Games are addictive. Just try asking your 14-year-old to put down Candy Crush Saga for a few minutes, and there’s a good chance you’ll encounter some serious resistance. But there’s more to the story than that. When psychologist Jane McGonigal Continue reading Why some kids get smarter by playing video games
Here’s a fun science-learning game that will teach you some basic concepts in physics. You’ll learn about velocity, probability, and force. This science learning game was put together by the NFL, Discovery Learning, and EA Sports™. I’m glad they did Continue reading Using football to learn the basics of physics
A detailed Washington Post article about the Common Core noted that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) is ramping up plans to have student essays graded by computer. This is happening even though, by their own admission, the computers are not Continue reading Using computers to grade your child’s writing
Every teacher and every family will have a different opinion about homework. What does the research say? The short answer is: Moderation. There may be better ways to enhance your child’s education. I’m going to show you how to help Continue reading Is homework the best use of time?
You may have heard about the a recent study about teens’ brains “shutting down” in response to criticism: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25338632 Teen girls had their brains scanned while they listened to a recording of their mother saying critical things. The result: a Continue reading Do you need to avoid a teen brain “shutdown?”