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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop
“More is better.” From the number of gigs in a cellular data plan to the horsepower in a pickup truck, this mantra is ubiquitous in American culture. When it comes to college students, the belief that more is better may underlie their widely-held view that laptops in the classroom enhance their academic performance. Obviously it is advantageous to draft more complete notes that precisely capture the course content and allow for a verbatim review of the material at a later date. What drives this paradoxical finding? To evaluate this theory, Mueller and Oppenheimer assessed the content of notes taken by hand versus laptop. If the source of the advantage for longhand notes derives from the conceptual processes they evoke, perhaps instructing laptop users to draft summative rather than verbatim notes will boost performance. Wrong again. Beyond altering students’ cognitive processes and thereby reducing learning, laptops pose other threats in the classroom. Related:  Learning to LearnReference

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment. Below are 35 proven psychological phenomena that affect you and your students every day: 1. Definition: It is easiest to recall information when you are in a state similar to the one in which you initially learned the material. Application: Urge your students to sit in the same room they studied in when they complete their take-home quiz. 2. Definition: The tendency to overemphasize internal explanations for the behavior of others, while failing to take into account the power of the situation. Application: Sometimes students need your help distinguishing between internal and external factors that affect academic performance. 3. 4. 5. 6.

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 | Cris Rowan The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010). Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Problems - Suffer the Children - 4 minutesSolutions - Balanced Technology Management - 7 minutes The following Technology Use Guidelines for children and youth were developed by Cris Rowan, pediatric occupational therapist and author of Virtual Child; Dr. Technology Use Guidelines for Children and Youth

5 Reasons You Should Keep All Your Notes in One Place Do you ever find yourself searching for that one note that you know you wrote down somewhere? Perhaps, it is a last-minute frantic search for a piece of information that you need. Or you have been endlessly searching for days for that missing document. You need to keep your notes in one place. Where are Your Notes? A complete time management system includes many productivity tools. You need the ability to capture notes and pieces of information. A common trap is to write notes everywhere. Simply put, the more places you take notes… the more places you have to look later when you need a piece of information. A better solution is to record all of your notes in one place, one tool. Here are 5 Reasons You Should Always Keep Your Notes in One Place: Reduced Cutter – If your desk is covered in notebooks, pads, and loose pieces of paper, then you are taking notes in too many places. One Place for Your Notes Choose the solution that works best for you. No time for time management?

Critical Thinking Explained for Students May 1, 2016 Critical thinking is an essential skill for the 21st century students. Not that it was not essential before but in a digitally focused world where there is an exceeding surplus of amateurish and unpolished information, the ability to critically assess, weigh in and value information has an imminent urgency. Through critical thinking, learners will get to sift through the ocean of information provided by the net and be able to decide what is relevant and what is not. Critical thinking, as we have argued in a previous post here in EdTech and mLearning, ‘embraces several conceptual skills that include synthesizing, assessing, analyzing, applying and evaluating information. Critical thinking allows students to make informed and rational decisions as it forces them to dive deeper and analyze things logically. The purpose of today’s post is to share with you this wonderful TED Ed video on critical thinking that you may want to use with your students in class.

Anki Flashcards - powerful, intelligent flashcards 10 Common Mistakes Parents Today Make (Me Included) | Kari Kubiszyn Kampakis When I became a mom, I got lots of advice on how to love my child. But not until a few years ago did someone actually point out that loving a child means wanting what's best for them long-term. When my four daughters were young, long-term didn't resonate with me. Now that my kids are maturing, however, the fog is lifting. These days, I put more thought into long-term. A while back I came across some interesting articles and books that dig into what psychologists today are seeing: a rising number of 20-somethings who are depressed and don't know why. One reason given is that parents today are too quick to swoop in. One article mentions incoming college freshmen known to deans as "teacups" for their fragility in the face of minor problems. Here's psychiatrist Paul Bohn's response, as paraphrased in the piece: Why am I sharing this information? As my favorite parenting philosophy goes: "Prepare your child for the road, not the road for your child." Mistake #10: Worshipping our children.

Personal information management Personal information management (PIM) refers to the practice and the study of the activities people perform in order to acquire, organize, maintain, retrieve and use personal information items such as documents (paper-based and digital), web pages and email messages for everyday use to complete tasks (work-related or not) and fulfill a person’s various roles (as parent, employee, friend, member of community, etc.). There are six ways in which information can be personal: [1] Owned by "me"About "me"Directed toward "me"Sent/Posted by "me"Experienced by "me"Relevant to "me" One ideal of PIM is that people should always have the right information in the right place, in the right form, and of sufficient completeness and quality to meet their current need. Technologies and tools such as personal information managers help people spend less time with time-consuming and error-prone activities of PIM (such as looking for information). History and background[edit] Tools[edit] Study[edit]

Professional Knowledge - Google Forms From Self-Discovery to Learning Agility in Senior Executives by Suzanne Goebel, Richard Baskerville Suzanne Goebel Georgia State University Richard Baskerville Georgia State UniversitySeptember 20, 2013 Third Annual International Conference on Engaged Management Scholarship, Atlanta, Georgia. Abstract: In the complex world of the senior executive, one of the single most important predictors of executive success is learning agility. Number of Pages in PDF File: 19 Keywords: Learning Agility, Mental Agility, Self-Awareness, Executive Coaching, Resilience, Managing Uncertainty, Managing Change, Dealing With Ambiguity, Reflection, Metacognition, Complex Learning, Managing Complexity

To Remember a Lecture Better, Take Notes by Hand - Robinson Meyer Students do worse on quizzes when they use keyboards in class. Psych 101 was about to start, and Pam Mueller had forgotten her laptop at home. This meant more than lost Facebook time. A psychology grad student at Princeton, Mueller was one of the class teaching assistants. It was important she have good notes on the lecture. So she put pen to paper—and found something surprising. Class just seemed better. “‘I had a similar experience in a faculty meeting the other day,’” Mueller remembers him saying. It turns out there is. A new study—conducted by Mueller and Oppenheimer—finds that people remember lectures better when they’ve taken handwritten notes, rather than typed ones. What's more, knowing how and why typed notes can be bad doesn't seem to improve their quality. The study comes at a ripe time for questions about laptop use in class. The study was conducted in three parts. Students watched the video, completed difficult mental tasks for 30 minutes, then took a quiz on the content.