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.”
Site creator: SEDL Southwest Educational Development Laboratory
Publication title: Classroom Compass
Article Title: How Can Research on the Brain Inform Education?
I recommend it because of this excerpt:
Emotions and the Mind
Educators may find the most useful information in research that focuses less on the physical and biochemical structure of the brain and more on the mind-a complex mix of thoughts, perceptions, feelings, and reasoning. Studies that explore the effects of attitudes and emotions on learning indicate that stress and constant fear, at any age, can circumvent the brain’s normal circuits. A person’s physical and emotional well-being are closely linked to the ability to think and to learn effectively. Emotionally stressful home or school environments are counterproductive to students’ attempts to learn. While schools cannot control all the influences that impinge on a young person’s sense of safety and well-being, classrooms and schools that build an atmosphere of trust and intellectual safety will enhance learning. Letting students talk about their feelings can help them build skills in listening to their classmates’ comments. Finding ways to vent emotions productively can help students deal with inevitable instances of anger, fear, hurt, and tension in daily life.