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Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world."How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world. Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. Tags: mapping, perspective.
Via Seth Dixon
Tom Perran's insight:
Important to help us all understand how we and others see the world.
Using our keyboards saves us lots of precious time, but writing by hand has lots of benefits.
Researchers have shown that children who know how to write by hand learn to read faster. They are also better at retaining information and coming up with new ideas.
“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated. There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain,” Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris, told The New York Times.
A study conducted at Indiana University, in the US, reported that when children write by hand three areas of the brain are activated—the left fusiform gyrus, the inferior frontal gyrus and the posterior parietal cortex. These are the same areas that are set in motion when adults read and write. Kids who typed or just traced letters didn’t show any activation in these areas.
“ Kindness Is Something Students Learn By Feeling It by Lisa Currie, Ripple Kindness Project Most people have heard the phrase ‘random acts of kindness’, which refers to a selfless act of giving resulting in the happiness...”
Via Dean J. Fusto
“ How often do you check a screen to see what's going on in the news? It's probably a lot more often than you think. Consider your Twitter feed. Consider your Facebook timeline. Consider how many text message alerts you are...”
Via Mat Loup
Tom Perran's insight:
Interesting critique of the "Taylor Swift-boating" of today's news.
Coding is having its 15 minutes of fame. Journalists regularly quote facts about the shortage of computer programmers in the U.S., entrepreneurs fund coding camps for low opportunity kids and even the President has given learning to code a thumbs up.
Autistic children have an excessive amount of synapses, or brain connections between neurons, which doesn’t alter as it should with age, US scientists have revealed. This could help develop a drug normalizing their number even after diagnosis.
“Chunking is a critical element of the learning process and explains how we can learn and retain increasingly complex information.”
Tom Perran's insight:
This article explains how chunking works and how to apply it in the classroom. Is based on the principle that it's easier to remember small sets of information and a large set. For instance, is it easier to remember 3054269547 or 305–4 26–9547?
"How Sugar Affects the Brain http://bit.ly/1m7zQU3 is a TED-Ed lesson that I stumbled upon this evening while looking for a YouTube video about making sugar glazes (by the way, this is the one I was looking for). In the TED-Ed lesson students learn why sugary foods and beverages can become addictive and how the human body processes sugar."
Recent research suggests that the difficulties dyslexia creates with reading may not be hard-wired. Instead, experience may play a big role in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.
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