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Schools on a screen: One tech-savvy school district has lessons for others going online

MINEOLA, N.Y. —Earlier this school year, the first graders at the Hampton Street School were about to take a coding class, something they’ve been doing since kindergarten. “Coding gives us another way to solve our problems,” Diane Nodell, the library media specialist, reminded them. “Are you ready to learn the basics?” This story also appeared […]

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Wondering at what age you can safely let a child play with a tablet? Well, keep wondering

NEW YORK — In an episode of ABC’s popular sitcom Modern Family, Gloria, the fiery Colombian trophy wife, is fumbling with a smart phone while shouting at her husband, Jay. “I thought your phone was stolen,” he snaps. She says the phone actually belongs to Joe – their infant son. There’s no question that American […]

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Tablets and other tech offer ways to track teacher performance beyond just standardized tests

Electronic portfolios show great promise in helping us with the oft-elusive task of measuring teacher effectiveness. The ideal application of standardized exams is to benchmark student performance in September and then assess student growth in June. This method does seek to isolate a teacher’s influence on individual students. But while they are an indicator of […]

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Glued to the screen: A third grade class where kids spend 75% of the day on iPads

MINEOLA, N.Y. — When the 24 third-graders in Morgan Mercaldi’s class arrive at the Jackson Avenue School every morning, they take their iPads out of their backpacks and put them on their desks. The tablets will remain there, or in hands and laps, until the children put them in their packs to take them home. […]