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What Adults Don’t Get About Teens and Digital Life | Wired

Well-meaning messages meant to keep teens safe can backfire. The key is to focus on judgment and agency, not rigid rules for screen time. PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE LONG recognized that we … Continue reading

September 21, 2022 · Leave a comment

Twilight of the Libraries: What Gets Lost When Books Go Off-Site and Online | The Walrus

Libraries can’t escape the push for digitization, but we still need actual books on shelves. It is now a commonplace in the library literature that “many libraries are undertaking massive … Continue reading

August 3, 2022 · Leave a comment

Guiding Students to Develop a Clear Understanding of Their Phone Use | Edutopia

Banning cell phones from classrooms can backfire, but teachers can help students think critically about this addictive technology. It can also be tempting for schools to consider large-scale phone bans. … Continue reading

April 27, 2022 · Leave a comment

The People Deciding to Ditch Their Smartphones | BBC News

About nine out of 10 people in the UK now own a smartphone, a figure broadly replicated across the developed world. And we are glued to them – one recent study found that … Continue reading

April 25, 2022 · Leave a comment

Distracted Minds – Why Your Students Can’t Focus | Chronicle.com

Not only have we always been distracted; we have always been unhappy about it. Here’s Part 1 of a series on distraction in the college classroom by James L Lang, … Continue reading

November 3, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why Are Hyperlinks Blue?

The internet has ingrained itself into every aspect of our lives, but there’s one aspect of the digital world that I bet you take for granted. Did you ever notice … Continue reading

September 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Constant Craving – How Digital Media Turned Us All into Dopamine Addicts | The Guardian

According to addiction expert Dr Anna Lembke, our smartphones are making us dopamine junkies, with each swipe, like and tweet feeding our habit. Her new book, Dopamine Nation, emphasises that … Continue reading

August 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why We Remember More by Reading – Especially Print – Than From Audio or Video | The Conversation

There is growing evidence that people tend to think of digital media as entertainment, so they devote less mental effort than when they’re reading a printed book. So what does … Continue reading

August 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

Coronavirus: Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral | BBC News

Coronavirus misinformation is flooding the internet. A UK parliamentary sub-committee is asking members of the public to submit examples. The committee has particularly requested submissions of disinformation spread in private … Continue reading

April 21, 2020 · Leave a comment

Student Engagement: Research and Implications – A Model

The idea of student engagement is central to improving learning engagement and outcomes. However, the term is used loosely and requires further discussion and definition. This reference by Ana Cristina … Continue reading

January 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Own It – A place to help you boss your life online | BBC

The BBC have launched a specific area of their website featuring questions, answers and tools to help young people make the most of their time online. The Own It app … Continue reading

January 3, 2020 · Leave a comment

Reluctant Adopters and Technology Initiatives | Edutopia

Addressing the valid concerns teachers have about new tech tools helps them accept change and builds positive relationships. When school leaders decide to start a new technology project—whether it’s a small … Continue reading

July 24, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to Drive Personalized Learning in Higher Education | Online Digital Marketing Courses

​While personalization has seen exciting changes in education, higher education is still struggling to adopt it. Nearly half of undergraduate students in the US fail to earn a degree within … Continue reading

June 19, 2019 · Leave a comment

Which Apps Are Safe for Kids? Three Tools That Read the Fine Print for You | EdSurge

Who has the time to read the fine print of terms and conditions… especially when it is an enticing new app which promises you the world? Well we certainly should … Continue reading

February 8, 2019 · Leave a comment

Fake news harms children’s self-esteem and trust, say MPs | BBC News

Children with poor literacy skills struggle most to tell which stories are false, says a report. A few weeks ago, Chloe, 13, shared a hoax story about the alleged death of … Continue reading

June 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

Destination Dystopia…

In 2001 I was involved in taking young graduate engineers from Marconi, into Nottinghamshire schools as part of the SETNET programme for developing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics into schools. … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Digital Education Policies in Europe and Beyond: Key Design Principles for More Effective Policies | European Commission

An interesting report from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre for Science on effective digital learning strategies. This report offers policy-makers in digital education evidence on how, at the national … Continue reading

March 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kitty Perry and the copyright lessons for seven-year-olds | BBC News

A campaign to teach children about copyright infringement on the internet, is employing cartoons and puns on pop stars’ names, to get the message across. Even its makers admit it … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

BBC to help students identify ‘fake news’ | BBC News

The BBC is launching a new scheme to help young people identify real news and filter out fake or false information. The project is targeted at secondary schools and sixth … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · Leave a comment

Digital Citizenship – Resource Roundup | Edutopia

A fantastic round up of resources related to Digital Citizenship from our friends at Edutopia. This relates to the positive aspects of developing Digital Citizens in educational settings, as well … Continue reading

November 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Technology in Education – Digital Literacy and Cultural Illiteracy

Joe Nutt makes the parallel with the Emperor’s new clothes in his assessment of the impact on learning of technology in schools. As one who has been involved in the … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Portfolios – The Art of Reflection | Edutopia

By collecting their learning artefacts and compiling them into portfolios, students should have an opportunity to reflect upon their experiences and see their own growth. Read the full article here: … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

Building a Digital Portfolio | ETML

Via: Best Practices for Building A Digital Portfolio | ETML And here are some great suggestions for apps to get you started: 6 of The Best Tools for Creating Digital … Continue reading

June 2, 2017 · 1 Comment

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland? | BBC News

For nearly two decades, Finland has enjoyed a reputation for having one of the world’s best education systems. Its 15 year olds regularly score amongst the highest in the global … Continue reading

May 31, 2017 · Leave a comment

iPads ‘help improve young pupils’ skills’ | BBC News

Young children’s maths, English and communication skills improve if they use iPads in school on a regular basis. That is one of the key findings of the most in-depth research … Continue reading

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Digital Citizen | commonsense.org

April 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Digital Engagement for All

Mal Lee and Roger Broadie outline how to engage all learners with digital technology. The digital and the socially networked is not going to be the answer for all, and … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

In a Constant State of Partial Attention

An unintended implication of the spread of handheld technologies is the diversion of attention from the real world to the screen. The photograph above nicely illustrates this electronic dependency which … Continue reading

February 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cyber security lessons offered to schools in England | BBC News

Schoolchildren in England will be offered lessons in cyber security in a bid to find the experts of the future to defend the UK from attacks. It is hoped 5,700 … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

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