Edu Articles we Love Week of May 6, 2013

It’s Friday again and we wanted to share more education industry articles that we love this week. We hope you enjoy them as well! Leave any thoughts, opinions and discussion starters in the comments.

1. “Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves” by David Talbot

The power of technology will never cease to amaze us here at Beyond451. This inspirational article on MIT Technology Review was actually posted in October but we just came across it this week. Talbot shows us how technology alone (with preloaded educational programs) can make a huge difference, where otherwise in Ethiopia the children would not be going to school.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/506466/given-tablets-but-no-teachers-ethiopian-children-teach-themselves/

2. “Parents want kids to use mobile devices in schools” by Ian Quillen 

This article disputes the belief that only families that are well of buy technology devices for themselves and their children. Not only that, but the majority of parents also believe that technology would be an enhancement to the classroom.

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http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/05/parents-want-kids-to-use-mobile-devices-in-schools/

3. “Your Lesson’s First Five Minutes: Make Them Grand” by Dr. Richard Curwin

Dr. Curwin’s points are great here whether you are referring to a technology enhanced or traditional classroom. Set the tone within the first few minutes to get the kid’s attention and keep it! He gives some great tips.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/first-five-minutes-richard-curwin

4. “10 Reasons To Try 20% Time In The Classroom” by AJ Juliani

I personally find this concept so interesting. I think that for a child, being able to explore  their own interest for 20% of their day, whether buried in a book, tablet or chemistry set inspires creativity and makes school more interesting.

http://edudemic.com/2013/05/10-reasons-to-try-20-time-in-the-classroom/

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Beyond451 has harnessed the power of technology by creating an educational platform featuring applications aligned with curriculum standards for K-8 students. The platform’s purpose is to maximize learning through cutting edge application technology. By providing teachers with the ability to utilize real-time assessments, Beyond451 teachers have the ability to track their students in real- time, allowing them to gauge student progress and achievement.

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