Chess in school

Chess, the Game of Royalty, Is Now the Game of Grade Schoolers, Too“… In Philadelphia, which has the seventh-largest school system in the country, 18 of the city’s 280 public schools have added chess to their curriculums in a pilot program. About 4,000 students are getting chess instruction this year, according to Marjorie Wuestner, executive director of the school district’s office of health, safety, physical education and sports administration.The goal, she said, is to have all second and third graders receiving chess instruction by next year.Paul G. Vallas, chief executive of the school system, said anecdotal evidence showed that chess is a great educational tool. “Chess seems to improve problem-solving skills,” he said. “It improves discipline. It improves memory. It certainly seems to improve mathematical skills.” Teaching chess, he added, is meant to enrich the curriculum, not replace another subject….”  Read the whole article

Pew report on the internet at school

The Internet at School
The internet is an important element in the overall educational experience of many teenagers. Schools are a common location where online teens access the web, although very few online teenagers rely exclusively on their school for that web access. Further, there is widespread agreement among teens and their parents that the internet can be a useful tool for school. However, 37% of teens say they believe that “too many” of their peers are using the internet to cheat. And there is some disagreement among teens and their parents about whether children must be web-literate by the time they begin school. Additionally, large numbers of teens and adults have used the web to search for information about colleges and universities.  

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Learning vs Education

Learning vs Education

“…what learning is (as opposed to education) and what the future might bring in

terms of “Personal Learning Environments” (PLE). And the underlying question here is what role do schools and teachers play in all of this.”  

Fitness for tech-savvy students

School fitness center targets tech-savvy students
Minnesota State University officials have hit upon a creative way to get students to exercise: They’ve outfitted the exercise equipment on their Mankato campus with computers and internet access. Now, students can check their eMail, surf the web, watch TV, or even do their homework while they work out.

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Fitness for tech-savvy students

School fitness center targets tech-savvy students
Minnesota State University officials have hit upon a creative way to get students to exercise: They’ve outfitted the exercise equipment on their Mankato campus with computers and internet access. Now, students can check their eMail, surf the web, watch TV, or even do their homework while they work out.

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Website warns parents about new technology

Parents warned over new technology
The need to educate children and teens about the new risks associated with devices such as webcams and mobile phones has sparked a revamp of a Government advisory website.  

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Teaching vs Learning

Our learning environments need to change to take advantage of the people and information and ideas that we can now connect to. We cannot continue to be enablers to our students’ dependence on a school selected, force fed curriculum that was in some ways necessary 50 years ago but is quickly becoming irrelevant today. Our students need to learn how to learn, because there is so much more to learn from, and they need to be given the license to start making some of those decisions on their own

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Bush pushed to promote science and technology education

Bush pushed on science, innovation
Former ED Sec. Alexander urges president to promote science, technology education Responding to what he believes is a critical need for the future of American industry, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., former U.S. education secretary, has urged President Bush to make science and technology research and education key themes during the remainder of his presidency.  
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Curbing education dropouts

Education quandary: curbing dropouts The past year has seen unprecedented attention paid to the shortcomings of America’s high schools, prompting national leaders to pledge to transform high school and toughen graduation standards. But that means little to the nearly one-third of high school students who fail to meet current standards and don’t graduate on time.  Read the whole article