The New Finland / STEM vs STEAM / Differentiating Tools

June 28th, 2016

Estonia
It seems that little Estonia is doing something right with education. What can we learn from them? Then it’s STEM vs STEAM and tools for differentiating. On to Twitter for better ideas, a kid’s summer learning plan, 1st year teacher tips, a mediocre quote, and a ski jump turned Slip ‘N Slide.

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Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why by Paul Tough

June 27th, 2016
Paul Tough

Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why by Paul Tough uses abundant research to show how the environments of poor children puts them at a great disadvantage when the start school, and how schools often makes things worse thanks to inappropriate pedagogy. There as also a lot of great advice regarding how to fight this pernicious cycle. See that any leader and policy maker you know gets this excellent book.

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Building Maker Mindsets / Ditch Data Walls / You Need Canaries

June 26th, 2016

E vs L
If you want to build maker mindsets in your students you should read this. Then it’s why Big Data has failed and what to do about it, and why you need an early warning system. On to Google Glass for autistics, digital skills for kids, education vs learning, learning defined, and funny kid tweets.

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Beyond Bubble Tests / No Valedictorians / Cost of a Kid

June 25th, 2016

Grades
Has your school moved beyond bubble tests yet? It should. Then it’s why having a valedictorian is a bad idea and the cost of raising a kid. On to using Snapchat like a pro, making math personal, good school characteristics, an Albert Einstein quote, and a deleted scene from Zootopia.

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Kahn Contest / Beyond Homework / Things KIds Can Make

June 24th, 2016

Twitter
The Kahn Academy is looking for talent to create new videos for its collection. Join the competition. Then it’s what to do after you get rid of homework and ten food items your kids can make to save money. On to a Twitter video app, top ed tech universities, early childhood investment rewards, an opportunities quote, and an excellent animation.

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