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What Does a Tablet Do to the Child’s Mind? I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.

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

We were sitting in a restaurant, trying to have a conversation, but her children, 4-year-old Willow and 7-year-old Luca, would not stop fighting. The arguments — over a fork, or who had more water in a glass — were unrelenting. Like a magician quieting a group of children by pulling a rabbit out of a hat, my sister reached into her purse and produced two shiny Apple iPads, handing one to each child.


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.

Singapore’s Lessons for an Unequal America

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. Of course, the situation is even worse in Russia, and some developing countries in Latin America and Africa.

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.

Overprotective Parenting May Make College-Age Children Depressed

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. The research was conducted by the same scientists who showed last year that intensive parenting — constantly stimulating your children — can make moms more depressed. You may think you’re helping out by phoning your kids’ college professors to haggle over the difference between a B+ and an A–, but that interference may be undermining young adults’ ability to problem-solve and fend for themselves. 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.” 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

It's a lot of this sort of thing. As it happens, designing Future Interfaces For The Future used to be my line of work. I had the opportunity to design with real working prototypes, not green screens and After Effects, so there certainly are some interactions in the video which I'm a little skeptical of, given that I've actually tried them and the animators presumably haven't. 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. 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. There is a great deal of overlap on what he tackles and the main ideas of my blog posts, since starting it in January of this year. 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. Much of the NETP emphasizes "21st Century learning" as the path to transforming education: "engaging and empowering learning experiences for all learners... and leveraging the power of technology to provide personalized learning instead of a one-size-fits all curriculum.