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The Social Classroom

Edutopia – Staff Writer

“This video is part of our series on researcher Patricia Kuhl’s work around learning and the social brain. Visit the website of the Institute of Learning and Brain Sciences (I-LABS) at the University of Washington for more information.” (more)

Is your teen online a lot? Study finds mild link between ADHD and digital media use

USA Today – Ryan Suppe

“Teenagers who frequently use digital media are more likely to develop attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a new study. In 2014, scientists at the University of Southern California embarked on a two-year study to discover whether the amount and frequency of digital media usage among teens was associated with the occurrence of ADHD.” (more)

It is important for kids to stay socially active during summer, expert says

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“For most children, summer break means more free time, but that extra time should not be spent alone. One Baylor College of Medicine expert discusses why it is important for children to remain socially active during summer. “Kids deserve a break during the summer. They’ve worked hard during the school year and this is their time to relax, but they should continue interacting with their friends and meeting new people,” said Dr. Jin Han, assistant professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor.” (more)

Now is the time to redefine readiness

E-School News – Katherine Prince

“Today’s working adults have seen a lot of change in the employment landscape. But that change is likely to be modest compared to the changes coming between now and 2040. We stand at the beginning of a new era driven by exponential advances in digital technologies. As that era unfolds, people will increasingly work alongside machine partners to navigate, make sense of, and contribute to the world around us. In addition, the structures within which we work are likely to change significantly.” (more)

With increased focus on students’ social and emotional skills, teachers turn to class pets to help lead the way

Ed Source – Ashley Hopkinson

“Like many class pets, Maurice symbolizes a classroom feature that has long been common in schools. But now, in some classrooms, class pets are doing more than helping children learn about animals. They are being integrated into teachers’ efforts to help young students learn social and emotional skills, such as self-awareness, self-management, responsibility and relationship building. Social and emotional learning helps children understand how to show kindness and compassion for others, learn to manage negative emotions like anger or sadness or how to recognize their strengths and limitations. For instance, a teacher explains to a student who was unable to complete a task as quickly as another student that everyone learns at their own pace.” (more)

Creating schools that ‘fit our kids’

Education Dive – Linda Jacobson

“Social-emotional learning (SEL) can help all students achieve — not just those who have experienced trauma or have behavior issues. SEL also creates a school culture that is “inclusive of
 and responsive to” diversity. Those are among the statements made Monday by a panel of educators as part of the Aspen Institute’s National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.” (more)