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Pennsylvania school releases iPad App and Starts pilot program

With the advent of the iPad and iPad 2, several schools are now attempting to implement the new “pad” technology into their classrooms. While limited studies have been performed to date, many of the schools have found specific features to be useful, such as the ability to share and access information.

What parents need to know about Snapchat

What parents need to know about Snapchat

Snapchat is one of the latest apps teens are using to communicate, and yet it’s not as “safe” as it appears...

Digital Music Guide

Digital Music Guide

Dance video games take technology to the next level

Much to the dismay of first-floor apartment dwellers, interactive dance video games have been prompting kids across the U.S. to get up and dance around their living rooms—and it doesn’t appear to be a passing trend.

How PA Schools are Protecting Kids - Digtially

Computers are present in almost every house, school and coffee shop. With computers comes the Internet, now a staple of our generation. Online access, with all its pluses, presents a concern to many parents.

The best gifts may be virtual

The most coveted gifts this holiday season may not be something you can wrap and stuff into a stocking. In a recent study at Carnegie Mellon University, researchers talked to young people about their most prized possessions. Many said that virtual assets—music, photos, Facebook gifts and items in online games—were more important to them than material possessions such as clothes.

Read me a story...on the computer

Author Eric Anderson knew what he was looking for and he wasn’t finding it.

Finding digital balance

This seems to be the year for “digital detox.” A surprising number of people are blogging about digital overload and their efforts to wean themselves and their families from its harmful effects. Even Google encourages employees to unplug during the workday by providing everything from bicycle paths to on-site massage services...

Cyberschool opens a new world for local families

Cyberschool sounded like a zany education trend when it burst onto the national radar almost a decade ago. But with 39 states, including Pennsylvania, now embracing online education, it seems like cyberschools are on track to totally transform education in the U.S.

When gossip becomes a threat

When gossip becomes a threat

Yesterday, my daughter who is a senior at a local high school emailed me a link to a website she thought I should take a look at. When I clicked on the link, it began with a paragraph that suggested the site creator knew all of the school’s “secrets.” This should be interesting, I thought. After all, it’s a small-town school and there are bound to be a lot of secrets—many of which I’ve already heard about through the local grapevine. The website included photos of kids at the school, but what I found most compelling...

 

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