Digital classroom tools like computers, tablets and smartphones offer exciting opportunities to deepen learning through creativity, collaboration and connection, but those very devices can also be distracting to students. Similarly, parents complain that when students are required to complete homework assignments online, it’s a challenge for students to remain on task. The ubiquity of digital technology in all realms of life isn’t going away, but if students don’t learn how to concentrate and shut out distractions, research shows they’ll have a much harder time succeeding in almost every area.
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Teenagers say their parents often don’t realize how overwhelmed they feel about school. Psychologists say parents can help children manage their expectations and live a more balanced life, even if it means not racking up as high a GPA as their friends.
Online instructors face the challenges of keeping a course up to date, engaging students, and maintaining integrity. Having students generate some of the course content can address all three of these challenges.
The Artevelde College in Ghent, Belgium, may have recently become the first institution to ban students from wearing watches during exams. According to a report in De Standaard (Google Translate), the new rule is in response to the growing availability of smartwatches and the cheating possibilities that come with it.
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The item above comes from a sample item on the SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) website, and it’s supposed to assess the writing of an argument (what used to be called persuasive writing). Click on the image to get a larger view to read the task.
I’m sharing this because this week I administered a similar writing task at my site recently. Students were given a sheet of facts and statistics, and a sheet of arguments for the two positions they had to choose from, to write a 5 paragraph essay.
When we were previewing the tasks, it seemed questionable to give students a list of “arguments” since this would make this a much lower-level cognitive task, and not require any analysis on the part of students. When you look at this type of task, you have to wonder why they would do things this way, and how they could insist that these tasks are at a “higher” cognitive level and more demanding than past writing prompts.
A new study should help parents chill out and not worry about their toddler playing with food and, of course, making a huge mess.
In fact, researchers believe that the messier your child gets while playing with food in the high chair, the more he or she is learning.
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A new study has discovered that 48% of the nation’s 50 million public school students are in poverty, as measured by whether they qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches. In 17 states, the majority of schoolchildren are poor. Poverty rates are led by Mississippi, where 71% of children are in poverty.
These data represent a startling rise since 2000.
New research suggests that the complexity involved in practicing and performing music may help students’ cognitive development. Studies released last month at the Society for Neuroscience meeting here find that music training may increase the neural connections in regions of the brain associated with creativity, decisionmaking, and complex memory, and they may improve a student’s ability to process conflicting information from many senses at once. Research also found that starting music education early can be even more helpful.
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If students improve poor attendance, their academic achievement increases, a study shows.
Tougher education standards like the Common Core may require a tough love that some parents and educators don’t like.
Choice. It’s an emerging concept that, I believe, will have the biggest impact on education in both the short and long term.
Choice in education comes in many different flavors. The biggest and most lasting choice students (along with their parents) have to make is what kind of school they want to attend. Historically, this has been dictated primary by geography, but other variables are rapidly emerging. Today’s students are asking: Do I want to go to a public, private, charter, magnet, same gender, parochial, or virtual school?
The next level is course choice: Do I want to take my calculus class at my high school? At the local community college? Online? And, next are educational materials: Do I choose to learn calculus via a textbook, video lecture, simulation, online content?
It’s parent-teacher conference time. But for many students across the country, finding a bed at night is top of mind. Host Michel Martin talks about the growing number of homeless students in the U.S., with NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez, and Larissa Dickinson, a social worker for Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama.
In the new study, researchers from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University, studied 20 years of student creative writing and visual artworks. They discovered the dynamics of creativity are multifactorial.
The research suggests some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, could be declining.
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Should students take notes? What about giving students access to your PowerPoint slides and lecture notes? Students have been known to ask for them pretty aggressively and lots of teachers do make them available. Is it a good idea?