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Avoid The Pseudo-Work Trap

Avoid The Pseudo-Work Trap | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Produce greater results using separate, focused bursts.
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As he was doing research for his book, published author and Georgetown University Computer Sciences Professor Cal Newport discovered that many straight-A students spent less time studying than most people thought.

Newport breaks it down on his blog:



If this sounds unbelievable, it is probably because you subscribe to the following formula:



work accomplished = time spent studying

The more time you study the more work you accomplish. The more work you accomplish, the better your grades. Ergo, straight A’s imply more work. Right? Then how do you explain me and my interview subjects…

To understand our accomplishment, you must understand the following, more accurate formula:

work accomplished = time spent x intensity of focus



To further illustrate his point, Newport shares an example:

Intensity of Focus over Time for Marathon Session Approach
hour 1 : 10
hour 2 : 9
hour 3 : 5
hour 4 : 2
hour 5-10 : 1

[For math geeks, this is standard exponential decay.]

If we take the area under this curve, we see that the pseudo-worker has accomplished: 32 units of work.

Now let’s consider another approach. Assume, instead, that you break up the paper writing into two bursts. One burst you do for two hours Saturday afternoon. The other burst you do for two hours on Sunday morning. The long gap in between ensures your focus can recharge. Following the rates of focus decay used above, your chart looks like:

Intensity of Focus over Time for Short Burst Approach
hour 1 (sat) : 10
hour 2 (sat) : 9
hour 3 (sun) : 10
hour 4 (sun) : 9

Clearly, this work schedule is much less painful. Just two hours at a time. And a whole day separating the two sessions. However, when we calculate the area under this curve, we see that the short burst approach accomplished: 38 units of work!



Don’t expect better results simply by putting in more hours, and don’t do ineffective pseudo-work just because it makes you feel productive (or less guilty). Instead, work in short bursts in order to make sure your focus gets a recharge and become more effective and efficient.


by Herbert Lui on Jul 1, 2013
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Learning to learn: finding motivation with a think board

Learning to learn: finding motivation with a think board | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Editor's Note: This is a guest post for the #learningtolearn series. Finding and collecting inspiration from unexpected places is an integral part of staying motivated and expanding the scope of your knowledge.
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The Best Ways to Apologize When You Screw Up At Work or At Home

The Best Ways to Apologize When You Screw Up At Work or At Home | BeBetter | Scoop.it
After promising your boss you would complete an important assignment on time, you realize you're behind and it's going to be late.
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Education 3.0: Altering Round Peg in Round Hole Education

Education 3.0: Altering Round Peg in Round Hole Education | BeBetter | Scoop.it
What follows is my Ignite talk for ISTE 2013.  It was rejected by the selection committee.  As I already conceptualized the talk and think it is such an important topic, I am disseminating my text ...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:35 PM

 

A MUST READ and THINK on WHAT 21st Century EDUCATION SHOULD BE!!!

 

       ===> THE LEARNER is THE MOST IMPORTANT!!! <===

 

Using 21st Century Tools with a 19th Century Mentality doesn't work ANYMORE!!! Time to change!!!

 

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Education+3.0

 

 

Stem Specialist's comment, June 25, 2013 9:11 AM
How do we meet the challenge of easing educators' fears of engaging students with technologies that require tremendous learning curves for the educators themselves?
Silverback Learning's comment, June 25, 2013 9:31 AM
A good read with some excellent insight into the future or education as well as the now. We can strive to create 3.0 everyday in our classrooms.
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Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom - Monica Burns | Class Tech Tips

Awesome presentation via Monica burns aka  Classs Tech Tips blog!


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Megan McManus's curator insight, June 25, 2013 8:36 AM

This has tons of free apps to use on iPads in the classroom.

RitaZ's curator insight, June 25, 2013 9:34 AM

Worth sharing!

Sandrine Pac-Kenny's comment, June 25, 2013 10:10 AM
Great list for students and teachers.
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The Evolving use of Badges in Education

The Evolving use of Badges in Education | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Rewards as a Way to Motivate Students to Learn Today’s schools commonly use grade-based evaluations where students get rewarded for the knowledge they gain.

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Dr. Nellie Deutsch's curator insight, June 17, 2013 2:07 AM

I'm currently teaching how to use badges in Moodle 2.5: http://www.wiziq.com/course/20705-teaching-with-moodle

Dr. Nellie Deutsch's curator insight, June 17, 2013 2:08 AM

I'm currently teaching how to use badges in Moodle 2.5: http://www.wiziq.com/course/20705-teaching-with-moodle

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Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are it solely relies on what you think.

Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are it solely relies on what you think. | BeBetter | Scoop.it

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Karin Sebelin's curator insight, June 12, 2013 4:47 AM

Happiness does not depend on what you have
or who you are
it solely relies on what you think. 
~ Buddha


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This is the most popular post you’ll read all day.

This is the most popular post you’ll read all day. | BeBetter | Scoop.it
In a recent post for The Atlantic, Derek Thompson investigates what drives people to read content online.
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5 (less traditional) ways to create and share knowledge online

5 (less traditional) ways to create and share knowledge online | BeBetter | Scoop.it
The communication of knowledge and ideas is intrinsic to the human condition. Our earliest ancestors had a rich oral tradition, through which they passed on what they knew about the world, often across great distances.
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A Visual Guide To Staying Safe On Social Media [Infographic]

A Visual Guide To Staying Safe On Social Media [Infographic] | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Staying safe on social media isn't easy. Social networks want a LOT of your information. Here's a visual guide to what you can (and can't) post.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 14, 2013 8:57 AM

This is important for students who are just out there and, for that matter adults.

Dr. Debra Harper, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 16, 2013 10:09 PM

Extremely important to educate all about dangers to individual lives when posting personal information--especially vulnerable children. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, July 3, 2013 5:24 PM

Infographics like this can make educaiton so much easier!

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Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence

Eight Ways of Looking at Intelligence | BeBetter | Scoop.it
The science of learning can offer some surprising and useful perspectives on how we guide and educate young people.

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Krysta Hammond's curator insight, June 11, 2013 12:22 PM

Very useful insight into how we guide and educate our youth. Interesting idea of "situation creator" as well, creating opportunities to belong, seeing that we are stronger being connected than on our own.

Tania Gammage's curator insight, June 11, 2013 11:02 PM

Very interesting the links to students ude of multi media are very informative

Magda Davila's curator insight, June 12, 2013 2:02 PM

Para continuar ampliando la mirada en temas de inteligencia...

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Why adding interactive activities is important for #e-learning.

Why adding interactive activities is important for #e-learning. | BeBetter | Scoop.it
By Maresa Molloy, Instructional Designer at Aurion Learning. At Aurion Learning, our experience tells us that one of the best ways to guarantee learner interest and retention is through the appropr...

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 4, 2013 6:26 PM

E learning is different from the provision of online content. It reads as obvious, but when examples are seen, too many simply provide  content and call it 'learning' whether it be on line or paper based.

Silvia Gallardo-Martin's curator insight, June 5, 2013 11:44 AM

I particularly like the last sentence in this brief article

Ruth Bass's curator insight, June 6, 2013 1:09 PM

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Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | BeBetter | Scoop.it

"Somebody has recently asked me for  a review of an app that can allow students to easily create posters on iPad. Pic Collage is the best option I recommend. With Pic collage you can take a bunch of picture and make one picture of it.

 

Using Pic Collage you can combine your photos in different ways . Scatter photos onto the background of your choosing or create a grid of your photos. Take the best parts of two photos to make one great one. Create a panorama or a mosaic out of multiple photos. If a picture speaks a thousand words, you can tell a whole story in a single frame with this app."


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13 Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics [Infographic]

13 Reasons Your Brain Craves Infographics [Infographic] | BeBetter | Scoop.it
This is downright spooky. It's an interactive infographic all about why your brain craves infographics. Food for thought!

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ghbrett's curator insight, July 23, 2013 8:49 AM

As the old saying goes: "A picture is worth a thousand words." This also reminds me of Malcomb Gladwell's book, "Blink." Amazon: http://amzn.to/13AalVQ

Andrea Remmert's curator insight, July 31, 2013 1:41 AM

It's all about images now. 

Bruce McDuffee's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:53 PM

It's important to keep in mind your audience and how the ideal prospect likes to consume content.  Scientists or engineers for example my consume or respect different media than consumers of clothing or electronics.

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Forget pandas – ugly animals should be protected too - life - 24 June 2013 - New Scientist

Forget pandas – ugly animals should be protected too - life - 24 June 2013 - New Scientist | BeBetter | Scoop.it
It's time the gob-faced squid and taildropper slug got the attention they deserve, argues Simon Watt, creator of the Ugly Animal Preservation Society
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Cannes 2013 Recap: See All the Grand Prix Winners

Cannes 2013 Recap: See All the Grand Prix Winners | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Roundup of Cannes 2013 Grand Prix winners
Alessandro Rea's insight:

Missed Cannes? Creativity revisits the top honorees of the 2013 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, a mix of expected advertising hits and some pleasant surrpises. For more coverage from the week and winners, tune into Creativity's Cannes Central.


Fim/Branded Content/Cyber: Intel/Toshiba "The Beauty Inside
Pereira O'Dell's social film for Intel/Toshiba starred actor Topher Grace as Alex, a man who woke up every day in a different body, which becomes a problem when he falls in love with someone. The campaign ran over the course of six weeks, and along the way Alex was played by a cast of consumers who auditioned online. They appeared via Alex's video diaries about his condition, which were all recorded on his Intel-powered Toshiba laptop. The effort was the suprise hit of the festival and earned top honors in cyberfilm and branded content. Just before Cannes, it alsoearned a Daytime Emmy. It's actually the second iteration of a campaign launched in 2011, with another social film starring actress Emmy Rossum, but judges praised this for the quality of production and story. To them, it represented a move forward in filmic and online storytelling.

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Presentations Infographic: Making Your Message Stick

Presentations Infographic: Making Your Message Stick | BeBetter | Scoop.it
With over 350 Powerpoint presentations given each second across the globe, how does one go about making theirs stand out from all the others?

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Audrey's comment, August 15, 2013 4:20 PM
Thank you. I am using the format for my presentations
Audrey's comment, August 15, 2013 4:20 PM
Thank you. I am using the format for my presentations
Karen Dietz's comment, August 16, 2013 4:28 PM
How wonderful Audrey! I hope you do really well :)
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Why You're Not a Morning Person (and How to Become One)

Why You're Not a Morning Person (and How to Become One) | BeBetter | Scoop.it
At 6 AM, most of us are lucky if we have the energy to reach for a cup of coffee. Mornings may be rough, but hold off on sleeping in. There are perks to waking up with the sun, and we've got some tips on making it easier.
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400 Free MOOCs from Great Universities (Many Offering Certificates)

400 Free MOOCs from Great Universities (Many Offering Certificates) | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Discover 400+ Fee MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) by great universities -- Harvard, Stanford. MIT, etc. Most offer

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How much knowledge is too much?

How much knowledge is too much? | BeBetter | Scoop.it
Whether you are trying to be a successful entrepreneur, parent or friend, it’s wise to calibrate your knowledge meter. How much knowledge is too much?
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Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC

Longish online WizIQ presentation that looks mostly at the concept of learning theories and MOOCs. The first part examines in some detail the concept of knowled

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Stephen Downes June 15 2013 - #Connectivism, Online Learning and the #MOOC

Connectivism, Online Learning, and the MOOC by Stephen Downes: http://www.wiziq.com/online-class/1233804-week-3-learning-teaching-online for the...

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Curation for Education: The Curator as a Facilitator

Curation for Education: The Curator as a Facilitator | BeBetter | Scoop.it

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 7, 2013 6:44 PM

An expert always provides feedback on the next steps....

 

A facilitator... facilitates the student to learn from peer feedback and self reflection

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 7, 2013 7:38 PM

We know we have lots of self-appointed experts. They masquerade as facilitators as well.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, June 13, 2013 11:44 AM

focus on chart. The other ideas are the ones we've been dealing with for...ten years?

Nire iritziz taula da  interesgarriena. Gainerako ideiek +10 urte? dauzkate.

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MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released

MOOCs and Beyond - eLearning Papers 33 released | BeBetter | Scoop.it

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Issue number 33 of eLearning Papers focuses on the challenges and future of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a trend in education that has skyrocketed since 2008."


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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, June 6, 2013 2:34 AM

I have little to add to this other than that the collection of papers provides a distinctive European perspective on MOOCs. As a consequence (?), the focus is more on the pedagogy than on the economics of higher education (@pbsloep)