The statistics to this article are absolutely staggering. Kids and social media will continue to be a frontier and an issue in education for years to come.
— Amy: Digital Royalty (@AmyJoMartin) May 28, 2013
One of the great undiscovered vodcast series is Science Friday’s Desktop Diaries. The vodcast looks at the desktops of some of the great minds of our time, and more importantly it offers some 1:1 reflection time with those thinkers. Recently I listened to the Temple Grandin episode, and in it she offers some great insight on visual thinking. The insight Temple offers ties into the evidenced based practice of visual supports that benefit students with ASD and also those without ASD.
I ran across this recent story by NPR. In the story they highlight the fact that helping kids identify where letters and words are over just reading to them has a significant impact because you are teaching the child to find and follow words on the page, not just listen. My summary does not do the story any bit of justice so just listen already!
Ok, so I hate comic sans! The abstract Clipped/Ampd below has me thinking twice though!
Read the whole paper at:
Abstract: Previous research has shown that disfluency – the subjective experience of difficulty associated with cognitive operations – leads to deeper processing. Two studies explore the extent to which this deeper processing engendered by disfluency interventions can lead to improved memory performance. Study 1 found that information in hard-to-read fonts was better remembered than easier to read information in a controlled laboratory setting. Study 2 extended this finding to high school classrooms. The results suggest that superficial changes to learning materials could yield significant improvements in educational outcomes.