Discovering How to Learn Smarter

Getty By Annie Murphy Paul It’s not often that a story about the brain warms the heart. But that’s exactly what happened to me when I read an article last month in the Washington Post. It’s about how teachers in many schools in the D.C. area are foregoing empty praise of the “Good job!” variety, … Continue reading Discovering How to Learn Smarter →

Scratching that (Incessant) Technology Itch

Lenny Gonzales Our love-hate relationship with technology is the subject of research psychologist Dr. Larry D. Rosen’s new book iDisorder. From his perspective, “tech gadgets and applications are turning us into basket-cases suffering from versions of obsessive-compulsive disorder and attention-deficit syndrome,” according to a recent HechingerEd blog. Rosen also spoke at last year’s Learning & … Continue reading Scratching that (Incessant) Technology Itch →

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology — whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games – and usually more than one at a time. That’s a big chunk of their 15 or 16 waking hours. But does that spell doom for the next generation? Not … Continue reading How Technology Wires the Learning Brain →

Don’t Throw Away That Pencil Yet!

Popular wisdom might tell us that learning how to write by hand — creating letters and shapes — is an anachronism in the age of keyboards and touchscreens, but a Wall Street Journal article and accompanying blog beg to differ. Highlights from the article: “The practice helps with learning letters and shapes, can improve idea … Continue reading Don’t Throw Away That Pencil Yet! →

Digital Devices: Blaming the Messenger?

Flickr: CogDogBlog Busy people with busy lives depend on their mobile devices to connect them to the many obligations they’re accountable for: responding to emails, remembering appointments, checking in with family and friends. A New York Times article, “Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime,” argues that spending every spare minute — whether it’s standing … Continue reading Digital Devices: Blaming the Messenger? →