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Is posting photos of other people's kids OK?

May 07, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Internet Safety

While flipping through the April issue of Wired magazine, the advice column (Dear Mr. Know-It-All), caught my attention as it raises an interesting question about how much you can/should post online of someone else's kids. Th... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Super Mom as Role Model?

May 06, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Parent Involvement

Recently ran across this column from Newsweek about a very involved mom wondering why her own daughter listed "dad" as role model on a school assignment.The column itself -- especially the fairly heated stay-at-home vs. worki... Read more
Tim Sullivan
Thanking Teachers and Mother's Day

May 06, 2009 - Posted by Tim Sullivan in Teacher Appreciation

I like how Teacher Appreciation Week and Mother's Day are connected this year on the calendar. For me, the son of a long-time grade school teacher, they always have been connected, even when thecalendar says differently. And ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Internet Safety Week: How to Keep Kids Safe Online

Apr 27, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Internet Safety

What better way to kick off Internet Safety Week than for our founder, Tim Sullivan, to appear on Fox 25 this morning! You can see what Tim had to say about keeping kids safe online by clicking in the video box below. I parti... Read more
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Teaching kids computer skills they don't learn in school

Apr 06, 2009 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology

Last week I wrote a post about UK schools looking at introducing Twitter, blogs, and other web applications into the curriculum. Seems that Story2.oh agrees there's a need for computer instruction for kids as they've launched... Read more
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
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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