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. [ on]

Authors add pressure on UK government over school libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Dozens of British authors and others have written an open letter to the UK Department of Education calling for action in the wake of a report from the Libraries All Party Parliamentary Group, entitled The Beating Heart of the School, urging that the Department should supervise proper standards of [ on]

Back to School Week, Part 1: Let's Do Lunch!

By Joanna Cabot
September 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

It’s back-to-school week here in Canada! Public schools typically open the Tuesday after Labor Day; I teach in a private school, so we don’t start classes until Thursday, but we’re back for meetings and prep bright and early on Tuesday morning. To celebrate this annual rite of [ on]

Don't Go to Art School, Part 1: The Opening Argument

By Joanna Cabot
August 17, 2013 // 3 Comments

Read the entire “Don’t Go to Art School” series: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 * * * A Facebook friend recently sent me a great little blog post. It’s titled, “Don’t Go to Art School,” and here’s an excerpt: [ on]

How to Roll Out Laptops in Schools

By Joanna Cabot
July 29, 2013 // 0 Comments

MediaShift has an interesting write-up about a school district in Massachusetts that’s grappling with how to best roll out laptops in its schools. The article talks about the program in Natick, Mass., which involved issuing Macbooks to all students in grades eight through 12. The results have [ on]

Exploring Technology Overload with Students, Part 2

By Joanna Cabot
March 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

I wrote a few weeks ago about the health unit I’m doing with my Grade 2 class, exploring technology and how we can use it safely in our lives. Well, our second lesson was delayed by a snow day, so I’ve only now gotten around to lesson two, and it was a doozy! In our previous class, we [ on]

Exploring Technology Overload with Students

By Joanna Cabot
February 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

As my school’s technology coordinator, part of my job is to explore the different ways our students use technology, and how that’s working for us. Are there tools we are under-utilizing? Tools we are over-utilizing? Are there concerns parents have over how their kids are interacting [ on]

Republic, Missouri school library book removal may backfire

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2011 // 1 Comment

I live in Springfield, Missouri. Republic isn’t exactly one of our suburbs, but it is the next town over, and just a few minutes away if I should want to visit. My brother used to live there, before moving to St. Louis. So I feel a little remiss in not having commented on the Republic school [ on]

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