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You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help. - Technology

You're Distracted. This Professor Can Help. - Technology
By Marc Parry Seattle Matthew Ryan Williams for The Chronicle Before each class session, David Levy leads his students in a few minutes of meditation. To complete her homework assignment, Meran Hill needed total concentration. The University of Washington senior shut the blinds in her studio apartment. Then she plunged into the task: Spend 15 minutes doing e-mail. Soon enough, though, a familiar craving bubbled up. As Ms. But the assignment had her trapped. The e-mail drill was one of numerous mind-training exercises in a unique class designed to raise students' awareness about how they use their digital tools. Their professor, David M. At its extreme, that debate plays out in the writing of authors whom the critic Adam Gopnik has dubbed the Never-Betters and the Better-Nevers. On college campuses, meanwhile, educators struggle to manage what the Stanford University multitasking researcher Clifford Nass describes as a radical shift in the nature of attention. When I ask Mr. But Mr. Mr.

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Teaching is the Shortcut to Mastery A true teacher is not the one with the most knowledge, but one who causes the most others to have knowledge. - Neale Donald Walsch - We are often taught that one has to study and become a master of a subject first before they are qualified to teach it. Surely teacher certification programs have their place but I’m not talking about the bureaucracy of becoming a full-time teacher. I’m talking about a general truth of life: Teaching forces you to quickly jump from being informed and understanding a lesson, to knowing and living a lesson. To understand something is one thing, but to actually be able to teach it, in your own words, and have the other person understand what you’re talking about requires a much higher level of competency.

Teens and Technology 2013 37% of all teens ages 12-17 have smartphones, up from just 23% in 2011 One in four teens are “cell-mostly” internet users – they mostly go online using their phone WASHINGTON (March 13, 2013) — Smartphone adoption among American teens has increased substantially and mobile access to the internet is pervasive. November 2015 Energy Forecast: Let Love Rearrange You – Upgrading Your Life From the Inside Out — Lee Harris Energy International Translations: Dutch | French | German | Japanese | Polish | SpanishCan you help with translations? Get involved! (Transcribed and edited from Lee's spoken video message.)

What 21st Century Learning Should Look Like Figure 1 depicts a model of 21st century learning powered by technology. In contrast to traditional classroom instruction, which often consists of a single educator transmitting the same information to all learners in the same way, the model puts students at the center and empowers them to take control of their own learning by providing flexibility on several dimensions. A core set of standards-based concepts and competencies form the basis of what all students should learn, but beyond that students and educators have options for engaging in learning: large groups, small groups, and work tailored to individual goals, needs, and interests.

Is technology and the internet reducing pupils' attention spans? A growing number of books, including The Shallows, argue that the internet and digital gadgets are making it harder for us to concentrate. The Pew Research Centre in America recently surveyed almost 2,500 teachers and found that 77% thought that the internet had a "mostly positive" impact on students' research work, while 87% felt modern technologies were creating an "easily distracted generation with short attention spans". But could this simply be the latest variation of 'the Elvis Hypothesis' – because something is new, popular with young people, and challenges existing hierarchies and traditions, it must be bad? Although some UK teachers might be inclined to agree with their American counterparts when faced with a class of restless smartphone-enabled year 10s, there appears to be no conclusive evidence that pupil attention spans are declining. Sue Honoré, an independent learning consultant who co-authored the 2009 report 'Generation Y: Inside Out' with Dr.

The 100 Best, Most Interesting Blogs and Websites of 2014 Editor’s note: 2015’s list of the best, most interesting websites has arrived! The video above is a sampling from that list. Welcome to the most awesome blog post you’re going to see all year. Yep, it’s the third installment in the super-popular annual series in which I document the sites I think you’ll want to spend a lot of time on in the coming year (below you’ll find a few highlights from recent years in case you missed out). I have one major rule: a site can only appear on this list once, so there are never any duplicates.

Going SOLO: An introduction to the taxonomy everyone’s talking about This article originally appeared in Innovate My School's September 2012 digital magazine. The Structure of Observed Learning Outcome (SOLO) taxonomy aims to show pupils how to develop sophisticated responses to questions by getting them to examine their thought-process as their understanding of a topic improves. I began using SOLO in 2011, and it is now integral to my teaching. SOLO defines five stages of understanding for any topic: prestructural, unistructural, multistructural, relational and extended abstract.

Finding Flow We all are capable of reaching that stateof effortless concentration and enjoyment called "flow." Here, the man who literally wrote the book on flow presents his most lucid account yet of how to experience this blissful state. IMAGINE THAT YOU ARE SKIING DOWN A SLOPE and your full attention is focused on the movements of your body and your full attention is focused on the movements of your body, the position of the skis, the air whistling past your face, and the snow-shrouded trees running by. Question The Answers ~ The Importance of Critical Thinking It strikes me that this is an era of pressing choices – personal and collective. Simplistic, lazy, rote thinking cannot address the complexities we face. We’re caught up in old, polarized, dualistic thinking that is not only an impediment to our growth – but regressive and potentially dangerous.

Harvard Business School Case Study - Gender Equity Graduation day at Harvard Business School came on May 30 after an experiment focused on female students and teachers.Video: Brent McDonald; Photograph: Katherine Taylor for The New York Times BOSTON — When the members of the Harvard Business School class of 2013 gathered in May to celebrate the end of their studies, there was little visible evidence of the experiment they had undergone for the last two years. As they stood amid the brick buildings named after businessmen from Morgan to Bloomberg, black-and-crimson caps and gowns united the 905 graduates into one genderless mass.

Vol 3 No 2. Professional Growth Reconceptualized: Early Childhood Staff Searching for Meaning Share Home Journal Contents Issue Contents Volume 3 Number 2 ©The Author(s) 2001 Professional Growth Reconceptualized: Early Childhood Staff Searching for Meaning Alma Fleet & Catherine Patterson Macquarie University This paper challenges traditional perspectives of professional development through a reconceptualization of early childhood professional growth.