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Tim Sullivan
Tracking Playgrounds _ KaBoom

Apr 02, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in SchoolFamily.com

With 4 active kids, I love running across a random playground where they can have fun and be active (read: use up all their energy before bedtime).And that's what makes this little app from the KaBoom folks so neat. They're t... Read more
SchoolFamily
UK proposed curriculum includes Twitter and blogs for primary students

Mar 27, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Curriculum

Interesting article out of the UK about schools looking at adding Twitter and Blogs to the curriculum for primary students. The proposal would require:Children to leave primary school familiar with blogging, podcasts, Wikiped... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Are you doing your kids' homework for them?

Mar 25, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Homework

That's the worry in this well done Chicago Tribune article on parents and homework.Love the anecdote about the engineer parent and the $30,000 science fair project. Wait 'til my kids get a "make your own magazine" project, ri... Read more
SchoolFamily
Does a four-day school week work?

Mar 18, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Untagged 

I've noticed a couple of articles lately (here and here) talking about a four-day school week. In Iowa, the Department of Education turned down the Bondurant-Farrar school district's request for a four-day school week. One of... Read more
SchoolFamily
Should homework be optional if students understand the concepts?

Mar 16, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Homework

"Have you done your homework yet?" is a question asked almost daily by parents across the country. That's changing for parents of students at St. Paul's Hazel Park Middle School Academy.According to this article from StarTrib... Read more
Tim Sullivan
The New Homework, how do we parents keep up?

Mar 02, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Internet Safety, Homework

Spent last week in New York (as part of an Advisory Council for Symantec's new efforts around internet safety) focusing on how technology has become such a central part of our kids' experiences these days. My take: where ther... Read more
SchoolFamily
Getting your Preschooler Ready for the Real World of Kindergarten

Feb 27, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Kindergarten

This is a guest post by Cindy Golden from www.omacconsulting.blogspot.com. Cindy is a Special Education Supervisor with the Cherokee County, Georgia School District. She has been in special education for the last 26 years. Ci... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Norton Online Family beta is live

Feb 18, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Tim Sullivan, Internet Safety

I've been playing with this new Internet Safety program from Norton for a while now, and I really like it. I've got a decent techy brain (I can figure things out if I have to), but I prefer simple, and that's where Norton's n... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Scholastic, Books & "Stuff" in school

Feb 09, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Kids Reading

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this one. There aren't many parents out there who haven't been hit with the Scholastic book club flyers or the Scholastic book fair weeks. We've got three in grade school at my hous... Read more
SchoolFamily
How to Study Using the Folded Paper Method

Jan 30, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Homework

This is a guest post by Angela Norton Tyler, of Family Homework Answers. Angela is a teacher and parent from the Sacramento, California area. She has been a classroom teacher, an elementary school reading specialist, and has ... Read more