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NeuroSky launches Focus Pocus learning app that kids can control with their minds

NeuroSky launches Focus Pocus learning app that kids can control with their minds | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
NeuroSky has a new wizard-themed game kids can control with their brain waves -- possibly improving their learning abilities at the same time. The company has been launching toys and other products that let you control things with your own thoughts.
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How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri

How One Boy With Autism Became BFF With Apple’s Siri | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
How one 13-year-old boy with autism became BFF’s with Apple’s Siri
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7 dangerous Apps that parents need to know about

7 dangerous Apps that parents need to know about | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
I work in public relations at Cook Children's. It’s my job to be on social networking sites, peruse the internet and keep up with the latest Apps offered on smartphones. It’s a great job and I love what I do, but over the last couple years, I have learned so much about the dangers of Smart Phone Apps. It’s downright scary.

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How Technology is Sabotaging Your Sleep

How Technology is Sabotaging Your Sleep | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Discover how your nighttime technology habits are adversely affecting your sleep and your health.
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The Truth About Parenting And Smartphones

The Truth About Parenting And Smartphones | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Recently, journalists and researchers have been blaming smartphones for bad parenting. They want us to put down our devices and focus on our children. But they’ve got it all wrong. It is no wonder that anxiety plagues the modern human. We seem hopelessly confused. We love our tools; we can’t stop [...]

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Neil Krasnoff's curator insight, October 8, 1:05 PM

I like this balanced and reflective piece that places a priority on the teaching of values, as opposed to the mentality of fear and banishment.

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The Worst Apps for Kids - Sunshine and Hurricanes

The Worst Apps for Kids  - Sunshine and Hurricanes | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
The Worst Apps for Kids - What Apps You Don't Want On Your Child's Phone
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In defense of screen time - The Boston Globe

In defense of screen time - The Boston Globe | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
It’s time to seriously consider how to prepare our kids for a digital future instead of vilifying it.
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eSchool News 11 TED Talks about science and the brain | eSchool News

eSchool News 11 TED Talks about science and the brain | eSchool News | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
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Active vs. Passive screen time Research from Queensland University of Technology

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Research that differentiates types of screen time.

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Bored at Work? Good

Studies show that in moderate doses boredom actually has a big upside.
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Being bored not so bad it turns out...

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National Geographic Channel - Brain Games

National Geographic Channel - Brain Games | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Everyone thinks they're SO special... but the truth is: we're mostly just copycats.
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The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test

The brainy questions on Finland’s only high-stakes standardized test | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Now here's a really serious college readiness exam.

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Stephanie Sandifer's curator insight, April 18, 10:33 AM

Statements in this article that caught my attention:

"...students are primarily assessed by multiple teacher-made tests that vary from one school to another...

...At the national level sample-based student assessments similar to the National Assessment of Educational Progress that have no stakes for students, teachers, or schools are the main means to inform policy-makers and the public on how Finland’s school system is performing...

 

...This customized school system that attempts to meet local and individual needs is a poor host for external inspections and standardized tests. The only external standardized test in Finland is the national Matriculation Examination, a high-stakes exam that determines college readiness and which all students are required to pass in order to graduate high school exit and  enter university...


...Most Finns, including students and teachers, are happy with one examination given at the end of high school rather than more frequent tests and the side-effects that often come with them during the course of schooling...

 

What is the structure of this exam and what does it measure?  First, students must take at least four individual tests in order to be awarded the Matriculation Examination certificate. An exam assessing students’ competencies of mother tongue (Finnish, Swedish or Saami) is compulsory for everybody. Second, each student chooses three further tests from the following pool: second domestic language (e.g. Swedish), foreign language (most often English), mathematics, and one test from the humanities and sciences category. Additionally, students may add optional exams in the following subjects: various foreign languages, history, civics, biology, geography, physics, chemistry, health education, psychology, philosophy, ethics, and religious studies...

 

...The mathematics exam consists of 15 problems of which student can choose no more than ten..."

Just some interesting things to ponder and to compare against the system of testing that has been adopted here in the United States. 

 

 

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Digital overload: How we are seduced by distraction

Digital overload: How we are seduced by distraction | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Our addiction to e-mail, the Internet and social media is robbing us of time, attention and even health
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Digital Zombie Series: Can We Ever Be Alone Again?

Digital Zombie Series: Can We Ever Be Alone Again? | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Lately I've noticed a strange phenomenon that occurs at traffic lights around town.  The light turns green and the first car, after some hesitation, pulls forward.  Then the next one, after another...
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Eanes ISD Digital Parenting Course

Eanes ISD Digital Parenting Course | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Preview and download the course Eanes ISD Digital Parenting Course on iTunes U.
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Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
danah boyd (she doesn't capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It's Complicated:
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How am I just now discovering this?

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Screen Time

Screen Time | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Get Screen Time on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Technology 101 for Parents - Sunshine and Hurricanes

Technology 101 for Parents  - Sunshine and Hurricanes | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Technology 101 for Parents - It Can Be Your Thing and We Will Help You
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Social Media Safety Tips and Resources - Safe Smart & Social

Social Media Safety Tips and Resources - Safe Smart & Social | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Check your inbox for more information from us! In the meanwhile, here’s some great social media resources for you to enjoy. Here’s a list that will help to keep your kids safe on social media. Four Conversations You Can Have With Kids About Tech – A blog post by APlatformForGood.com Family Online Safety Contract – …
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TEDxSF - Scott Hess - Millennials: Who They Are & Why We Hate Them - YouTube

Scott Hess is the Vice President of Insights for TRU, a global youth research firm, and is considered one of the foremost authorities on American youth. In t...
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Taking Breaks--You're Doing It Wrong

Taking Breaks--You're Doing It Wrong | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
All work and no rest doesn't only make you dull, it also makes you less effective at your job. But your brain doesn't think that checking Facebook...
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Why You Should Unplug - Edudemic

Why You Should Unplug - Edudemic | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
We are connected most of the time these days. I consider myself extremely connected, and even I find myself at times overwhelmed by how connected people are. We’ve often gone out to dinner with friends to find at least one of them totally ignoring the conversation because they are completely engrossed in checking the news/Facebook/Instagram/the …
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Digital Parenting 101: An iTunesU Course For Parents

Digital Parenting 101: An iTunesU Course For Parents | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Part of having any type of success in a school is to have the support of parents.  While some schools can overcome a lack of parent involvement or support, most depend on the idea that "it takes a ...
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How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving

How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Last month, Scientific American declared "...“not only is Minecraft immersive and creative, but it is an excellent platform for making almost any subject area more engaging.” A nod from a top scien...

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Here's What The Internet Could Look Like In 2025

Here's What The Internet Could Look Like In 2025 | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Charlie Chaplin once said that cinema was just a fad. In 1936, The New York Times wrote that a "rocket will never be able to leave the Earth's atmosphere." In 1955, Variety magazine stated that rock n' roll would be gone by June of that yea...
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