Terry Heick

When We Worry About Screen Time, Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing?

Screen time. Just the phrase tightens the chests of well-intentioned (and helicoptering) parents everywhere. Concerns range from our children becoming anti-social to developing addictions to certain games (I’m looking at you Minecraft, and you too, Argio), to screens preventing them from connecting with the physical spaces and people and opportunities around them.

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10 Educational Apps for Your Kids This Holiday Season

You’ve gotten your child a new tablet for the holidays, or maybe you want to clean the clutter off her old hardware and breathe some new life into it for the new year. The big question is: what should you put on it?

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Should Kids Be Learning Coding In the Classroom?

Increasingly, the teaching of computer coding is being pushed to the forefront of debates about what gets taught in schools. This usually happens in the context of discussions about “21st century learning,” often because coding sounds like an exceptionally modern thing to do.  

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Why All Ed Reform Fails

The complexity, scale, and importance of school reform is mesmerizing. In fact, this scale often ends up obscuring solutions; as a single idea, “school reform” offers such immensity—and so many distracting particulars–that the whole is missed for the part.

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How to Kill Student Curiosity in 12 Easy Steps

Each year, it seems, our school systems commit themselves ever more profoundly to the corrosive idea that test scores and “instruction” – not learning” – must be prized above all. Amongst incredible pressure from government and district agencies, a drive to keep up with rapid technology change, and the need to bridge cultural chasms in the classroom, many teachers are finding themselves stuck between a rock and a hard place: their own understanding that personalized (rather than standardized) learning is what a great education should be about, and the reality that such an approach would often lead them into “dangerous” waters, where students might begin to think for themselves and ask difficult questions – rather than simply be able to check the right box on an all-important test.

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