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    Saga has taught and tutored writing at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Her educational interests include psychology, creativity, and system reform. She earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and lives in Portland, Oregon, USA.

    You can reach her on Google+, @sagamilena or

    Here are my most recent posts:

  • 5 Ways Digital Media Impacts the Brain

    September 12th, 2016 No Comments EdTech, Features

    We are what we spend our time doing. The average adult now spends over twenty hours online each week. Nearly a third of that time is spent on social media platforms, with Facebook taking up fifty minutes of each day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, that’s more time than we spend reading, exercising,… Read More

  • Traditional Subjects: Can We Do Without Them?

    September 4th, 2016 No Comments Features, Soft Skills

    Burning question of the day: Why the continued acceptance of traditional academic subjects? New research from the University of Derby has revealed that, despite shifting demands in the job market, parents across England are still urging their children to pursue degrees in areas like Science, Maths, English, and History. The research surveyed 2,000 parents with… Read More

  • 25 Podcasts on Learning and the Brain

    August 31st, 2016 No Comments Features

    How does the brain construct reality? Would you be able to think more clearly if you weren’t so busy all the time? Is memory decline inevitable? Can you unlearn something that you’ve already learned? If you’ve got the question, chances are someone’s got the answer—or is working on one. Here are twenty five illuminating podcasts… Read More

  • How to Balance Competitive and Collaborative Learning

    We’ve heard a lot about collaborative learning in recent years, but almost at the expense of another, equally important concept: competition. Don’t get me wrong—I believe that today’s students should be service-oriented, cooperative, intellectually humble, and less individualistic in their educational pursuits. But we’ve been speaking as though collaboration and competition are mutually exclusive, and… Read More

  • How Interdisciplinary Thinking Can Help You Learn More

    Interdisciplinary thinking isn’t just some educational buzzword; it’s a valuable perspective defined by the ability to draw insights from multiple disciplines and apply them to your own area of focus in a way that challenges traditional notions and enriches the conversation around it. It draws bridges between the sciences and the arts, and removes barriers… Read More