirements a Forgone Conclusion or a Burden on Students? (Media Shift) One 2014 survey found 90 percent of students own laptops and 86 percent own smartphones, while less than half of [...]

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