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How The Internet's Favorite Dad Feels About Social Media And Technology
Stewart Reynolds, better known as Brittlestar, has the dream job. A social media celebrity with over 400 million views of his content, the suburban father of two teen boys has created viral video videos for brands like Disney, ESPN, Subway, Walmart, KFC, and numerous others. As the self-titled (and well-deserved) "Internet's Favorite Dad", Brittlestar quite literally eats and breathes the internet.
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This Valentine’s Day, Break Up With Your Phone
What’s the first thing you see in the morning? Is it your spouse or your pet? The sun? If you’re like most people, you’re probably awoken by a phone, vibrating within arm’s reach, its alarm blaring at you that it’s time to wake up. For you, and many of us, the very first thing our eyes will adjust to is that small screen and all of the shiny new treats it has to share. But if this is indeed the relationship you have with your phone, then ask yourself — How healthy is it?
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3 Reasons Why A Digital Detox Is Exactly The New Years Resolution You Need In 2018
Every new year, media tends to focus on weight loss and a healthier you — gyms offer up free membership trials and weight watching ads saturate our news feeds, all while mental health awareness takes a back seat. But as we've discovered after the first few days of 2018, it's become increasingly important to pay attention to our mental health as much as our physical health. 
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Phone Addiction — And 4 Reasons Why It Matters More Than You Think
According to a 2016 study by Flurry Mobile, the average person spends a total of 5 hours a day on their smartphone. Considering many of us work or attend school for a large portion of the day already, this is a significant (and alarming) amount of time.
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Technology In The Classroom, According To Brain-Expert Dr. Brynn Winegard
Award-winning educator, speaker, and business-brain expert, Dr. Brynn Winegard, is a professor who advocates for the importance of real deep learning in the classroom. To Dr. Brynn, learning is a lot more than just writing notes — it's a process that takes significant effort, focus, and even physical exertion that leave little room for distractions. In this article, Dr. Brynn explains why she chooses not to use technology in her classroom and expects that her students put pens to paper instead.
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4 Ways To Encourage Participation And Track Points With Flipd
A great way to motivate and change behavior for the better is to reward positive behavior, instead of penalizing what may be perceived as bad behavior. In education, some examples include awarding points for attendance, participating during class, or completing bonus work, and students are given the choice to earn these points.
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How Flipd Nudges Behavior: A Chat With Psychology Professor Dr. Alicia Drais-Parrillo
Flipd is a platform that helps reduce digital distractions and phone use during class. Not surprisingly, however, educators using Flipd have discovered that it can also help shape and change behavior well beyond the lecture hall. One such person is Dr. Alicia Drais-Parrillo, a psychology professor at Penn State University, who has been using Flipd with hundreds of students for the last three semesters and closely observing its impact.
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Getting Started With Flipd: A Guide For Educators
Jump to Taking Attendance and Polling With Flipd Cellphone distractions have become a reality in today's learning environment. While most students want to pay attention in class, disruptive notifications, cleverly-designed apps, and distractions from peers frequently pull a student's attention away. With a powerful influence on our lives, checking our devices has become so habitual that it's more often automatic and unintentional than not. So, what is Flipd? Flipd uses behavioral economics to nudge students to pay better attention by encouraging them to remain off of their phones. In addition, the platform provides educators with powerful data and tools they can use to improve long-term engagement and make more informed teaching decisions throughout the year. How Flipd works At the beginning of your lesson, students are notified to Flip Off their devices. Then, until the end of class, students make the conscious and intentional choice to remain off of their devices. If at any point a student decides to check their phone, Flipd will remind them to return to a Flipd Off state. If the student does not re-enable Flipd, their phone will be accessible and the student will be aware that they've made the decision to use their phone during class. After class is over, a detailed report is made available for you on the Flipd web-dashboard, illustrating how much time each student was Flipd Off during the lecture. This information can help you gather valuable lecture insights around engagement and participation. For example, the data Flipd collects lets you gather information like which lectures were more engaging than others or at what point in the lecture students are becoming disengaged. Additionally, many educators on our platform use Flipd to allocate additional credit or award other incentives based on student activity.  What's the benefit? Educators benefit from gaining insights about their learning environment and student engagement. For example, if you notice that students are on average using Flipd for only the first 30 minutes of a 1 hour class, that could suggest that the material gets heavy in the second half of the lecture and students are more likely to check out. In addition to improving their attention and listening skills, Flipd teaches digital citizenship and wellness by helping students become more intentional and mindful technology users. With Flipd, students are more aware of their phone habits, which can positively impact other times in their lives when they might tend to use their electronic devices unintentionally. In addition to improving their attention and listening skills, Flipd teaches digital citizenship by helping students become more intentional and mindful technology users. 1. How to register
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The Case Against Laptops In The Classroom (Plus Phones And Other Distracting Devices)
As the holidays approach, so does exam season for students across North America. By now, educators hope (and expect) that students have learned everything needed in order to succeed, which means that they must comprehend the course material in addition to the notes they took throughout the semester. But for most students nowadays, these notes live on a laptop, and there is growing evidence that typewritten notes may not be what's best for students.  So, we ask — are your students really as prepared as they could be?