Monthly Archives: February 2016

University of Washington Information School: “Q&A with Connected Learning expert Mimi Ito”

February 4, 2016

As children grow up immersed in information and technology, educators face new challenges in engaging their students. Mizuko “Mimi” Ito’s response: “Meet kids where they are, and push them to go further.”

Ito’s Connected Learning model reimagines the experience of education for the information age. It’s a hands-on, production-centered approach that draws on young people’s interests and friendships to help keep them engaged in academic pursuits.

Read the full story on the UW Information School website.

Daily Sabah: “Facebook celebrates turning 12 with ‘Friends Day’” (Mark quoted)

February 3, 2016

In another study also released Wednesday, researchers at the University of California Irvine linked a lack of sleep with compulsive Facebook checking. With funding from the National Science Foundation, the report showed a direct connection between chronic lack of sleep, a worsening mood and an increased dependence on browsing Facebook.

Also, because they used Facebook more, participants were less productive.

“When you get less sleep, you’re more prone to distraction,” lead researcher Gloria Mark said in a statement. “If you’re being distracted, what do you do? You go to Facebook. It’s lightweight, it’s easy, and you’re tired.”

Read the full story on the Daily Sabah website.