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We can talk all we want about what students should learn in the classroom. But the reality is that most teachers have to balance “academics” with a multitude of other lessons: how to be good students, how to be good citizens, and simply how to behave. Behavior management is actually a significant part of what teachers have to do every day, and while there’s a wealth of information to help them with tips and tricks, there isn’t a lot of technology in place to help them with the implementation of best practices. The startup isn’t just interested in “gamifying” good behavior. It wants to foster instrinsic, just not extrinsic, motivations in education. There may be a solution with the use of tech — at least that’s what ClassDojo founder Sam Chaudhary believes.
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One of the most frequent challenges at the forefront of most stories I write about educational games is how to balance fun and engagement with instructional content and learning, or in other words, how to avoid the criticism that many edugames are "chocolate-covered broccoli"—something students quickly sniff out and reject. Here at the Serious Play Conference , Talib Hussain, a senior scientist from Raytheon BBN Technologies, discussed just how to do this.
Do you know how many of your supporters use popular social networks like Google+, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube?
In May, Ann Arbor public schools moved to cut off wireless access for students using smartphones and other devices, citing the potential for cyberbullying as one reason.
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[NOTE: I have published an update to this post, titled " 100 Ways To Teach With Twitter ".
Las cegueras del conocimiento : el error y la ilusión
School of One in New York City leverages technology throughout the school day. A few months ago, I posted an article by Shelly Blake-Plock called 21 Things in Education That Will be Obsolete in 2020, which lists some of the ways in which the face of schools will change in less than a decade. In this op-ed, which originally appeared in the Baltimore Sun , he describes what exactly needs to be done to get to there. By Shelly Blake-Plock