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Mathematics Digital Math Games and Apps: What Works and What Doesn't?
Teachers are using a variety of games, videos, and apps to supplement online math instruction—but not all of them are created equal.
Sarah Schwartz, December 2, 2020
7 min read
Privacy & Security Apple Dumps Vaping-Related Apps Amid Public Health Crisis
Apple removed 181 vaping-related apps from its App Store in an effort to limit teens' exposure to content that could lead to harm or illness.
Mark Lieberman, November 15, 2019
1 min read
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Privacy & Security TikTok: Powerful Teaching Tool or Classroom Management Nightmare?
Some teachers are adding the video-sharing platform into their lessons. But cyberbullying and data privacy are big concerns, experts say.
Alyson Klein, November 13, 2019
8 min read
Classroom Technology Case Study: Clever's Troubled Effort to Help Schools Track Ed-Tech Use
The idea was to give educators and administrators a single place to look across multiple learning tools at two simple metrics: how much time did students spend using each program, and how much progress did they make?
Benjamin Herold, October 1, 2019
5 min read
Classroom Technology Philly Teacher's Union Releases App for Reporting School Facilities Problems
The Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' Healthy Schools Tracker will allow educators, parents, and others to use their smartphones to report mold, asbestos, and other environmental hazards in schools.
Benjamin Herold, January 28, 2019
2 min read
Classroom Technology Fortnite, Video Game Popular Among Students, Now Has 200 Million Players
Fortnite, a shooting game popular among younger players, now has 200 million registered players. How is it affecting schools?
Lauraine Genota, November 27, 2018
2 min read
Privacy & Security Instagram and Teens: What Do You Need to Know?
Instagram released a new guide for parents, but outside experts had different messages on what to know about privacy, identity, and healthy use of the platform.
Benjamin Herold, September 12, 2018
6 min read
Curriculum Bad Teaching for Preschoolers? There Are Lots of Apps for That
Poor feedback, ineffective guidance and instructions, and lack of adaptivity are some of the key shortcomings identified by researchers in a study of 171 popular mobile learning apps for 3-5 year olds.
Benjamin Herold, August 10, 2018
3 min read
Classroom Technology Fortnite May Be Addictive, But Could Also Promote Learning, Say Stanford Experts
Three researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education offer their insights on the popular video game.
Sarah Schwartz, May 31, 2018
3 min read
Classroom Technology Decoding Fortnite: 5 Things Educators Need to Know About the Hit Video Game
How can schools prevent distractions and survive the Fortnite craze? Educators offer their best tips.
Sarah Schwartz, May 10, 2018
4 min read
Curriculum Thousands of Android Mobile Apps Improperly Track Children, Study Says
More than half of 5,855 Android apps in the 'Designed for Families' section of the Google Play store potentially violated COPPA, a team of computer-science researchers found.
Benjamin Herold, April 13, 2018
8 min read
Classroom Technology YouTube Accused of Targeting Children With Ads, Violating Federal Privacy Law
Consumer advocacy groups filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that YouTube has used children's personal information to target ads.
Sarah Schwartz, April 13, 2018
3 min read
Classroom Technology As Cell Phones Proliferate in K-12, Schools Search for Smart Policies
Many advocates say that modeling appropriate behavior with the devices is the way to go, and that a "ban is not a plan."
Leo Versel, February 8, 2018
6 min read
Classroom Technology Bezos Family Foundation's Early Childhood Program Comes to Amazon's Alexa
Vroom, a program that translates research on children's brain development into tips for parents, is being woven into an Amazon service.
Leo Versel, December 14, 2017
2 min read