9 black and white images of alternately segregated and integrated schools.

Choosing the “Right” School (While Seeking Equity)

In a city of a million students with only 15% being white, how much of a role should equity play in our choice for the "right" school? Are those extra efforts by parents part of the problem or just reflective of a larger issue?

It Takes Children To Raise A Village-The Essentials of Social Emotional Learning

While the "it takes a village to raise a child" quote is oft overused and misattributed to an entire continent, it does still hold valuable insight about the challenges involved in making a child a worthwhile member of the community. The opposite though holds value as well in that the wholeness of a generation of … Continue reading It Takes Children To Raise A Village-The Essentials of Social Emotional Learning

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Responding to Ethics Concerns About EdTech

On Ethics Recently the New York Times, a publication I generally hold in high regard, published an article titled "Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues" which discusses how leading educational teachers partner with educational technology companies usually to the benefit of both themselves and the company. They're right about a lot of it. … Continue reading Responding to Ethics Concerns About EdTech

Museum Education

Learn From Museums In-Person or Online

You can find more opportunities at 5 Ways to Explore WIth Google and 7 more ways to explore with google. Why Museums Are Great Learning Resources As I am taking summer treks with my kids to museums and historical sites, I am realizing how wonderfully powerful these institutions can be to inspire learning. Granted I … Continue reading Learn From Museums In-Person or Online

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Responsible Digital Citizenship

I'm going to give you an overview of Common Sense Education's (CSE) Digital Citizenship curriculum & resources. If you want more on what Common Sense does, check out my previous post called "Use Some Common Sense". SOCIAL MEDIA STATISTICS According to a recent Pew Research Center (PRC) study, 69% of all American adults use some … Continue reading Responsible Digital Citizenship

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Use Some Common Sense

INTRO While I'm somewhat inclined to break into a diatribe about the lack of common sense exhibited even amongst the highly educated in society, that's not what this is about. This post is meant as an introduction to Common Sense Media's Education (CSE) platform (formerly known as Graphite) instead. You may have heard of Common Sense … Continue reading Use Some Common Sense


10 Important Research Findings on Games in Education

This post is based on the keynote presented by Constance Steinkuhler at the Games For Change Festival. See the whole Games For Change series of posts. Portions of this post were also reposted on the Classcraft Blog and on EdSurge. Games, specifically those with simulation components, provide a 23% gain over traditional learning. 2013 research shows that games can … Continue reading 10 Important Research Findings on Games in Education