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John Evans

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science | - 0 views

    "I've explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.
    But what makes children - from babies up through the teen years - smarter?
    Here are 10 things science says can help:"
John Evans

15 Social Media Tools That Will Shave Hours Off Your Day - 4 views

    "Are you spending hours managing social media?

    Looking for a way to shave hours off your day?

    We have the tools to help!

    Below you'll find the key elements of a social media marketing strategy, plus the tools that will improve your efficiency and performance."
John Evans

How Much Screen Time? That's the Wrong Question | Edutopia - 1 views

    "At the end of 2016, I found myself mentally exhausted and barely able to string together a coherent thought or formulate an original idea. As I swiped through my social media feeds for inspiration-or maybe procrastination-a nagging feeling hit. I needed a break from screen time.

    Pediatricians, psychologists, and neuroscientists warn of potential negative consequences associated with constant mental stimulation as a result of interacting with our devices. Without a screen-free space for my brain to relax, stop firing, and just think, I felt incapable of significant mental processing. I could blame the technology for thwarting my attempts at creative thought, or I could blame myself for taking the easy route and using my devices to constantly stimulate my brain. Though I chose to blame myself, I am finding a lot of support for the idea of blaming technology when discussing the idea of screen time.

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    Mobile devices have the potential to provide amazing learning opportunities as well as great distractions. They can further social interactions to help us build stronger connections in our communities, or allow us to destroy relationships by hiding behind a screen. In the book The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education, authors Daniel Goleman and Peter Senge describe three essential skills for surviving in a society increasingly dominated by internet-enabled devices: focusing on ourselves, tuning in to others, and understanding the larger world. While the authors apply these concepts to the broader field of social and emotional learning, these same foci also apply as we address the issue of screen time with our students and children."
Phil Taylor

50 Reasons It's Time For Smartphones In Every Classroom - 2 views

  • To be clear–learning can happen in the absence of technology. Integrated poorly, technology can subdue, distract, stifle, and obscure the kind of personal interactions between learner, content, peer, and performance that lead to learning results.
Phil Taylor

How Dropping Screen Time Rules Can Fuel Extraordinary Learning - Connected Parenting - ... - 4 views

  • By focusing on quality over quantity, families can move away from fear, maintain a healthy balance, and seek out extraordinary learning.
Phil Taylor

Doctors prescribe more Big Bird, less brainless "screen time" for young kids - The Hech... - 1 views

  • On the other hand, children at very young ages can gain important skills in literacy and language development if the content on the screen is designed for learning and if they have a parent or educator who talks with them about what they are doing and seeing.
Nigel Coutts

Ideas - The Learner's Way - 2 views

    Ask any teacher what they wish they had more of and the most common answer is likely to be time. Schools are inherently busy places and there is always much to be done. We all want to meet the needs of every student, add value to their education with breadth and depth, ensure adequate coverage of the curriculum and include aspects of play and discovery. Add up all that is done in a day over and above face-to-face teaching and you can only wonder at how we manage to fit it all into the time we have. So is there an answer to this dilemma, is there a secret method to finding more time in our schedules to achieve all that we want to?
John Evans

Why Schools Should Teach More Than Basic Coding | TIME - 0 views

    "Years ago, I wrote a piece suggesting that computer coding should be a basic requirement in junior high schools. I compared it to a required class I myself took in grade school: Typing, a skill that helped throughout my life.

    I brought up the idea again last week while moderating a panel at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. One of the panelists, MIT Media Lab Senior Research Scientist Kipp Bradford, challenged me on the idea.

    Bradford acknowledged the importance of coding classes. But he argued that given today's complex programming landscape (there are well over 100 languages in use), basic coding isn't the right course to prepare students for the job market of the future. He suggested teaching "computational thinking" skills instead."
John Evans

Experience Mars in 360 Degrees With This New NASA Video | TIME - 2 views

    "NASA made it much easier to explore Mars this week when the agency released a video featuring a 360-degree view of the planet.

    The video, stitched together from images taken by the Curiosity rover, offers views of the downwind face of the Namib Dune and a glimpse at Mount Sharp on Mars. The rover is about 23 feet from the bottom of the nearest dune, according to NASA, the mission's examination of dunes along lower Mount Sharp is the first glimpse of active sand dunes anywhere other than on the Earth's surface."
Phil Taylor

When We Worry About Screen Time, Are We Worrying About the Wrong Thing? | Alternet - 2 views

  • By modeling how and why people use digital media (e.g., to express ideas and connect with others), adults—parents, teachers and family members alike—can help students think about the purpose of their behavior and the possibilities within their reach, and then consider those little glass interfaces in a more robust and authentic context. Then screen time becomes less of a problem, and more of a consumption strategy for a human being trying to understand the world.
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