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2013 Big Ideas in Education

2013 Big Ideas in Education

| December 18, 2013 | 26 Comments

A look through the most popular MindShift posts this year reveals a strong interest in student-directed learning, inquiry-based approaches to teaching and the desire to help students learn how to learn in a changing world.

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Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

Age of Distraction: Why It’s Crucial for Students to Learn to Focus

| December 5, 2013 | 130 Comments

Learning to focus on one task while tuning out the many distractions vying for attention is a crucial life skill that some students are missing.

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Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence

| June 10, 2013 | 11 Comments

The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people. Things like our perception of “smart,” relationships between students and educators, sleep, and use of technology can have profound effects on intelligence.

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The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading

The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading

| June 3, 2013 | 13 Comments

The deep reading of books and the information-driven reading we do on the web are very different, both in the experience they produce and in the capacities they develop. Recent research has demonstrated that deep reading—slow, immersive, rich in sensory detail and emotional and moral complexity—is a distinctive experience, different in kind from the mere decoding of words.

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Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives

Teaching Respect and Responsibility — Even to Digital Natives

| May 24, 2013 | 19 Comments

As with any behavior involving kids, mistakes will be made with online behavior — and that’s a vital part of the learning process.

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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

| May 15, 2013 | 17 Comments

Educators, students, and parents have noticed how schoolwork suffers when attention is split between homework and a buzzing smartphone. Read how teachers are responding.

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn?

Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might be more difficult because of it. Living rooms, dens, kitchens, even bedrooms: Investigators followed students into the spaces where homework gets done. Pens poised over their “study observation forms,” […]

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Doomed or Lucky? Predicting the Future of the Internet Generation

Doomed or Lucky? Predicting the Future of the Internet Generation

| February 29, 2012 | 3 Comments

Looking into the proverbial crystal ball, a slew of technology experts weighed in on the Future of the Internet V survey conducted by Pew Research and Elon University, and came up with a predictably mixed scenario: It’s complicated. Asked to consider the future of the Internet-connected world between now and 2020 and to choose from […]

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New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class

New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class

| December 15, 2011 | 6 Comments

Lenny Gonzales By Doug Ward If you want to see a teacher fume, just bring up the topic of cell phones in class. Technology, especially social media and text messaging, competes for students’ attention as never before. When half of social media users say they check messages from bed, and 11 percent of those 25 […]

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How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag.

| March 15, 2011 | 1 Comment

FLickr:Christopher Frier Brown The effects of multitasking on the brain and the way we’re wired has been the subject of countless studies, radio shows, and articles. But a new study soon to be released explores the social and emotional effects of media multitasking on kids. Stanford professor Roy Pea presented some intriguing findings of a […]

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