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How computers change the way we learn

How computers change the way we learn | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
While there’s no doubt that information technology can have its downsides for our day-to-day behaviour, there is very little evidence that computers are damaging our brains – any more than writing made us more forgetful. In fact, computers might just make us a bit smarter.
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"While there’s no doubt that information technology can have its downsides for our day-to-day behaviour, there is very little evidence that computers are damaging our brains – any more than writing made us more forgetful. In fact, computers might just make us a bit smarter."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 28, 2014 10:58 AM

I think when we think that are brains are being damaged that might be overstating the issue. The brain is changing particularly if we use computers frequently. What that means is something worthy of exploring.

 

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ScienceDiscovery's curator insight, October 29, 2014 10:37 AM

Computers makes us also more impatient.

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New Research Shows How Teachers Are Key to Boosting Student Attendance

New Research Shows How Teachers Are Key to Boosting Student Attendance | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

“What this data shows is the power of teachers,” said Hedy Chang of Attendance Works, a nonprofit that focuses on reducing chronic absenteeism. “When you have engaging teachers, it motivates kids to show up to school.”

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Survey: Educators Say Teens' Devices Are Interrupting Learning

Survey: Educators Say Teens' Devices Are Interrupting Learning | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The majority of educators in a recent survey said that they think students are spending too much time on their phones while they are in school, a topic that is likely to receive significant attention during this week's International Society for Technology in Education conference, according to a report in Education Week."

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Promoting Deeper Reading Comprehension in Elementary School

Promoting Deeper Reading Comprehension in Elementary School | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"This five-phase reading strategy exposes every student to challenging texts — and has dramatically improved reading comprehension at a school in the Bronx."

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Alexa, Tell Us What You Think of Voice-Activated Learning in K-12

Alexa, Tell Us What You Think of Voice-Activated Learning in K-12 | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The International Society for Technology in Education's 2019 annual ed-tech conference in Philadelphia June 23-26 features at least a half a dozen sessions that mention 'Alexa' in their titles."

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End of School Year Can Be Start of 'Summertime Anxiety' for Some Kids

End of School Year Can Be Start of 'Summertime Anxiety' for Some Kids | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"To adults, the summer break seems ideal, but it can be unsettling for kids. Here's how to identify and deal with summer anxiety." Thanks to Annette Christiansen for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Educational Leadership community.

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Districts Used 7,000 Tech Tools This Year. Which Ones Were Most Popular?

Districts Used 7,000 Tech Tools This Year. Which Ones Were Most Popular? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Digital tools that provide instructional content showed the biggest gains among the categories of ed-tech in this analysis of tools used in more than 100,000 classrooms across the U.S."

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Why Citizens Should Strengthen Their Media Literacy

Why Citizens Should Strengthen Their Media Literacy | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The age of social media has made clear each of us should strengthen our media literacy in order to separate fact from fiction or propaganda."

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The National Archives Plans for the Decline of Cursive Skills

"Institutions are seeking 'citizen archivists' to type out their holdings for future generations."

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Study Finds Falling Appropriations Will Negatively Affect Degrees Awarded by Public Universities

Study Finds Falling Appropriations Will Negatively Affect Degrees Awarded by Public Universities | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Study documents real impacts when state appropriations falter."

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Should Dodgeball Be Removed from Phy Ed Classes?

Should Dodgeball Be Removed from Phy Ed Classes? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Canadian researchers interviewed students about gym class and compared their responses about dodgeball to political theorist Iris Marion Young’s Five Faces of Oppression. The researchers argue that dodgeball is a tool of oppression and used to dehumanize others."

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Teachers Push for Books With More Diversity, Fewer Stereotypes

Teachers Push for Books With More Diversity, Fewer Stereotypes | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"As schools add more books with main characters of color to their shelves, some teachers are going a step further and examining whether those narratives can reinforce biases."

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How to Demonstrate Confidence in Your Teaching

How to Demonstrate Confidence in Your Teaching | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

When we are perceived as unsure, we are held back from having the kind of impact we desire in our teaching. Regularly answering the question surrounding why we teach in the first place can build up greater protections against those factors that may detract from our assurance.

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12 Ways to Build Strong Classroom Community With Students

12 Ways to Build Strong Classroom Community With Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Learn how to build strong classroom community among your students. These ideas will get students working together in new ways." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Classroom Management community.

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Respect for Teachers and Support for Schools are Among the Foundations of Educational Success in China

Respect for Teachers and Support for Schools are Among the Foundations of Educational Success in China | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Among Shanghai's 'Four Traditionals' and 'Eight Moderns' are principles that Chinese people hold themselves and their children to a very high bar; a strong belief in diligence and hard work, a deep respect for teachers, and many advocates for education in the community." Thanks to Mary Ellen Kanthack for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Educational Leadership community. Mary Ellen writes: "Oh wow. Look at this article and just imagine our country adopting these values! The Great Teaching and Learning document from NEA was based partially on this research of Shanghai's educational model. I believe that this is possible with great teacher leaders at the helm. What do you think?"

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Can Music Help Children Learn?

Can Music Help Children Learn? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"A child’s brain can develop faster with exposure to music education, according to a two-year study by researchers at the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at the University of Southern California. The study shows that exposure to music and music instruction accelerates the brain development of young children in the areas responsible for language development, sound, reading skill and speech perception."

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6 Steps Toward Achieving Fair and Accurate Grade Practices

6 Steps Toward Achieving Fair and Accurate Grade Practices | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Educator Cheryl Mizerny shares six ways we can all become more accurate and equitable in our grading policies, from nixing zero to trying weighted categories and more."

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5 Effective Ways To Help Students Reduce Stress and Anxiety

5 Effective Ways To Help Students Reduce Stress and Anxiety | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Have you had a student act out when you try to redirect her misbehavior? Ever had a kid freeze on a test and then give up in frustration as he forgets everything he studied for?"

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Children Have a Warped View of Life Thanks to Social Media

Children Have a Warped View of Life Thanks to Social Media | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Children are growing up with an obscure view of what is normal because so many of the images they see on social media are fake, this author says."

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Bilingual kids: Foreign Languages Are an Emerging Trend in Day Care

"People used to believe multiple languages could be confusing for kids. But a growing body of research highlights the many benefits, and parents are becoming more aware of the advantages that a bilingual education can provide."

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Women Are Missing Out on the Biggest Job Boom in America

Women Are Missing Out on the Biggest Job Boom in America | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"While the clean energy industry is welcoming more women leaders, its rank-and-file workforce is still a lot like those at fossil-fuel companies: white and dominated by men."

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Students, Teachers & 3D Printers

Students, Teachers & 3D Printers | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The Port Washington-Saukville School District played host to a summer instruction session for teachers to learn about new technology including 3D printers." This article features two WEAC Region 3 members - Maria Garbisch, who teaches 3rd grade at Dunwoody Elementary in Port Washington and Port Washington High School technology education teacher Ryan Volke.

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Success Plans for Educators

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"Health care's example shows us the difference between equal and equitable education. Here's how 'Success Plans' can help educators."

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Making Drumming Accessible

Making Drumming Accessible | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"There’s been a new opportunity at two Milwaukee schools this year for students with special needs: the chance to learn drumming."

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Making Summer School More Like Summer Camp Can Boost Interest

Making Summer School More Like Summer Camp Can Boost Interest | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Rebranding summer school as summer camp could help them attract more students, according to a report. Some districts that did this saw boosts in engagement by adopting classic summer camp vibes, starting with the nomenclature. Thus, students became 'campers,' lessons became 'activities,' staff were 'counselors' and classrooms morphed into 'cabins.' A few went even further, redecorating classrooms and adding a faux campfire in the center of a classroom for read-alongs."

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