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In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

Scientists report that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other screen did substantially better at reading emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who, as usual, spent hours each day looking at their smartphones and other screens.

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In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?

Scientists report that sixth-graders who went five days without even glancing at a smartphone, television or other screen did substantially better at reading emotions than sixth-graders from the same school who, as usual, spent hours each day looking at their smartphones and other screens.

image via flickr:CC | danielito311

nprhereandnow:

They say pictures speak a thousand words, but are we on the way to speaking only in pictures? Mobile providers will soon release over 250 new emoji to enhance the existing image stock.
Caroline Moss told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that people are obsessed with emoji and emoticons because “it’s fun - it enhances the conversation.” Hear the full interview here.

nprhereandnow:

They say pictures speak a thousand words, but are we on the way to speaking only in pictures? Mobile providers will soon release over 250 new emoji to enhance the existing image stock.

Caroline Moss told Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson that people are obsessed with emoji and emoticons because “it’s fun - it enhances the conversation.” Hear the full interview here.

npr untangles:

"A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts
Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.
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npr untangles:

"A Plan To Untangle Our Digital Lives After We’re Gone" via Molly Roberts

Ancient peoples sent their dead to the grave with their prized possessions — precious stones, gilded weapons and terracotta armies. But unlike these treasures, our digital property won’t get buried with us. Our archived Facebook messages, old email chains and even Tinder exchanges will hover untouched in the online cloud when we die.

Image: iStockphoto

When Beliefs and Facts Collide

The deeper problem is that citizens participate in public life precisely because they believe the issues at stake relate to their values and ideals, especially when political parties and other identity-based groups get involved – an outcome that is inevitable on high-profile issues. Those groups can help to mobilize the public and represent their interests, but they also help to produce the factual divisions that are one of the most toxic byproducts of our polarized era. Unfortunately, knowing what scientists think is ultimately no substitute for actually believing it.
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

The deeper problem is that citizens participate in public life precisely because they believe the issues at stake relate to their values and ideals, especially when political parties and other identity-based groups get involved – an outcome that is inevitable on high-profile issues. Those groups can help to mobilize the public and represent their interests, but they also help to produce the factual divisions that are one of the most toxic byproducts of our polarized era. Unfortunately, knowing what scientists think is ultimately no substitute for actually believing it.

Transforming school culture through mutual respect

A pivotal aspect of fostering mutual respect among teachers, students and staff is adhering to the following eight expectations, which I’ve witnessed fundamentally change the way schools function:
We will value one another as unique and special individuals. 
We will not laugh at or make fun of a person’s mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns. 
We will use good manners, saying “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me,” and we will allow others to go first. 
We will cheer each other to success. 
We will help one another whenever possible. 
We will recognize every effort and applaud it.
We will encourage each other to do our best.
We will practice virtuous living. 

image via flickr:CC | B.S. Wise High-res

Transforming school culture through mutual respect

A pivotal aspect of fostering mutual respect among teachers, students and staff is adhering to the following eight expectations, which I’ve witnessed fundamentally change the way schools function:

  1. We will value one another as unique and special individuals.
  2. We will not laugh at or make fun of a person’s mistakes nor use sarcasm or putdowns.
  3. We will use good manners, saying “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me,” and we will allow others to go first.
  4. We will cheer each other to success.
  5. We will help one another whenever possible.
  6. We will recognize every effort and applaud it.
  7. We will encourage each other to do our best.
  8. We will practice virtuous living.

image via flickr:CC | B.S. Wise

nprradiopictures shares:

With parents flooding their camera phones with hundreds of photos — from loose teeth to hissy fits to each step in the potty training process — how might the ubiquity of photos change childhood memories?
Maryanne Garry, a psychology professor at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, is trying to figure that out. For years, she’s studied the effects of photography on our childhood memories.
"I think that the problem is that people are giving away being in the moment," she says.
Those parents at the park taking all those photos are actually paying less attention to the moment, she says, because they’re focused on the act of taking the photo.
Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Woolf
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nprradiopictures shares:

With parents flooding their camera phones with hundreds of photos — from loose teeth to hissy fits to each step in the potty training process — how might the ubiquity of photos change childhood memories?

Maryanne Garry, a psychology professor at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, is trying to figure that out. For years, she’s studied the effects of photography on our childhood memories.

"I think that the problem is that people are giving away being in the moment," she says.

Those parents at the park taking all those photos are actually paying less attention to the moment, she says, because they’re focused on the act of taking the photo.

Overexposed? Camera Phones Could Be Washing Out Our Memories

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Rebecca Woolf

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What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like

Most public schools are traditionally run by principals and administrators, who defer to policies dictated by the state. But a group of 60 schools across the country is subverting the top-down system, putting teachers in full control of running their schools. 
It’s called the Teacher Powered Schools initiative, led by Education Evolving, and the goal is to seed a movement that will inspire other teachers in schools across the country to realize their potential as leaders. To that end, Education Evolving released a study [PDF]  in partnership with Center for Teaching Quality, which indicates that 91 percent of Americans believe teachers should have greater influence over decisions that affect student learning. What’s more, 81 percent of Americans indicate they trust teachers to make “schools run better.”
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What a Teacher-Powered School Looks Like

Most public schools are traditionally run by principals and administrators, who defer to policies dictated by the state. But a group of 60 schools across the country is subverting the top-down system, putting teachers in full control of running their schools.

It’s called the Teacher Powered Schools initiative, led by Education Evolving, and the goal is to seed a movement that will inspire other teachers in schools across the country to realize their potential as leaders. To that end, Education Evolving released a study [PDF]  in partnership with Center for Teaching Quality, which indicates that 91 percent of Americans believe teachers should have greater influence over decisions that affect student learning. What’s more, 81 percent of Americans indicate they trust teachers to make “schools run better.”