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Using Robots to Teach Elementary Students About Human Nature

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By: Hannah DeRusha. Breaking down big ideas into bite-sized applications can help introduce young learners to a new way of thinking. My kindergarten and first-grade students are learning about human nature this year through experimental play using robots.

Helping Young Children Build 21st-Century Skills

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By: David Ross. As part of their advocacy for integrating 21st-century skills into early learning experiences for young children, the Partnership for 21st Century Learning and its partners released these two resources to support educator and parent efforts.

Solving the EdTech Gap for Early Learners

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A new venture challenge is offering funding for innovative teams of educators and entrepreneurs who are creating EdTech tools that address the needs of early learners. Learn more here.

Dialogue on a Content-Rich Elementary Experience

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A blog I created sharing a taxonomy of views on personalized learning ranging from content-centric to student-centered resulted in this spirited email dialogue with education leaders about the role of content in developing language proficiency.

35 Must-Read Children’s Books for Back to School

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Today is National Book Lovers Day! Do you know a kiddo who loves books? Or a kiddo who doesn’t love books, but you think they just haven’t found the right ones? Check out these 35 great options.

Smart Review | Cubetto: Teaching Coding Without a Screen

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How can parents help introduce and get their young children interested in coding, while still limiting time on a device? Cubetto is a wooden robot designed to teach kids as young as three years old to code without a screen.

Elly Goes on Tour to Teach Students Healthy Eating Habits

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By: Joyce Sun. Why is there such disconnect between what individuals know they should eat and what they actually choose for their body? Here, we take a look at strategies for teaching students how to eat healthily.

Why the Baby Brain Can Learn Two Languages at the Same Time

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By: Naja Ferjan Ramirez. Any adult who has attempted to learn a foreign language can attest to how difficult it can be. Here, we look at why babies are better able to learn two languages.

The Results Are In: Kindergarten Transition Programs Work

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By: Philip dela Houssaye and Fernando Madrid. Starting kindergarten off on the right foot is one of the strongest indicators of a child’s success in school. Here are four key takeaways from our district’s Early Kindergarten Transition (EKT) program.

Getting Smart Podcast | Why Language Learning Matters: Parent and Student Voices

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Parent and student perspectives are often left out of education conversations, so in this episode of the podcast, we capture ideas and insights around language learning from several members of these two important education stakeholders.

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