Learning and fun from EDMO

Navigating the News

It’s hard not to hear what is happening in Washington and in the political world right now. Even if you’re trying to decompress and watch The Ellen Show or The View, coverage is interrupted by the latest in the news and updates on the Senate Hearings and other national world events. With TV or Radio on, even as background, and …

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Recognizing Character

Today is Character Day, a global initiative where a myriad of schools, organizations and families view films and printed materials and have the opportunity to join an online conversation about the importance of building character. Character Day is the brainchild of Tiffany Shlain, an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of The Webby Awards. Her website, Let it Ripple, as the site states …

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Makers: Why does my kid keep raiding the recycling bin?

Better than LEGOs, MindCraft and even YouTube, raiding the recycling bin is my son’s favorite past-time. Starting with a supply of duct tape, and as he’s gotten older a glue-gun, batteries, LEDs, wires, wheels, a small tool kit, and a few motors re-purposed from RC cars of the past, he can occupy himself for hours. I’m sorry to admit that …

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Makers: What’s the Connection to Education?

Real scientists and engineers tinker to learn and work out designs, usually in a constant iteration of make, test, adjust, repeat. Similarly, Maker education provides students with real-world problems, physical materials, tools to work out solutions, and encouragement for peer collaboration. Giving students license to solve problems their own way and learn by doing in a social environment has been …

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Makers: What’s Behind All The Hype?

There’s a lot of making out there today: messy, sticky, smudgy, artistic, electronic or robotic. Every city has a Maker Faire, Make magazine is in the checkout line at the grocery store, and schools around the U.S. are asking parents to help supply their new Makerspaces. Are you wondering what’s all the hype? When did art class jump the shark …

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Tools for Teaching Mindfulness

Mindfulness seems like a simple enough concept. But it isn’t something that many parents have mastered, certainly not me. So if I’m not already practicing mindfulness myself, how can I possibly teach it to my kids? There are lots of tools and articles out there that claim to help, but which ones really work? A Google search on “how to …

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