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2_2_9.pdf. In Defense of Your "Lazy" Child. Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds. The New York Times: Grading college students on quizzes given at the beginning of every class, rather than on midterms or a final exam, increases both attendance and overall performance, scientists reported Wednesday.

Frequent Tests Can Enhance College Learning, Study Finds

The findings — from an experiment in which 901 students in a popular introduction to psychology course at the took their laptops to class and were quizzed online — demonstrate that the computers can act as an aid to teaching, not just a distraction. Moreover, the study is the latest to show how tests can be used to enhance learning as well as measure it. The report, appearing in the journal PLoS One, found that this “testing effect” was particularly strong in students from lower-income households.

Psychologists have known for almost a century that altering the timing of tests can affect performance. How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different. How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different by Terry Heick This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the development of personal thinking habits in 21st century learners.

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

History Detected - May/June 2013. Beware of Stephen J. Gould. Followup to: Natural Selection's Speed Limit and Complexity Bound If you've read anything Stephen J.

Beware of Stephen J. Gould

Gould has ever said about evolutionary biology, I have some bad news for you. In the field of evolutionary biology at large, Gould's reputation is mud. Not because he was wrong. Many honest scientists have made honest mistakes. Bill Gates’ $100 million database to track students. Text smaller Text bigger By Michael F.

Bill Gates’ $100 million database to track students

Haverluck Over the past 18 months, a massive $100 million public-school database spearheaded by the $36.4 billion-strong Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been in the making that freely shares student information with private companies. The system has been in operation for several months and already contains millions of K-12 students’ personal identification ‒ ranging from name, address, Social Security number, attendance, test scores, homework completion, career goals, learning disabilities, and even hobbies and attitudes about school.

Claiming that the national database will enhance education, the main funder of the project, the Gates Foundation, entered the joint venture with the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from a number of states. School officials and private companies doing business with districts might have plenty to be happy about with this information-sharing system, but President Michael P. Proof: Bill Gates Has No Idea about Schools–or Children. They say that if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Proof: Bill Gates Has No Idea about Schools–or Children

When you have made billions of dollars by selling technology, you start thinking that you hold the answer to all the world’s problems. Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System -... Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System Posted on Apr 11, 2011 By Chris Hedges A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind.

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System -...

It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success. This column will change your life: has Pelmanism's time come at last? Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky and his Revolutionary Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere. Irina Trubetskova Department of Natural Resources University of New Hampshire, The originator of the modern theory of the Biosphere (Grinevald, 1998, p. 21)...

Vladimir Ivanovich Vernadsky and his Revolutionary Theory of Biosphere and Noosphere

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Johnson, MD, FAAP May 1, 1999, 2007 (revised) TV rots the senses in the head! Welcome to There is a widely held belief that if we start teaching children to write, read, and spell in preschool and kindergarten, they will become better writers, readers, and spellers by the time they reach the first and second grades.

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This, however, is not what I have seen clinically. Disrupting learning II – Day of reckoning. Internet – both as a stack of technologies and as the vector of a sharing culture – brings us credible alternatives to classroom-based education in schools and universities. Most of them involve video lectures, with clear advantages: the pause button, the rearranging of content in 6-20 minutes packets, and the ability to attend from anywhere, at any time. Furthermore, the locus of learning is not so much the lecture, as the peer-to-peer interaction among students, through forums wikis, Twitter lists, Facebook groups et cetera.

All of this is hardly news: I have discussed it before, and even test-driven the model. » Napster, Udacity, and the Academy Clay Shirky. Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files. This wasn’t a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side effect: Fraunhofer also had to figure out how to compress the soundtrack. The result was the Motion Picture Experts Group Format 1, Audio Layer III, a format you know and love, though only by its acronym, MP3. The recording industry concluded this new audio format would be no threat, because quality mattered most.

Who would listen to an MP3 when they could buy a better-sounding CD at the record store? Then Napster launched, and quickly became the fastest-growing piece of software in history. Online Courses and the Future of Higher Education. Online courses began around 1990 with the growth of more widespread access to the Internet. MOOCs—Implications for Higher Education. “MOOCs,” an acronym for “massive open online courses,” denotes an important, possibly a revolutionary, development ineducation. The Case Against Grades. Project Based Instruction in STEM Education. Diane Ravitch's blog. This is your brain on Jane Austen, and researchers at Stanford are taking notes. Ordo Amoris: Norms and Nobility Prologue IV: I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will. Some 100 years before David Hicks penned Norms and Nobility , in the Lake District of England, Charlotte Mason wrote these words as an educational philosophy:

Intro to Inquiry Learning. What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen. The Scandinavian country is an education superpower because it values equality more than excellence. Intro Curriculum Update « Existential Type. Learning and thinking - World History & Geography. Learning and thinking: what science tells us about teaching Editor's Note: According to a 2012 Education Week report* about "brain-based education," the situation has changed little since the following article was published in 2001. The 10,000 Hour Elite Excellence Dilemma. The Theory of Change. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (9780143117469): Matthew B. Crawford. Udacity in partnership with Pearson VUE announces testing centers. The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever. The Project Gutenberg eBook of Talks To Teachers, by William James.

No Student Left Untested by Diane Ravitch. Our Universities: Why Are They Failing? by Anthony Grafton. The Great Ideas. Research on the Teaching of Math. Achievement-vs-development. FreeRangeKids. 21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020. D.Waring interviews c.Levison on CM. About SEDL. Miss Mason on Mr. Rooper. Mr. Rooper on Mr. Froebel. Audios of IEWs A.Pudewa.