The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

Educator’s Notebook #207 (October 29, 2017)

    • Stanford
    • 10/24/17

    The fact checkers read laterally, meaning they would quickly scan a website in question but then open a series of additional browser tabs, seeking context and perspective from other sites. In contrast, the authors write, historians and students read vertically, meaning they would stay within the original website in question to evaluate its reliability.”

    • Educause
    • 10/23/17

    We are certainly obsessed with innovation — there's this rather nebulously defined yet insistent demand that we all somehow do more of it and sooner… We should question this myth of the speed of technological change and adoption (and by myth I don't mean lie; I mean story that is unassailably true) if it's going to work us into a frenzy of bad decision-making… We have time — when it comes to technological change — to be thoughtful.










    • Guardian
    • 10/27/17
    • Hechinger Report
    • 10/25/17

    Gesture seems to lighten the load on our cognitive systems. Cook has shown, for instance, that if you ask people to do two things at once — explain a math problem while remembering a sequence of letters — they do a far better job if permitted to gesture while explaining. Research suggests that when we see and use gestures, we recruit more parts of the brain than when we use language alone, and we may activate more memory systems – such as procedural memory.”






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Peter Nilsson


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