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Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say | Society | The Guardian

Children struggle to hold pencils due to too much tech, doctors say | Society | The Guardian | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Children need opportunities to develop hand strength and dexterity needed to hold pencils
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When we introduce and use new tools, there will be unintended consequences. Good research helps inform how we mighr deal with these consequences i.e. play with blocks, drawing, use of fingers and hands, etc.

This is not a physical dexterity issue, but other research has shown how it can be a mental dexterity issue.
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8 common things you should never do when you're trying to get a good sleep, according to an expert — and what to do instead

8 common things you should never do when you're trying to get a good sleep, according to an expert — and what to do instead | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Don't take sleep for granted.

Via Bobby Dillard
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The first one about screentime is increasingly repeated. Others such as listening to music, exercising before bed, writing things in your head, etc. make sense.
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AMA approves policies on social media use, screen time

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"Mobile phones and tablets undoubtedly have educational and recreational benefits, but it is critical, particularly for young people, that screen time be balanced with physical activity and sleep."


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Teens Are Sleep-Deprived, and Screens Are Why, Study Suggests | American Council on Science and Health

Teens Are Sleep-Deprived, and Screens Are Why, Study Suggests | American Council on Science and Health | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

"Portable media devices are of special importance for insufficient sleep as they not only directly displace or delay sleep time by increasing arousal that interferes with sleep," the authors wrote in their paper titled, "Decreases in self-reported sleep duration among U.S. adolescents 2009-2015 and links to new media screen time," published in the journal Sleep Medicine, "but are also easily carried into the bedroom and used in bed before sleep while emitting light that can affect sleep-wake rhythms."


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This is research parents and teachers need to be aware of.
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Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media

Study: Lower-income kids give more time to TV, digital media | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released
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Teachers and parents should be aware of these findings. I am not sure how parents come to the conclusion that children learn better with increased screen time.
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Social media: What’s not to like?

Social media: What’s not to like? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Social media can help teens connect with friends and family. Sometimes, however, it may leave them feeling depressed or isolated.
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There are several things to not like i.e. bullying, depression for some, gathering of data about us, etc.
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Low-cost mindset interventions show promise, but not for all kids - The Hechinger Report

Low-cost mindset interventions show promise, but not for all kids - The Hechinger Report | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Growth mindset theory, the idea that intelligence is malleable and can grow, has taken the education world by storm in the past decade as a way of motivating students academically. One fan is a Harvard doctoral candidate who read Carol Dweck’s best-selling book, “Mindset,” in 2008 when she was teaching low-income teens in New York …
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How we teach and learn is different for each person. This includes interventions that impact well-being.
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The distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention

The distracted student mind — enhancing its focus and attention | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Just how big of a problem is digital distraction for students, and how can educators respond?
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Larry Rosen has studied the impact of digital tools and social media on human's attention span for 30 years. He provides some good tips: the brain needs a reset, build stamina to study with tech breaks, get good sleep, minimize alerts, and talk to parents about digital free zones.
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How Much Do Educators Care About Edtech Efficacy? Less Than You Might Think - EdSurge News


Dr. Michael Kennedy, an associate professor at the University of Virginia, was relatively sure he knew the answer to this research question: “Whe

Via Elke Höfler
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The administrators I worked for did not even favour digital tools that were referred by poor quality research, let alone high quality research.
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Academic publishing at a crossroads | University Affairs

Academic publishing at a crossroads | University Affairs | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The shift towards open access is an opportunity to reform academic publishing to better serve the public interest.
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Academic publishing is at a crossroads. There is a reference several times in the article to "public good," but no description as to what it means. There are ethical and practical issues involved in shifts in publishing. Without ethical guides what we are seeing in politics runs the risk of encroaching into academics, if has not already.
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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, July 14, 2017 2:55 PM
Academic publishing is at a crossroads. There is a reference several times in the article to "public good," but no description as to what it means. There are ethical and practical issues involved in shifts in publishing. Without ethical guides what we are seeing in politics runs the risk of encroaching into academics, if has not already.
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What if teachers were also researchers?

What if teachers were also researchers? | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Michelle Cordy, a third grade teacher from Ontario, Canada, calls herself an applied researcher. She believes more teachers need to be researchers who test out new approaches and analyze the results.
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Teachers are researchers.
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Why tablets can't replace 'real world' in schools - Futurity

Why tablets can't replace 'real world' in schools - Futurity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Tablets are ubiquitous in schools. But a new study suggests they can't replace experiments with real-world objects when it comes to helping kids learn.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Lilou Lambert
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We do not live, teach, and learn as a virtual observers of the world, but live, teach, and learn in it as active participants.

 

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Social Scientist Diana Rhoten on 21st Century Learning, Youth Networks, and Digital Media

Diana Rhoten is director of the Knowledge Institutions program and the Digital Media and Learning project at the Social Science Research Council in New York....

Via Ken Morrison
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We want connection Houston.

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, May 24, 2013 10:58 AM

Here is a great five-minute video by Diana Rhoten about how we can use new media in our classrooms to connect our learners with their passions in a way that will engage them and motivate them to keep learning beyond what we tell them to do.

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Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school

Smartphones aren't a smart choice in middle school | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
There is a correlation between cell phones and teen depression, writes Delaney Ruston, so US schools should follow France's lead and ban students' from having them during school.
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Cell phones reduce social interaction and increase exclusion of some students. It may not be overt bullying, but it is isolating and may feel like it is.
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Trading smartphone time for sleep? Your loss

Trading smartphone time for sleep? Your loss | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A new study shows more and more teenagers are hanging out on devices when they should be catching ZZZs, putting their health at risk.
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Part of teaching children how to use computers and smart phones is the negative impacts such as lack of sleep. The lead researcher, Jean Twenge, says lack of sleep can lead to depression. This is an issue of health and well-being.
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Pen or iPad? Taking Notes in a Digital Age - There's Research on That

Pen or iPad? Taking Notes in a Digital Age - There's Research on That | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
As the fall final exam season creeps up, students are returning to their notes and — hopefully — recalling everything they learned this semester. But what kind of notes do they have, and will those notes be helpful? We wondered whether taking notes via pen and pencil versus typing made a difference for students. Here’s what we found!  

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The conclusions seem to be that students who use laptops are less engaged, taking notes with an iPad requires less processing, and the benefits digital tools may hold for those who struggle with writing.

I argue in my disserationtechnology (techne + logos) is a conversation about, with, and through our tools. Digital tools are no different. To choose and use them well is a thoughtful conversation by a craftsperson.
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A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens

A new study shows that students learn way more effectively from print textbooks than screens | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Students told researchers they preferred and performed better when reading on screens. But their actual performance tended to suffer.

Via Luciana Viter
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There is something about a book that is more intimate.
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The power of 'like'

The power of 'like' | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A single “like” on a social-media post can make it much more popular, which can influence how teens behave.
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This is the second part of a research-based set of articles. I scooped the first one on October 17.

This part looks at feedback, the use of likes, and how social media can influence how we view the world. As pedagogues, teachers and parents have to remember children and youth brains are forming.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 19, 2017 2:27 AM

Thanks to Ivon Prefontaine. 

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This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Productivity

This Is How The Way You Read Impacts Your Memory And Productivity | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Studies show that reading printed material instead of on screens helps you better retain information.

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This is an interesting article. One study looked at people reading digitally and using books. The former group read faster and predicted they would comprehend the text better. When they were tested, it was not born out.
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Children suffer with TV, video games in the bedroom

Children suffer with TV, video games in the bedroom | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
A study from Iowa State University shows that having a TV or video games in a child's bedroom leads to problems with sleep, school, and behavior.
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It is nice to see research supporting what teachers experience in the classroom. I knew which students spent an inordinate amount of time playing video games and watching TV.
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The digital native is a myth

The digital native is a myth | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people — and is no better at multitasking.
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Even Marc Prensky the originator of the idea has backed off from the concept of an entire generation being a monolith of people who share the same skills.

One teacher I interviewed spoke about her students being more adept with digital tools. This does not mean they can use them in their learning.
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Both Humans and Technology Are Noisy: How Do We Move Forward? - Digital Promise

Both Humans and Technology Are Noisy: How Do We Move Forward? - Digital Promise | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Accelerating Innovation in Education

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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It is though-provoking. Heidegger used a hyphen between human and technology (human-technology, suggesting there was an ongoing conversation between a person and their tools. He used the etymology of technology to describe technology as a conversation. The challenge is we do not listen to one of the voices in the conversation.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 17, 2017 1:30 PM

This is really thought-provoking, and adds another book to my "to read" list.

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Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach?(Part 2)

Can Technology Change How Teachers Teach?(Part 2) | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
Summing up results from the Silicon Valley teachers across nine schools in five districts who responded to my questions, nearly two-thirds of the teachers I interviewed and observed said that digital tools had changed how they teach with frequent mention of saving time in doing familiar tasks and being able to individualize their work with…
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Larry Cuban concluded his two part post about technology changing how teachers change. Change is not an easy phenomenon to research. He concludes that teachers (insiders) make incremental change and researchers and others (outsiders) look for fundamental change. He feels researchers and teachers have to honour both perspectives and stories to achieve a mutual understanding of what change might mean in teaching.
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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Search Engines For Academic Research | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it
100 Search Engines For Academic Research

Via Jim Lerman, Lynnette Van Dyke
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Amy Slatter's curator insight, May 5, 2016 8:06 AM
More search engines to keep in mind. I have a lot of exploring to do!
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Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education

Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education | Educational Leadership and Technology | Scoop.it

Getty In the book Teaching 2030 by Barnett Berry and 12 classroom experts, the authors pinpoint specific skills educators will need to teach in the schools of tomorrow.

 

They say teachers must be prepared to find and adapt new technologies to engage the digital generation, as well as work across traditional subject areas using project learning.

 

They must be able to use data and evidence to inform their practice and know how to work in both virtual learning environments and brick-and-mortar schools. And they’ll need to collaborate with community-based organizations and work in schools that provide all kinds of other services for students and their families.

 

Along those lines, Berry has outlined five changes he believes need to be made to the future of teacher education.

 


Via Gust MEES, Dawn Altman
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The first point is interesting. Only 70% of the 170, 000 American education school graduates enter classrooms. I suspect the Canadian percentage might be similar.

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Marisol Pamela Hernández Orellana's curator insight, May 13, 2014 9:53 AM

Del ecampus al aula...del aula al ecampus.... he ahí el meollo del asunto. Inmigrantes y nativos digitales, todos en un mismo afán....APRENDER!!!

Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, May 14, 2014 3:37 PM

It is so true, Gust! Teaching is not transmitting the knowledge, it is igniting the light for learning through collaboration, curation and teacher's passion for learning!

Olaya Alvarez's curator insight, May 30, 2015 5:37 PM

Teacher education programs need to ensure that pre-service teachers learn crucial skills for their future work as educators