​How Technology Affects The Way Our Brain Works

From PsychCentral: We now have shorter attention spans and are more distracted. We’ve improved our ability to multitask (at least we think we have). We’ve become tech addicts. Our face-to-face interactions have been undermined. We’re becoming more forgetful. Citations: Newport, F. (2015). Most U.S. Smartphone Owners Check Phone at Least Hourly. Retrieved from http://news.gallup.com/poll/184046/smartphone-owners-check-phone-least-hourly.aspx Galasso Bonanno,…

What Does It Mean to Look at This?

From the NY Times: A photograph of a group of suffering people: We look at them, and from the sadness of their expressions and gestures, we know something awful has happened. But finding out exact details, through the photograph alone, is more difficult. Who these sufferers are, why they suffer, who or what caused the…

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

Kai Stinchcombe notes: Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That’s permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed…

Two studies point to the power of teacher-student relationships to boost learning

The Hechinger Report notes: Two studies on how best to teach elementary schools students — one on the popular trend of “platooning” and one on the far less common practice of “looping” — at first would seem totally unrelated other than the fact that they both use silly words with double-o’s. “Platooning” refers to having…