Social Skills

By Ann Lautrette | Collect resources to help improve social skills.

How much screen time should I let my teenager have?

A new study says that up to six hours a day is perfectly normal, and unlikely to do any harm – as long as your child is doing fine at school and getting enough exercise<p>What parent hasn’t tried to wrestle their teenager’s phone away from them? For years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) …

Technology destroys people and places. I’m rejecting it

From Wednesday, I’m going to live without my laptop, internet, phone, washing machine or television. I want my life back. I want my soul back<p>I’ll never know how many people liked this article, shared it or found it irrelevant, anti-progressive or ironic. Nor will I get to read comments about my …

Washing Machines

Happiness depends on health and friends, not money, says new study

Landmark research says tackling mental health issues more effective than reducing poverty for increasing happiness rates<p>Most human misery can be blamed on failed relationships and physical and mental illness rather than money problems and poverty, according to a landmark study by a team of …

Mental Health

The 37 best websites for learning a new skill

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results.<p>These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics.<p>They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free.<p>There is absolutely no …

Learning

The cult of compulsory happiness is ruining our workplaces

Some companies strive to make the office fun, so we’ll work harder. But forced positivity has a negative side<p>In their quest to make employees happier, companies around the world have been busy installing play equipment in the workplace. Google has set up slides in its Zurich office so engineers can …

The Workplace

Jonathan Safran Foer: technology is diminishing us

Have you found yourself checking email at dinner, or skipping from book to screen, unable to focus? The closer the world gets to our fingertips, the more we stand to lose<p>The first time my father looked at me was on a screen, using technology developed to detect flaws in the hulls of ships. His …

Books

The non-western books that every student should read

Leading authors pick international classics that should be on student’s bookshelves, but are often neglected by universities<p>The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon<p>I teach it to my first years and return to the book through their degree. It is the perfect introduction to complex ideas: oppressive …

Books

What were all those MPs doing on their phones?

When Labour’s John McDonnell stood up to respond to the autumn statement on Wednesday, half his party’s MPs started noodling on their phones behind him. Was it the height of rudeness – or all part of a modern-day MP’s duties?<p>They filed into the House of Commons chamber to learn what Brexit means …

How technology disrupted the truth

Social media has swallowed the news – threatening the funding of public-interest reporting and ushering in an era when everyone has their own facts. But the consequences go far beyond journalism<p>One Monday morning last September, Britain woke to a depraved news story. The prime minister, David …

Journalism

What your Facebook posts say about you – personality quiz

Take our quiz to discover the link between your social media posts and your personality<p><b>How much does your Facebook activity say about you? Try answering the following:</b><p><b>How often do you post about each of these topics on Facebook (or your social media of choice)? Answer never, rarely, sometimes or</b> …

Smartphones and tablets are stopping children from getting a good night’s sleep

Children are suffering from a lack of sleep due to smartphone and tablet usage before bedtime, a wide-ranging new study has found.<p>Researchers at …

King's College London

L&D Blog » 10 Benefits of Collaborative Learning

“The learners learn to work with all types of people. During interactions, they can reflect on, and reply to, the diverse responses that fellow …

How to be mediocre and be happy with yourself

Business reporter, BBC News<p><b>In the novel Catch-22, the author Joseph Heller famously wrote: "Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them."</b><p>He'd taken a quote by Shakespeare on greatness and turned it on its head.<p>The implication was clear: …

Why failure is the key to flying high

Whether you’re skiing or piloting a plane, mistakes are inevitable. And learning from them is vital, says Matthew Syed<p>We want our children to succeed, in school and, perhaps even more importantly, in life. But the paradox is that our children can only truly succeed if they first learn how to fail. …

10 Words Every Girl Should Learn

/ Mar 24, 2015<p><i>"Stop interrupting me."</i><p><i>"I just said that."</i><p><i>"No explanation needed."</i><p>In fifth grade, I won the school courtesy prize. In other words, I …

Bhutan’s dark secret to happiness

Citizens of one of the happiest countries on Earth are surprisingly comfortable contemplating a topic many prefer to avoid. Is that the key to joy?<p>On a visit to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, I found myself sitting across from a man named Karma Ura, spilling my guts. Maybe it was the fact that he …

Soft skills boost public school dominance, says former head

<b>It is not good grades but a "grounding in soft skills" that gives people who went to independent schools their edge, a former public school head has argued.</b><p>State schools have "much to learn" from the private sector, Dr Anthony Seldon, master of Wellington College until this year, told a conference …

Can you teach people to have empathy?

<b>Empathy is a quality that is integral to most people's lives - and yet the modern world makes it easy to lose sight of the feelings of others. But almost everyone can learn to develop this crucial personality trait, says Roman Krznaric.</b><p>Open Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird and one …

Nonviolent Communication

5 Secrets to Always Making a Good First Impression

Research shows that first impressions are even more important than you think:<p>The findings indicate that getting off on the wrong foot has devastating …

Psychology

Morgana Bailey: The danger of hiding who you are

Morgana Bailey has been hiding her true self for 16 years. In a brave talk, she utters four words that might not seem like a big deal to some, but to …