Will Richardson: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (2nd ed, 2009)
“On first blush, the tools of this new Web may not seem well suited to a climate of standardized test scores and government accountability. Some see the constructionist, collaborative pedagogy of Weblogs, wikis, digital photo and video, and others as presenting a risk instead of a solution for a system whose students continue to struggle to stay apace of their international peers. In reality, however, these tools have considerable relevance to state and local core content curriculum standards, and there is much reason to believe their implementation in schools will better prepare students for a slew of new literacies and competencies in their post-education worlds.”
Gosh – So much material – I found this PDF report on educause.edu.
It is titled: How the Brain Pays Attention
It was created by: The McGovern Institute for Brain Research
Here is an excerpt from the conclusion (I added color to some text for emphasis)
“In addition to medical applications, our understanding of the brain’s workings is also influencing our thinking about how we educate our children. For example, if brain functioning depends upon neurons that essentially sing to one another in different frequency ranges, then how might experience with music affect the brain’s ability to process information? We have begun new experiments at the McGovern Institute involving children and musical training that build on what we now know about the brain’s temporal synchrony. It may be that there’s a symphony inside our brains, and it will take a symphony to lead us to understanding it.”