USA Today natl education writer. Author of THE GAME BELIEVES IN YOU: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter (out 4/21) @gamebelieves gtoppo@usatoday.com

Coast Guard shifts search for missing boys

usatoday.com — The Coast Guard shifted and broadened its search Monday in a race against time to find for two boys missing in the vast Atlantic since they left South Florida in a 19-foot boat three days ago.
Jul 27, 2015

Coast Guard shifts search focus in race against time to find missing Florida boys. usat.ly/1JLk3pL pic.twitter.com/2VUxG7U1oR

Jul 27, 2015

I really hope they find them alive somewhere -- the latest on the search for the 14-year-olds missing in Florida usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Stow the flash cards mom and dad: Social skills better for your kids

usatoday.com — Parents who want their kids to succeed have been known to play Mozart in the nursery and quiz their preschoolers with flash cards. A new study suggests these parents might want to go back to the basics by teaching children to share and take turns.
Jul 16, 2015

Stow the flash cards; social skills better for your kids. 5-yr-olds who share more likely to graduate college, usat.ly/1MwN8Iv

Jul 16, 2015

RT @LizSzabo: Stow the flash cards; social skills better for your kids. 5-yr-olds who share more likely to graduate college, usat.ly/1MwN8Iv

Books that snap, crackle, buzz and sing

hechingerreport.org — It was, she remembered, the first standing ovation she ever received as a librarian. Laura Fleming was working at an elementary school in River Edge, N.J., one of those tiny suburban school districts across the river from Manhattan. It was 2009, she'd been working in education for 12 years and she'd long been searching for ...

New York City settles Eric Garner case for $5.9 million

11alive.com — Nearly a year to the day after Staten Island police killed an unarmed father of six who was allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, the City of New York said it had reached a settlement in the case. The city on Monday agreed to pay the family of Eric Garner $5.9 million, local media reported, citing a lawyer who represents the family.
Jul 13, 2015

New York City settles Eric Garner case for $5.9 million on.11alive.com/1IWJc4C via @11alivenews

Mexican Drug Kingpin 'El Chapo' Escapes from Prison (again)

wltx.com — A notorious Mexican drug kingpin who escaped once before from prison - and spent more than a decade on the lam - has done it again. This time, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman disappeared down a hole near his cell and walked nearly a mile underground to freedom, triggering a massive manhunt Sunday.

MD Boy Beaten for Taking a Slice of Birthday Cake Dies

wltx.com — Hagerstown, MD (WUSA) - A 9-year-old Maryland boy who was beaten unconscious last week for taking a piece of birthday cake has died of his injuries, police in Hagerstown, Md., said. Jack Kirby Garcia died Sunday, police told WUSA-9. Robert Wilson, 30, his mother's boyfriend, will likely face murder charges, police said.

Nine-year-old boy dies after being beaten unconscious for taking a piece of birthday cake

independent.co.uk — Jack Kirby Garcia died Sunday, police told WUSA-9. Robert Wilson, 30, his mother's boyfriend, will likely face murder charges, police said. Court records show that Wilson tearfully admitted to beating the boy after he caught him eating a slice of birthday cake without permission. Police arrested Wilson Thursday.

Newsome: Confederate flag "the banner of racial intimidation and fear"

usatoday.com — The helmeted woman who scaled a flagpole in front of the South Carolina State Capitol last week to remove a Confederate battle flag calls it "the banner of racial intimidation and fear whose popularity seems to expand whenever black Americans appear to be making gains economically and politically in this country."
Jun 29, 2015

#BreeNewsome, flagpole climber, says Confederate flag "banner of racial intimidation and fear" usat.ly/1LR7YSg

Do Video Games Inspire Violent Behavior?

scientificamerican.com — On the morning of August 12, 2013, nearly eight months after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 26 people, Michael Mudry, an investigator with the Connecticut State Police, drove to nearby Danbury to try to solve a little mystery.
Jun 18, 2015

Which Video Game Obsessed Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter? Do Violent Video Games Inspire Violent Behavior? scientificamerican.com/article/do-vid…

Jun 19, 2015

Q: What video game obsessed Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook School shooter? A: None of the ones you think. scientificamerican.com/article/do-vid… @GameBelieves

Jun 19, 2015

RT @gtoppo: Q: What video game obsessed Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook School shooter? A: None of the ones you think. scientificamerican.com/article/do-vid… @GameBelieves

Jun 20, 2015

Q: What video game obsessed Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook School shooter? A: None of the ones you think. scientificamerican.com/article/do-vid… @GameBelieves

Digital Games Promise to Improve Math Skills

educationnext.org — Greg Toppo is USA Today 's national education and demographics reporter. Raising children in a world "driven by images, media, and interactive technologies" gave him a different perspective on education reform and aroused his curiosity in video games and the role they could play in learning.
Jun 16, 2015

RT @EducationNext: Digital Games Promise to Improve Math Skills: An excerpt from @gtoppo ‘s The Game Believes in You ednxt.co/1KVKm0D

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Jul 31, 2015

@RickAsa Happy to talk re your ed tech piece. Follow/DM me w/ details. -gt

Jul 30, 2015

... #NCLB: No Canteen Left Behind RT @Harvard: 50% of kids don’t drink enough water & it may affect their functioning hvrd.me/Qf9Hf

Jul 29, 2015

I'm reading/signing Friday, Aug. 7, at B&N in Ellicott City, Md ... another reading Aug. 28 at Politics & Prose in DC stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/4870851-0

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