Blog Posts - Education Issues



April 2014 Reader on Educational Games

Improving the World of Educational Gaming [Kotaku] - I agree wholeheartedly with the author here--the simplest improvement we can make is touting the educational aspects of everyday games while doing the opposite for educational games.Trip Hawkins’...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Apr 11, 2014

Spring Break 2014 Reader on Coding in Education

With 11K Pre-Orders, Play-i Lands $8M To Teach Kids To Code With Interactive Toy Robots [TechCrunch] - Coming soon! This is an exciting development. I heard a recent TED talk adapted for NPR about how robots change the way we react to technology, inc...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Mar 14, 2014

Weekend Reader on Coding in Education: January 2013

CPS to make computer science a core subject [Chicago Tribune] - This is revolutionary, far more so than putting tablets or laptops in the hands of every child, and it's only the beginning.Finland Eyes Programming Classes for Elementary School Stude...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Jan 3, 2014

Weekend Reader on Bullying

5th Grade Football Team Rallys Around Their 1st Grade Waterboy Who Was Being Bullied [Laughing Squid]Bruno: Bullying Is Bad, But Do We Know How To Stop It? [This Week In Education]Want to Squash Bullying? C'mon, Let Kids Play [GOOD]Is Anonymous Socia...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Dec 13, 2013

Weekend Reader on Large Scale Tablet Rollouts

L.A. school iPad program: Students should hack their tablets. [Slate] - A response to the news that L.A. Schools Now Taking Back iPads From Students Who Dare To Use Them For Purposes Of Fun (Consumerist).EdTech: Chicago's Slow But Steady Tablet Rollo...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Nov 22, 2013

Review & Giveaway: The Smartest Kids in the World

Americans don't seem to agree on much these days. Perhaps one thing we're in agreement about is that our education system is not what we want it to be. By common measures like the PISA test, our students are way behind their counterparts in other cou...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Oct 2, 2013

We Need To Teach Our Kids That Technology Is Great, But It's Not Everything

As a kid growing up in rural New Jersey, I got to play outside a lot. I used to spend hours and hours walking or riding on trails, catching frogs at the pond around the corner, or just having elaborate sword (stick) fights with invisible bad guys. I...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Aug 19, 2013

Book Review & Giveaway: The Energy Bus for Kids by Jon Gordon

The Energy Bus for Kids: A Story about Staying Positive and Overcoming Challenges by Jon Gordon is a children's book about using positive thinking, dealing with bullies and encouraging others to do the same. Big, colorful and easy to read, I think ki...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Aug 12, 2013

Weekend Reader on Community Service in Education

Let Students Design Their Own Social Change Projects [GOOD] Blake Kernen: The Case for Community Service [HuffPo] 3 Ways to Use Microcredit to Invest Your Students [This blog] The Complete Guide to Service Learning: Proven, Practical Ways to Engag...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Aug 9, 2013

Weekend Reader on Schools and Communities

I've been looking at recent articles with a broad lens recently, trying to tie together threads on community schools, Promise Neighborhoods and how every type of school can affect the whole community. D.C. Non-Profit Program Develops "Cradle to Car...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Aug 2, 2013

Weekend Reader on Entrepreneurship in Schools

Fishtree Blog — The Skills of Tomorrow Public speaking. [Fishtree blog via GOOD] - The author discusses whether entrepreneurship should be taught in schools. 3 Ways Schools Can Encourage Student Entrepreneurship [Edudemic] Teach Your Kids the Val...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Jul 19, 2013

What We Really Mean When We Talk About Gamification in Education

For every article I read pointing to gamification as a key part of the future of education, there seems to always be a counterpoint about it being some kind of fad. It is admittedly a buzzword, and it will likely fade out of our vocabulary at some po...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Jul 8, 2013

Building Internet Savvy Kids

Online 'Driver's Ed' Course Preps Kids for the Social Web [Mashable] Common Sense Media - This well-established site is a one-stop-shop for parents and teachers looking for help teaching kids to be savvy about all media, including social media. Te...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Jun 21, 2013

Weekend Reader on Bullying in Schools

Click to enlarge A Must-See Anti-Bullying Poster Perfect For Classrooms [Edudemic] - More info about the poster below. School Bullying Prevention Task Force Wants Less Talk, More Action [The Educated Reporter] - I think we all do. The Next Step to...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Jun 14, 2013

Weekend Reader on School Lunches & Student Health

How a $50 School Lunchroom Makeover Could Help Fight Childhood Obesity [Parade.com] How the Food Industry Exploits Students’ Cravings for Sugar, Salt, and Fat [Edvoices] - Mr. Nast makes great points about the need to teach our kids media literacy...
by I Want to Teach Forever on May 10, 2013

A Brief Collection of Critical Topics Missing From Most Curricula, Part 2

Entrepreneurship: Rise of the Mini-Preneurs: A Kid-Run Virtual Lemonade Stand To Teach Entrepreneurship [GOOD] Independence: Hacking the Classroom to Encourage Student Independence [THE Journal] Financial literacy: Moneythink: Giving a Handup (Not...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Apr 12, 2013

What Will It Take For "Zero Tolerance" Policies To End?

It's not too surprising that as a nation, we're all out of outrage for stories like Boy Suspended From School For Making “Gun” Out Of A Pop-Tart and Florida high school hero gets suspended AFTER preventing school bus shooting.  It seems that...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Mar 18, 2013

What Leaders Can Learn From Spike TV's Bar Rescue

Jon Taffer would make a pretty good principal. In the Spike TV reality series Bar Rescue, the bar expert takes failing bars and turns them around. How that might qualify him for a principal role requires looking closely at this great show and finding...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Mar 11, 2013

Weekend Reader on Tech in the Classroom: February 2013

Hands-On Learning in School Just Got Very Real [Mashable!] - Microsoft Surface + giant Promethean-built touchscreen = an interesting new development in technology for schools. How Portal 2 Developers Became The Best 6th Grade Physics Teachers E...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Feb 15, 2013

"No Excuses" Is a Powerful Idea in Education

Student rendition of my classroom, circa 06-07 Today on This Week in Education, Paul Bruno declared "No Excuses," the mantra made popular by KIPP and others in the charter school movement, a meaningless education phrase.  He was responding in...
by I Want to Teach Forever on Jan 16, 2013


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