Maxine Einhorn, Project Supervisor, KQED [Public Media for Northern CA] Education, has created a new website, “ New Media Literacies: Exploring the Changing Digital Media Landscape with ESL Students .” In the site introduction, Ms. Einhorn notes and then queries: “As technology transforms the way students learn, they increasingly become producers as well as consumers of media. What are the implications of these changes for teachers and their students?” You will find terrific lesson plans, articles and resources specific to the sites two key questions, “What do they know about you?” and “What do we know about them?”
So why share this kind of information on BreakingTheCycles.com (BTC.com)? Because this new website also carries interesting information about digital technology, social networking and the brain. And, for those who are frequent visitors to BTC.com, emerging brain research is always of interest to us. One video on this new KQED website, in particular, caught my attention, “Distracted By Everything – Being Wired at All Times” (linked below).
In this video, current research studying the impacts of digital technology interaction on the developing brain is presented and discussed. Always of interest to BTC.com are “things” that influence a person’s brain development because a person’s brain development can in turn influence that individual’s engagement with substance abuse / potential addiction. Beyond this, however, is the fact that expanding our awareness about the brain and the brain research now possible thanks to new imaging technologies — regardless of the focus of that research — can help all of us better understand and appreciate addiction for what it is — a brain disease — one of the primary reasons for creating BreakingTheCycles.com.