Minecraft and Waldorf Education?!

Yes, we let our boys adventure with Minecraft, the award winning, addictive video game used by over 100 million people worldwide. Including many of our children’s classmates. And they savor the limited time they are allowed to explore this creative platform. In a recent article in the New York Times, Clive Thompson explores the history…

More on the importance of handwriting

I previously wrote (and here) and spoke about the importance to learning of taking handwritten notes, and of summarizing concepts with drawings and schematics. A recent article in Psychological Science provides further support for this notion. Researchers at Princeton report that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who…

Why we chose Waldorf Education

While I’m very far from a Luddite, one of the reasons that we specifically chose a Waldorf education for our three children was the limitations on technology and media exposure at a young age, which allows them to develop a better sense of ‘self’ so that when they interact with media and technology they are…

“Blended Learning”: The new panacea?

Blended learning is a form of education in which traditional, classroom based learning is complemented by personalized tutoring, usually in the form of computer-based activities. Proponents argue that this approach allows students to learn at their optimal pace, and allows teachers to tailor lessons to individual students’ needs and strengths. Advocates also suggest that blended…

WSB Parents to Present at Baltimore TechBreakfast

On Wednesday, January 29, WSB parents Earle Pratt and Tyson Macdonald, and WSB Board member Will Anderson will give a presentation about Waldorf education at TechBreakfast held at DLA Piper, LLP in Mt. Washington. WSB is the sole official school sponsor of TechBreakfast in Baltimore. TechBreakfast is a monthly breakfast get-together where techies, developers, designers,…

Children and electronic media

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their recommendations regarding exposure of children and adolescents to digital media. The authors of this policy statement remind us that, on average, 8 to 10year-olds spend nearly 8 hours a day with a variety of different media, and that older children and teenagers spend more than 11 hours…

Coffee & Conversation: Technology in the Classroom

Join us for Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, December 18, 8:30 am at the Waldorf School of Baltimore. The discussion on “Technology in the Classroom: Perspectives from IT Professionals”, will be led Waldorf parents Earle Pratt and Will Anderson. Earle Pratt is the President & CEO of New Horizons Computer Learning Centers. With over 300…

NPR on Technology in the Classroom

NPR program, debating the value of technology (e.g. iPads) in the classroom. Waldorf Education is mentioned. The program, an EdTech conference, is headlined by Diane Ravitch, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education and Devin Schain, coordinator of the Capital Exchange.