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Pedagogías Múltiples: Pedagogy in Cyberspace - The Dynamics of Online Discourse

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..."Intellectual engagement de-scribes the foreground cognitive processes of collaborative learning." and teaching!...

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Pedagogy in Cyberspace:  The Dynamics of Online Discourse

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Children who spend three-quarters of their time in sedentary behavior have up to nine times poorer motor coordination than active peers

Children who spend three-quarters of their time in sedentary behavior have up to nine times poorer motor coordination than active peers | Tech & Education |

American Journal of Human Biology


The study, involving Portuguese children, found that physical activity alone was not enough to overcome the negative effect of sedentary behaviour on basic motor coordination skills such as walking, throwing or catching, which are considered the building blocks of more complex movements.


"Childhood is a critical time for the development of motor coordination skills which are essential for health and well-being," said lead author Dr Luis Lopes, from the University of Minho. "We know that sedentary lifestyles have a negative effect on these skills and are associated with decreased fitness, lower self-esteem, decreased academic achievement and increased obesity."


Dr Lopes' team studied 110 girls and 103 boys aged nine to ten from 13 urban elementary schools. The children's sedentary behaviour and physical activity were objectively measured with accelerometers (a small device that children attach to their waist that quantifies movement counts and intensities) over five consecutive days. Motor coordination was evaluated with the KTK test (Körperkoordination Test für Kinder), which includes balance, jumping laterally, hopping on one leg over an obstacle and shifting platforms.


The tests were supplemented with a questionnaire for parents to assess health variables, before the authors compiled the results into three models to calculate odd ratios for predicting motor coordination. These were adjusted for physical activity, accelerometer wear time, waist to height ratio and home variables.


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Open access will change the world, if scientists want it to

Open access will change the world, if scientists want it to | Tech & Education |

Ken's Key Takeaway

The UK is making all publicly funded university journals free to the world.  Will the Academics accept this?

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Best Evidence Encylopedia - website dedicated to evidence based teacher practice and pedagogy

The Best Evidence Encyclopedia is a free web site created by the Johns Hopkins University School of Education's Center for Data-Driven Reform in Education (CDDRE) under funding from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. It is intended to give educators and researchers fair and useful information about the strength of the evidence supporting a variety of programs available for students in grades K-12.


The Best Evidence Encyclopedia provides summaries of scientific reviews produced by many authors and organizations, as well as links to the full texts of each review. The summaries are written by CDDRE staff members and sent to review authors for confirmation.


Criteria for Inclusion of Reviews


The reviews selected for inclusion in the Best Evidence Encyclopedia are meta-analyses or other quantitative syntheses that apply consistent, scientific standards to bodies of evidence that both meet high standards of methodological quality and evaluate realistic implementations of programs currently available to educators. Specifically, to be included, reviews must:

Consider all studies in their area, and carry out an exhaustive search for all studies that meet well-justified standards of methodological quality and relevance to the issue being reviewed.
Present quantitative summaries of evidence on the effectiveness of programs or practices used with children in grades K-12, focusing on achievement outcomes.

Focus on studies comparing programs to control groups, with random assignment to conditions or matching on pretests or other variables that indicate that experimental and control groups were equivalent before the treatments began.

Summarize program outcomes in terms of effect sizes (experimental-control differences divided by the standard deviation) as well as statistical significance.
Focus on studies that took place over periods of at least 12 weeks, to avoid brief, artificial laboratory studies.

Focus on studies that used measures that assessed the content studied by control as well as experimental students, to avoid studies that used measures inherent to the experimental treatment.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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