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.
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.
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.
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,” … Continue reading How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? →
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 … Continue reading Doomed or Lucky? Predicting the Future of the Internet Generation →
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 … Continue reading New Etiquette for Using Tech, In and Out of Class →
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 … Continue reading How Does Media Multitasking Make Kids Feel? It’s a Mixed Bag. →