Technology has Developed a New Kind of Learner

Technology has changed the way kids learn. It enables our students to go beyond learning and collaborate, share, and publish original works. Today’s kids view social networks and collaboration forums as a sort of performance stage… performing for people they know as well as for people they don’t know. How cool would it be if the education world truly learned how to harness that kind of motivation in the learning experiences that we’re providing our students?

Teacher’s Survival Strategies for December

December is a crazy month!  The excitement of the holidays, the frequent interruptions to instructional time, and the seemingly endless supply of sugar and sweets can throw both teachers and students out of kilter and out of focus.  As hard as we try to maintain the “business as usual” mantra, some days it just seems [...]

Best Practices for Educators using Facebook

While kids may be immersed in the social media world, many schools and districts are still mighty uncomfortable with the idea of using Facebook and other social media forums in the classrooms.  But a recent study (Too much face and not enough books: The relationship between multiple indices of Facebook use and academic performance) published last [...]

Teaching Students to be Better Digital Citizens

A November 20, 2011 article in USA Today sheds light on the growing trend for educational organizations to provide courses for Internet etiquette and safety. Many schools not only are incorporating Internet safety into lesson plans but also including online safety courses that covers topics like cyberbullying, plagiarism and online “ethical behavior. “All of the drama, [...]

Learning Games for Kids – Part 6

We promised to share the best learning games for kids this holiday season.  We’ve selected over 100 of the best games, gadgets, and toys that will keep your children engaged and learning long after the excitement of the holidays has passed.  And remember, every product in our holiday gift guide ships free!  Right there from your easy [...]

Learning Games for Kids – Part 5

We promised to share the best learning games for kids this holiday season.  We’ve selected over 100 of the best games, gadgets, and toys that will keep your children engaged and learning long after the excitement of the holidays has passed.  And remember, every product in our holiday gift guide ships free!  Right there from your easy [...]

Bullying and Social Media among Teens

We continue to collect statistics about bullying – both in person and via text and the internet.  A new study entitled Teens, Kindness and Cruelty on Social Networks indicates that  more kids are bullied in person than in virtual environments.  In fact, the study conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project for the [...]

Learning Games for Kids – Part 4

We promised to share the best learning games for kids this holiday season. Trucky 3 is one of our favorites for young children. They’ll have so much fun they won’t even realize they are developing essential early childhood skills like logical reasoning and visual and spatial perception.

Our Schools are Bad at Teaching Writing – One Perspective

I stumbled across a great column by Jay Mathews today in the Washington Post regarding teaching writing in our schools…. or rather, how badly our schools are at teaching writing. Mathews says, “With a few exceptions, our schools are bad at teaching writing. Students are not asked to do much of it, mostly because reading [...]

Top Learning Games for Kids – Part 3

As the holidays are fast approaching, the Schoodoodle team has been busy finding the best learning games for kids. This year, promote learning and inspire creativity with over 100 of the best games, gadgets, and toys that kids will love. Keep your children engaged and learning long after the excitement of the holidays has passed.  And remember, every [...]