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Colleges of Future Could Be Come One, Come All

Colleges of Future Could Be Come One, Come All | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tamar Lewin, New York Times

 

Colleges are building global student bodies and trying to create models for massive open online courses, or MOOCs.

 

[Want to understand the MOOC phenomenon, this is a good place to start.]

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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize! Last year we published her moving speech to the UN, given on her 16th birthday. Imagine what she could do for women and global education in the years ahead? ● Do violent video games contribute to youth violence? Parents must set (and carry out) the household policy on playing video games with violence. ProCon.org can help. They’ve collected excerpts from smart sources, and put 11 in the “yes” column and 11 in the “no” column. The positions quote diver...

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What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast

What Kids Around the World Eat for Breakfast | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
What do kids around the world eat for breakfast? It’s as likely to be coffee or kimchi as it is a sugary cereal.
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What Do We Know About Human Intelligence?

What Do We Know About Human Intelligence? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jonathan Wai, Creativity Post

 

What do we know about the science of human intelligence? Douglas Detterman, emeritus professor at Case Western Reserve University, shares what he has learned from decades of working in this field.

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How Exercise Can Boost Young Brains

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by Gretchen Reynolds, NYT

 

Encourage young boys and girls to run, jump, squeal, hop and chase after each other or after erratically kicked balls, and you can substantially improve their ability to think.

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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

“A growth mindset is the best gift we can give our children,” says Jessica Lahey. Read her smart tips on helping kids deal with criticism. This is an all-important parenting skill. Get informed. ● You’ve seen those diagrams of brain scans with colorful patches. But what do they mean? Watch the TED Talk by Nancy Kanwisher, a prominent MIT neuroscientist, and get the basics of brain scan research. Her engaging 17-minute talk makes it completely understandable! Really. ● 

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Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning

Curiosity Prepares the Brain for Better Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daisy Yuhas, Scientific American

 

Neuroimaging reveals how the brain’s reward and memory pathways prime inquiring minds for knowledge

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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Students are protesting in Jefferson County, Colorado. Why? Their school board wants to make changes to the new AP History class which would downplay civil disobedience. (Yes, ironic.) Follow that article with the one discussing progressive vs. conservative bias in the new history curriculum. Should this matter to parents? ● Heard about Massive Online Open Courses, known as MOOCs? Read how China is using them. You know about Finland’s top education system, but what about Poland’s? 

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Is there too much testing in the public schools?

Is there too much testing in the public schools? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By PBS

 

This is the first year that schools will publish student test scores tied to the Common Core initiative. Critics argue that implementing these new standards cause overtesting that rob teachers and students of valuable teaching time. Judy Woodruff gets debate from Kathleen Porter-Magee of the Partnership for Inner-City Education and Miami-Dade County Public Schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Continue reading →

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

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by Ingfei Chen, Mind/Shift

 

Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success.

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Week's Best Articles on Learning & Education, for Parents

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by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Remember the Marshmallow Test? The professor who developed it has published his first non-academic book. He's 84. He's got good news for concerned parents. Maybe you’ve already heard about lithium in the water. If not, here's your chance. The global achievement gap gets two articles this week. There's an argument for why you should not admire China's top ranked school system. And, if you're curious, peek at the graph to find out how U.S. elementary students time-in-school compares to other nations.  Ann McCormick, founder of The Learning Company and developer of Reader Rabbit, has a new reading app. Check it out!

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Learning How to Exert Self-Control

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by Pamela Drucerman, New York Times

 

At age 84, Mr. Mischel is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.” 


He says we anxious parents timing our kids in front of treats are missing a key finding of willpower research:  Whether you eat the marshmallow at age 5 isn’t your destiny. Self-control can be taught. Grown-ups can use it to tackle the burning issues of modern middle-class life: how to go to bed earlier, not check email obsessively, stop yelling at our children and spouses, and eat less bread. Poor kids need self-control skills if they’re going to catch up at school.

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Why Everyone Should Read Harry Potter

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by Bret Stetka, Scientific American

 

A new study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology found that reading the Harry Potter books in particular has similar effects, likely in part because Potter is continually in contact with stigmatized groups. Tales of the young wizard instill empathy, a study finds

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The Best Language for Math

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by Sue Shellenbarger, Wall Street Journal

 

Studies have linked confusing English number names to weaker arithmetic skills in children. Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Turkish express math concepts more clearly.

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'Science gives children the skills to ask the right questions of society' - Telegraph

If we can inspire children to ask 'how', they stand poised to gain so much; including the life skills to make the right connections to solve problems, says Prof Maggie Dallman
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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic

How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning | Edudemic | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In
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Could Video Games Measure Skills That Tests Can’t Capture?

Could Video Games Measure Skills That Tests Can’t Capture? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Researchers are experimenting with playable tests capable of capturing learning in action.
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Nature trumps nurture when it comes to academic achievement, study says

Nature trumps nurture when it comes to academic achievement, study says | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times

 

Let's imagine for a minute that family resources had no impact on the likelihood that an American student would graduate high school and go on to earn a college degree or beyond. In this idealized world, which factors would influence a student's likelihood of academic achievement, and how do nature and nurture conspire to dictate those outcomes?

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Preparing Your Child for Common Core Tests

Preparing Your Child for Common Core Tests | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The when and what kind of tests depend on the state, but make sure your children take the tutorial about using the computer.
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Playing Tag Keeps Children More Focused in Class

Playing Tag Keeps Children More Focused in Class | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Elementary school student who engage in regular physical activity and exercise after-school get a significant brain boost, according to a new study, making it easier for them to focus and stay on task in class.
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6 Expert Tips for Keeping Your Kids Safe on Social Media

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While growing up online has its benefits, it also poses new risks. Here are six tips from parenting experts to help you keep your kids safe on social media.

Via Dave Webb
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Good reminders for parents who are in the know, and good advice overall for parents who need a little help. 

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Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation

Common Core and 'Close Reading': Effectiveness Questionable without Outside Knowledge | RealClearEducation | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham, Real Clear Education

 

We might ask whether psychologists know anything about the process of reading that could influence how we think about close reading.

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Why parents are raising their kids on Minecraft

Back in June of 2011, David Pakman’s daughter and son, at the time age 10 and eight, asked him for a copy of Minecraft. "At the time I didn’t know what that was, so I checked it out, thought it was...
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Reader Bee – Teaching Children to Read Faster?

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by The Creativity Post

 

A new iPad app for Pre-K and Kindergarten children teaches reading faster and in a more effective and entertaining way.

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High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys

High levels of physical activity linked to better academic performance in boys | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by University of Eastern Finland

 

A recent Finnish study shows that higher levels of physical activity are related to better academic achievement during the first three school years particu

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How Trip Hawkins Turns Curriculum Into Video Games

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by Ava Arsaga, EdBizWatch

 

Watchers of the educational software industry have known for a long time what it would take for learning games to breakthrough. It would take the best entertainment video-game designers, the ones with staggering success, to figure out how to turn school curriculum into epic video games. Did this just happen?

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