Kristen Blair

Kristen Blair is a Chapel Hill-based education writer. She has extensive experience tracking education and public policy issues at both the state and national level. Her articles and op-eds have appeared in numerous publications, including the Charlotte Observer, Human Events, Christianity Today, Triangle Business Journal, the Greensboro News & Record, and the Durham Herald-Sun. Kristen has written a K-12 column for Carolina Journal since 2007 and is the published co-author of two books. Kristen currently serves on the board of an independent private school in Durham, North Carolina.

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Ethical, social, digital: Shaping the 21st century student

When it comes to using technology wisely and well, Laura Tierney believes this succinct truth: Kids can’t be what they...

 

With kids’ technology use, a budding backlash and a bid for balance

“We were having a real problem with video games in our house,” says Maureen L., a nurse practitioner and mother...

 

Digital media and child health: The good and the bad

“I feel like it isn’t 100 percent bad or 100 percent good. I try to use it for good things,”...

 

Why and when screen time matters for kids

“Every kid loves screen time,” says Amy Tart, a fifth grade English language arts teacher at Union Intermediate School in Clinton....

 

Amplifier or distractor: Technology’s role in the classroom

Media enthusiasts have a leg up at Davis Drive Middle School in Cary. A green screen studio in the school’s...

 

The power of K-12 technology integration today: Now, it’s personal

Research Triangle High School (RTHS) opened in 2012 with high hopes and an innovative teaching model. A public charter school...

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World without walls: Virtual reality’s role in the classroom

It’s a world without walls. Students can explore the vast expanse of the Great Barrier Reef or the microscopic intricacies...

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Why kids bully and what to do about it

“Hurt people hurt people.”   That’s how one middle school principal summed up the origins of bullying for me. My interview...

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Summer reading: It schools the mind

Languid summer days are near at hand. For students finishing the traditional academic year, time — free and fallow —...

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Are smartphones making teens dumb and dumber?

Smartphones are teenagers’ constant companions. The last thing teens check at night before drifting off to sleep, phones occupy pride...

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Bust bullying, boost school success

Mean girls and callous boys are nothing new. They’ve stalked school hallways and commandeered cafeterias for years. Yet bullies’ arsenal...

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Classroom technology: Hope or hype?

Digital devices dominate hopes and headlines in education today. They’re heralded as a way to boost learning outcomes, sharpen 21st-century...