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The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows

The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off — suggests new research.
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When I was doing my literature review, I came across research that suggested cell phones should not be taken away in classrooms. It did not solve the problem. The authors suggested a break every 1/2 hour or so to let students check their cell phones. The essential learning is about self-regulating, which is part of being mindful.
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Why Is It So Hard to Unplug from the Digital World?

Why Is It So Hard to Unplug from the Digital World? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Our digital virtual world may be overshadowing our real personal world.

Via Susan Taylor
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

Do we want to use words like addiction to describe our dependence on useful tool? Or do we need to learn when and what makes technology useful in a particular context?

 

Watch the adults using technology. What role model do they provide? It is not enough to talk. We need to show the way.

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:19 AM

When people are asked to unplug for 24 hours, there are typically two responses: (1) Most are unwilling to unplug; and (2) Most are functionally not capable of it.

 

Why is it so incredibly difficult to unplug from our virtual world?

 

According to Ray Williams, we are wired for success.  It's not that technology has forced us to be dependent or addicted to technology as if we are victims to it.  What Williams has found is that people "have redefined their identity with the belief that you can only be successful and important if you are plugged in 24/7."

 

With this, "an equal amount of time and energy has not been spent developing greater self-awareness" and inner connection.  The results?  A sense of feeling lost.  A search for greater meaning.  And not being sure who you really are.

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The Attention Paradox: Winning By Slowing Down

The Attention Paradox: Winning By Slowing Down | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Top-performers, in sport and in business, appear to distribute their cognitive and physical efforts in periods of high-intensity and focus, followed by periods of effective recovery and regeneration.


Via Martin Debattista
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:
There are times to be in gear and times to cruise in a lower gear, taking in the world more fully. I found slowing down at some times helped me when I needed to be more present and focused later.
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Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership

Meditating Your Way To More Effective Leadership | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

 

The Drucker School of Management and Wharton Business School both offer courses in mindfulness meditation. Virginia Tech is sponsoring "contemplative practices for a technological society," a conference for engineers who integrate contemplative disciplines into their work. Google offers courses in meditation and yoga

 

Aetna, Merck, General Mills--the list goes on--all are exploring how meditation can help their leaders and employees agilely thrive in today's fast-paced business environment. And the benefits are widely publicized: sustained attention span, improved multi-tasking abilities, strengthened immune system, increased emotional intelligence, improved listening skills...And there is science behind such claims.


Via Pamir Kiciman, The BioSync Team, Jem Muldoon
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's insight:

I like the ideas that mindfulness is combined with Peter Drucker's work and that large companies are looking at meditation as something that will benefit employees.

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this time this space's comment, February 2, 2013 6:40 PM
You're welcome. Sorry about the delay in replying.
Jem Muldoon's curator insight, February 15, 2013 4:15 PM

When top business schools highlight the importance of mindfulness with courses for future leaders, we now have precedence for including it in educational leadership training.

Lauran Star's curator insight, March 19, 2013 11:43 AM

What really happens when we meditate? How can such a simple act of sitting still actually cultivate agile, talented leaders? Read this article to learn more.