Study in Finland shows link between school burnout and excessive internet use

When I first read the title of the press release, some alarm bells started ringing. First: the concept of school burnout seemed invented, but a search proved me wrong. Still, it’s kind of a relatively “newish” concept. Secondly: internet addiction is often used as concept, but too often without a real – read clinical –… Read More Study in Finland shows link between school burnout and excessive internet use

Study shows: technology is no substitute for everyday student engagement and collaboration

The next couple of years we can expect more technological innovations, also in education. Google card board? Oculus rift? An evolution of MOOC’s? Time will tell (or Gartner will try to predict). Technology has changed a lot, also in education. But… does this mean that all will be different? No, those so-called digital natives (no,… Read More Study shows: technology is no substitute for everyday student engagement and collaboration

New report: Children’s online risks & opportunities: comparative findings from EU Kids Online & Net Children Go Mobile

The past years we had both EU Kids Online and Mobile Youth investigating the use of technology by kids and youth in the different member states of the EU. They just published a comparative report which highlights the latest findings on children’s online access and use; activities; social networking; digital skills; risks and harm; parental mediation and… Read More New report: Children’s online risks & opportunities: comparative findings from EU Kids Online & Net Children Go Mobile

Can we learn to multitask? Some adolescents adept at media multitasking, study says

Well, the study doesn’t say we multitask, but it does say that some adolescents become so good in task-switching (sounds less sexy than multitasking, but it is more correct) that – and this is the important part – their performances aren’t hindered. Contrary to common scientific belief that multitasking leads to poor performance,two  researchers found that maybe… Read More Can we learn to multitask? Some adolescents adept at media multitasking, study says

Spinach and iron, a analyses of urban legends in Academica

Via @jpeterburger I found this paper by Ole Bjørn Rekdal on how urban legends in Academica exist and even grow. The abstract and start is really harsh: Many of the messages presented in respectable scientific publications are, in fact, based on various forms of rumors. Some of these rumors appear so frequently, and in such complex, colorful,… Read More Spinach and iron, a analyses of urban legends in Academica

Good read: What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials

In a reaction on the Huftington Post to a new survey going viral about how clueless Americans are concerning Internet terminology, professor Eszter Hargittai from the Communication Studies Department at Northwestern University debunks (again) both the digital native and digital immigrant myth:   “I have been surveying young adults about their digital savvy for a decade and have shown repeatedly that… Read More Good read: What Do They Know? Dismissing a Viral Presumption About Millennials

A sad read: Move over, millennials: Here come the ‘posts’

I found this article via @remcopijpers and I think it’s a sad thing. We still love giving generations names, while there are often more differences inside groups of people of the same age rather than between different so-called generations. He notes that whereas millennials were digital natives (note of PDB, that’s wrong), the next generation… Read More A sad read: Move over, millennials: Here come the ‘posts’