Wall Street Journal: More Research Finds Screen Technology ‘Weakens The Intellect’

This blog seems a little tech-obsessed lately. Blame the media (because why not, right?). Recent months have seen a spate of reports on various negative aspects to our society's increasing obsession with screens. This is pertinent here because screens are becoming a ubiquitous part of K-12 schooling, with even kindergarteners given iPads for up to … Continue reading Wall Street Journal: More Research Finds Screen Technology ‘Weakens The Intellect’

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New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Researchers at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point recently conducted a study on the effects of tech use in classrooms by randomly assigning 450 students to one of three sections of the same required economics class: one that permitted laptops and tablets, one that did not, and a control group. Since West Point is … Continue reading New, High-Quality Study Finds Laptop Use Dramatically Reduces Student Grades

Research Increasingly Finds More Screen Time Makes Kids Depressed And Illiterate

The Atlantic recently published a major feature article by big-name author and social science researcher Jean Twenge exploring the effects of young people's constant phone and computer use. In short, her findings are ominous. Here's one factoid from a long-running national teen study: "Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more … Continue reading Research Increasingly Finds More Screen Time Makes Kids Depressed And Illiterate

Average Human Attention Span Has Declined To 8 Seconds — Worse Than A Goldfish’s

A new book that's come out has people talking: It's called "Irresistible," by Adam Alter, a professor of marketing and psychology at New York University's Stern School of Business. The book describes how the screens and programs most Americans use daily are designed, like gambling machines, to addict you. After all, that's how tech designers … Continue reading Average Human Attention Span Has Declined To 8 Seconds — Worse Than A Goldfish’s

Study: Screens Distract Readers From Understanding The Bigger Picture

Reading on-screen prompted young adults to¬†focus on details over context, finds a new series of experiments. Screen reading "led to greater focus on concrete details, but less ability to infer meaning or quickly get the gist of a problem," reports Education Week. This made them worse at making judgments about things like which car was … Continue reading Study: Screens Distract Readers From Understanding The Bigger Picture

You Can’t Just Google Context

It's becoming cliche for educators to proclaim that they don't want to teach children knowledge, because people "can just Google for information." What they don't understand is that information comes in various forms, and some are better than others. As Lindsey Brigham writes on the CIRCE Institute's blog: In contrast to the meandering, holistic, and … Continue reading You Can’t Just Google Context