5 Ways Educators Can Help Families Make Better Use of Tech Outside the Classroom 
From EdSurge

Parents see educators as their partner in identifying educational digital media for their children; yet an EdSurge survey highlights that only one out of ten educators often recommend digital media to their students for educational purposes. This blog shares five tips for educators that can help foster the home and school connection on technology use with young children.

Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Distributed Practice 
From Digital Promise

Distributed practice refers to reviews that take place after some time from the original learning event, as opposed to reviews that occur immediately following the original learning event (termed massed practice).

Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Retrieval Practice 
From Digital Promise

Cognitive and educational psychologists have uncovered a great deal of information about the mind, brain, memory and learning. Some of this research has found its way into practice through educational materials; however, few have been directly translated to practitioners and students. One exception is retrieval practice: the practice of retrieving information from memory.

Ensuring That PBL Is Accessible to All 
From Edutopia

We know that PBL can be a powerful tool to eliminate achievement gaps and help students of all backgrounds develop critical 21st-century learning skills that prepare them to thrive. But how do we ensure that PBL is accessible to all learners?

Five Learning Strategies that Work 
From Digital Promise

Two techniques – practice testing and distributed practice – were found to be highly effective. Three more – interleaved practice, elaborative interrogation, and self-explanation – were found to be moderately effective. Others, such as rereading and highlighting, were found to have “low effectiveness.”

How Educators Can Foster Student Motivation 
From Digital Promise

This blog shares classroom strategies to help classroom teachers motivate their students. Autonomy in learning, relatedness, and competence are discussed.

New Cyberlearning Community Report: Five Great Reasons to Read It 
From Digital Promise

CIRCL gathered 22 scientists to report on emerging research-based designs, ideas, and progress related to cyberlearning (research projects that investigate emerging technology and emerging learning sciences)

New Teachers: How to Talk to Parents 
From Edutopia

A veteran teacher shares what she’s learned in the course of 26 years. Big picture: A little empathy goes a long way.

Parent Engagement in the Digital Age 
From Edutopia

Parent Engagement in the Digital Age: Communication apps are breaking down barriers that have limited parent engagement in the past.

Real-World Applications of Classroom Learning 
From Edutopia

Read about project-based learning ideas that have your students collaborate with peers around the world and apply their learning to make a difference.