Education

3:03am

Wed June 3, 2015
NPR Ed

Test Preppers, Take Note: Free SAT Study Tools Could Signal Sea Change

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 11:15 am

The College Board has announced a partnership with Khan Academy to make prep materials for the SAT college-entrance exam available free online.
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The SAT is undergoing major changes for 2016.

And, as of today, students — for free — can tap into new online study prep tools from Khan Academy, the online education nonprofit.

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4:23am

Tue June 2, 2015
NPR Ed

The Quantified Student: An App That Predicts GPA

Originally published on Wed June 3, 2015 7:49 am

Scientists have developed an app that tracks how much time students spend sleeping, working out, studying or partying.
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It sees you when you're sleeping ... it knows when you're awake ... it knows if you've been hitting the books, so be good for goodness' sake!

No, it's not Santa Claus. It's the digital Jiminy Cricket each of us carries in our pocket, otherwise known as a smartphone.

In a small experiment, researchers at Dartmouth College have shown that data automatically collected by an Android app can guess how students are spending their time — predicting their end-of-term grades with scary accuracy.

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2:32pm

Mon June 1, 2015
NPR Ed

Beyond The Birds And The Bees: Surviving Sex Ed Today

Originally published on Tue June 2, 2015 12:34 pm

"One of my biggest goals as a sex educator is to be sex-positive," Solow explains.
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It's after hours at Rafael Hernandez, an elementary school in the Bronx, and Room 421 is in an uproar.

It's what you would expect from a sixth-grade sex education class learning how to put a condom on.

Sex education: The very concept makes a lot of people cringe, conjuring images of teenage giggles and discomfort. It's also a subject a lot of teachers would rather avoid.

But Bronx-based teacher Lena Solow is more than happy to talk about the birds, the bees ... and beyond.

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4:33am

Mon June 1, 2015
NPR Ed

Exploding Myths About Learning Through Gaming

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 8:50 am

"What makes a game fun is not that it's easy," says Greg Toppo, "but that it's hard."
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Part of our series of conversations with leading teachers, writers and activists on education issues.

If you had to pick the most promising — and possibly most overhyped — education trends of the last few years, right up there with the online college courses known as MOOCs would almost certainly rank this one: Game-based learning shall deliver us to the Promised Land!

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5:35am

Sun May 31, 2015
NPR Ed

Adult Course Offers Learning For The Sake Of Learning

Originally published on Sun May 31, 2015 10:12 am

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When we talk about higher education for the poor, we often mean community colleges and getting a degree in order to make more money. But 20 years ago, a writer in New York City decided that the poorest members of society should have the same access as wealthier people to learning, just for the sake of learning.

I visited one of these programs — called a Clemente course — in Harlem on a Thursday night.

"Can you live in a good life in a society where people are doing different things?" asks the teacher. "Of course," replies a student.

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