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Edutainment: injecting entertainment into learning

Edutainment - good word or bad? Well, it depends on whom you talk to. The 1950s teaching style of "˜sit down, shut up and learn' was how it was. Kids learned and absorbed information because they didn't have as many things going on as today.…

Hands-on Science Boot Camp 2005 - Mission Accomplished

Ninety-nine elementary teachers were called into action July 27-28, 2005, at the Hands-on Science Boot Camp to explore new and creative science integration strategies for making science education come alive in their classrooms. Named Operation…

R U TXTing?

The phenomenon of TXTing on cell phones amongst the younger generation has really taken off. It's transforming how kids interact with peers. In many instances they opt for the impersonal virtual communication versus in-person one-on-one communication,…

Reality Shows - bad for young minds

I'm getting sick of this trend of pumping out more and more vapid reality shows. It's really gone downhill. It all started with American Idol. Now our children consume daily doses of Extreme Makeover where they get to feel bad about their bodies…

Neopets… Part 2

Ok, I've decided I'm going to sign up and really "experience" Neopets.com, in order to better understand the allure of this site. If I get stuck, I'll get my 4 year old son to help me figure it out. I'll let you know how I got on in a later…

Neopets

Neopets.com is an interesting fad. Millions of kids are hooked on it. On the site, you can adopt virtual pets and take care of them. Instead of the in-your-face banner ads that you normally see on websites, Neopets has cleverly folded advertisers…

Our kids are blogging. Are you listening?

As blogging is becoming more mainstream for kids and teenagers, we need to train ourselves to become more alert for how kids could come to use their own blogs as an outlet for frustration and to cry out for help. We as parents and teachers should…

Scientist of the Week - Great Idea!

Here's an idea submitted by Candice Ware - a really creative teacher who is getting her kids doing science. This idea originated with Dr. Jean. I just carried it a step further. I have an attache case labeled Scientist of the Week. Each week…

No Need to Hire Americans - A Wake-up Call to all Parents

Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, recently interviewed Craig Barrett, the chief executive of Intel, which has invested millions of dollars in trying to improve the way science is taught in U.S. schools. In today's flat world, Mr.…

Learning How to Learn - Creating Unforgettable Learning Experiences

Thomas Friedman, author of The World is Flat, forecasts our economic economic future and the need for a workforce prepared to compete in the high tech job market. In a recent editorial in the New York Times, Friedman grabbed my attention with…