Teacher At Cutting Edge Of Tech Fad In Schools Explains Why He Tapped Out

AltSchool is a highly hyped $21,000 per year K-8 school in Silicon Valley. As a teacher there, Paul France has been profiled in some of the nation's leading outlets, including The New Yorker and Wired. You can see a brief overview of the school model in the 2015 CBS video below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyV7zQbnX7E Yet after several … Continue reading Teacher At Cutting Edge Of Tech Fad In Schools Explains Why He Tapped Out

High-Quality Study Finds Computer Access Does Not Boost College Enrollment, Employment, or Earnings

Two researchers performed a randomized controlled trial -- the best-quality kind of study researchers can conduct -- by randomly giving some college students computers and preventing others from using them for academics. Dr. Jay Greene at the University of Arkansas summarizes the results, also pointing out that this study is better than most on the … Continue reading High-Quality Study Finds Computer Access Does Not Boost College Enrollment, Employment, or Earnings

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’

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