New research finds test scores, educational aspirations drop if children overuse non-educational technology — ScienceDaily

Middle-school aged children who use the internet, social media or video games recreationally for more than an hour each day during the school week have significantly lower grades and test scores, according to a study from the Center for Studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick.

The findings appear in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.

Researchers say the findings give parents and children a moderate threshold for using entertainment-related technology — no more than one hour daily on school days and four hours a day on weekends.

“Interactive technology is widely used to promote children’s educational access and achievement,” said lead author Vivien (Wen Li) Anthony, an assistant professor at the School of Social Work and research associate at the Rutgers Center for Studies. “During the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has been essential to facilitating remote learning. At the same time, there is a growing concern that excessive technology use, particularly

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UNESCO Press Release, 17 June 2021 [EN/AR] – Iraq

Baghdad, June, 2021

UNESCO has completed the training of Master Trainers from the Ministry of Education and the General Directorate of Education at Rasafa 3 on the Education Management Information System (EMIS).

As part of the EU-funded “Education Management Information System for Quality Education in Iraq”, UNESCO has developed a purpose-built EMIS for Iraq. In partnership with UNICEF, the EMIS will be rolled out across 9 General Directorates of Education (GDoE) during 2021 – 2023.

The EMIS collects, organizes and stores education data, processes, analyses, and generates reports and educational indicators and makes it easily accessible to stakeholders at all levels of the sector, from Ministry-level planning experts, to directorates, to teachers and school administrators. The EMIS also serves as a daily operations tool for schools to manage data related to students, teachers, employees, facilities, and assetsin real time. Such valuable information will facilitate strategic decision-making, policy formulation and budgeting,

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We Don’t Need Science Fiction to Avert Climate Catastrophe

Europeans gawked at the bizarre comments of US climate envoy John Kerry, who claimed last month that the transition to a climate-neutral world hinges upon “technologies we don’t

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