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Distracted learning a big problem, golden opportunity for educators, students

Although experts say using electronic media while doing schoolwork negatively impacts learning, many students believe they’re immune to any ill effects because they’re good multitaskers, according to recent research. The objective of this article is to discuss some of the latest research findings associated with distracted learning, including why students, and people in general, get …

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Our Brain Is Better at Remembering Where to Find Brownies Than Cherry Tomatoes

Humans’ spatial recall makes mental notes about the location of high-calorie foods Yes, there is biologically primary and biologically secondary knowledge and learning. No, our brains haven’t miraculously evolved in one generation (i.e., digital natives). The article writes: “Our main takeaway message is that human minds seem to be designed for efficiently locating high-calorie foods …

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Our Brain Is Better at Remembering Where to Find Brownies Than Cherry Tomatoes

Humans’ spatial recall makes mental notes about the location of high-calorie foods In the newest Scientific American there’s a nice article about certain types of ‘hard-wiring’ in our brains.  Yes, there is biologically primary and biologically secondary knowledge and learning. No, our brains haven’t miraculously evolved in one generation (i.e., digital natives). The article writes: …

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Breaking News! Parachute use does not reduce death or major traumatic injury when jumping from aircraft

Researchers from Harvard Medical School, UCLA, University of Michigan showed in a randomized controlled experiment that the use of a parachute made no difference in the number of deaths or injuries of people jumping out of an arirplane. To determine if using a parachute prevents death or major traumatic injury when jumping from an aircraft …

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Heavy electronic media use in late childhood linked to lower academic performance

A new article in PLOS ONE reports on an association between heavy television use and poorer reading performance in 8-11 year olds, as well as between heavy computer use and poorer numeracy–the ability to work with numbers. The researchers (Lisa K. Mundy, Louise Canterford, Monsurul Hoq, Timothy Olds, Margarita Moreno-Betancur, Susan Sawyer, Silja Kosola, and …

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Traditioneel is het Nieuwe Progressieve

Traditioneel is het Nieuwe Progressieve Deze blog is een verbreding en verdieping van mijn blog in het septembernummer van Didactief. Ik las net Robert Peal’s boek Progressively Worse: The Burden of Bad Ideas in British Schools waarin hij de opkomst van progressief onderwijs in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en de effecten daarvan op de onderwijskwaliteit, leerlingprestaties …

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Pay attention! Why I think it is important to study attention in school children

Reblog 1 – Mike Hobiss wrote this blog in 2017 because, in his opinion (and I agree), paying attention in school is important because: 1. Attention is the gateway to cognition 2. Attention directly impacts school attainment for ALL students 3. Attention may mediate other key variables which contribute to school success 4. Attention skills …

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