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Steve Ransom

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | P... - 23 views

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    Asked to assess their students' performance on nine specific writing skills, teachers tended to rate their students "good" or "fair" as opposed to "excellent" or "very good." Students received the best ratings on their ability to "effectively organize and structure writing assignments" and their ability to "understand and consider multiple viewpoints on a particular topic or issue." Teachers gave students the lowest ratings when it comes to "navigating issues of fair use and copyright in composition" and "reading and digesting long or complicated texts."
Tero Toivanen

Study: Young Children Explore as Scientists Do - Inside School Research - Education Week - 20 views

  • Alison Gopnik, a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley, reports that children from as young as 8 months old through preschool explore through techniques that would seem familiar to any scientist: they make hypotheses and test them against data; predict outcomes using statistics, and can infer the causes of failed actions.
  • All of these things, Gopnik and her colleagues argue, happen years before any formal training in the same scientific techniques. "What we need to do to encourage children to learn is not to put them in the equivalent of school, tell them things, give them reading drills or flash cards. We really need to put them in a safe, rich environment where the natural capacities for exploration, for testing, for science can get free rein," she said in a briefing with reporters.
eflclassroom 2.0

How teacher turnover harms student achievement - 33 views

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    new study with some interesting findings. the trouble is always, putting all these study/findings into our head and synthesizing it into some kind of workable framework. It is never just one thing that impacts student achievement.
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    I am really confused by this abstract- it calls the assumption into question but then seems to assert the very same assumption??? Researchers and policymakers often assume that teacher turnover harms student achievement, but recent evidence calls into question this assumption. Using a unique identification strategy that employs grade-level turnover and two classes of fixed-effects models, this study estimates the effects of teacher turnover on over 600,000 New York City 4th and 5th grade student observations over 5 years. The results indicate that students in grade-levels with higher turnover score lower in both ELA and math and that this effect is particularly strong in schools with more low-performing and black students. Moreover, the results suggest that there is a disruptive effect of turnover beyond changing the composition in teacher quality.
Steve Ransom

Teen Study: Social Media Is Positive Experience : NPR - 24 views

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    Teens see meanness, but they still see social media spaces as a good thing 70% say folks are mostly kind overall 8% only say they have been bullied 88% have witnessed meanness/bullying Teens do care about privacy and think about how it will reflect on them in the future - digital footprint
Steve Ransom

Study: Teens who use social media more likely to drink, use drugs | Poynter. - 12 views

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    questionable study, huge methodological concerns. See comments
Steve Ransom

Strictly business? Personal tweets make profs more "credible" - 10 views

  • At least among the young.
  • The researchers found that older students tended to rate the professors lower in credibility after having viewed their Twitter accounts. These students were also more likely to think it was a bad idea for professors to have Twitter accounts at all, citing the potential for revealing too much personal information and creating an awkward student/teacher relationship.
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    students perceive instructors who make social tweets as more credible than instructors who remain strictly business, lending support to the idea that knowing a real human is behind the Twitter stream helps people feel more confident about that person's abilities.
Steve Ransom

Teenagers, Legal Risks and Social Networking Sites | Lucacept - intercepting the Web - 33 views

  • The majority of teachers have not used SNS in an educational context
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      Which is why educators need to help students leverage these new learning spaces for more purposeful uses beyond mere socializing.
Tero Toivanen

Study Hacks » Blog Archive » How Ricardo Aced Computer Science Using His iPhone - 19 views

  • In more detail, he did the following: He created a free wiki using PBworks. For each course, he created a page on the wiki for the next exam. After each lecture, he put aside time to add the relevant notes to his wiki.  To do so, he would create a subpage for each topic, and then list the main points, add snippets of sample code, or summarize any other information relevant for the exam. Following the stealth studying philosophy, he would then access his wiki using his iPhone while walking to class and waiting for the lecture to begin, doing quick bursts of review. (PBworks plays nicely with iPhones, making it easy to browse the wiki on the run.)
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    Interesting method to study!
Jim Farmer

Smart.fm - 30 views

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    Learning site that utilizes new technologies and techniques to help you study and create a learning path. Set goals, study, and take quizzes to achieve them.
anonymous

OpenStudy - How It Works - 50 views

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    When your students are at home and trying to collaborate on your project, this site may be very useful to help facilitate the work.
Teresa Ilgunas

http://www.kff.org/entmedia/upload/mh012010presentL.pdf - 8 views

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    Kaiser Family Foundation: Generation M2: Media in the lives of 8-18 Year Olds, 2010 -- slides
Louise Robinson-Lay

Homework Help and Literature Study Guides - CliffsNotes - 0 views

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    free study notes
Liam Martin

What happens when you plagiarize - 1 views

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    The basics of what happens when you plagiarize
Liam Martin

Partial Attention Disorder | 30 Minutes a Day to a 4.0 GPA VTABLOG - 0 views

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    You've heard of attention deficit disorder? Well Universisty students have an even worse problem.. partial attention disorder and here is how to solve it!
Tero Toivanen

Why boys will pick Bob over Barbie - children are genetically programmed, say scientist... - 0 views

  • Tests involving children as young as three months suggest biological differences and not social pressures dictate which toys children like to play with. The U.S. study looked at babies aged three to eight months - before they can identify even the gender of other people.
  • Researchers placed a doll and truck inside a puppet-theatre style box and showed them to 30 children - 17 boys and 13 girls - for two ten-second intervals.The findings, from researchers at Texas A&M University, overturn conventional wisdom that children's toy preferences are down to social conditioning.
  • For the study, led by Gerianne Alexander, researchers set up a presentation box similar to a puppet theatre and placed a doll and truck inside.
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  • Eye-tracking technology measured how many times and how long the babies focused or 'fixated' on each object.
  • The researchers found that 'girls showed a visual preference for the doll over the toy truck and boys compared to girls showed a greater number of visual fixations on the truck'.
  • It seems unlikely that object interests in infants younger than nine months of age are a result of internal motivation to conform to external referents of gender role behaviour.
  • The study reinforces the findings of previous research by Dr Alexander involving green vervet monkeys. Male monkeys spent more time playing with traditional male toys such as a car and a ball than did female monkeys. The female monkeys, however, spent more time playing with a doll and a pot than did the males. 
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    The researchers found that 'girls showed a visual preference for the doll over the toy truck and boys compared to girls showed a greater number of visual fixations on the truck'.
Liam Martin

The Superman Breakfast: Great option for student health - 0 views

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    This diet will keep you under 10% body fat while staving off the hunger pains that always come with diets
Liam Martin

Academic Goals: If you want to succeed, keep your goals to yourself… | 30 Min... - 0 views

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    Results from a new study from New York University suggest that whatever your goal, keeping it to yourself is a better idea than broadcasting it to the world.
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