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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Double Dose of Math Has Diminishing Returns, Study Finds

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Doubling up on math classes for a year may help middle school students in the short term, but the benefits of doing so depreciate over time—and are likely not worth the price of missing out on instruction in other subjects, according to a new study…” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The amazing benefits of learning a new language

A Healthier Michigan – Staff Writer

“It’s been proven that speaking multiple languages growing up can have an impact on your life that goes way beyond being able to order food in foreign countries. For instance, those who speak two languages every day throughout their lives can delay the onset of dementia by up to four years.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Comprehensive Checklist of the 21st Century Learning and Work Skills

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“While searching for some resources on a paper and writing on the 21st century learning skills I came across this skills checklist created by the university of UToledo…Below is a round-up of the 9 most important skills which I selected from the entire list.” (more)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Playtime May Be More Important to Development Than Parents Thought

Education News – Grace Smith

“Professor Yuko Munakata of the University of Colorado…created a study to start the ball rolling toward an understanding of whether structured time or flexible time for children has an impact on their ability to “manage themselves”…When the children were evaluated…the results showed that the more time spent in unstructured activities, the better they were at executive functioning.” (more)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thousands of Young Historians Convene for National Competition

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“At the annual National History Day (NHD) competition held this week, 3,000 middle and high school students showcased original historical research, presenting and defending their exhibits, papers, performances, websites, and documentaries before panels of judges…A 2011 evaluation of NHD found a variety of positive effects for participants, including better performance on high-stakes tests, improved writing skills, and increased confidence and capability in doing research.” (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Watching violence on TV may alter your brain

Business Standard – Staff Writer

“Young adult men who watch more violence on television show indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning, according to a new study.” (more)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reading Experience May Change the Brains of Dyslexic Students

The New York Times – Annie Murphy Paul

“Among the many challenges faced by children with dyslexia (and by their parents and teachers) is the nagging fear that their difficulties with reading are entirely hard-wired: predetermined by their genes and impossible to change. Recent research offers a balm for that fear. It suggests that experience plays a big role in dyslexia, both in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.” (more)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Education’s Great Divide: Girls Outperforming Boys

Psychology Today – Raychelle Cassada Lohmann, M.S., L.P.C.

“Why are girls doing better than boys in the classroom? The authors of the study offer many explanations, but social and cultural factors were most predominant. It seems parental and societal expectations of the sexes could play a large role in how these youth perform academically.”(more)

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Study Strengthens Gut Bacteria-Autism Link

The Huffington Post – Amanda L. Chan

“New research adds more strength to the potential link between gut bacteria and autism. In a small study, researchers from Arizona State University found evidence that gut bacteria may differ between children with and without autism.”(more)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

To lecture or not to lecture?

Chemistry World – Rebecca Trager

“New research showing that US undergraduate students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses featuring traditional lecturing are one-and-a-half times more likely to fail than are students in classes with so-called ‘active learning’, is getting a mixed response from academia.”(more)