Archive for November, 2012

Learning opportunities seen in video gaming

Educational innovations are emerging from all sorts of places — including the much-maligned world of video games. Take Minecraft, a create-your-own-world game that’s so popular it has sold more than 12 million copies after just a year in circulation. Played on PCs, smartphones and Xbox devices, it is already the subject of its own fan convention, Minecon […]…

Where Sandy beset schools, NYC to teach online

With their schooling disrupted by Superstorm Sandy, New York students are being offered online courses to make up for lost learning time. The district is expanding its online courses. Thousands of students are eligible to take subjects including English, economics, calculus, world history and Spanish for sixth grade through high school, GothamSchools reports. The added courses […]…

3rd-graders love iPads. Let us count the ways.

Here’s a charmer of a blog post from a third-grade teacher in Massachusetts who lists the changes she sees in her classroom every time the iPads roll in. A weakening of attention spans is not one of the effects. Far from it. Suzy Brooks, who blogs under the name Simply Suzy, says her students increase […]…

Kids say the darndest things — about their love of reading

Three outstanding students from Chicago’s LEARN Charter School Network came to Innovations for Learning’s offices recently to star in videos designed to help kids become savvier readers. The video comprehension project is designed for children from 2nd through 5th grades. Students will read printed books such as “The Snowy Day,” and then go the computer, […]…

For low-income students, high-nutrition meals

Now, here’s an innovation we can sink our teeth into. The five high schools in the Escondido Unified High School District, north of San Diego, have revamped their kitchens. Instead of the usual cafeteria fare, students are eating freshly prepared breakfasts and lunches high on nutrition, low on salts and sugars and void of trans […]…

Teacher: 3 takeaways from iPad conference

Here’s an indication of how fast technology may change education. It’s only 2 1/2 years since Apple introduced the iPad. Last week, the group EdTechTeacher held its first iPad Summit, bringing together more than 500 educators and experts at Harvard Medical School to talk about this single device —  what it can do to revolutionize […]…

IFL wins philanthropy award

Make It Better, a Chicago-area organization that promote good works, today gave Innovations For Learning its 2012 national award for educational innovation. The prize will include a professionally made video that IFL will be able to use to help spread word about how it’s using digital technology and volunteer tutors to help children learn to […]…

Give an illiterate child a tablet, see what happens

Plenty of people are wary of laptops and other mobile devices making their way into classrooms. A couple of weeks ago, a Pew survey of teachers found that almost 90 percent said digital technologies are hurting kids’ attention spans. But here’s a side of the story that compels attention. In April, the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) […]…

Miami teacher: ‘I love’ lessons on iPod

From the Miami Herald, Friday, November 9: At Auburndale Elementary in Miami, Yahaira Rufin has her first-graders use iPod touches and digital players for reading exercises in a pilot program with Innovations for Learning, a group in Illinois that focuses on digital learning and online tutoring. The pilot expanded this year to kindergarten and first-grade […]…