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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. This is a significant amount of time considering many of us work or attend school for a large portion of the day already. Concerned by this rising trend are some of tech's top executives of the last two decades, such as Sean Parker, Facebook’s founding president, who recently warned that social media and technology has been inherently designed to be addictive.
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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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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 and absorbed everything needed in order to succeed, which means that students 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?
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Should Phones Be Allowed In School? Let's Weigh The Pros And Cons
Are you considering banning phones in your classroom or school? Consider trying Flipd, an alternative solution that incorporates technology while encouraging students to unplug from their devices. 
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Send Messages To Your Students (And Know They've Been Seen)
Jump to How to Use Flipd Messages Communicating with students isn't easy. With so many ways students can be reached now, it's difficult to know whether your message has been received or even read. But with Flipd Messages, sending a variety of messages to your students is simple and effective.
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20 Suggestions For Managing Phone Use In Class
A few years ago, Janell Burley Hoffman gave her 13-year-old son his first iPhone for Christmas. Attached to the gift was a special contract — one that Janell wrote, identifying the rules and expectations around his newfound ownership of a phone. The creative contract was picked up by the local news and went viral, and it quickly transformed into her now famous iRules, a book that guides parents and teens through the digital age.
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Flipd: The App That Locks Your Phone When You Need To Focus
Download Flipd from Google Play or the App Store. Need a break from technology or social media? Looking for an app that will lock you out of your phone so that you can study, sleep, or daydream in peace? You've come to the right place, my friend. It might sound like a bit of a joke: use your phone to use your phone less. Ironic as it may be, the science behind Flipd suggests that there's nothing to laugh about this highly effective study app and productivity tool.