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Study Shows iPads Could Improve Literacy Skills in Young Children - InformED : - 0 views

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    "A recent study has found that kindergartners who use iPads in school are likely to score higher on literacy tests than those who do not.
    The study, which was carried out in Auburn, Maine early last year, looked at 266 kindergartners who had been given free iPads to use in class as part of an experiment. Out of the 266 students, 129 were given lessons using iPads, while the remaining 137 were taught through traditional methods.
    The results, which were published on Apple's unofficial tech blog, TUAW, showed that in addition to better scores in every literacy test, children who were taught through the use of an iPad also showed an increased interest in learning and were more enthusiastic about going to school."
John Evans

Kids With Bedroom Smartphones Sleep Less: Study - 1 views

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    "A smartphone in a child's bedroom may undermine good sleep habits even more than a TV, new research suggests.

    A study of more than 2,000 elementary and middle-school students found that having a smartphone or tablet in the bedroom was associated with less weekday sleep and feeling sleepy in the daytime.

    "Studies have shown that traditional screens and screen time, like TV viewing, can interfere with sleep, but much less is known about the impacts of smartphones and other small screens," said study lead author Jennifer Falbe, of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley."
John Evans

Walking Benefits: 20 Minute Stroll Could Highly Benefit Your Health, Study Finds - 0 views

  • A brisk walk each day for a minimum of 20 minutes could lead to considerable health benefits, according to a new study that suggests the sedentary lifestyle is responsible for twice as many deaths as obesity.

    The good news is that even a modest amount of exercise could make a difference as long as it's regularly performed, say the researchers, whose study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

John Evans

Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children, new study says - The Wa... - 1 views

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    "Parents who have patiently sat through countless music recitals and questioned their sanity at encouraging all those trumpet or violin lessons need do so no longer. Even ear-splitting dissonance has an upside.

    Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well, according to a new study, one of the largest to investigate the effects of playing an instrument on brain development."
John Evans

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own - NYT... - 0 views

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    "Cue the hand-wringing about digital distraction: Fewer children are reading books frequently for fun, according to a new report released Thursday by Scholastic, the children's book publisher.

    In a 2014 survey of just over 1,000 children ages 6 to 17, only 31 percent said they read a book for fun almost daily, down from 37 percent four years ago.

    There were some consistent patterns among the heavier readers: For the younger children - ages 6 to 11 - being read aloud to regularly and having restricted online time were correlated with frequent reading; for the older children - ages 12 to 17 - one of the largest predictors was whether they had time to read on their own during the school day."
Phil Taylor

Study reveals how many times you should be checking email daily to reduce stress - 1 views

  • While the average person checks email 15 times a day, the study suggests three times is the right amount to keep added stress away.
John Evans

20 Apps and Tips to Help Students Study Better ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Lear... - 0 views

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    "It is amazing how much technology can do for students to enhance their learning and personal development. I wish we had these tech affordances when we were students, things could have been much easier. Technology, however, is only effective when it is leveraged in the right way and to the right purposes. The first step in the effective use of technology is to have access to the educational tools available out there. This is usually a daunting task as the web is teeming with all kinds of tools and it could take you forever to find, assess and evaluate the tools you want to use. To this end, the folks in Open Colleges have compiled this excellent list featuring 20 educational apps and gadgets. Students can use these tools to perform a variety of learning tasks from writing and researching to managing their time efficiently.  Together with these apps there are also some handy study tips for students to boost to their creativity. I spent sometime going through these tips and found them really worth a share here."
John Evans

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success | MindShift - 0 views

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    "Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education December 10. The President wants every four year old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill.

    Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there's still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years.

    In New York City, an ambitious, $25 million dollar study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. Their hunch is that it may begin with math."
John Evans

The 12 biggest study tips for students of any age - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    "Staying focused is harder than ever. Seriously. If you were a student a decade ago, your biggest distraction was likely AOL Instant Messenger or perhaps that party down the hall. Now there's texting, social networks, blogs, videos, podcasts, you get the idea.


    All of these are dangerous time-sucks when it comes to trying to get some proper studying done. If you've hit a few roadblocks during your time studying then this straightforward visual guide to the biggest study tips will help you out. It's especially useful for distracted students who have trouble figuring out how to balance their online travels (web surfing?) with their required studying."
John Evans

5 powerful study tips for the always-online student - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "If you're an online student or on campus trying to improve your grades, you probably need to get a better handle on how to study. These powerful study tips are likely going to save you a bit of time and frustration as you try to identify what works and what doesn't when it comes to acing that next test."
John Evans

A no-nonsense guide to the best study habits - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "No matter your age, profession, or location you're going to have to study for things for most of your life. If you thought you were done studying when you graduated with that degree, you'd be wrong. We could all use some helpful study tips since there are going to be presentations, meetings, interviews, and a lot of other professional experiences that you'll need to be prepared for.

    That's why this straightforward guide to better study habits is worth a close examination. Check out some of the many tips that are presented in an efficient manner on this visual below."
John Evans

How Relearning Old Concepts Alongside New Ones Makes It All Stick | MindShift - 1 views

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    "Researchers say that the problem with "drill and kill" and other kinds of blocked study isn't just that they're boring. They also stunt student learning. "There are always two steps to solving a problem: identify the solving strategy, and then execute it," Rohrer said. "In blocked study, [students] know that this is a unit on, say, the Pythagorean theorem, so they don't need to choose a strategy. All they have to do is execute, over and over."

    When teachers give homework sets made up of only one kind of problem, they deny their students the chance to practice choosing a solving strategy. Later, when students are faced with a mix of types of problems on an exam, they're unprepared."
John Evans

20 Of The Best Study Apps For The Plugged-In Student - - 5 views

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    "Teaching and learning through technology is a complex thing. Learning what, from whom, and why?

    But in terms of pure academic preparation-practicing skills and the application of concepts for traditional classroom projects and assessments? Technology like Android and Windows tablets, iPads, and smartphones become even more useful. Why? Because they're, by nature, "me" devices-a personal screen to display exactly the content you need, exactly when you need it."
John Evans

1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review - 1 views

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    "The Franklin Academy High School implemented a 1:1 iPad deployment a the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the next two school years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades 9-12 in the high school. This deployment has reached 475 high school students and all teaching staff. Our K-8 program deployed iPads across the grade levels in the form of class sets and mobile carts.

    This study targeted our 1:1 deployment at the high school to investigate the impact the device has had on teaching and learning. The survey used to gather the student data was administered in April of 2014. Students included in the survey used the device anywhere from 1 to 4 years. The students use the iPad while at school and home.

    Results of the survey hope to shed light on the impact the use of the iPad has had on academic gains as well as the development of the most important non-cognitive skills our program is founded upon."
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