Monthly Archives: January, 2013

College Students Attention Span: between 10 min – 18 mins

Source: Time, Oct 2012 Studies of college students have shown that they can focus for only 10 to 18 minutes before their minds begin to drift; that’s when their brains need to do something with new information — make a connection or use it to solve a problem. Advertisements

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Normal Lectures from an Experienced Instructor vs. Cognition-Driven Instruction by Inexperienced Grad Students

Source: Science Daily, May 2011 Led by Louis Deslauriers, a post-doctoral researcher at UBC’s Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI), the study compared the amount of learning students experienced when taught — in three hours over one week — by traditional lecture and by using interactive activities based on research in cognitive psychology and physics …

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The Shift from Cohorts to Competency

Source: Digital Learning Now website, Jan 2013

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2012 OCPS Schools’ SAT Mean Scores

Source: FL Department of Education, date indeterminate 2012 OCPS Schools’ SAT Mean Scores (sorted from high to low) FL’s Top 10 Schools as Measured by SAT Scores

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The 5 C’s of an Effective Tutor

Source: Annie Murphy Paul blog,  Jan 2013 You foster a sense of control in the student, making the student feel that she has command of the material. You challenge the student—but at a level of difficulty that is within the student’s capability. You instill confidence in the student, by maximizing success (expressing confidence in the student, assuring the student that the …

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Doonesbury @ MIT

Source: MIT Admissions blog, Feb 2010 Deciding Which Course to Fail @ MIT 🙂 (3rd box on the left)

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PARCC requires Testing Throughout the Year

Source: StateImpact.Npr.Org, Jan 2013 The PARCC coalition will test students’ ability to read complex texts, complete research projects, excel at classroom speaking and listening assignments, and work with digital media. PARCC will also replace the one end-of-year high stakes accountability test with a series of assessments throughout the year that will be averaged into one …

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12 Year-old Pakistani Girl Learns via MOOCs

Source: NYTimes, Jan 2013 DAVOS, Switzerland — She may not have been the youngest speaker ever at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but Khadija Niazi, 12, was certainly captivating. Hundreds of the conference’s well-heeled attendees listened intently as Ms. Niazi, of Lahore, Pakistan, described her experience with massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, that are …

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Universities Go Online

Source: NYTimes, Jan 2013 One member of the Coursera team who recently took a Coursera course on sustainability told me that it was so much more interesting than a similar course he had taken as an undergrad. The online course included students from all over the world, from different climates, incomes levels and geographies, and, …

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Traditional Schooling Prepares Employees

Source: Zhao Learning website, May 2012 Traditional schooling aims to prepare employees rather than creative entrepreneurs. As a result the more successful traditional schooling is (often measured by test scores in a few subjects), the more it stifles creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit. To cultivate creative and entrepreneurial talents is much more than adding an …

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