The Benefits of Reducing Smartphone Use

by Althea Need KaminskeMy cell phone broke over the weekend. By “broke” I mean my toddler threw it down the stairs with all the strength that his tiny arms could muster. I listened as it hit more stairs than one would think possible thanks to the still poor aim of a two year old who…

The Benefits of Reducing Smartphone Use — Learning Scientists Blog – The Learning Scientists

Descriptive statistics are essential to making complex analyses useful.

In response to the ever-growing volume of data, quantitative social research has become increasingly dependent on complex inferential methods. In this post, Kevin R. Murphy argues that whilst these methods can provide insights, they should not detract from the significance of the comparatively simple descriptive statistics often found in table 1, which play an important…

Descriptive statistics are essential to making complex analyses useful. — Impact of Social Sciences

Revisiting “assisting” vs. teaching after WHYY TV drinks the Kool-Aid

A recent segment on Philadelphia’s local public TV station, WHYY TV, uncritically embraces a form of facilitated communication known either as Rapid Prompting Method or Spelling to Communicate. The story was also posted on WHYY’s YouTube channel, and you can watch it there. Facilitated communication is an extreme form of “assistance” in which the facilitator, […]

Revisiting “assisting” vs. teaching after WHYY TV drinks the Kool-Aid — Catherine & Katharine

Let’s get to work with productive learning strategies: All-in-one

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By Tine Hoof, Tim Surma, Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen

This blog provides an overview of a series of eight blogs on productive learning strategies, originally written by Tine Hoof, Tim Surma & Paul Kirschner, and published onexcel.thomasmore.be.

A new term has recently been circulating within the ExCEL (Expertise Centre Effective Learning) team. In Dutch, it’s called ‘werkvormisme’, which can probably be best translated as ‘instructional methodism’. The term refers to the emphasis on one or more specific instructional methods, without carefully considering if the method, in itself, would lead to better learning. One example is the idea that people learn more through ‘active’ instructional methods, such as group or project work, compared to so-called ‘passive’ instructional methods, such as reading, listening, and completing individual assignments.

We hope you’re not too shocked when we say that ‘active’ methods aren’t necessarily more effective than ‘passive’ methods and vice…

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Louisiana Testing Contracts: Data Recognition Corp (DRC), 2015 – 2025

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This post includes Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) testing contracts and contract amendments for the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and the testing company, Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), from 2015 to 2025. The purpose of this post is to make these documents easily available for public viewing.

It is possible that there are more amendments extending beyond the 2021-2022 school year; I did not specifically ask for such amendments in my records request to LDOE.

Including all pricing adjustments referenced in this post, the total cost of the LDOE-DRC contract for 2015 – 2022 is just shy of $60M. That’s an average of $8.6M per year, and this is only for DRC contracts. ACT testing adds another $3M – $3.5M per year, and as of this writing, I have not finished posting all of the most current (as in 2020 – 2022) testing contracts between LDOE and other testing…

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“Are University Faculty to Blame for the Prevalence of Educational Myths?”

One of the handy things one has as a scientist is that there are tools that warn you if one of your works has been cited. This helps you to discover new studies that build further on what you are doing. This is how I discovered this new mixed-methods study by John Rogers and Anise […]

“Are University Faculty to Blame for the Prevalence of Educational Myths?” — From experience to meaning…

What happens when the SAT goes digital? — Catherine & Katharine

The SAT is changing yet again. It’s going digital, and, allegedly as a consequence of going digital, the reading passages will be shortened, with only one question per passage. “We still want students to have rich texts that they need to read, understand, analyze and answer questions about,” says Priscilla Rodriguez, vice president of college […]

What happens when the SAT goes digital? — Catherine & Katharine

Let’s get to work with productive learning strategies: Enacting

By Tine Hoof, Tim Surma, Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen This blog is the last in a series of eight blogs, originally written in Dutch by Tine Hoof, Tim Surma & Paul Kirschner, and published on excel.thomasmore.be. In 2015, Richard Mayer and Logan Fiorella published their book ‘Learning as a Generative Activity’ describing eight […]

Let’s get to work with productive learning strategies: Enacting — 3-Star learning experiences

National Parents Union and What Billionaire-Backed Ed Reformers Do.

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National Parents Union (NPU) purports to “channel the power of parents” and “define the education conversation” even as it withholds from those parents the details about who, exactly, is funding all of its *channeling* and *defining.*

And even though NPU presents itself as “a network of… parent organizations and grassroots activists,” NPU is a distinct entity on file with the Massachusetts secretary of state as National Parents Union, Inc., and holds its own nonprofit designation with the IRS. Moreover, NPU is the direct offspring of another Massachusetts business entity/nonprofit, Massachusetts Parents United, Inc.

NPU was organized in Massachusetts on April 08, 2019 (MA ID 001377728; seach engine here) and received IRS tax exempt status the same day (EIN 83-4333274). Its predecessor (still in existence), Massachusetts Parents United, Inc. (MA ID 001270959), was organized on April 25, 2017, and shares with NPU two key individuals, Keri Rodrigues (listed as president…

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