Tina Barseghian

Technology is revolutionizing the world of education – replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. The site is curated by Tina Barseghian, a journalist and the mother of a grade-schooler.

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Can Music Help Low-Income Students Close the Academic Gap?

Can Music Help Low-Income Students Close the Academic Gap?

| October 12, 2013 | 3 Comments

Fascinating research: “Children’s brains show evidence of faster development when they are learning to play an instrument. And studies comparing the brains of adult musicians and non-musicians find the most pronounced enhancements in brain structure in those who began their music training early in childhood.” Using Music to Close the Academic GapSeveral times a week, […]

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Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

Surveys Synthesized: What Are Teachers’ Attitudes About Classroom Technology?

| October 11, 2013 | 9 Comments

This review of recent surveys highlights some of the benefits and obstacles of using different kinds of technology in the classroom, but it also raises some great questions that have yet to be explored with thorough surveys.

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Why We Collaborate

Why We Collaborate

| October 6, 2013

“The world has over a trillion hours a year of free time to commit to shared projects,” says professor Clay Shirky. But what motivates dozens, thousands, even millions of people to come together on the Internet and commit their time to a project for free? What is the key to making a successful collaboration work? In this hour, TED speakers unravel ideas behind the mystery of mass collaborations that build a better world.

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Bypassing the SAT Altogether

Bypassing the SAT Altogether

| September 29, 2013 | 1 Comment

A look at how students can bypass the SAT to get into a reputable college. “It’s kind of declaring war on the whole rigmarole of college admissions and the failure to foreground the curriculum and learning,” Leon Botstein, Bard’s president of 38 years, said in an interview. Saying the prevailing system was “loaded with a […]

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Why L.A. Students Hacked Into iPads: District Is ‘Locking Us Out’

Why L.A. Students Hacked Into iPads: District Is ‘Locking Us Out’

| September 27, 2013

Los Angeles Unified School District started issuing iPads to its students this school year, as part of a $30 million deal with Apple. But less than a week after getting their iPads, hundreds of students had found a way to bypass software blocks meant to limit what websites the students can use.

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Tablets for Learning: Emphasis on Capturing Students’ Voices

Tablets for Learning: Emphasis on Capturing Students’ Voices

| September 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

As more schools across the country begin to use tablets in classrooms, it’s worth taking the time to note how other countries are incorporating tablets for learning. In this Slate article, Lisa Guernsey points out that the emphasis is less on games and interactive content and more on the iPad as a tool for capturing experiences.

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Good Read: Searching For the True Value of Tablets in Education

Good Read: Searching For the True Value of Tablets in Education

| September 13, 2013 | 4 Comments

In this lengthy feature about the use of Amplify tablets in schools, writer Carlo Rotella expresses skepticism about the promised potential of these devices providing a better education. He brings up the usual questions around too much screen time, the deluge of data to already overwhelmed teachers, and the lack of research around learning outcomes from using tablets.

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Quick Look: Ed Tech Panel At Stanford Tackles Common Core and More

Quick Look: Ed Tech Panel At Stanford Tackles Common Core and More

| September 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Next Tuesday, September 17, I’ll be moderating a panel organized by MIT-Stanford Venture Lab (VLAB), the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Among the many topics covered, we’ll be discussing how ed-tech entrepreneurs and businesses can best serve educators as Common Core State Standards are rolled out.

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Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

Why Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Students’ Learning

| September 12, 2013 | 13 Comments

Mindfulness has the potential to be a very useful component because of its effectiveness in reducing emotional distress and promoting emotional balance, improving attention, and contributing to motivated learning. This book excerpt digs in.

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Good Read: How Will Robot Tutors Change What Happens in Classrooms?

Good Read: How Will Robot Tutors Change What Happens in Classrooms?

| September 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

“At what point does the teacher step in to give tailored instruction to the student?” Carmel DeAmicis asks in this article When Your Teacher Is A Robot. “In theory, it would help every student progress at their own pace, teaching different aspects of the concepts they struggle with and moving quickly through the ones they don’t. […]

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