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Children, Teens, and Entertainment Media: The View From The Classroom

Children, Teens, and Entertainment Media: The View From The Classroom | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it

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How media affects classroom performance in children

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Logan Merrell's curator insight, June 28, 2013 4:04 PM

Yet another study on how media use impacts the performance of students in the classroom from elementary school all the way up through high school. There were five areas to consider: homework, attention span, writing skills, face-to-face communication, and critical thinking. All teachers agreed that media use hurts students in all five categories to a certain degree but the most prominent (71%) was attention span.

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New tech creating 'distracted generation with short attention spans': Study - Economic Times

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Economic TimesNew tech creating 'distracted generation with short attention spans': StudyEconomic TimesHOUSTON: Amidst the flooding of new digital media, teachers believe that the trend is creating distracted generation with short attention spans,...

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Connecting modern technology trends to decreasing attention spans

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Cell Phones in Classrooms? No! Students Need to Pay Attention | Mediashift | PBS

Cell Phones in Classrooms? No! Students Need to Pay Attention | Mediashift | PBS | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
In the battle for the hearts and minds of students, the front line for educators has changed over the last couple of decades. Rather than the age-old struggle for access, the foremost concern today is one of attention.
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Good analysis of distractions in the classroom (i.e. cellphones, multitasking, etc.)

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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Interesting observations on paper vs. screens and how that affects attention

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Think digital distractions have killed our attention spans? Think again

Think digital distractions have killed our attention spans? Think again | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
The rise of complex TV series and vast novels shows we still prefer commitment to a quick fix, writes Stuart Jeffries
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Makes parallels between attention spans and increasingly complex tv series -- not sure I agree, but interesting nonetheless!  I think you could argue quite the opposite, that TV series have had to become more complex to hold our attention (we won't settle for slow and simple).

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5 ways to listen better

In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.
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Great observations about how to become a better listener -- which is really just an extension of paying attention better!

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Seeking Academic Edge, Teenagers Abuse Stimulants

Seeking Academic Edge, Teenagers Abuse Stimulants | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse stimulants.
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Talks about the abuse of "attention enhancing" drugs (stimulants etc.)  on both statistical and anecdotal levels

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The New Marshmallow Test: Students Can’t Resist Multitasking

The New Marshmallow Test: Students Can’t Resist Multitasking | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done. Pens poised over their “study observation forms,” the observers watched intently as the students—in middle school, high school, and college, 263 in all—opened their books and turned on their computers. For a quarter of...
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Placing the multitasking issue in perspective -- interesting analysis on learning and attention

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Do They Really Think Differently?

Do They Really Think Differently? | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it

http://www.eurolondon.com/blog/en/two-languages-one-brain/


Via Logan Merrell
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Do digital natives have skills that non digital natives don't?  What are the skills required for success in the age of immersive media

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Logan Merrell's curator insight, June 29, 2013 4:26 AM

It turns out that not only do "digital natives" think differently but their brain structure is also different. The latest research in neurobiology concluded that stimulation of various kinds actually change the brains structure and that affects the way people think. These transformations go on throughout a persons entire life not just in adolescense. "Digital natives" seem to have short attention spans when it comes to the old way of learning but the exact opposite happens when it comes to things they are interested in. So then what are the things "digital natives" are interested in? As a result of their experiences with technology they crave interactivity- an immediate response to their every action. What "digital natives" are really lacking is the time for reflection. In this day and age the world moves a mile and minute and kids don't really have time to sit back and reflect on what they experience.

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Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night — PsyBlog

Blue Light Can Improve Alertness and Attention Day or Night — PsyBlog | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
Exposure to blue light can improve reaction times, attention and boost brain waves, according to a new study.

Via Gerald Carey
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Interesting thoughts on augmenting attention!

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, February 15, 2014 6:15 PM

As the author states: "those who’d been exposed to blue light had faster auditory reaction times, better attention and their brain wave patterns suggested they were more alert–although they didn’t consciously feel any more alert."

So remove those red lights outside your house and put in blue bulbs instead. :-)

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Google Glass May Be Hands-Free, But Not Brain-Free

Google Glass May Be Hands-Free, But Not Brain-Free | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
Technology like Google Glass and Siri may be hands-free, but it still demands your attention.
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How much attention does it take to use "wearables?"  I think this is an important topic.  Comments on the article are great as well.

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New Cognitive Training Study Takes on the Critics | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

New Cognitive Training Study Takes on the Critics | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it

GBrain training: yay or nay?

It's not so simple.

Traversing the swamp of studies on cognitive training is bound to give even the boldest explorer a migraine.

But don't ...

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Good insight into "the mind is a muscle"

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Is Social Media Shortening Our Attention Span?

Is Social Media Shortening Our Attention Span? | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
It's probably unfair to blame social media specifically, but I think it's safe to say that the 24/7 media barrage of soundbites we face every day could be taking its toll. Twitter users need to make their point in 140 characters or less, USA Today, Fox News and others have [...]
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Raises questions about media & attention

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The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder

The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
Diagnoses have soared as makers of the drugs used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have found success with a two-decade marketing campaign.
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Inquiry into the massive increase in diagnosed attention disorders in the US.  Well worth the time to read.

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Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It

Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It | Attention Span and Media | Scoop.it
There is no doubt that “diminished attention” is a correct diagnosis of the intellectual temperament of our age. I see it to a greater degree each year even in the students I teach, who are among the very best that our high schools have to offer. But how to treat...
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Good article on attention as a core competency and how to teach it in a school context

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