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Millennials Love Snapchat Because It’s Not Facebook

Millennials Love Snapchat Because It’s Not Facebook

Social Times - Kimberlee Morrison

Snapchat seems to have become one of the most important apps in the social market. The announcement of a recent drive for venture capital funding could make it the third-most valuable VC backed company in the world. The value of Snapchat is being driven by the users, and Business Insider surveyed some of them to see why millennials love Snapchat.

One of the big appeals for Snapchat users is the way they app deletes content. One users said:

I was drawn to the social engagement loop and ephemeral appeal of the network. I like a social network that treats content as disposable. Snapchat is in the head space of our generation. Read More


Google Buys Launchpad Toys As It Seeks More Kid-Friendly Products

Mashable - Patrick Kulp

Google is buying the kids app-maker Launchpad Toys, the startup announced Wednesday.

LaunchPad Toys makes a handful of popular mobile apps for children including an augmented reality app called TeleStory and an animation storytelling tool called Toontastic.

The San Francisco-based startup was founded in 2010 and took part in Y-Combinator in 2011. It is backed by high-profile investors including Twitter co-founder Biz Stone. Read More


What is Good Digital Parenting?

Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Online safety is everyone’s concern - from preschoolers to grandparents. The Family Online Safety Institute brings a unique, international perspective to the potential risks, harms as well as the rewards of our online lives.

FOSI's Good Digital Parenting initiative empowers parents to confidently navigate the online world with their kids. Read More


Lifelong Learning is a Crucial Educational Mindset

Lifelong Learning is a Crucial Educational Mindset

Edudemic

Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals never stop learning new techniques and strategies to hone their craft and remain on the cutting edge in their field – and so, too, do teachers. Teachers should consider the concept of “lifelong learning” and a few reasons it’s a great frame of mind for educators to have.

According to Gerhard Fischer, director of the Center for LifeLong Learning & Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, “lifelong learning is an essential challenge for inventing the future of our societies; it is a necessity rather than a luxury to be considered … It is a mindset and a habit for people to acquire. Read More


Anybody Can Learn

Code.org

10% of US students are enrolled in Code Studio

After tens of millions of students learned their first Hour of Code in December, how many have kept learning? Lots, actually!

Code.org’s online learning platform Code Studio just passed 5 million students enrolled, together with almost 115,000 teachers around the world!

10,000 new teachers are signing up to teach introductory CS with Code Studio every month. 10,000 new students are enrolling in courses every day! Read More


Dreams Are Wishes Your Heart Makes

Dreams Are Wishes Your Heart Makes

Girolamo Ippolito

"Have faith in your dreams and someday your rainbow will come smiling thru. No matter how your heart is grieving. If you keep on believing the dream that you wish will come true" - Cinderella

There was this song that kept playing in my head. I kept hearing it, singing it and whistling it without even realizing. I was doing it for the whole day, like a mad or possessed man. Suddenly, somebody woke me up from this strange music hypnosis and asked me: ‘What song is it?’

Yeah, what song was it? I immediately get my consciousness back but I couldn’t identify the song. I was trying to look for it between the recent Pop songs that I had in my mind, like in the iTunes music library. I couldn’t find it. I looked for it and looked again. Changed genre. Nothing. Read More


MIND Research Institute Is Transforming Math Learning

MIND Research Institute

There is a math crisis in the U.S. The problem isn't the students, but the way math is taught. Find out how MIND Research Institute and its revolutionary ST Math software program are changing the landscape in math education, and helping students become the innovative thinkers we need for today's economy. Read More


Teachers Turn Pop Culture Into Engaging Online Learning Videos

Education Week - Benjamin Levy

As I browse through the video lessons in the eduCanon database, I am continuously impressed by the creative ways teachers transform traditionally non-educational videos into engaging learning experiences. For me it would be hard to envision the educational value in a Katy Perry music video or a clip from a recent Simpsons Halloween special. But, of course, I should never underestimate the creativity and tech-savviness of the teacher community!

Among the most interesting video lessons like this I've stumbled upon are those centered around figurative language. I believe that is because English teachers recognize the prevalence of similes, metaphors, personification, and so on throughout popular culture—recognitions that an average person will miss. So what are some ways teachers have taught these literary devices using music videos and television? In this post, we'll dive into specific video examples with embedded questions. Read More


6 Educational STEM Apps for Kids

Black Enterprise - Kandia Johnson

Whether it’s teaching science using multimedia “Jeopardy” like games, or math with step-by-step animation of complex problems, the iPad has proven to be an incredible learning tool for children of all ages. The device not only offers children the ability to practice hands on learning, but the various types of game based learning activities makes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engaging and fun for students. Here are a few educational STEM apps to consider:

Sid’s Science Fair - The app designed by PBS and the Jim Henson Company is designed for kid’s ages 3 to 6. Based on the hit TV show “Sid the Science Kid,” the course uses three science fair games to help kids with experiential learning in core science and math concepts like classification and identifying patterns to charting and sequencing. Read More


Innovating In The Classroom With Neuroscience

Innovating In The Classroom With Neuroscience

Global Skills & Education Forum - Olivier Oullier

Think of innovation in the classroom and you may well picture iPads, digital whiteboards or even 3D and augmented reality. But this is all but useless if another kind of innovation, which has a much greater influence on both the way we teach and the way we learn, is not taken into account.

In fact, the most important innovation comes in a better understanding of how the brains of students and teachers function, the process through which they learn and become engaged. Only by increasing our knowledge of this process can we really keep improving the way we teach. That means taking in new insights in psychology, behavioral economics, cognitive sciences and neuroscience to tailor both the content and the format of what is taught. Read More


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