Allow students to make social media mistakes in a kind, supportive setting.
Someday, I’d like all of my students to grow up to be the kinds of people I would want to friend on Facebook, or Instagram, or Snapchat, or whatever the social media du jour is at the time. Even ... Read more
Learn how the skills kids gain over the summer can help them be great digital citizens.
Summer camps give kids the chance to unplug and enjoy life’s simple pleasures, like swimming in a lake or roasting marshmallows over a campfire. Campers escape the school-year pressures of homework ... Read more
Turn informal summer learning into engaging, interest-driven projects.
Every teacher preps for the summer slide, the three-month drain of some of last school year's learning. In fact, you probably have some tried-and-true assessment and refresher strategies aimed at figuring ... Read more
Help kids tap into their inner artists with free tools you and your students will love.
Summer is a great time for kids to chill out and be creative. Taking photos is an excellent way for them to experiment with a variety of devices and apps. And digital photography is so kid-friendly.
Instead ... Read more
Take advantage of your students' passion for tech and introduce them to these great reading apps and websites.
Summer is just around the corner! What a perfect time for kids to get swept away in the plot of a great page-turner. Our 2014 research report, Children, Teens, and Reading, shows that adolescents ... Read more
Help your students connect on issues that matter to them.
On a clear and cold Friday afternoon in January 2001, four students packed their bags into my car, and we began the eight-hour drive from Providence, R.I., to Washington, D.C. When they saw at ... Read more
A student explains how young people -- girls in particular -- use and are used by social media.
I've doctored my social media sends to make me look better in the eyes of others. I've sent a filtered Snapchat, edited a profile picture to look a certain way, and posted an Instagram simply ... Read more
How cake, glow sticks, and cow-wrangling can help kids love math.
Fractions make a lot of people sweat. So does algebra. The mere sight of a variable instantly triggers math anxiety. If you write 1/2x + 5 = 9, many grown adults will run screaming from the room.
But ... Read more
Announcing eight new topics to help teens explore and analyze their digital lives.
How do you make something like digital tracking, product placement, or consumerism fun and compelling to learn about? How do you encourage students to examine a daily behavior like taking selfies ... Read more