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New Parent Resources for Student Privacy

April 29, 2015
Parents and schools want kids to learn the skills they need for the digital age, but they also want them to be safe while doing it. Fortunately, the  National PTA, ConnectSafely, and Future of Privacy Forum just released a parents’ guide to student data privacy. It’s featured on FERPA|SHERPA, the Future of Privacy Forum’s online resource center for student privacy. The online Q&A uses normal English to cover everything you need to know about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy ACT (FERPA), which guarantees that parents have access to their child’s education record and restricts who...

Celebrate Earth Day with Online Lessons

April 22, 2015
Happy Earth Day! Looking for a completely paperless (read: no trash!) way to engage your students with the complexity and amazing beauty of the natural world, and get them thinking critically about the environmental challenges we face … for free? Apple has created an Earth Day course with three lessons – climate change, biodiversity, and a “backyard bio-blitz” – in partnership with the E.O Wilson Biodiversity Foundation (available on iTunes U). The course incorporates units of Wilson’s Life On Earth, available for free in iBooks, and supplementary content from apps like Click and Learn and...

Letting Children Show What they Know

April 16, 2015
Although Karla Phillips began showing her daughter educational videos early, she had no idea whether she was learning anything. Her child had been born with special needs, and, around the age of three, was still non-verbal. When Karla downloaded some educational apps on her iPod, however, she was shocked at just how much her daughter had learned. When Karla opened a simple app that asked children to identify numbers, letters, and shapes, her daughter answered almost all of the prompts correctly. She had been learning, but just hadn’t had a way to show it until Karla decided to try letting...

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