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Kids and Smartphones
We Need to Talk About Kids and Smartphones
Teen depression has surged since 2010, and psychologists, neurologists and other medical professionals are urging parents to consider limiting their children's use of smartphones. This article for Time Health, by Markham Heid, gives five tips for getting teens to reduce their use of smartphones.
Media Literacy & Online Citizenship
Did Media Literacy Backfire?
Data & Society: Points article by Danah Boyd, Researcher with Microsoft Research and New York University. In “Did Media Literacy Backfire?” Danah Boyd argues that the thorny problems of fake news and the spread of conspiracy theories have, in part, origins in efforts to educate people against misinformation. At the heart of the problem are deeper cultural divides that we must learn how to confront.
Overhauling one high-school subject is our best hope for the future of democracy
This article by Ben Moskowitz,a public-interest technologist and an instructor at the NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program, gives a vision for next-generation civics education. "A natural place to start would be to update the media-studies components of American government and civics courses with a new corpus, new history, and new set of lessons from the internet. Some of these could include the responsibility to verify information before you share it, the responsibility to develop a good media diet, and the responsibility to act decently online."
Even Geniuses Work Hard
This article from the September 2010 issue of the ASCD publication, Educational Leadership, presents ways teachers can "design and present learning tasks in a way that helps students develop a growth mindset, which leads to not just short-term achievement but also long-term success." Author: Carol S. Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and the author of 'Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.'
Five Simple Back-to-School Study Hacks for Kids
A blog post from Daniel Coyle, author of 'The Talent Code' on five 'hacks' students can use to do better at school: Space out your study time; Switch up your study locations; Mix it up; Get outside; and Throw away your highlighters– instead, make a habit of testing yourself.
The Talent Code
Website and blog of Daniel Coyle, author of several books on talent - specifically the science of how people can acquire skill and get really good at sports, art, music, and anything else. Blog posts cover topics such as practice, drills, and motivation.
Zika Virus Response Planning
Interim guidance for school administrators and teachers in the Continental United States and Hawaii from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: general information about Zika; roles and responsibilities for school officials; planning for Zika transmission; and responding to a a case of Zika virus infection.