When Curiosity Peaks…

Curiosity may kill the cat; but when it comes to learning, it stimulates the brain and enhances learning. Researchers reveal what happens in our brains when our curiosity is peaked and why this leads to better learning.

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Kindergarteners and iPads: Sharing is Key

To give children iPads in school, or not – that is the question. The ‘correct’ answer to this question still remains a bit of a mystery. The use of iPads in the classroom has caused a political uproar in some school districts. However, a researcher from Northwestern University may have a solution to the question of whether the classroom is a place for new technology. The solution: pairing children to share iPads.

Classroom iPads

In the study, the researcher examined a school district that was integrating a program to distribute iPads for each student in their kindergarten classrooms. This particular timing created a natural setting to study the effects of technology in the classroom.

The researcher compared kindergarten classrooms where each student had an iPad, students shared iPads in pairs, and students did not have access to iPads at all.

Over the course of one academic year, the researcher compared the classrooms, specifically students’ literacy skills, as measured by achievement testing.

digital_handwritingThe Surprising Results

Kindergartners who shared iPads with their classmates significantly outscored their peers on achievements tests compared to kindergarten classrooms with no iPads and classrooms with iPads for each student. Even after controlling for baseline scores and student demographics, the students in the classroom with shared iPads scored 30 points higher on the achievement test.

The researcher asserts that the collaborative element around the technology — not just the collaboration itself — led to students’ increased scores on the achievement tests.

Furthermore, these findings support how technology, like an iPad, can be used in early education to help promote learning and collaborative efforts. With technology, students will not only be exposed to new ways of problem-solving and thinking, but working in pairs may prompt the children to help one another learn. Children may also learn how to problem-solve together and get along with their fellow classmates. 

Shared iPads in the classroom is a reasonable compromise for both administrators, teachers, and students. It would be more cost effective and, according to this research, would have the best outcomes for the students.

NeuroNet Note:

At NeuroNet we know that many educators are concerned about their school budgets and how to best integrate technology. With our Classroom Enrichment Program, teachers use iPad assessments and reports to measure fluency and track progress. NeuroNet does not require one-to-one technology, classrooms only need a SmartBoard and one iPad. Not only is it more cost effective, but the shared learning is more fun!

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How Your Child’s Weight Affects School Readiness

A recent study in Early Childhood Research Quarterly ventures into largely unchartered research territory. While previous research has examined how extra weight may inhibit children’s ability to perform optimally, most studies haven’t differentiated between weight classes, such as overweight and obese. Further, there are few studies which examine the performance of underweight students in wealthy countries.

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Early Literacy: How Parent Involvement Has Evolved

A recent study published in the Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, investigates how families have supported their children’s early literacy and how this support has evolved over the past century. Continue reading “Early Literacy: How Parent Involvement Has Evolved”

Moving for Math

A classroom full of children waving their arms up and down, jumping, and tapping to the beat may sound like a gym class, but these movement exercises are actually designed for the classroom to help children learn math and writing.

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Low Engagement? Try Standing Desks

Physical activity, even acute and less intense levels, has beneficial effects on cognitive ability. We know that standing while working has increased health benefits for adults. Now researchers have found that children who stand at their desks in the classroom are more engaged and attentive than their seated peers.

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Distracted Now, Pay Later.

Children experience many phases and changes during their school years, and its tempting to think they will grow out of most of their difficult phases. But a new study shows that children with early attention problems are at risk for worse academic outcomes in high school.

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Learning Styles: Were Teachers Misled?

It’s been commonly accepted that each individual student has a favored learning style: visual (spatial), aural (auditory), verbal (linguistic), and physical (kinesthetic). Educators profess that by hitting each learning style in a lesson, success for all students is nearly guaranteed. And teachers have been directed to make sure that their instruction addresses each. Have we been misled?  Continue reading “Learning Styles: Were Teachers Misled?”

5 Brain Myths That Harm Our Children

Are you left-brained or right-brained focused? Do we really only use 10 percent of our brain?

Many of us have pondered over these questions at one time or another, and some of us may even believe we have a definite answer to one or more of these kinds of brain teasers. However, a scientific study informs us that there is no validity to these questions as they are actually neuromyths, or unscientific ideas about the brain. Continue reading “5 Brain Myths That Harm Our Children”