Laptops in the classroom

resistance is futile, part zillion - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis: “My students are in class with me for two-and-a-half hours, 150 minutes, per week. During those 150 minutes I choose to …

The Rise of the Helicopter Teacher

Teaching and parenting share this in common: In both relationships, the goal is to produce independent and self-sufficient human beings. The risk that helicopter parents run is that they will raise …

One for the parents dropping children off at college this weekend

Bye-Bye Birdies: Sending The Kids Away to College - Tenured Radical - The Chronicle of Higher Education: “many faculty see behavior in students (particularly absenteeism, lateness, …

Odysseus and the liberal arts?

Odysseus: Patron Hero of the Liberal Arts: "So how will I present this illiterate pagan Odysseus, a man, moreover, with the additional disadvantage of being a fiction, as the patron saint of liberal …

Computers: yes, but...

“Computers are great, and I not only encourage their use by my students, I try to teach students how to use computers better. But for about three hours a week, we set the computers aside and look at …

Moleskine over Macbook FTW

Why students using laptops learn less in class even when they really are taking notes "Writing by hand activates the brain in ways that typing doesn’t to improve learning." Always thought this was …

Vocational advice for first-year students

How to Find Your Vocation in College | Intercollegiate Review: College is both a place where you learn things and a phase of your life. For many of those with the opportunity to go to college—and …

6 Ways the iPhone Changed Higher Ed | Inside Higher Ed

The way to think about the iPhone in relation to higher ed is less as a single product but a new product category. This category, which includes Android/Google and maybe eventually the Windows 8 …

David Karpf: UVA Board's Lazy Business Sense

A modern-day Good Will Hunting might gain his education through MIT’s online lectures rather than a Boston public library card, but the great mass of privileged 18-year-olds will keep heading off to …

Measurable Outcomes vs. Higher Education?

Reading tough books carefully—attending to textual details, considering the diverse ways of life of and predicaments faced by the characters, following arguments, writing accurately and thoughtfully …

CARPE DIEM: Today's Grade-Inflated, Lake Wobegon World; Letter Grade of A Now Most Common College Grade

./mourn… But not in my classes! CARPE DIEM: Today's Grade-Inflated, Lake Wobegon World; Letter Grade of A Now Most Common College Grade

The Pleasures and Perils of the Passive

Another one for my students, too often taught to slavishly avoid the passive even when their style or arguments would be improved by it. The Pleasures and Perils of the Passive

Revision and Reading Aloud

A better explanation of what I always tell my students! Revision and Reading Aloud

What to Write Down During a Class Lecture

Something for the students or auditors among us. What to Write Down During a Class Lecture

The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers

For everyone heading into finals and the end of the semester! (via Instapaper) The Surprisingly Relaxed Lives of Elite Achievers

Research Upends Traditional Thinking on Study Habits

“psychologists have discovered that some of the most hallowed advice on study habits is flat wrong.” - Click the link to see what does work; you’ll be surprised. (via Instapaper) Research Upends …

Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

Cognitive science revises ideas about studying. Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits

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