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How Writing and the Printed Word Rewired Our Brains | tech graffiti

How Writing and the Printed Word Rewired Our Brains | tech graffiti | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

By Yvonne McArthur

 

"The written word can seem a little old hat compared to the wonders of the digital world, but it was truly revolutionary. In fact, access to writing and books not only completely altered the world we live in, but changed the way we think and perceive. In his book The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture, pastor and former adman Shane Hipps mentions four ways in which writing rewired our brains. Print and access to books made us more individualistic, more capable of abstract thought, more objective, and more linear in our thinking. Read on to find out how.?


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This is important in the digital world. Print and written materials have a role in the development of our brains. Nicholas Carr described how a typewriter changed the sound of Nietszche's writing.

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Seymour Papert on How Computers Fundamentally Change the Way Kids Learn

Seymour Papert on How Computers Fundamentally Change the Way Kids Learn | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Seymour Papert died at the age of 88 in 2016 (see obituary in New York Times). Many of his lectures, newspaper op-eds, books, and videoed talks are archived. The following description of  Papert wa…

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This is a long interview with Seymour Papert who pioneered the idea of digital tools in classrooms. He provided a more nuanced view than many of the current promoters do.
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Think 21st-century learning is digital-only? Think again

Think 21st-century learning is digital-only? Think again | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Why print resources can still play a valuable role in today’s high-tech classrooms.
Via Ines Bieler
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Technology (tech + logos) is wisdom and conversation about, with, and through tools. As Abraham Maslow stated, if the only tool we have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Good craftspeople are wise and converse with and through their tools as they choose them and use them.

Hannah Arendt said to leave children to their own devices (an interesting word) is unethical.
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Perspective | Don’t like your kids tethered to screens at school? Why not ask questions?

Perspective | Don’t like your kids tethered to screens at school? Why not ask questions? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Two teachers show how to fight education’s ed-tech obsession.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
Refering to Marc Prensky's work it was noted when teachers we “Hand a kid an iPad and [believe] now it’s reasonable to expect him or her to use it primarily for educational purposes?” they said in their new book “Screen Schooled.” “Only someone who has spent almost no time with children could possibly believe that.”

We should be skepticial of our practices and what others ask us to do in our teaching. Deep ecology (deep pedagogy) is premised on that self-skeptical view.

Hannah Arendt argued it was morally wrong to leave children to their own devices.

What I took offense to in Marc Prensky's early work was that he called teachers who refused to accept the digital native/digital immigrant premise lazy. He has since acknowledged that it is more complex than just labeling people this way and handing out digital tools.
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This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Productivity

This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Productivity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Studies show that reading printed material instead of on screens helps you better retain information.

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This is an interesting article. One study looked at people reading digitally and using books. The former group read faster and predicted they would comprehend the text better. When they were tested, it was not born out.
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'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The Google, Apple and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks who worry the race for human attention has created a world of perpetual distraction that could ultimately end in disaster

Via Alex Grech, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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"It is very common for humans to develop things with the best of intentions that have unintended, negative consequences" Justin Rosenstein, creator of the 'like' button

Technology (tech + logos) is a thoughtful conversation about, with, and through our tools. If we use any tool without thinking about our choice and use, we risk uniintended consequences.
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When Adults Abdicate Responsibility: Blame the Tech

When Adults Abdicate Responsibility: Blame the Tech | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
I laughed out loud when I read an extract from Rachel Botsman’s new book in The New York Times. The essay describes what unfolds when the author introduces the Amazon Echo to her three year-old…
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Hannah Arendt wrote that when adults leave children to their own devices it is unethical and immoral. Will children and adults make mistakes along the way? Yes, but parents and teachers are there to help pick the children up and move them along. No, we cannot hide tools away. Martin Heidegger proposed we cannot ignore our tools or simply accept them.

Technology is a wise conversation (tech + logos) about, with, and through our tools. To educate and be a pedagogue is to lead children, not abdicate them to their own devices.

I pity children who are impacted by someone who thinks wrongly that we need to just let them make mistakes. That is not a sound and moral educational philosophy and practice.
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Technology and the New Professionalization of Teaching

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If we set up our research for a pre-determined outcome, we should not be surprised it emerges. The authors of the study refer to Larry Cuban's work acknowleding digital tools have made a great impact in schools. What they fail to note is Cuban did not always find the impact to be positive.

Digital tools can reshape teaching and learning, but they have to be used in a careful and thoughtful manner. Teachers can only do so if they understand how to use tools well.
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Growing social media backlash among young people, survey shows

Growing social media backlash among young people, survey shows | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Almost two-thirds of pupils say they would not care if the technology did not exist and talk of negative impact on wellbeing

Via Rod Murray
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The people surveyed suggested improvements in social media might include less advertising, less fake news, more creative content, and more privacy.

Teaching children information and media literacy might be helpful.
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The Challenge That's Bigger Than Fake News

The Challenge That's Bigger Than Fake News | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Since the November 2016 presidential election, coverage of “fake news” has been everywhere. It’s hard to turn on the TV without hearing the term. Google and Facebook have pitched plans for fighting the menace.1 State legislators have even introduced bills to mandate K–12 instruction on the topic.

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How do we help our students, who have exceptional screen stamina, become more information literate?
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The Hidden Dangers Of The Internet of Things [Infographic] - SmartData Collective

The Hidden Dangers Of The Internet of Things [Infographic] - SmartData Collective | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Throughout the past decade, we’ve seen some amazing upgrades within the internet. The speeds originally started out pretty slow, but are improving as with one phone call you can choose from a variety of NBN plans that give you high-speed internet. One of the most notable advancements that has been relatively new is the “Internet …

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There is always a dark side to things. When we accept only one way to think about the tools we use, we fall victim to the dark side.
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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, September 30, 10:07 AM
The future looks bright for the IoT; however, it still is problematic when it comes to loopholes in user privacy and security. If proper boundaries could be set up to protect users from manufacturers using the excuse that they can use data because a user is using their software license, then the IoT could seem like a safer environment. Some of these issues are being changed thanks to algorithmic security, but ultimately it’s up to you to read the fine print to ensure your privacy and security rights.
 
Gust MEES's curator insight, October 2, 8:44 AM

With the IoT, we see everything has become internet-connected in some way. This has its benefits, but its dangers as well. Recently, hackers stole 10 gigabytes worth of data from a casino by hacking through a casino’s fish tank. The fish tank’s cleaner was connected to the internet to measure sensors, temperature and cleanliness, but left the door open for the casino’s network.

 

This is only one example of the dangers of IoT, and there are still many issues out there that people need to be aware of. Today, we will go deeper problematic areas of the IoT so you can become aware of its dangers.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?&tag=iot

 

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3quarksdaily: Social Media And The Training Of Our Minds

3quarksdaily: Social Media And The Training Of Our Minds | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
An Eclectic Digest of Science, Art and Literature
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How do the tools we use make us think, speak, and act differently? As Maslow said, if the only tool you use is a hammer, everthing begins to look like a nail.

This is an interesting and provocative article that raises more questions than answers.
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Children suffer with TV, video games in the bedroom

Children suffer with TV, video games in the bedroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A study from Iowa State University shows that having a TV or video games in a child's bedroom leads to problems with sleep, school, and behavior.
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It is nice to see research supporting what teachers experience in the classroom. I knew which students spent an inordinate amount of time playing video games and watching TV.
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The distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention

The distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Just how big of a problem is digital distraction for students, and how can educators respond?
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Larry Rosen has studied the impact of digital tools and social media on human's attention span for 30 years. He provides some good tips: the brain needs a reset, build stamina to study with tech breaks, get good sleep, minimize alerts, and talk to parents about digital free zones.
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Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released
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Teachers and parents should be aware of these findings. I am not sure how parents come to the conclusion that children learn better with increased screen time.
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The power of 'like'

The power of 'like' | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A single “like” on a social-media post can make it much more popular, which can influence how teens behave.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
This is the second part of a research-based set of articles. I scooped the first one on October 17.

This part looks at feedback, the use of likes, and how social media can influence how we view the world. As pedagogues, teachers and parents have to remember children and youth brains are forming.
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Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

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Making media literacy great again

Making media literacy great again | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

A basic understanding of where news comes from is back on the syllabus as students navigate an increasingly bewildering media environment



Via Dave Wee, Dean J. Fusto
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With the advent of social media, fake news has proliferated. It is not new, just more noticeable. How do we teach students about it?
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Social media: What’s not to like?

Social media: What’s not to like? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Social media can help teens connect with friends and family. Sometimes, however, it may leave them feeling depressed or isolated.
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There are several things to not like i.e. bullying, depression for some, gathering of data about us, etc.
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Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life

Technology is destroying the most important asset in your life | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
“Money isn’t the most important thing in the world. Your time is.” Parents, teachers, and mentors all around the world have spoken these words to us, in one form of another, throughout our lives. It makes sense, too. Most of us come to realize at some point that money is a means, not a

Via malek
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
If we think of technology (techne + logos) as a thoughtful and wise conversation, we learn that conversation is about, with, and through our tools.

Abraham Maslow said if the only tool we use is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Being thoughtful (full of thought) about how we choose and use our tools is essential.
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malek's curator insight, October 2, 7:41 PM

Although time is indeed limited, with attention, it can be diluted to expand beyond what most other people get out of the same quantity.

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Low-cost mindset interventions show promise, but not for all kids - The Hechinger Report

Low-cost mindset interventions show promise, but not for all kids - The Hechinger Report | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Growth mindset theory, the idea that intelligence is malleable and can grow, has taken the education world by storm in the past decade as a way of motivating students academically. One fan is a Harvard doctoral candidate who read Carol Dweck’s best-selling book, “Mindset,” in 2008 when she was teaching low-income teens in New York …
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How we teach and learn is different for each person. This includes interventions that impact well-being.
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Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You.

Don’t Panic, Liberal Arts Majors. The Tech World Wants You. | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
George Anders’s “You Can Do Anything” and Randall Stross’s “A Practical Education” argue for the value of a liberal education in today’s economy.

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A PhD in philosophy has not lost its lustre.
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Caution: Chromebooks : Stager-to-Go

Caution: Chromebooks : Stager-to-Go | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
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The article critiques how adults make decisions for schools. The author references Seymour Papert's groundbreaking work.

Technology is a conversation about, with, and through our tools. Without a thoughtful conversation, we fall victim to whatever gadgets arrive in the market.
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Is Google taking over the classroom?

Is Google taking over the classroom? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
These elite conversations around the ‘Future of Education’ are conducted almost entirely without input from teachers (and very rarely pupils and definitely not parents). Instead, techno-reform is something that is done to the profession. It is communicated to educators (and the public) through hype and marketing slogans – such as ‘personalized learning’ – that are designed to persuade and win support, not open up debates.

Via Nik Peachey, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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The shift from one group of businesses i.e. industrial factory owners and another i.e. digital is taking place. It is happening with limited, if any, input from teachers, parents, and students.
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 30, 8:12 AM

Some very insightful points here.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 2, 12:34 AM

Yes! Thanks to Jim Lerman. 

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Is Google Making Us Stupid?

Is Google Making Us Stupid? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
What the Internet is doing to our brains
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This is the article that is essentially the first chapter of Nicholas Carr's first chapter in his book The Shallows. Michael Fullan referred to it in his book Stratosphere. I don't agree with many of Fullan's views on the use of digital tools in schools, as he oversimplifies what happens in the classroom. However, Carr and Sherry Turkle challenge us to think and be mindful of how we are changing with new tools.
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Do you really mean “learn” here or are you confusing learning with remembering content ready to…

Do you really mean “learn” here or are you confusing learning with remembering content ready to… | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Do you really mean “learn” here or are you confusing learning with remembering content ready to regurgitate it in an arbitrary exam designed by the multi-$billion measurement industry? I’d suggest…
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"The belief that a piece of software or technology can magically adapt itself to a child’s changing needs, unique talents, passions, and interests is naive technological utopianism that conveniently ignores the limits of technological platforms whilst diminishing the role of the human."

I am not as convinced about the role of new digital tools in the classroom. The human (haptic and pedagogic) hand is essential in teaching and learning, which are deeply human enterprises.
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Work and the Loneliness Epidemic

Work and the Loneliness Epidemic | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Reducing isolation at work is good for business.
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Being connected in the digital age is not the same as being together and forming relationships. Sherry Turkle's book Alone Together is a great read. What does this mean for teachers? This is an important question we should ask on a daily basis. How do we reach out and form relationships? How do we help students?

Being together brings us into contact with others who have diverse views of the world. We live in a radically contingent world where anything can happen and often does (Biesta, 2012).
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