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EU Commission unwraps public beta of open data portal with 5800+ datasets, ahead of Jan 2013 launch

EU Commission unwraps public beta of open data portal with 5800+ datasets, ahead of Jan 2013 launch | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Good news for open data lovers in the European Union and beyond: the European Commission on Christmas Eve quietly pushed live the public beta version of its all-new open data portal.

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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.”

 

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Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:58 PM

Worth watching..

Laurent Picard's curator insight, January 22, 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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Analytics and Student Success Innovations in Higher Education

Diverse higher education institutions—from community colleges to private four-year colleges to large universities—are beginning to use advanced analytics to inform and power their student-success innovations. Come join this interactive dialogue to learn more about how exemplar institutions are approaching gaining deeper insights about what's working, what's not, and for whom; and deploying analytically fueled apps to the front lines to help more striving students learn well and finish strong.

 

Jim Lerman's insight: Excellent conversation


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Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture

Anyone Still Listening? Educators Consider Killing the Lecture | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Though some teachers are still adamantly holding onto traditional formal lectures, many others are considering whether this is an ineffective and outdated model that no longer works in the information age.

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Peer instruction was first introduced by Eric Mazur, the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics, to his classes in 1991. Mazur, who found that this method helped students understand better, said lectures are much like musical concerts — they can still be appreciated, especially as a motivational tool. But what’s changed is that the lecture is no longer the only way to transfer important information. “Ever since the Middle Ages, the primary vehicle for conveying information was the lecture,” he said. “But this is the 21st century, and there are so many ways to convey information, it’s not the necessity it once was.” Students don’t learn by listening, they learn by doing, and Mazur points out that the brain’s “hard work” of learning has to be performed by the learner, not the lecture.


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Learning - How it Works & How to Do it Better

Learning - How it Works & How to Do it Better | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Full Article: http://trainugly.com/portfolio/learning/ Our brains our designed to learn the best when we're operating at the edge of our abilities, stretched...

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Learn why it is important to stretch your brain, to try new things (and to fail) and to continue to try and improve. Learn about our "Lizard Brain"  (also known as the amygdala),an important component of our brain that impacts how we learn, but the learning is related to the time when humans hunted in the wild. This part of the brain holds us back in many ways, and although it once protected us now it tends to hold us back.

What can we do about this? The video explores this and discusses some of the ways we can "dance" with this "Lizard Brain" and move from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset. For more information take the time to watch this video.

miracletrain 夢想驛站's curator insight, December 22, 6:00 AM
Learning sweet spots!!!
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especially good at about 6 minutes in...  see also the trainugly.com website

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Over 800 E-learning Examples to Inspire Your Course Design

Over 800 E-learning Examples to Inspire Your Course Design | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
One of the best ways to learn is by looking at the work others have done. We can see different ideas in action which causes us to think about how they were built and explore what we might do different with the same content.
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Strength in numbers ~ Stephen's Web

Strength in numbers ~ Stephen's Web | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
So what's the link between Pearson and the PISA assessments? I don't know either, but after reading this odd post I begin to suspect there is one. Why is it odd? Well, first, it conflates the emergence of the World Wide Web with a political campaign, saying (erroneously) that they both "show the power of a shared ambition and a collective approach." The web is exactly the opposite of a "collective" approach; each site is developed independently, the only links between them being, well, links. So why this odd definition of "collective"? Because the author thinks it applies to PISA as well. "Every three years around 70 countries volunteer to take part in PISA, which looks at the skills and knowledge of 15 year olds." Well, yes, but they don't represent any sort of collective effort (otherwise we'd see Americans involved in the testing of Chinese students, and vice versa). And the respective countries don't share common goals. It's unlikely even that they share the definition of "skills and knowledge" imposed on them by PISA (because otherwise national curricula would reflect these same topics, which they do not). Since I presume that the author knows better than to make such facile comparisons, I conclude they are deliberate, which makes me suspect something is up.
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Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year

Learning’s first principle – the most important thing i learned this year | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
I have spent most of my year straddled between different ideas of what it means to learn. I’ve worked with k-12 educators, with the province here in PEI, with science educators and crazy postmodern theorists. I want to talk about a thread that I’m seeing through all of my work at the moment. I see it in the (M)OOC work I’ve done for years, I’ve seen it in the ‘transition to university’ stuff I’ve been doing since 2007, and I hear it from educators chatting in bars, over christmas cakes, and at conferences. I’ve come to think of it as the ‘first principle’.
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MOOCs Lead to Massive Data Collection

MOOCs Lead to Massive Data Collection | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Students enrolled in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) may be subject to mass data collection by private companies. MOOCs are made available through schools and universities, as well as private, for-profit businesses such as Coursera and nonprofit organizations like edX. These courses can offer additional stimulating material for high school students in advanced placement classes and even count towards college credit. However, when students enroll and participate in MOOCs, they can also unknowingly surrender a great deal of their private information.


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5 Facts About Montessori Schools | PrivateSchoolReview.com

5 Facts About Montessori Schools | PrivateSchoolReview.com | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Here are five facts about Montessori schools to bear in mind when exploring preschools and primary schools for your child.

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My 20 most popular posts in 2014

My 20 most popular posts in 2014 | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Here is a list of my 20 most popular posts in 2014 (as at 21 December) according to comments, and social shares (on Twitter, Facebook, LInkedIn etc). Thanks to everyone who commented or shared. Happy Christmas to all!
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That was the year that was for online learning: thank you and goodbye, 2014

That was the year that was for online learning: thank you and goodbye, 2014 | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Students need independent advice on online program quality The first two posts, plus, ‘Can you teach real engineering online?’, and ‘A student guide to studying online’, reflect the fact that many learners/students use the site. (The world’s largest supplier of online learning is Alison.com). From the many comments they post to these sites, these readers are looking for some kind of quality assurance about potential online programs. It’s sad that they come to my site, because I can’t and don’t want to act as some kind of rating agency for online programs. However, the comments on these posts do eventually form some kind of crowdsourced quality assessment. There’s obviously need for a good app for collecting together student reviews of online learning programs, so long as the site is independent of commercial pressure.


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[Interview] Sir Ken Robinson at Miami Global Forum

So what has this explosion in technology meant for creativity and learning? According to Robinson, the impact has been enormous. “Tools have extended our physical reach, allowing us to do things physically we couldn’t otherwise do, but they’ve also expanded our minds,” he says. “The relationship between tools and intellectual, physical and spiritual development is really powerful.”

 

But while Robinson believes that tools play an important role in creativity, he sees an even higher calling for technology. “The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create, how creative we become with the tools,” he says. “The challenge with technology is not a technological one, it’s a spiritual one.”

 

For the best performing schools, technology has become an enabler of creativity and innovation, and Robinson believes it has the potential to do even more. “A lot of advocates of the standards movement think that creativity is some recreational activity, a distraction we don’t have time for,” he says. “The real situation is that adopting creative approaches to teaching and learning is among the best ways of engaging kids’ interests, imagination and therefore, raising standards.”

 

Creativity, as defined by Robinson, is also the basis for life-long entrepreneurship and innovation, highly sought-after in the 21st century workforce. He believes that, by unleashing students’ creativity, we can help them develop the kinds of skills that will serve them well in their careers, and as leaders of future generations.

 

In today’s thought-provoking Daily Edventure, Sir Ken and I discuss the state of education, technology and creativity, and what it all means for society. But there’s no better way to close out this post than by sharing the sign-off from the always-quotable Robinson’s keynote: “If we start to rethink some of the fundamental principles of education, [and] its relationship with technology, there’s a better chance that we will create the world that we and our children will want to live in.”


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“The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create, how creative we become with the tools,” he says. “The challenge with technology is not a technological one, it’s a spiritual one.”

 

This is an important consideration. Many so-called tech experts fall short in understanding the key skills are pedagogic/spiritual rather than technical and technological. When we resort to the latter only, we succumb to Technique (Ellul).

 

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Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Critical thinking is an essential skill in the cognitive development of students. It is probably the number one skill teachers would mention when asked about the skills they target in their instruction. Critical thinking is also the key to developing other equally crucial thinking habits such as divergent, lateral  and convergent thinking. Critical thinking starts with asking and answering critical questions. By critical questions I mean those questions that enable students to categorize, infer, synthesize, evaluate and apply the knowledge they have accumulated in the past to solve existing problems and learn new information. This is a well thought-out process in which students get to challenge their cognitive capacities and explore novel thinking paths.


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, December 18, 8:08 PM

Charts like these always make great resources to use in the classroom. Laminate a copy and walk around the classroom to ask better questions. Post a large version in the room to have a constant reminder that there are levels to questions. Give each student a copy to help them ask better questions in seminars!

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Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners

Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Knowledge about how the brain works can make a big difference when confronting difficult learning situations. If you have a growth mindset and are aware of the ability to improve oneself, a challenge can be welcome (versus those with a fixed mindset who are averse to the failures a challenge may bring). Stanford University professor of psychology Carol Dweck, who has been leading the research in this field, discusses “The power of believing that you can improve” in this TED talk. In one example, she talks about students who made vast improvements on test scores once they learned about the growth mindset:

 

“This happened because the meaning of effort and difficulty were transformed. Before, effort and difficulty made them feel dumb, made them feel like giving up, but now, effort and difficulty, that’s when their neurons are making new connections, stronger connections. That’s when they’re getting smarter.”


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The Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2015

The Skills That Will Get You Hired In 2015 | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
It should come as no surprise that a college degree alone is no longer the golden ticket to a good career that it once was. It certainly helps, but the letters on your diploma are no longer a guarantee of a good job. In fact, employers are looking more at valuable soft skills, like teamwork and communication skills, when making hiring decisions.What employers want.The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) recently released the results of a survey, in which they asked hiring manag

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What Students Do (And Don't Do) In Khan Academy ~ Dan Meyer

What Students Do (And Don't Do) In Khan Academy ~ Dan Meyer | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

by Dan Meyer

 

"Khan Academy claims alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) but an analysis of their eighth-grade year indicates that alignment is loose. 40% of Khan Academy exercises assessed the acts of calculating and solving whereas the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s assessment of the CCSS emphasized those acts in only 25% of their released items. 74% of Khan Academy’s exercises resulted in the production of either a number or a multiple-choice response, whereas those outputs accounted for only 25% of the SBAC assessment.

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"My dissertation will examine the opportunities students have to learn math online. In order to say something about the current state of the art, I decided to complete Khan Academy’s eighth grade year and ask myself two specific questions about every exercise:"


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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015 | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day


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Some great technology tips for helping to focus and boost your mind.

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Might be useful for reading

 

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Photos For Class - The World's Easiest Way to Download Properly Attributed, Creative Common Images

Photos For Class - The World's Easiest Way to Download Properly Attributed, Creative Common Images | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a safe and easy way to find images for school reports? Just search and download properly attributed, copyright free images.

G Rated Images - Photos for Class uses Flickr safe search, and we do a little filtering of our own to help it out - Read More
Easy Attribution - When you click download, Photos For Class automatically cites the author and the image license terms - Read More
Creative Common Images - All images shown are to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge Creative Commons licensed for school use

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Extremely useful! Thanks for sharing!
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Extremely useful! Thanks for sharing!
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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Lessons, units, and topics are more motivating when they begin with a question whose answer students want to know. Not only do great questions generate interest, they also answer the question that so many students wonder about: "Why do I have to learn this?" Finally, great questions increase cognitive organization of the content by framing it into a meaningful answer to the opening question.
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8 Gamification of Learning Mistakes You Need to Avoid

8 Gamification of Learning Mistakes You Need to Avoid | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Here are eight mistakes that have been made in gamification implementations. Learn what to do—and what not to do—when you implement your own gamified learning solution. 
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Article at the Open Badges in Education workshop

Article at the Open Badges in Education workshop | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

When designing our badge system, we did a literature review to understand current approaches for using open bagdes in higher education courses. The following four approaches were identified:

* composite badges can be achieved by completing multiple assignments;
* activity-based badges can be awarded automatically based on measurable learning activities;
* grade-based badges are based on the grades that the learners have received;
* hierarchical badges are divided to several levels, some of which may be composite badges based on lower level badges.

Considering these approaches, we recognized that none of these were focused on learning outcomes. The Estonian higher education system has a strong focus on outcome-based assessment, therefore in our context the open badges should be also directly linked to learning outcomes.

We designed a badge system where the learning outcomes of the course and the assignments were connected to badges. The course had 7 learning outcomes, 8 assignments and 15 different badges. There was a basic knowledge badge for each of the six main topics of the course that was awarded for the blogging assignments. For group assignment on creating a digital learning resource the students were able to earn one of the three skills badges. Finally, there were six advanced knowledge badges for the literature review on a chosen topic.

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Let's talk about Ello, the New Social Network

Let's talk about Ello, the New Social Network | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
Hello, Ello! Get to know the Un-Facebook, a new minimal and ad-free social network.

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, December 8, 5:17 AM

Ello offers an ad-free alternative that promises never to sell your information.

Jane Shamcey's curator insight, December 8, 5:51 AM

We care. We share. 

Wilfried Andral's curator insight, December 8, 5:53 AM

Worth the read: http://swyy.co/tCYGHg6

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The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I created yesterday entitled "Best 5 TED Talks for Educators". TED's list of this year contains 20 talks  covering a variety of topics from overcoming adversity to the latest in technology. Some of the talks I really enjoyed in this list are :

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I believe in the 70:20:10 framework

I believe in the 70:20:10 framework | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

Charles Jennings promotes a 70:20:10 framework for organizational learning, where on-the-job experiential/informal learning and social learning represent the preponderance of each employee’s overall learning. Only 10% is from formal learning activities.

 

The reason this framework works is that it more or less reflects what’s actually true for employees in the typical workplace. Formal education has its place in preparing people for the workplace. Once those people become employees, they have a job to get done. People aren’t hired to learn, they’re hired to increase productivity or capability. There are productivity expectations and organizational needs to be met.

 


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Agente de Cambio Que ayuda a Fortalecer el foco cultural de ... Alto Rendimiento y desarrollo continuo ...I believe in the 70:20:10 framework | @scoopit via @edumorfosis http://sco.lt/...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 20, 7:15 PM

School is a challenging place to learn to be a teacher. We are often isolated and it is difficult to learn informally.

 

The concept is great and it takes effort to put it in place.

 

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june holley's curator insight, December 21, 8:28 AM

True for networks too?

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Next Gen Higher Ed: Blended, Personalized & Competency-based

Next Gen Higher Ed: Blended, Personalized & Competency-based | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark - New higher ed options are bringing fast, flexible solutions for adults balancing work, family, and life obligations


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Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 - User Generated Education

Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 - User Generated Education | Learning & Mind & Brain | Scoop.it
I love end of year “best of” lists.  My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education.  Each touched me in some way to help illuminate the purpose and core of education. Let me know of any others that you found of value during 2014!

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