September 27 - October 4, 2015

100th issue of the Educator's Notebook!

This week's feature article on mobile phones partners well with the lead article in adolescence; Pew's survey on teens, technology and romantic relationships offers deep data and insight into adolescent relationships--and the role technology plays in those relationships.  These are lessons we should read carefully as we think about our school cultures.

Also noteworthy this week is the data on world languages.  The Washington Post article looks into different ways in which different languages have spread across the globe--and what they portend for the future.

And for the grammatically inclined... yes, last week's reference to the "2nd person" was meant to read "3rd person"...



          The Best Research/Editorial Yet On How Phones Have Changed Us
          New York Times, 9/27/15
          "Studies of conversation both in the laboratory and in natural settings show that
          when two people are talking, the mere presence of a phone on a table between them
          or in the periphery of their vision changes both what they talk about and the degree
          of connection they feel.  People keep the conversation on topics where they won't
          mind being interrupted.  They don't feel as invested in each other.  Even a silent
          phone disconnects us... We face a significant choice.  It is not about giving up our
          phones but about using them with greater intention.  Conversation is there for us to
          reclaim.  For the failing connections of our digital world, it is the talking cure."


          Comprehensive Survey On Teens, Technology, and Romance
          Pew Internet, 10/1/15


          What Happens In The Brain During Adolescence?
          Learning and the Brain, 9/28/15

          Models For Cognitive Nudges (via the US Government)
          New York Times, 9/29/15


          Learn To Code... Ok, But Not At The Expense of Critical Thinking
          New York Daily News, 9/27/15


          A Case For Twitter Poetry (via German Nihilism)
          LA Review of Books, 9/28/15

          Disaster Is Not Necessary: Jane Austen And The Happy Drama
          Telegraph, 9/25/15

          Gilgamesh Grows A Little Longer: New Clay Tablet Is Found
          Ancient History, Etc., 9/24/15


          World Languages: Here Are The Economic & Demographic Trends
          Washington Post, 9/24/15


          Managing By "Negative Themes" (via Chipotle)
          Quartz, 9/27/15


          "More Evidence That Mindfulness Breeds Resilience"
          Pacific Standard, 9/25/15


          Is All This Focus On Collaboration Bad For Introverts?
          Atlantic, 9/28/15/22/15


          On The Frivolity--And Then Poignancy--Of Emojis
          Brooklyn Rail, 9/8/15


          How To Break The Deathgrip The TI-83 Has On High School Math
          Mic, 9/28/15

          A Computer Learns Chess From Scratch, Grows To Int'l Master Level
          MIT Technology Review, 9/14/15


          AAP Revises Screen Time Recommendations For Kids
          AAP Publications, 10/1/15


          Would We Work Better With A Six-Hour Workday?
          Fast Company, 9/29/15


          2 Different Kinds Of Misbehavior, With 2 Different Life Outcomes
          Brookings, 9/22/15

          Malala Does Card Tricks With Colbert
          3 Quarks Daily, 9/27/15