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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, 2014 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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Students Who Lose Recess Are the Ones Who Need It Most

Students Who Lose Recess Are the Ones Who Need It Most | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Taking away recess as a punishment for behavior problems or academic lapses won’t help, and might hurt.
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Peggy Hale's curator insight, April 16, 2014 9:56 AM

I always have believed this statement! 

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You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help.

You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help. | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
David Levy's course at the University of Washington puts technology in its place—in the control of students.
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Why Do Kids Spend All Day on Social Media? Because They’re Not Allowed Out of the House | MIT Technology Review

Why Do Kids Spend All Day on Social Media? Because They’re Not Allowed Out of the House | MIT Technology Review | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd tries to puncture some myths about teenagers and the Internet.
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An Open Letter to My Boys regarding Technology (and their use of it)

An Open Letter to My Boys regarding Technology (and their use of it) | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Blog article from author Charles Martin. To see full articles please visit charlesmartinbooks.com.
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The Teen Vanishing Act: How the Latest Social Media Trends Are Hurting Our Kids

The Teen Vanishing Act: How the Latest Social Media Trends Are Hurting Our Kids | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
For the past few years, I've seen teens' shift their social media habits to apps and sites that provide illusions of ephemeral and anonymous interactions -- illusions that are quickly eroding their social and emotional well-being, and can be deadly.
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How Politics, Race, and Socioeconomic Status Affect Parents' Fears About Tech

How Politics, Race, and Socioeconomic Status Affect Parents' Fears About Tech | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
Parents often fear technology. They worry that their children might be exposed to inappropriate pornographic or violent content online, or be negatively influenced or explicitly hurt by a stranger through social media.
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Dad turns quest to get kids to play outdoors into 'Project Wild Thing' - TODAY.com

Dad turns quest to get kids to play outdoors into 'Project Wild Thing' - TODAY.com | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
When David Bond, a documentary filmmaker from South East London, asked his daughter how much she loved television, her response nearly...
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A Beautiful Visual on The Importance of Games in Learning

A Beautiful Visual on The Importance of Games in Learning | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it

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edilberto quispe's curator insight, November 18, 2013 7:13 AM

La importancia de los juegos en la educación

Anna Cole's curator insight, November 20, 2013 6:29 AM

I had to zoom this to read it, but it was well worth it!

Agora Abierta's curator insight, January 1, 2014 4:17 PM

La importancia del juego para el aprendizaje: es algo natural

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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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How Much Technology Should You Let Your Child Use?

How Much Technology Should You Let Your Child Use? | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
The critical questions are: Is this bad for our children? Is it wrong to provide them the most up-to-date tools for both entertainment and teaching? Is it wrong to want to see our children smile and grin as they watch their favorite videos?
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‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Pulled Game Because It Was ‘Too Addictive’

‘Flappy Bird’ Creator Pulled Game Because It Was ‘Too Addictive’ | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
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Interesting moment of altruism...

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Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds - The Digital Shift

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds - The Digital Shift | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.
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Video Game Creators Are Using Apps To Teach Empathy

Video Game Creators Are Using Apps To Teach Empathy | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
The man behind Madden NFL is using gaming technology to teach children emotional intelligence.
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Gregory’s iPhone Contract | Janell Burley Hofmann

Gregory’s iPhone Contract | Janell Burley Hofmann | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
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EdTechSandyK's curator insight, February 1, 2014 5:36 PM

Rules a mom gave her son when she gave him an iPhone for his birthday...

GwynethJones's curator insight, February 2, 2014 10:32 AM

This is just brilliant. Though gee, mom...Hot Damn?

Also, in our school you can bring your phone  and use it during transitions, lunch, & recess.

It's an evolving digital world out there - and yeah...rules need to be put down for the kiddos - every parent and school should negotiate those that are most resasonable - but I think we need to always keep TRUST at the center!


We Trust you to make good choices. Until you disapoint us - and then we will CRUSH YOU WITH PETTY RESTRICTIVE RULES!!! Muuwaaa.


Kidding. We need to be proactive and not reactive!

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The Balance of Screen Time

The Balance of Screen Time | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
"Television rots your brain." In a similar vein, video games turn your mind to mush, and staring at a screen for too long potentially makes you a zombie. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics (
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mmarotta's curator insight, March 6, 2014 10:05 AM

Balance of screen time

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Embracing Educational Trends in Technology

Embracing Educational Trends in Technology | Brain Research & Digital Parenting | Scoop.it
WAVERLY, Iowa - Smart phones, iPads, Kindles and other tablets are everywhere, including in our schools. A new study from Common Sense Media shows 75% of kids now have access to mobile technology such as smartphones or laptops.
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