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What Does a Tablet Do to the Child’s Mind?

...children who do not learn real interactions, which often have flaws and imperfections, will come to know a world where perfect, shiny screens give them a false sense of intimacy without risk... – reg360

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Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America. Inequality has been rising in most countries around the world, but it has played out in different ways across countries and regions.

"Discussions of these alternative models, which seem to deliver more for more people, often end by some contrarian assertion or other about why these countries are different, and why their model has few lessons for the United States. All of this is understandable. None of us likes to think badly of ourselves or of our economic system. We want to believe that we have the best economic system in the world." – reg360

The United States, it is increasingly recognized, has the sad distinction of being the most unequal advanced country, though the income gap has also widened to a lesser extent, in Britain, Japan, Canada and Germany.

Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America

Of course, the situation is even worse in Russia, and some developing countries in Latin America and Africa. But this is a club of which we should not be proud to be a member. Some big countries — Brazil, Indonesia and Argentina — have become more equal in recent years, and other countries, like Spain, were on that trajectory until the economic crisis of 2007-8. Overprotective Parenting May Make College-Age Children Depressed. Helicopter parents, stop hovering: it’s officially not good for your kids — especially if they’re already grown.

...self-determination theory,” which holds that every person has three basic needs in order to be happy: they must feel autonomous, competent and connected to other people... ...helicopter parenting decreased adult children’s feelings of autonomy, competence and connection. In turn, feeling incompetent led to increased reports of feeling depressed and dissatisfied... – reg360

A new study in the Journal of Child and Family Studies found that being overly involved in your grownup kids’ lives can do more harm than good.

Overprotective Parenting May Make College-Age Children Depressed

The research was conducted by the same scientists who showed last year that intensive parenting — constantly stimulating your children — can make moms more depressed. Procrastination. The Depressing Data on Early Childhood Investment. Photo by Marc Romanelli/Getty Images.

The Depressing Data on Early Childhood Investment

Jerome Kagan is one of the pioneers of developmental child psychology. But I interviewed him a few weeks ago with an economic motivation. PBS NewsHour has begun to explore a virtual reality project designed to help close America’s deeply troubling and widening economic gap — between those in the bottom rungs of the income and wealth ladder and those at the top. I explored this in 2011 when I visited Sesame Street, reporting on the effectiveness of the “marshmallow test.”

The idea: to help kids learn to delay gratification and learn how to save, for example. Jerome Kagan was skeptical, however of any short-term technology or test that claims it can close the achievement and economic gap. Jerome Kagan: The income inequality gap keeps on increasing. Paul Solman: The achievement gap between richer and poorer? Jerome Kagan: Yes, between the affluent and the bottom third of the population. The message of Sesame Street is clear. A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design. So, here's a Vision Of The Future that's popular right now.

A Brief Rant on the Future of Interaction Design

5 Tips to Achieve Real-Time Collaboration in Google Docs. This was a problem, but only before Google Docs came into existence.

5 Tips to Achieve Real-Time Collaboration in Google Docs

Below are five ways to achieve real-time collaboration with Docs: 1. Easy Access. Since Google Docs is completely web-based, anyone can easily access a shared document and also see when another person is viewing it. Google Docs allows multiple people to view one document at once and, essentially, make changes available to other viewers immediately. Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education. In my last post I took a step that, I must admit, made me feel uncomfortable.

Seven Sins of Our System of Forced Education

I said, several times: "School is prison. " I felt uncomfortable saying that because school is so much a part of my life and the lives of almost everyone I know. I, like most people I know, went through the full 12 years of public schooling. My mother taught in a public school for several years. The Seven Sins of Forced Education - Review. "Seven Sins of our System of Forced Education" (Sept. 2009) is an article written by Peter Gray that was featured in Psychology Today.

The Seven Sins of Forced Education - Review

I was passed on this link by a member of a LinkedIn group of teachers that I belong to. I thought the name seemed familiar, so I checked my bookshelf and discovered that this is the same Peter Gray that wrote the 1st Year Psychology textbook that was used when I went to Queen's University. This man has important things to say and the psychological training and field experience to back it up.

I explored his blog entitled "Freedom to Learn" and read the titles of some of his recent blog posts. Cloud-Based, Open-Source Future For Teachers? A computing device for every teacher and student so they can access the Internet at school or at home?

Cloud-Based, Open-Source Future For Teachers?

That, along with an embrace of cloud computing, Creative Commons, and open-source technologies is part of a new set of recommendations from the U.S. Department of Education. On March 5, the department released an 80-page draft of its National Educational Technology Plan entitled Transforming Education: Learning Powered by Technology. The plan lays out an ambitious agenda for transforming teaching and learning through technology.