I subscribed to the education blog at Good Magazine, and the first link that caught my eye was “Think You’re Pretty Tech-Savy? Ley’s See if You’re Right” . I usually had thought of myself as not quite tech-savy, but more as tech-capable….. but I thought, as this technology course is wrapping up, what better time to do a little assessment? The quiz was rather short, and some of the questions were opinion questions, but I was still surprised at the result:
In case it isn’t clear:
1. That is not me in the photo
2. They call me a “digital native” and say I’m “great” at social media!
As I further browsed the site, I found another article that caught my interest: “How Growing Up in Poverty Rewires a Child’s Developing Brain” The article examines the persistent gap in academic performance between those with high and low socioeconomic status. There are many different variables which have been often examined to understand this. I recently wrote a research paper (just for a research class, let’s be real) examining the word gap that is referenced in the this article:
“Before kindergarten, a child in a low-income home is exposed to 13 million words and 25 hours of one-on-one reading time; in a higher income home, it’s 45 million words and somewhere between 1000-1700 hours. ”
As studies have shown, this results in drastically different capabilities for acquiring vocabulary throughout a child’s entire academic career. This difference has been called the 30 Million Word Gap. I examined how this gap changes for children who are bilingual and English Language Learners, but this article looks at what is actually going on in the brain! The article isn’t too technical in the language (if you can handle words like “amygdala”), and I definitely recommend it!