Stop Staring at Me — Tech Tools Remove Embarrassment, Make Room for Learning
Today in a crowded inner-city classroom, a teacher will ask, “Are there any questions?” and although he desperately wants to raise his hand, one boy in the back row won’t. “Okay then,” the teacher will say, and she’ll spin around, erase her white board and move on, taking the mass of nodding students with her […]
4 Innovative and Inspiring Tech Tools
If you’re a part of the Spark network, you know that we’re always on the lookout for innovative tech tools. Last week, we showcased five unique tools that helped students and adults get creative in some seriously inspiring ways. This week, we’d like to shine a spotlight on four more new digital devices. From wireless […]
5 Tech Tools with a Creative Twist
If you've been following this blog, we don't need to tell you that tech tools are a great way to make learning fun. You already know this, and if you're a parent, teacher, caregiver or simply a lifelong learner, you probably have your own strategies for making the most of digital learning tools in your daily life.
Furby Returns – Parents' Nightmares Follow
After nearly fifteen years of therapists working tirelessly to wrestle the hellish apparition from the nation’s collective psyche, Furby is back. While the Hasbro team is excited to debut the toy’s new app features and design, the public seems to have the same reaction to Furby’s rerelease that they had after watching the tenth Jason […]
Maker Movement Hits the Road with SparkTruck’s Cross-Country Tour
SparkTruck, an “educational build-mobile” is traveling across the country bringing unforgettable experiences to kids across the country, with stops in Pittsburgh September 12 - 15
Cool New Learning Tools – The Reading Rainbow App
The world of digital learning tools just got a dose of 90s nostalgia. Reading Rainbow’s rolled out with a new app for the iPad – one that was developed by LeVar Burton himself. For anyone who learned to read sometime during the last 30 years, this is obviously exciting news. For parents and educators, it […]
Social Media and Self Esteem – What Parents Need to Know
Many of today’s parents think of social media sites the same way adults viewed the Beatles in the 60s – as harbingers of doom for the American adolescent. While issues of privacy, cyber bullying and online predators warrant a bit more merit than fearing a British rock band has the power to turn your child […]
Can Gamification Solve World Peace? One Teacher Says Yes
Gamification can do a lot of things, but can it solve world peace? One educator seems to think so, and before you make up your mind, you may want to take a look at his innovative lesson plan.
5 Ways to Improve Your Teaching Strategies Over the Summer
Are you a teacher hoping to make the most of your summer "vacation?" If so, use one, or all, of these tips to make the next school year your most successful one yet.