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Study: High Standardized Test Scores Don't Translate to Better Cognition

Study: High Standardized Test Scores Don't Translate to Better Cognition | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Allie Bidwell, US News

 

Improved test scores were not associated with better memory, speed or attention skills.

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Teacher Salaries and Household Income By State

Teacher Salaries and Household Income By State | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Via Valerie Strauss, here's an interactive map of average teacher salaries by state. It's sort of fun to play with, but the problem is that "average teacher
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How much teachers get paid — state by state

How much teachers get paid — state by state | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Map shows data for 2013 that represent the estimated average annual salary of teachers in public elementary and secondary schools.
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Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: Data vs Privacy

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2013: Data vs Privacy | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Audrey Watters, Hack Education

 

"Don't worry, it's just metadata...

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How iOS7 is forcing a redesign of Montessori education

How iOS7 is forcing a redesign of Montessori education | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The Montessori method of teaching relies heavily on natural materials. One of the first things people notice about our classrooms, for example, is the abundance of activities involving wood.
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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning & Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Questions discussed this week pertinent to parents include: "Does math have to be boring?" "Will you set up safety contracts with your teens and kids on their tech presents?" and the scorcher, "If you opt your kids out of accountability tests, can Child Protective Services really be called on you?

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Boys vs. girls: What's behind the college grad gender gap?

Boys vs. girls: What's behind the college grad gender gap? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anne Fisher, CNNMoney

 

Why do more women than men earn college degrees? The reasons are complex, but new research suggests that money plays a big role.

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Charter Schools Continue Dramatic Growth Despite Controversies

by Joy Resmovits, Huff Post

 

NEW YORK -- Charter schools remain the subject of intense debate, particularly in New York City, where incoming Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) won on a platform that was explicitly less friendly toward such schools than the policies of the outgoing mayor...

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Paul Tough’s Grit Hypothesis Doesn’t Help Poor Kids

Paul Tough’s Grit Hypothesis Doesn’t Help Poor Kids | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Peter Meyer, Education Next

 

A few weeks ago Daniel Willingham, a cognitive psychologist at the University of Virginia, wrote a belated review of Paul Tough’s 2012 best-seller, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character.Though short, Willingham’s review deserves mention because the subject that Tough’s book addresses is not dead – if anything, the linking of grit and character to future success has become more pervasive than ever...

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

The results of the most recent PISA test, a global achievement test of 15 year olds worldwide, released this week to spin and ballyhoo. Do you think U.S. students’ scores this time were (A) better, (B) worse, (C) the same, or (D) pathetic? Do you think these global rankings (A) matter, (B) don't matter, (C) matter somewhat, or (D) are rigged by China? I won’t tell you my answers because below you will find news and op-eds that make a case for each

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Can Knowledge Level The Learning Field For Children?

Can Knowledge Level The Learning Field For Children? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Esther Quintero, Shanker Blog

 

How much do preschoolers from disadvantaged and more affluent backgrounds know about the world and why does that matter?

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How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tina Barseghian, Mind/Shift

 

Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology -- whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games –

 

“The technology train has left. You have to deal with it, understand it, and get some perspective.”

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Week's Best Articles for Parents on Learning and Education

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

by Ava Arsaga, The Parent Cortical Mass Blog

 

Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education, admits to “not saying things perfectly.” This week he said some tactless things, all the while keeping intact his clean-cut, Stepford-guy face. What did he say?

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'Adaptive Learning' Technology Explained

'Adaptive Learning' Technology Explained | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael Feldstein, e-Literate

 

I was honored to be asked by the American Federation of Teachers to write an article on what their membership should know about adaptive learning technologies.

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Written to help teachers understand adaptive learning technologies, but great for parents too!

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15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code

15 Million Students Learned to Program This Week, Thanks to Hour of Code | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Liz Gannes, AllThingsD

 

In Code.org's estimation, Hour of Code has reached twice as many U.S. students as have ever taken a computer science class.

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Who Decides What is Taught in Our Schools?

Who Decides What is Taught in Our Schools? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Anthony Cody, Education Week

 

The fundamental question that has been presented to all of us through the Common Core process is this one: Who decides what is taught in our schools?

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Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don't

Even when test scores go up, some cognitive abilities don't | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Science Daily

 

In new research, neuroscientists find that even high-performing schools don't influence their students' abstract reasoning.

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Upping Test Scores Doesn't Equate to Improving Abstract Reasoning

Upping Test Scores Doesn't Equate to Improving Abstract Reasoning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

 

Research by a team of neuroscientists at MIT and other institutions has found that even when schools take instructional steps that help raise student scores on high-stakes tests, that influence doesn't translate to improvements in learners'...

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How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

 

“Used effectively, checklists can help students develop metacognitive awareness of their intellectual processes,” Rowlands explained. Metacognitive awareness is essentially people’s understanding of both the process of learning and how they can optimize their learning of certain knowledge or skills.

 
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Global Report: This Is How Preschool Impacts Student Outcomes

Global Report: This Is How Preschool Impacts Student Outcomes | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rebecca Klein, Huff Post

 

If policymakers want to improve students’ scores on international exams, they should start by bettering education options for their littlest learners.

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Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift

 

Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.

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Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools

Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jeffrey Aaron Snyder, Boston Reivew

 

Would it surprise you to learn that students attending traditional, district-run public schools outperform their peers in charter schools and private schools?

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Child Development Versus Standards-Driven Learning: Who Wins?

Child Development Versus Standards-Driven Learning: Who Wins? | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Martha Burns, Science of Learning Blog

 

In today’s classroom, the developmental realities of learners are often overlooked and shortchanged—and it’s something we ought to be talking about.

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Art Makes You Smart

Art Makes You Smart | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Brian Kisida, Jay P Greene, Danie Bowen, NYT

 

Museum visits increase test scores, generate social responsibility and increase appreciation of the arts by students.

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More Schools Collecting, Using Student Data

More Schools Collecting, Using Student Data | On Learning & Education: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Adrienne Lu, Pew Stateline

 

Teachers easily tap into data about their students’ performance to adjust how they teach, and parents can log into networks to learn how their children are doing.

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