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November 11th, 2016

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Amazon launches $3/month 'Rapids' reading app for kids, telling stories in the style of chat sessions. Since the beginning of smartphones, parents have been trying to get kids to put them down in favor of a book.

Amazon launches $3/month 'Rapids' reading app for kids, telling stories in the style of chat sessions

Amazon doesn’t think the two should be at odds. Today the Seattle tech company is launching a new app and subscription service called Rapids, designed to get children interested in reading for pleasure. Rapids presents stories in a variety of genres —including adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports — told in the style of chat sessions.

The short stories and accompanying illustrations unfold as characters chat back and forth. Nonfiction Reading: Lasting Influence of the Common Core - School Leaders Now. Schools are working to get more nonfiction reading into the curriculum, senior editor Wayne D’Orio writes in this latest column.

Nonfiction Reading: Lasting Influence of the Common Core - School Leaders Now

Is it boosting student learning? When the time capsule of 2015 is dug up, the most head-scratching issue will be the prevalence of all this talk of a common core. The Common Core State Standards came, and were widely adopted and praised: They promised to push learning deeper as more schools aimed to get students college and career ready. But a funny thing happened on the way to happily ever after. 8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them. A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills.

8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them

Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers. That’s why digital skills are an essential part of a comprehensive education framework. Without a national digital education programme, command of and access to technology will be distributed unevenly, exacerbating inequality and hindering socio-economic mobility. What’s your DQ?

18 Ways to Build a Classroom Library On a Budget - BlairTurner.com. Help Your Struggling Readers Break Through. Source: Pinterest This approach leverages the response in a way that teaches problem-solving and critical thinking.

Help Your Struggling Readers Break Through

It enables you to consider where the student is in her thinking and how to meet the child where she is—not where you expect her to be. It can also build up the confidence of a struggling reader to share her ideas and feel valued as she works through the material. 3. Provide feedback and rewards. Edutopia. How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships. We need all of our emotions for thinking, problem solving, and focused attention.

How Emotions Affect Learning, Behaviors, and Relationships

We are neurobiologically wired, and to learn anything, our minds must be focused and our emotions need to "feel" in balance. Emotional regulation is necessary so that we can remember, retrieve, transfer, and connect all new information to what we already know. When a continuous stream of negative emotions hijacks our frontal lobes, our brain's architecture changes, leaving us in a heightened stress-response state where fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, and sadness take over our thinking, logical brains. Neuroplasticity/Feelings Neuroplasticity is the brain’s capacity to rewire, strengthening pathways between neurons that are exercised and used while weakening connections between cellular pathways that are not used or retrieved.