Laptop computers are becoming a more and more common educational resource. And, with their obvious benefits, the goal of one laptop for every student and teacher in a school is also gaining popularity. Yet, even with the financial and technical capabilities, how do you implement and maintain a one-laptop-per-student program? In this article from Techlearning.com, Todd Bryant offers tips from both a technical and management angle on how to make a 1:1 learning program successful. (Free registration required)...


Children in America have lost significant opportunities for active, stimulating, and creative play that used to be commonplace; as a result, childhood obesity has risen and children’s social and cognitive development has suffered. Among recent focuses on the rise of childhood obesity and decreasing recess time in school, AEI-Brookings Joint Center and Common Good hosted a forum on May 31 to discuss the relationship between America’s growing aversion to risk and the development and health of our children. Watch the Webcast of this forum discussion....


MySpace and similar social networking Web sites can be dangerous places for kids. Reports of naive school children falling victim to cyber predators litter the news these days, cautioning parents and administrators to monitor and, in many cases, restrict access to protect young users. But kids are finding ways around the restrictions. Read more about kids' crafty workarounds in this article from CNET News.com....


The presence of A's and B's on a report card is cause for celebration for students and parents alike. But do letter grades accurately represent a student's understanding of the subjects taught in schools? In this May 2006 article from Educational Leadership, elementary school principal M. Jon Dean discusses why he believes that it is time for schools to look past the traditional letter-grade marking system and come up with new ways to assess student achievement....


As part of its continuing series on one-room schools, this feature from National Public Radio looks at a school in Death Valley, Nv., where there are 11 students from kindergarten through fourth grade, one full-time teacher and one teaching aide. Students in poorer communities like Death Valley have been seen to benefit from the small school set up. Of the 11 students at the Nevada school, nine are working above grade level in some subjects....


From the podcast archives of "The Merrow Report" (scroll down to 2nd from last item), Sports Illustrated senior writer Frank Deford talks about the influence of big time sports on college campuses. Are sports that demand so much time and dedication really compatible with the demands of attaining an undergraduate degree? Mr. Deford thinks not. And what's more, he thinks these student-athletes deserve a salary. (Media player required.)...


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