How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom | MindShift

Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that “sit down and pay attention” is the best way to learn.”

via How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom | MindShift.

How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions? | MindShift

Nice case study of how students have had to elbow their way to a place that should have been theirs by right. Frustrated with how little say students had in education reforms…

The group has grown in numbers and visibility, recently moving from grassroots effort to official nonprofit. Their now-popular #StuVoice Twitter chats have included education heavyweights, like U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The group also hosted Student Voice Live, their recent all-student produced event in New York City

via How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions? | MindShift.

The Best And Worst Times To Post On Social Media Infographic

We get it, managing your business’s social media accounts can be daunting: from tweaking tweet lengths to mastering Facebook tone, to using the right hashtags at the right times.But what savvy social media users know is that there’s a science to getting it right–if you follow certain parameters, you’re almost guaranteed to get the results you were working toward. All it takes is some knowledge and forethought, and anyone can be well on their way to posting engaging content.Thanks to this infographic from online payroll company SurePayroll’s blog, we know the best and worst times to post.

via The Best And Worst Times To Post On Social Media Infographic | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Everything You Need To Know About How The Workplace Is Evolving

We are approaching an historic transformation of what for thousands of years we have considered work: scavenging, hunting, laboring in fields, and later offices. Today we are seeing a punctuated equilibrium, a radical rethinking of what it means to be an employer or employed. Whichever you are now, your future is about to change.Three drivers are pushing us toward a radical employment transformation:

  • Speed
  • Shift to a creative economy
  • Disagregation”

via Everything You Need To Know About How The Workplace Is Evolving | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | MindShift

This is a good exploration of the print vs etext discussion around which is better for understanding. The secret sauce for recall? Engagement.

The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that [Reading Specialist Mark] Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.”

via Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | MindShift.

The One Thing That’s Probably Missing From Your Presentations

To compare the effectiveness of different kinds of presentations, Zakary Tormala from Stanford set up this experiment:

The audio portion was the same for all versions, but some people saw a standard PowerPoint presentation, with bullet points and stock photography. Others heard the same message in the so-called “Zen” condition: a popular PowerPoint technique involving one big metaphorical image per slide with just a few words.Others heard the message accompanied by “whiteboard visuals,” defined as pictures that “an average human being could draw with a whiteboard marker,” says Tim Riesterer, Corporate Visions’ chief strategy and marketing officer.After, participants were tested on how much they recalled and, in some versions of the experiment, whether they’d be likely to share the information with someone else.

In all cases, the whiteboard visuals won, hands down.”

via The One Thing That’s Probably Missing From Your PowerPoint Presentations | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.