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Boredom In The Classroom: A Symptom Of A Bigger Problem In Higher Education?
Boredom – it's a growing problem that's competing with the college curriculum, and one that has given way to a breed of new technologies and educational engagement strategies that claim to evade the classroom of its presence. But a debate has emerged around whether technology is distracting students, is the college undergraduate curriculum too overwhelming given our modern advancements, or is student boredom a symptom of a larger issue facing higher education?
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Digital Citizenship Cheat Sheet: 5 Important Steps For Teachers
The Obama Foundation recently announced that digital citizenship is one of its top initiatives for education. But what does it mean and how can teachers teach students to be good digital citizens?
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5 Meaningful Ways To Enhance Learning With Technology
Technology in education is a hotly debated issue, with experts, parents, teachers, and students weighing in every day. But less frequently discussed is how technology’s design can impact students and influence their behavior.
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5 Ways To Engage Increasingly Distracted Students
Today's fast-paced innovation is putting pressure on the human brain in more ways now than in all of human history. Our attention spans are shortening, mankind's propensity to multi-task is at an all-time high, and technology designers know exactly how to keep us in an endless loop that's made focusing more difficult than ever.
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Technology Addiction (And Why You Should Have A Tech-Free Classroom)
A recent addiction study found that an “uncontrollable need” to use smartphones is on the rise among young people. Out of 3000 adults surveyed, one fifth of those aged 18–29 showed signs of “moderate to severe problematic use” of their devices, compared with only 2.2 percent of those over the age of 30.
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Designing The Future Of EdTech: Chat With Pamela Pavliscak
Technology is changing the world of education, but could it be doing a better job? Pamela Pavliscak,  a sought-after expert and advisor on emotion and technology, shares her thoughts on our relationship with technology, where technology needs to be to enhance education, and how we can use technology more positively.
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Best Tools For Measuring Student Engagement
Tools that measure audience engagement are abundant on the internet— sites like Google Analytics measure how long we spend on a website, which pages pique interest more than others, and what content engages its readers most effectively.
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Active Listening (and Why It's A Skill You Need)
As a former college student, I remember one morning arriving to class a few minutes before it began. Taking a seat with a coffee in hand, I unfolded the newspaper I'd picked up on the subway ride over and began reading (it was 2010 and I didn't consume news on my phone yet). Once class started, I didn't look up from the paper until my teacher loudly repeated, for a second time, that I put it away.
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5 Productivity Hacks: From One Student To Another
It’s that time of year again – students around the world are stressed out about final projects and fast approaching exams. As a student, I can relate to the struggle. When it comes to studying I’ve tried many tactics including procrastination, avoidance, and crying out of absolute despair, but I’ve found that approaching any situation head on with a plan works much better.