Another Voice in #BookItForward Campaign

By Lily — As Featured on The Lily Show, Episode 5

What is your recommendation?

#BookItForward encourages people to share a book they love with a person they love. It can be a new book, a used book, or a recommendation for a library book!

 Here’s how:

1. CHOOSE a great book.

2. GIVE it or recommend it to someone who would enjoy it.

3. POST a photo of the book tagged with #BookItForward on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

4. TAG three people in the post to nominate them to #BookItForward next!

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Teenage Girl Invented Something to Help Dogs Deal with Separation Anxiety

icpoochIf you are a dog owner and hates to leave your fur baby alone at home, there is a new technology for you. ICPooch is an internet-enabled dog treat dispenser created by 14-year old Brooke that allows dog owners to video chat with their pets and dispense a dog treat from anywhere.

Brooke’s inspiration for this revolutionary product came when she observed her dog, Kayla coming down with separation anxiety each time they leave the house. This prompted Brooke to find a way to connect with Kayla and help her deal with her separation anxiety.

No more lonely days for your favorite pooch! Watch this video and see her awesome invention.

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Why Students Think They Understand When They Don’t

test answerWhen a student fails an exam, how do we identify whether the student think they know the material correctly or they did not? More importantly, how can we drive students to develop realistic assessments of their knowledge?

Prof. Daniel T. Willingham, a professor of cognitive psychology, tells us “Cognitive science research has shown that two cues are especially important in guiding our judgments of what we know: (1) our “familiarity” with a given body of information and (2) our “partial access” to that information”

Prof. Willingham suggests that rereading, shallow processing and recollection of related info causes students to believe that they know a certain material when in fact they don’t...

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The Struggles and Realities of Student-Driven Learning and BYOD

Pupils-using-mobile-phone-007Developments in mobile technology today reveal that they have a large amount of potential for educational use. Teachers and schools often depend on mobile devices to connect with the students and keep them engaged.

Katrina Schwartz’s post on MindShift takes us into the reality and challenges of embracing technology into the classroom. She believes that further research and studies are still needed in order for technology to be a valuable and reliable tool for learning. The reality is that the global trend of adapting technology inside the classroom does not work for everyone. Technology and mobile devices have tendencies to be misused and can become cause of distraction even inside the classroom whether one is from high income or low income community.

Read more from MindShift here.

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16-Year Old Programmer Made a Plugin Showing Politicians Funding Source

Greenhouse plug-in screenshotDo you want to know who funds politicians? Now there is a way.

Greenhouse is a web browser plug-in that made it incredibly easy for regular Americans to know what industries are major contributors to the politicians’ campaign. When the plug-in is active, the names of House or Senate members are highlighted. Once you hover your mouse pointer over the name, a pop up box shows up and displays all industries and groups that contributed to the campaign as well as the amount contributed.

16-year old Nick Rubin created the plug-in and hopes to help increase transparency in the political system around the amount and source of funding of elected officials. You can download and read more about Greenhouse here.

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#BookItForward

51iuQFCrE3L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_By: Zoe, Age 10

The Pet War, by Allan Woodrow

The Pet War is an amazing book that talks about a family of three and the daughter wants a cat but the son wants a dog. The mom makes an agreement to the kid that whoever made$500 in a month first, wins the pet that they want. This book is great for animal lovers of all ages.

What is your recommendation?

#BookItForward encourages people to share a book they love with a person they love. It can be a new book, a used book, or a recommendation for a library book!

 Here’s how:

1. CHOOSE a great book.

2. GIVE it or recommend it to someone who would enjoy it.

3. POST a photo of the book tagged with #BookItForward on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

4. TAG three people in the post to nominate them to #BookItForward next!

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18 Extraordinary Questions Education Faces In 2015

teacher questionNow that 2015 is here, we can reflect on how the past year was in order for us t have a better year. Terry Heick, Educational Theorist and Director at TeachThought, observes that education has expanded outside the classroom into blogs, social media and RSS feeds. Learning is now no longer just confined within the four walls of the classroom. Teachers ask,

“How can we get every student to read on grade level?”
“What can we do to improve parental communication?”
“How can we motivate students?”
“How should I manage my classroom?”

Mr. Heick believes these are all traditional questions and urges us to look at new kinds of questions that can either challenge or highlight the function of school in a community. Here are 18 extraordinary questions education systems face in 2015.

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8 Cool Mobile Apps Created by High School Students

student appWe can never underestimate what kids can do these days with technology. Kids can now make their own apps for “writing, creating art work, composing music, creating web sites, developing presentations, and so on.”

With easily online searchable resources available, one can start coding and develop their own programs! One of the apps is called Gotcha. A team of high schoolers led by Trace Ball from Temple University was behind the web app. Gotcha was designed as a way for the community to hear about petty crimes that often go unreported. Read this article from Technical.ly/Philly and find out how Gotcha came about.

Also, take a look at the other awesome mobile apps made by students:

  • iParkedHere
  • Echo
  • iTigers
  • OBHS App
  • Trext
  • State Puzzles
  • Pocket Einstein

Read more about them from this pos...

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4 Examples of Personalized Learning in K-12 Education

K-12 EducationNo two students enter a classroom with the same profile of abilities, experiences, and needs. Vicki Phillips, director of College-Ready Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, highlights ways on how teachers and schools can honor these differences by embracing tools and technology to deepen learning.

We once featured a 20-year teaching veteran, Valyncia Hawkins, and she described how she reinvented her classroom in hopes to allow each student to reach their potential. Another example at the USC Hybrid High School where students are assigned an adviser at the start of the year that way they can “stay in school” and “they feel connected”.

Find out more how schools today are working to meet each student’s needs, skills, & interests here.

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A Global Citizen

Dr.-L-2-350x350By: Cuda Zmuda, Grade 8

My Aunt Liana has worked for NGOs (non-governmental organization) in almost a dozen countries over the past decade. Currently she is in Cambodia, helping Room to Read achieve their mission of a world in which all children can pursue a quality education, reach their full potential and contribute to their community and the world. This is my interview with my aunt about her previous  experiences and her new experiences with Room to Read.

Interviewer: How did you find out about the Room to Read program?

Liana: For all of my work experiences I look on www.idealist.org.

Interviewer: What is www.idealist.org?

Liana: The website is a list of nonprofit jobs that do good in the world.

Interviewer: What made you compelled to choose Room to Read over any of the other programs...

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