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Learning 3.0 and the Smart eXtended Web

This slide show accompanied a keynote presentation given for the ICL conference in Villach, Austria on 28 September, 2012.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley | Video on TED.com

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. In a funny, stirring talk he tells us how to get out of the educational "death valley" we now face, and how to nurture our youngest generations with a climate of possibility.

 

Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we're educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence

 

 

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“The real role of leadership in education … is not and should not be command and control. The real role of leadership is climate control, creating a climate of possibility.”

 

Great Talk!

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Worth watching..

Laurent Picard's curator insight, January 22, 2014 12:22 PM

Une vidéo trés intéressante (et amusante) où Ken Robinson parle du système éducatif américain. Mais ses propos s'appliquent aussi au notre...

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Kevin Carey talks about his new book, 'The End of College' @insidehighered

Kevin Carey talks about his new book, 'The End of College' @insidehighered | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

A growing number of books about higher education's ills have hit the market in recent years. But few have drummed up the attention, both positive and negative, that Kevin Carey's has received.

Carey directs the education policy program at New America, a Washington-based think tank. His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere, came out earlier this month.

The End of College takes the long view in diagnosing a higher education business model that Carey says is desperately flawed. He goes back centuries to describe how colleges developed scattered and disjointed missions. Carey also looks forward, to how information technology could help birth a more affordable and meritocratic form of higher education.

His book has generated loads of coverage in the news media, including a somewhat positive review in The Washington Post by Janet Napolitano, the University of California system's president. And several of Inside Higher Ed's bloggers have been critical about his assertions. We sent some questions about the book to Carey via email.

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Gordon Pask's Adaptive Teaching Machines

Gordon Pask's Adaptive Teaching Machines | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
“Adaptive learning” might be one of the latest education technology buzzwords, one that’s often uttered alongside that other popular adjective “personalized.” But, like much in ed-tech, the concept is not new. (And like much in ed-tech, the “History” section for the Wikipedia entry on “adaptive learning” is woefully incomplete.)

The earliest teaching machines – those built by B. F. Skinner and Sidney Pressey, for example – were not adaptive. They did promise “personalization” of sorts by allowing students to move at their own pace through the lessons, but that path was quite rigidly scripted. The machines only responded to right or wrong, allowing students to proceed to the next question if they got the previous question right. And the point, particularly of machines designed around Skinner’s theory of “operant conditioning,” was for the student to get it right, that is to maximize the positive reinforcement. As Paul Saettler writes in his 1968 book, A History of Instructional Technology, “Effective Skinnerian programming requires instructional sequences so simple that the learner hardly ever makes an error. If the learner makes too many errors – more than 5 to 10 percent – the program is considered in need of revision.” These machines could not diagnose why a student got an answer wrong or right; again, according to behaviorist theory, the machines were designed so to make sure students got it right.
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A Very Good Resource of Educational Posters for Chemistry Teachers

A Very Good Resource of Educational Posters for Chemistry Teachers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Here is an interesting resource we want to bring to your attention. Compound Interest is a blog by Andy Brunning, a chemistry teacher in the UK. Andy creates and shares a wide variety of educational posters and graphics on everything related to chemistry and chemical reactions. We spent sometime browsing Andy’s collection of graphics and we found them really worth mentioning here.

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3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial - Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd - YouTube

This entry in the "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" video series shows how easy it is to 'flip' any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at ed.ted.com. These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associate with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:59 AM

Learn how to build a video lesson in just three minutes. Good ideas don't have to be complex. Take advantage of TedEd features to keep your flipping classroom rolling! 8-)

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Tutoria de sólo 3 minutos para elaborar una clase o varias a partir de vídeos. Nosotros ponemos el enfoque metodológico y los objetivos didácticos, TeEd pone la aplicación en la que encajar todo ¡Magnífica!

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how to exploit TEd ed wit youTube videos

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Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment

Top Tech Tools for Formative Assessment | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

“ Formative assessment is an important tool teachers can use to target students' learning needs. When teachers know what students know (or don't know), they can better adjust their teaching to meet the kids right at their level. These digital formative assessment tools can help you do the job.”


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Tom Perran's curator insight, March 28, 8:05 AM
Lots of good choices here! Most are free!
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What makes an effective MOOC learner?

What makes an effective MOOC learner? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Is effectiveness in the eyes of the provider identical to effectiveness in the eyes of the learner?

What do employers see as effective learning?

 

Are some learners more "qualification effective" and others more "growth effective"?


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5 great Formative Assessment Strategies for teachers

5 great Formative Assessment Strategies for teachers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Formative assessment strategies in the classroom provide both teachers and students with invaluable information about what students understand, and what they don’t. These ungraded assessments are valuable guides for students to help them enhance their performance, and they also help teachers determine if further instruction is necessary.

When formative assessments are used consistently, and effectively, neither teachers nor students are surprised by their final grades.

Some formative assessments can take just a few minutes, while others require longer periods of time. The following are 5 great formative assessment strategies for teachers.


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"Effective and engaging" is the key to formative assessments. Here is a good summary of five formative assessment strategies. One more I would add would be Kahoot! 

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Are You An Analog or Digital Leader?

Are You An Analog or Digital Leader? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
By Abhijit Bhaduri and Bill Fischer Changing mindsets begins with you! The only mind you can be sure of changing is your own, and the only way that you can demonstrate this mindset change is through your behaviors. If you aspire for your organization to be faster, more innovative, less afraid [...]

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Digital Leader!  Yes.

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How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips & Tricks)

How to Make Infographics Work for eLearning Courses (Tips & Tricks) | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

"But before you blindly jump on the infographics bandwagon and splatter your course with these visuals, make sure that you stock up on information about how they work and when to use them. Badly-designed infographics or placing them out of context can increase the cognitive load of a course. So here's the lowdown on infographics."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 26, 11:11 PM

Infographics seem to be everywhere today, and educators are taking note and using them with students. This post provides information on the use of infographics for elearning, but the same concepts apply to face2face learning. The post is divided three sections that include:

* When to use infographics

* When NOT to use infographics

* 6 tips to create effective and stunning infographics

Additional resources are included in the post. If you are designing or revising a course and have not made use of infographics that post may provide you with ideas on how to best incorporate this form of visual learning into your curriculum. And if you currently use infographics check it out to learn more.

jane fullerton's curator insight, March 29, 10:26 AM

Awesome resource for a quick how to tutorial on infographics!

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Peer Grading in a MOOC: Reliability, Validity, and Perceived Effects | Distance-Educator.com

Peer Grading in a MOOC: Reliability, Validity, and Perceived Effects | Distance-Educator.com | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Peer grading offers a scalable and sustainable way of providing assessment and feedback to a massive student population. However, currently there is little empirical evidence to support the credentials of peer grading as a learning assessment method in the MOOC context. To address this research need, this study examined 1,825 peer grading assignments collected from a Coursera MOOC with the purpose of investigating the reliability and validity of peer grading, as well as its perceived effects on students’ MOOC learning experience. The empirical findings provide evidence that the aggregate of student graders can provide peer grading scores fairly consistent and highly similar to instructor grading scores. Student survey responses also indicate peer grading activities to be well received by a majority of MOOC students, who believe it was fair, useful, beneficial, and would recommend it to be included in future MOOC offerings. Based on the empirical results, this study concludes with a set of principles for designing and implementing peer grading activities in the MOOC context.
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Donald Clark Plan B: 7 reasons: Why we need to kill boring ‘learning objectives’!

Donald Clark Plan B: 7 reasons: Why we need to kill boring ‘learning objectives’! | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
At the end of this course you will….” zzzzzzzzz……. How to kill learning before it has even started. Imagine if every movie started with a list of objectives; “in this film you will watch the process of a ship sail from Southampton, witness the catastrophic effect of icebergs on shipping, witness death at sea but understand that romance will be provided to keep you engaged”. Imagine Abraham Lincoln listing his objectives before delivering the Gettysburg Address. Imagine each episode of Breaking Bad starting with its objectives. It makes NO sense.
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5 Ways to Kill an eLearning Course - eLearning Brothers

5 Ways to Kill an eLearning Course - eLearning Brothers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
We at eLearning Brothers do our best to teach you the best way of doing things. But today we’re going to switch things up and tell you the worst ways to develop eLearning courses. Here are five ways you can kill an eLearning course.


1. Little to No Interaction

This is a deadly sin to be avoided at all costs. A good course needs to keep the learner engaged, not just mindlessly clicking “Next” over and over while passively staring at a screen. If a learner has actual tasks and objectives to meet in the course, they are more likely to retain their new knowledge because they have actually put it to use.


2. Overpowering Visuals

Visuals should work with the material, not distract from it. Choose images, graphics, and color schemes that cooperate with the text and overall themes of the course, making sure they don’t compete with each other.


3. Overloading Learners with Too Much Info

Nobody likes drinking from a firehose. Don’t bombard your learners with a barrage of facts or figures. If every page is stuffed full of text and images, they can’t possibly hope to retain everything. Keep things concise and feed the information to the learner in manageable bite-sized chunks.


4. Word-for-Word Narration

This one isn’t quite as intuitive as the others, but it’s just as important. In most cases, text should not be treated as closed captioning. Think of the text as a short summary of the narration. Perhaps the narrator gives a certain bullet point about a paragraph’s worth of explanation. It’s the job of the text to give the same information in an abbreviated form, a small sentence at most. Too much more, and you risk becoming needlessly redundant.


5. Over Use of Clipart and Freebies

If you don’t already have them, it is imperative that you get a graphic designer and an eLearning Template Library subscription. Clipart and other one-size-fits-all freebies are handy to have but can only take you so far. Since computer clipart became a thing in the early 80′s and 90′s, it has been used millions of times over as cheap illustrations for both personal and professional projects. New clipart is getting created all the time, but most people can sense when an illustration is an original design or a free stock image if they look at it long enough. You don’t want to showcase the same groan-inducing pictures we’ve seen since our middle school PowerPoints. Stop looking for images that portray a message kind of similar to what you want to get across. Hire a real professional and get premium eLearning Templates that are spot on.

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Gamification Harnesses the Power of Games to Motivate

Gamification Harnesses the Power of Games to Motivate | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Gamification works because our responses to games are deeply hard-wired into our psychology. Game design techniques can activate our innate desires to recognize patterns, solve puzzles, master challenges, collaborate with others, and be in the driver’s seat when experiencing the world around us. They can also create a safe space for experimentation and learning. After all, why not try something new when you know that even if you fail, you’ll get another life?

The surface dimension of gamification is motivation through rewards: Earn some points, top the leaderboard, get a badge, win a prize, and repeat. Behaviorists such as the legendary B. F. Skinner called this operant conditioning, and it does work … to a point. If there’s really no point to the points, users lose interest. That’s apparently what happened to marketing-driven Samsung Nation, one of the most prominent early gamification examples. Today it’s nowhere to be found on the Samsung website.

Shallow gamification can even be harmful, if it’s used to manipulate people toward results that aren’t truly in their interest, or if it suggests that rewards are the only reason to do otherwise intrinsically engaging activities.

The systems that avoid these pitfalls take games seriously. In a good game, the points and the leaderboards aren’t what really matter; the true reward is the journey. Gamification systems that emphasize progression, provide well designed informational feedback, and look for ways to surprise and delight their players can remain engaging for the long haul.

It’s still early in the development of gamification as a business practice. In the next stage, expect gamification features to be incorporated more consistently into software and content platforms, the way social media capabilities are today. And look for systems to take advantage of the wealth of behavioral data from user interactions to refine their effectiveness, as online games have done for years. When you see people glued to their phones or their computer screens they just might be learning or doing their jobs.
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edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.

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Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects.

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Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects. 


Libraries become hives of invention when you promote a maker culture.

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Connected Educators

Interview with educators about the importance of being "connected" in order to be an effective teachers and leaders. Video was created as part of Connected Educators Month

 

 

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Have Mobile Phones In the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment?

Have Mobile Phones In the Classroom Reached Their Calculator Moment? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Last week, while reviewing our class syllabus on the first day, I made a decision to do a little experiment. Rather than make the announcement that mobile phones should be turned off during class, I did the opposite. I told my visual anthropology class that unrestricted use of mobile phones in class would be allowed this semester.

Allowing all students to use their devices freely at all times seems very counterintuitive. In fact, even now I am concerned that in spite of my best intentions I will reap the whirlwind. Sometime last month, however, I reached the conclusion that mobile phones in the classroom have reached their “calculator moment.”
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Brain Pathway Rediscovered After 100 Years

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Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are giving scientists unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the human brain. When neuroscientist Jason Yeatman of the University of Washington noticed a large fiber bundle that was unfamiliar to him and did not exist in modern scientific literature, he couldn’t believe he was actually the first person to discover the structure. 

 

It turns out that he was right; the structure had been described before. However, the book that contained the last known mention of the fiber bundle had not been read in over 100 years. Yeatman and Kevin Wiener of Stanford University are co-authors of the paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

 

The structure is now officially named the vertical occipital fasciculus (VOF). It is a tract of white matter that defies convention and connects areas of the brain vertically, rather than horizontally like most other white matter pathways. The pair used advanced MRI techniques and found that the pathway originates in a region at the back of the brain where visual processing occurs called the occipital lobe. Signals then spread out to many other regions in the brain, depending on what is required by the visual input.

 

“We believe that signals carried by the VOF play a role in many perceptual processes, from recognizing a friend’s face to rapidly reading a page of text,” Yeatman said in a press release.

 

The researchers also developed a computer algorithm for other neuroscientists to use that will allow measurements of the VOF to be completed more quickly. Since this structure has been forgotten for so long, there is a lot of catching up to do in learning about VOF’s function and determining if it can be targeted clinically to treat reading or visual disorders. 

 

“To support reproducible research, our lab makes a strong effort to share software and data,” added senior author Brian Wandell of Stanford. “We believe this is a powerful way to ensure that our findings can be both checked and used in labs around the world.”

 

When Yeatman found the structure in the brain and was unable to identify it, he and Wiener started asking colleagues and searching through the literature. They were guided toward old anatomy books, dusting off progressively older tomes until they finally hit pay dirt. 

“Kevin found an atlas, written by Carl Wernicke near the turn of the (20th) century, that depicted the vertical occipital fasciculus,” Yeatman explained. “The last time that atlas had been checked out was 1912, meaning we were the first to view these images in the last century.”

In addition to rediscovering the VOF, the researchers did more work and were able to find out why this structure essentially fizzled out from history. When neuroanatomist Carl Wernicke first identified the structure in 1881, its vertical orientation did not go over well with everyone else. Theodor Meynert, who led the field in his era, vehemently denied that pathways could go any other way but horizontally. Other scientists in the late 1800s had also made sketches of the structure, but inconsistent naming habits and criticism from the top brass in the field ultimately muddled the VOF into obscurity.

 

“When we started, it was just for our own knowledge and curiosity,” added Weiner. “But, after a while, we realized that there was an important story to tell that contained a series of missing links that have been buried for so long within this puzzle of historical conversation among many who are considered the founders of the entire neuroscience field.”


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Ian Banyard's curator insight, November 20, 2014 9:39 AM
Missing "vertical pathway" link found after 100 years!!
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Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 NMC Horizon Report - K12 Education Edition

Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 NMC Horizon Report - K12 Education Edition | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
A preview of the NMC Horizon Report's interim results for its 2015 K-12 education edition - emerging technologies & trends & challenges in education worldwide

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A guide to ergonomic learning - Visual hierarchy - Learning Seat

Do you want to hold your learning audience’s attention long enough to get your message across?

Well, you might be surprised to know that, according the National Centre for Biotechnology Information at U.S. Natural Library of Medicine, our attention span has dropped from 12 seconds to eight seconds in 2013.

Blame technology, social media or simply the pace of modern living but the fact is, now, more than ever, it’s important to understand your learners, the time pressures they face, and how to command – and hold – their attention.

When it comes to user experience (UX) in e-learning, one the most important things to consider is visual hierarchy. We’ve all experienced our share of frustration and lack of engagement when an interface doesn’t provide us with a clear indication of where to look first because it’s either too busy or too cluttered.

When applied correctly, visual hierarchy naturally directs the learner to view content in the order it was intended to be read. By thoughtfully considering scale, alignment, space, colour and weighting, skilled e-learning designers can arrange course elements in such a way that removes barriers to orientation, and cognition.

The best visual hierarchies help the learner to quickly and confidently navigate content, and promote optimal understanding. On the other hand, weak or poor can leave learners frustrated, and more confused about a given topic than before they even opened the course.

Good visual hierarchy can not only help you to grab and hold your learners attention, it also:

* Influences the order in which the human eye perceived what it sees
* Helps readers to absorb information more quickly
* Makes content easier to understand
* Ensures a more engaging user experience
* Makes your learning investment more effective.

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Authentic Learning: It's Elementary! - Brilliant or Insane

Authentic Learning: It's Elementary! - Brilliant or Insane | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
At first glance, authentic learning may seem like an unrealistic approach for elementary learners, but nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout this year, I’ve had the opportunity to design curricula with numerous teachers who will tell you that in fact, authentic learning is elementary! It all begins by embracing the fact that even our youngest learners have a great deal to teach others.

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Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift

Why Kids Need to Move, Touch and Experience to Learn - Mind/Shift | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
When students use their bodies in the learning process, it can have a big effect, even if it seems silly or unconnected to the learning goal at hand. Researchers have found that when students use their bodies while doing mathematical storytelling (like with word problems, for example), it changes the way they think about math. “We understand language in a richer, fuller way if we can connect it to the actions we perform,” said Sian Beilock, professor of psychology at the University of Chicago.

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Why movement is so important!
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Had not thought about movement in the context of word problems + math ... but it makes perfect sense after you read this.

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Seems obvious to us. What do you think? 

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New Vision for Education - Unlocking the Potential of Technology

New Vision for Education - Unlocking the Potential of Technology | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
To thrive in a rapidly evolving, technology-mediated world, students must not only possess strong skills in areas such as language arts, mathematics and science, but they must also be adept at skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, collaboration and curiosity. All too often, however, students in many countries are not attaining these skills. In this context, the World Economic Forum has taken on a multi-year initiative, New Vision for Education, to examine the pressing i

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Emotional IQ and You

Emotional IQ and You | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
You may be surprised by how much your emotional intelligence affects your career. If you’re getting your online MBA degree to develop your managerial and

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Emotional IQ is a skill that is often mentioned as a key skill for the 21st century. This infographic shares information on emotional intelligence and is divided into a number of sections.

* What is emotional intelligence (EI)?

* Does higher EI mean improved job performance?

* Why do employers value EI over IQ?

* How EI affects your image?

* Take stock of your EI.

* Improve your emotional intelligence to improve your life

Although this infographic is geared to students in college there is information that you may find to share with students across many grade levels. Emotional intelligence plays a role in our classrooms and providing learners with more skills in this area may improve their ability to more actively participate and be engaged.

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27 effective ways to get students to pay attention - Daily Genius

27 effective ways to get students to pay attention - Daily Genius | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Despite all your planning, hard work, grading at home, housekeeping in the classroom and (physical and virtual) paperwork world, and killer teaching skills, learning isn’t going to happen if your students aren’t really paying attention.

They have to listen and participate in order to learn – at least a little bit. So what do you do with students who just aren’t paying attention? Each student and each situation may require a little bit of a different approach – you wouldn’t address kindergarteners the same way you’d address and deal with high schoolers.

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E-learning Visually Explained for Teachers

E-learning Visually Explained for Teachers | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Electronic Learning, conventionally known as e-learning, is a digitally mediated type of learning. The standard way of lesson delivery in e-learning was and mostly still is computer and hence the traditional definition of e-Learning as computer mediated learning. However, now with the huge advancement in web technologies and the emergence of several other devices that have more or less the same computational functionalities as computers (e.g tablets, Chromebooks, hand-held devices…etc), e-learning now can be facilitated through different devices.

e-Learning has several advantages. Some of which , according to Virtual College, include: it is cost effective and saves time, it is available anytime/anywhere with Internet connection, and it makes it easy to track course progress.As a form of digital learning, e-learning is divided into two main categories: synchronous e-learning (involves real-time interaction between participants) and asynchronous e-learning (participants can take the course at their own time and pace). Check out the visual below to learn more about what e-learning is all about and how it can be implemented in different learning settings.
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