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Carol Brooks Ball
Federal Study on Bullying Examines States' School Policies

Dec 15, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Teachers, Parenting, Middle School, Internet Safety, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Bullying

This week, you may have heard about results of a new studying on bullying released by the U.S. Department of Education. The study was commissioned by the feds to gain information about the existence and strength of bullying l... Read more
Livia McCoy
A Cool (Free) Tool for Doing a Presentation

Oct 19, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Teachers, SchoolFamily.com, School Success, Middle School, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kindergarten, Homework, High School, Elementary School

Many teachers assign presentations to help their students develop their speaking and presenting skills. I recently learned to use some presentation software that is available free on the web. It’s called Prezi and is pa... Read more
Connie McCarthy
4 Ways to Help Young Learners Use Technology Wisely

Sep 27, 2011 - Posted by Connie McCarthy in Technology, Kids Learning, Connie McCarthy

Recently, at a dinner party, a parent of an elementary school child asked my opinion of how technology has affected children’s reading and written language skills. That was quite a question to digest! I answered by say... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Providing iPads Instead of Textbooks For Classroom Learning Gets My Vote

Sep 13, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, Homework, High School, Health and Fitness, Elementary School, Back to School, After-School

I don't know about you but my house has more computers than we need. Yes, that's partly due to the fact that my son, who today works in information technology, built two of his own computers during his middle school and high ... Read more
Carol Brooks Ball
Cell Phones For Tweens: Tips On When and Why

Sep 08, 2011 - Posted by Carol Brooks Ball in Technology, Middle School, High School, Helicopter Parents, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, Cell Phones, Back to School, After-School

Both of my children have cell phones. And both phones, in my mind, were purchased for the sole purpose of keeping in touch. With me.  Them, not so much. To them, their cell phones serve the purpose of allowing virtually-... Read more
SchoolFamily
Girls + Science, Technology, and Math = Never Too Young!

Aug 26, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, High School, Extracurricular Activities, Elementary School, College

As a parent, it’s inevitable that you have those “I wish I knew then, what I knew now” moments. My oldest child is a senior in high school. Needless to say, there have been a lot of those moments recently.&n... Read more
Livia McCoy
Making Sense of Notes Taken on the Computer

May 24, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy

I have been tutoring a seventh grade student who takes his life science notes on his computer. Apparently, his teacher uses PowerPoint to teach the lessons. Students get a copy of her PowerPoint and are supposed to fill in ... Read more
Livia McCoy
Computer-Assisted Reading

Mar 14, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, Livia McCoy, Learning Disabilities, Kids Reading

If your child has trouble reading, or reads too slowly, she might benefit from text-to-speech software. Text-speech-software takes any text in digital format (such as on the Internet or in a word processor) and reads it alou... Read more
Livia McCoy
Does My Child Need a Laptop for School?

Jan 31, 2011 - Posted by Livia McCoy in Technology, School Success, Livia McCoy, Kids Learning

Many parents contact me to ask whether they should buy a laptop for their child. In today’s technological world, we tend to think that every child needs a computer of their own. In reality, there are many factors to con... Read more
SchoolFamily
Your T(w)een's School Social Life - When to Step in and When to Step Back

Jan 06, 2011 - Posted by SchoolFamily in Technology, School Success, Parent Involvement, Middle School, Kids Learning, Internet Safety, Homework, High School, Bullying

Teenagers are social beings. Often, the social scene during this time is, well, complicated. Friendship issues, big and small, can be all-consuming for a t(w)een.  And sometimes, friendship drama can get in the way of sc... Read more