We have a new Blog on Mom Psych! Dr. Sam Alibrando's introductory post explains: "Welcome to EI-Psych. EI stands for emotional intelligence. Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a modern day term for being an effective, mature and decent human being. . . ."
Math is fun, right? And very applicable to the 'real world', despite what all of those people who say they never use algebra - ever- tell you. But we all know it deep down: math and physics rule our lives.
"In 2011, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated its policy on very young children and media. In 1999, the group had discouraged television viewing for children younger than 2, citing research on brain development that showed this age group’s critical need for “direct interactions with parents and other significant care givers.” The updated report began by acknowledging that things had changed significantly since then. In 2006, 90 percent of parents said that their children younger than 2 consumed some form of electronic media. Nonetheless, the group took largely the same approach it did in 1999, uniformly discouraging passive media use, on any type of screen, for these kids. (For older children, the academy noted, “high-quality programs” could have “educational benefits.”) The 2011 report mentioned “smart cell phone” and “new screen” technologies, but did not address interactive apps. Nor did it broach the possibility that has likely occurred to those 90 percent of American parents, queasy though they might be: that some good might come from those little swiping fingers. To date, no body of research has definitively proved that the iPad will make your preschooler smarter or teach her to speak Chinese, or alternatively that it will rust her neural circuitry—the device has been out for only three years, not much more than the time it takes some academics to find funding and gather research subjects. So what’s a parent to do?" | via The Atlantic
"Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process. There’s sub-levels of each theory, behavior and other categories … it’s complex. But it’s worth understanding. This helpful infographic does a solid job of breaking down the basics of learning theories in a visual and understandable format, including a section about connectivism in the digital age." | by Katie Lepi
Good night, sweet prince. The good folks over in Mountain View are shuttering Google Reader, the search engine giants popular web-based RSS service, on July 1, leading to much wailing and gnashing of teeth for news junkies across the Internet...