Literacy

Program teaches children how to protect themselves against online predators

With every new app, new game, new online friend, parents try to keep up with the technology that is constantly evolving.<p>Keeping up with kids' …

Parenting

The beginning of silent reading changed Westerners' interior life

People think of reading as the introvert’s hobby: A quiet activity for a person who likes quiet, save for the voices in their head. But in the 5,000 or so years humans have been writing, reading as we conceive it, an asocial solo activity with a book, is a relatively new form of leisure.<p>For …

Career Readiness: What Skills to Teach So Your Students Are Prepared

Recently there have been reports of a big gap between what students are learning in schools and the skills they need to be successful in life. As a …

Critical Thinking

To think critically, you have to be both analytical and motivated | Ars Technica

You need more than just critical analysis skills—you need to value using them.<p>In a world where accusations of "fake news" are thrown around …

Critical Thinking

The Case for General Education - DesignIntelligence

Accrediting Board study shows that architecture students benefit from liberal arts studies on the job and in higher learning.<p>In 2013, the National …

Education

Critical thinking challenges societal norms

Over 400 people attended the Florida State University College of Social Work conference, Critical Thinking and Civil Discourse About Social Problems: …

Critical Thinking

Writing a Summary or Rhetorical Précis to Analyze Nonfiction Texts

Academic writers across all disciplines analyze texts. They summarize and critique published articles, evaluate papers' arguments, and reflect on …

Madison

Dyslexia in adults: Symptoms, treatments, and causes

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that can cause many difficulties, including problems with reading and writing. People with dyslexia have trouble …

ADHD

Evaluating News and Information: Helping Students Understand Personal Bias

For the last blog post in my three-part series on evaluating news and information, I want to discuss the importance of understanding personal bias …

Media Literacy

The Dying Grandmother Gambit

The government abandoned her!<p>I teach two classes at the University of Denver: Applied Critical Thinking and Persuasion Methods and Techniques. …

Critical Thinking

How citizen investigators can collaborate on crowdsourced fact-checking

It can be hard to know what is true online. Propaganda and misinformation have a much longer history than the internet, of course. But the rapid …

Emotions

Using Critical Thinking to Prepare Students for Success

The average Google search takes less than 30 seconds to produce millions of responses, putting gigabytes of information—some true, some not—at users’ …

Critical Thinking

Establishing Learning Goals – And Mapping a Plan to Attain Them | Teaching United States History

Let’s start this column with a quiz. Ready? Okay, here we go: Think about a course you teach, and then answer the following question quickly:<p><i>Beyond</i> …

Critical Thinking

Conspiracy Thinking and Epistemology

Just last week I discussed a study looking at the correlation between belief in conspiracy theories and hyperactive pattern recognition. The quick …

Evidence-Based Medicine

This Is the Essential Screening Your Kids Need—but Probably Aren’t Getting

Reading is crucial for your child’s brain—and yours. If your child is struggling to read and his eyesight is fine, don’t assume it’s a learning …

Hearing Loss

Critical Thinking and Atheism

A commenter on my previous mentioned that someone holds that view that critical thinking leads to atheism and then to a “progressive” (that is to …

Critical Thinking

Tackling fake news: Towards a new approach to digital literacy

Yesterday commenced the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy Week (MIL) which celebrates the goal of ‘MIL for all’. In the efforts towards …

UK Universities

Pencil Versus Keyboard: What Do We Know About Learning How to Write?

Like many skills, good writing comes with good practice. Just ask Jane Hyatt Yolen, author and editor of more than 280 books, whose most notable …

Writing

Reading and Writing Genre with Purpose in K-8 Classrooms

Download a Sample Share This Resource<p>Many commonly used assignments and practices for teaching genre are fundamentally flawed. Discover whey as you …

Teaching

Add At Least One C

Does Your Lesson Have At Least One C? In planning activities for our students, the first place to start is to ensure that the activity has at least …

Critical Thinking

Why do smart people do foolish things?

Intelligence is not the same as critical thinking, and the difference matters<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>We all probably know someone who is intelligent, but does surprisingly stupid things. My family delights in pointing out times when I (a professor) make really …

Critical Thinking

Preventing Plagiarism when Writing - Plagiarism.org

In a research paper, you have to come up with your own original ideas while at the same time making reference to work that's already been done by …

Writing

Pope Francis Is Writing About Fake News

Pope Francis wants to talk about fake news.<p>The head of the Catholic Church tweeted Friday that the theme for World Communications Day 2018 will be …

Fake News

Why Integrate the Language Arts?

Children and young adults develop literacy - the ability to write, read, speak, listen, and think - by having "real" experiences with writing, …

Education

10 text message tips for parents to boost literacy

Want to help your kids with reading and writing?<p>In Lake Orion Community Schools, parents who do can opt into a text message program that sends them …

Detroit

The Dictionary Is Adding An Entry for 'Fake News'

IDEAS<p>Katy Steinmetz is a TIME correspondent based in San Francisco.<p>Imagine that it is your job to explain what everyone else means when they use …

Fake News

From Analog to Digital: Why and How to Teach Students to Write for an Online Audience

When was the last time you wrote an essay? When was the last time you read one other than for grading?Now think about the frequency with which you …

Digital Literacy

The unexpected way that Bollywood could help millions

In India, more than a quarter of the population can’t read. One possible solution? Adding karaoke-like subtitles to music on broadcast TV.<p>Yashoda Lakshman Keni, a resident in rural India, hops on the bus to a nearby village to visit relatives.<p>Three years ago, she might not have been able to make …

India

The Lesson-Plan Challenge

“But what do you do when the material you’re teaching is just boring?” The question came about halfway through an informal workshop I was running on …

Teaching

Are graduates prepared for the job market? Rethinking Africa's university model

Across Africa, students arrive on campuses full of hope that a university degree will improve their lives. The reality is far less certain.<p>In 2014, a …

Education