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Curiosity.com Grows Out of Discovery

Curiosity.com Grows Out of Discovery

Discovery Communications - News

(Chicago) - Curiosity.com – a consumer-centered online marketplace featuring the best learning-based content from across the web – announced today it will change ownership from Discovery Communications to an independent company, Beacon Solutions, Inc. The Chicago-based venture also has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Discovery and four local investors: Pritzker Group Venture Capital, Origin Ventures, Chicago Ventures and Corazon Capital. Read More

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Going Google for Education

Going Google for Education

Educate 1-to-1 - Daniel Edwards

Google Classroom is gaining traction in schools and it’s only a work in progress! At a simple level Classroom helps teachers to communicate with their classes, create and organise assignments and provide feedback when and where it is required. Classroom is actually an excellent example of paperless workflow and does a fantastic job of leveraging the power of Google Docs, Drive and Gmail in one platform. Read More

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Best and Worst Media Moments of 2014

Best and Worst Media Moments of 2014

Common Sense Media

Fifteen minutes of fame used to sound too short. But now -- with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a thousand other ways to get news instantly -- fame is more fleeting than ever. One minute you're watching the world take the Ice Bucket Challenge, and the next minute, it's all about that bass. Read More

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18 Things Great Principals Do Differently

18 Things Great Principals Do Differently

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

School improvement efforts rely heavily on quality leadership. Educational leaders are tasked with establishing a collective vision for school improvement and initiating change to spur innovation, ensure student learning, and increase achievement. On July 13th I had the pleasure of hearing Dr. James Strong, from the College of William and Mary, deliver a keynote address at the NJ Department of Education Leadership Institute entitled "Qualities of Effective Principals." Dr. Strong emphasized that the job of a principal, or school leader for that matter, is about making a difference in the lives of children. Leading and teaching is challenging work that requires a high level of understanding and patience. Read More

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Teen Identity Theft: Fraud, Security, and Steps Teens are Taking to Protect Themselves Online

Teen Identity Theft: Fraud, Security, and Steps Teens are Taking to Protect Themselves Online

Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Between October 1 and 7, 2013, Hart Research Associates conducted a nationwide online survey among 558 teens ages 13 to 17 who access the internet. This report presents the key findings from the survey. Read More

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A Parents Guide to Snapchat

A Parents Guide to Snapchat

Connect Safely

Top 5 Questions Parents Have About Snapchat:

  1. Why do kids love Snapchat?
  2. Does Snapchat have a minimum age?
  3. What are the risks in using Snapchat?
  4. Is it good that Snapchat photos and videos disappear in seconds?
  5. What’s the best way to make sure kids stay safe in Snapchat?

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What Can LEGOs Teach Us? The Learning Power of LEGO®

What Can LEGOs Teach Us? The Learning Power of LEGO®

Edudemic - Katie Lepi

You don’t have to be a young child to enjoy LEGOs. The brightly colored blocks are an irresistible toy. Whether you’re putting together an elaborate building or spaceship, or are deconstructing someone else’s creation, these ubiquitous blocks have brought many of us hours of entertainment. Not only do LEGOs have a long history in the realm of play, they also offer endless creative opportunities and hold quite a bit of teaching and learning power.

Learn more from The Learning Power of LEGO Infographic

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Social Media Safety For Teens

Social Media Safety For Teens

NetSmartz Workshop

A checklist that can help teens take steps to stay safer online:

  1. Check your comments and images
  2. Talk to your friends about what’s OK to post
  3. Review your account settings
  4. Know your friends, contacts, and followers
  5. Keep an eye on 3rd party apps
  6. Don’t forget mobile
  7. Report

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Calming Parental Anxiety While Empowering Our Digital Youth

Calming Parental Anxiety While Empowering Our Digital Youth

Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Kids are growing up in a digital world. They connect, share, learn, explore, and play in a way unimaginable just a generation ago. This is the only world they know and their parents, teachers, political leaders and even the media are all doing what they can to catch up. The emergence of social media, in all its extraordinary forms, is pushing the boundaries of what we think of as private while giving us all, and our children, a platform to express ourselves anytime, anywhere. Read More

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Zero to Eight - Children’s Media Use

Zero to Eight - Children’s Media Use

Common Sense Media

In the two years since Common Sense Media first reported on media use of 0-to-8 year olds, our latest survey in the series, Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America 2013, shows the media environments and behaviours of young kids have changed. More than ever, they’re growing up mobile. Read More

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