The Rise of the Human Digital Brain

How Multidirectional Thinking is Changing the Way We Learn

Beatriz Pacheco, Spalding University

In Press 2018

It is estimated that up to sixty-five percent of children entering grade school this year will end up working in careers that have yet to be created. This is a result, in part, of the rapid advances in technology that have occurred since Apple introduced the iPhone just ten years ago. This technology is not only impacting the way that we learn or the jobs that we will hold in the future, but it is literally changing the way that we think.

As modern technologies are introduced during formative periods of brain development, they are having an impact on traditionally linear patterns of thought. Today’s youth no longer process information in the same linear fashion as past generations. This is creating confusion in educational settings that are specifically designed to meet the needs of linear thinkers. Administrators, educators, and parents must learn to better understand these changes in order to create models that will be viable for 21st century learners. We must work together to create systems that will both support and encourage children who literally think differently than those who teach them.

The Rise of the Human Digital Brain: How Multidirectional Thinking is Changing the Way We Learn contains information about the history of education, the changes in the systems of education over the years, and the impact of technology on learning for 21st century students. It also contains the results of a unique study regarding the impact of iPad instruction on literacy attainment for struggling readers. The hope is that the information contained in this book will cause administrators, educators, parents, and developers of new technologies to take a moment to step back and envision a new model that will revolutionize education across the world.

Preface. CHAPTER 1 – The Time for Educational Reform is Now. CHAPTER 2 – 21st Century Education: How We Teach and Assess. CHAPTER 3 – Brain-Based Learning in the 21st Century. CHAPTER 4 – Systems Thinking and 21st Century Education. CHAPTER 5 – The Multidirectional Mind: How It Is Emerging and What it Means. CHAPTER 6 – Learning Disability or Learning Differences? CHAPTER 7 – 21st Century Literacy. CHAPTER 8 – Teaching in the Digital Age: The 21st Century Model. CHAPTER 9 – Research Design, Effect Size, and Methodology. CHAPTER 10 – The Impact of iPad Multimodalities on the Literacy Skills of Adolescent Males Identified as Low-Achieving Readers. CHAPTER 11 – Heeding the Call for More Research. CHAPTER 12 – Where Do We Go From Here? Glossary. Index. References.