How Play Is At The Heart of Many World-Changing Inventions

Play isn’t just good for social emotional development and regulation, throughout history it has been a powerful driver of invention.

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Why Giving Effective Feedback Is Trickier Than It Seems

Feedback is a crucial part of learning, but only when it helps students target learning goals and comes at the right moment in the trajectory of a project.

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INTERVIEW: In new UN role, Malala Yousafzai seeks to inspire girls to stand up, speak out for rights

In 2012, Malala Yousafzai made headlines all over the world when she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out on the right of education for girls. But instead of silencing her, the brutal attack only served to embolden the Pakistani teenager, who h…

UNESCO award for Dawit Isaak ‘sign of hope’ to free imprisoned Eritrean journalist

An imprisoned Eritrean-Swedish journalist who was arrested in a crackdown on the media in September 2001 and was known for his critical and insightful reporting has been chosen to receive a prestigious United Nations prize dedicated to promoting press …

Mobile solutions to empower, educate refugees and displaced persons take spotlight at UN forum

Several initiatives to improve learning through mobile technologies were presented during the Mobile Learning Week 2017, a recently-concluded five-day event held at the Paris headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organ…

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The Power of Quick Writes

by Elizabeth Dobler
I have recently arrived home from the International Literacy Association annual conference, which was held in Boston earlier this month. I enjoyed delicious seafood, a tour of the Boston Public Library, and a great conference. I attended one …

Lazy User Model

What does it mean to have a “lazy classroom?” On Literacy Beat, Thomas DeVere Wolsey discusses the Lazy User Model, the implications it can have on learning, and how to support students as new concepts or new technology is introduced. …

Resources for Educators: Developing a Personal Learning Network

by Elizabeth Dobler

When I was a new teacher, thirty years ago, I joined the local reading association. We met monthly to plan literacy activities for schools and the community. Many of those in my group also joined the state and …

Pinterest: An Interactive Tool for Instructors

By Thomas DeVere Wolsey and HHP
One of the exciting features of Teaching the Language Arts: Forward Thinking in Today’s Classrooms is its interactive, digital content. The authors are excited to add a new community feature by introducing boards on the …

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