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Livia McCoy
AudioNote: A Technological Solution for Note Taking

Apr 04, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Struggling Students, Livia McCoy

In an earlier blog I wrote about the Livescribe Pen which is a recording pen that assists students who have trouble taking notes. In this same blog, I mentioned the AudioNote app. At that point, I did not have any experience ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Necessary Skills for Students in the Digital Age

Mar 28, 2013 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy

My 8-year-old grandson recently picked up the television remote control, turned on the satellite dish, found the recorded program his mom wanted to watch, highlighted the correct one, and then handed the remote to his mom. He... Read more
Livia McCoy
Eliminate Distractions While Doing Homework

Mar 20, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Homework, High School, Cell Phones, ADHD

 Many students have a hard time staying focused on a task. Much has been written about teenagers who are growing up in the media age. Most agree that they are very good at multitasking. In a report featured on NPR, the a... Read more
Livia McCoy
Selecting Typing Software: Which is Best for Your Child?

Mar 15, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Teenagers, Teen Girls, Teen Boys, Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Parents often call me to find out what typing software I recommend they get for their child. Unfortunately, this is a really difficult question! It really isn’t so much what software to buy as it is what your child does... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
School Shootings: Help Your Child Process Tragedy in the News

Feb 28, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Grief, Elementary School, Bullying

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the residents of Chardon, Ohio after the tragic shootings at Chardon High School on Monday, Feb. 27. As of this writing, three of the five teenage victims have succumbed to their injuries. TJ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Should Principals Have Control of Students' "Off Campus" activity?

Feb 27, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, After-School

Most schools have rules for how students should behave while on school grounds, and many have a written code of behavior that students—and occasionally parents—are required to sign.   It's also long been the ... Read more
SchoolFamily
Help Your School Win a Technology Makeover Valued at $50,000!

Feb 06, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Middle School, Elementary School, Contest

I went to a meeting at my kids’ school the other night and the teacher was talking about how the hum from the old computers in the school computer lab is so loud,  it literally gives you a headache! Ouch. Not good ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Are Your Teens Using "SelfControl"?

Feb 03, 2012 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Fun Learning Activities, Cell Phones

At SchoolFamily.com, we offer parents lots of information about keeping kids focused on their schoolwork, and staying (or getting) motivated. We also offers ways to help parents set limits on the time their kids spend in fron... Read more
SchoolFamily
The Red Flags of Cyber Bullying

Jan 26, 2012 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, Parenting, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kindergarten, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

SchoolFamily.com guest blogger Dr. Michele Borba, Ph.D. is an expert and author on issues involving children and teens, parenting, bullying, and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character... Read more
Livia McCoy
Why laptops aren't good for all students

Jan 17, 2012 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Curriculum, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Kids Learning, Homework, High School, Elementary School, College

One-to-one Laptop Schools—those schools that provide each student with a laptop or tablet computer—may be good for some learners, but not for all. Many schools are also issuing digital textbooks along with laptops... Read more