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How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals

How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
eLearning professionals should learn more about the biological basis of learning. Check out this simple explanation.
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This has a nice infographic to go along with the article.

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New Brain Stimulation Technique Makes You Better At Math

New Brain Stimulation Technique Makes You Better At Math | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
After just five days of non-invasive brain stimulation and a bit of cognitive training, researchers at Oxford University were able to enhance people's high-level abilities, such as mental arithmetic and manual calculations. And remarkably, the effect lasts for months.
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Interesting field of study to watch. Looks like it is not quite ready for prime time yet.

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Musical training 'improves executive brain function'

Musical training 'improves executive brain function' | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
People with musical training show higher executive brain function than those without musical training, according to a new study by researchers from Boston Children's Hospital.
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Evidence is building about the brain's exposure to music training in the early years.

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Enable Readability Statistics in Word 13

Enable Readability Statistics in Word 13 | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
In Microsoft Word, we have the ability to display information about the reading level of our document, including readability scores according to the following two tests: Flesch Reading Ease Flesch-...
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Did you know you can find out how readable something is using Word 13? There are ways to do this with web sties but other things can be pasted into Word and tested.

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Neurologist: Chess A Brain-Builder For All Ages - CBS Chicago

Neurologist: Chess A Brain-Builder For All Ages - CBS Chicago | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
No matter what your age, a Chicago area neurologist says chess offers a way to improve your brain.
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Chess anyone? We should all be playing.

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Lesson From A Tuned-Out Classroom: Talking Isn’t Teaching

Lesson From A Tuned-Out Classroom: Talking Isn’t Teaching | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
A teacher lectures. A student learns? Not necessarily.
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Has the use of technology and the research about brains reached your teaching style?

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What Adults Can Learn From the Way Kids Learn

What Adults Can Learn From the Way Kids Learn | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Slipping back to more elementary approaches is how we achieve cognitive change.
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Learning is more like wave than a stairs.

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Sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory

Sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show for the first time that sleep after learning encourages the growth of dendritic spines, the tiny protrusions from brain cells that connect to other brain cells and facilitate the passage of information across synapses, the junctions at which brain cells meet.
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This has big implications for teen brains.

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How children’s brains develop – new insights

How children’s brains develop – new insights | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
On April 16th, a remarkable, and probably the first-of-its-kind meeting took place at UNICEF New York. Sixteen (no coincidence with the date) neuroscientists discussed and debated the influence of ...
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This is a very interesting way to view nature vs nurture and seeing the brain as social.

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Mind Works: Brain Training: Saving Cognitive Capital

Mind Works: Brain Training: Saving Cognitive Capital | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
The average person has about 70 thousand thoughts per day. That’s a lot of information for the brain to process, but what if you could make your brain more efficient?
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Digital Reading Poses Learning Challenges for Students

Digital Reading Poses Learning Challenges for Students | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Some academics, educators, and technology vendors are pushing to minimize the distracting bells and whistles that abound in high-tech instructional materials.
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Another learning paradox--while digital text is often more engaging, it requires different skills.

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Active Learning Leads to Higher Grades and Fewer Failing Students in Science, Math, and Engineering | Science Blogs | WIRED

Active Learning Leads to Higher Grades and Fewer Failing Students in Science, Math, and Engineering | Science Blogs | WIRED | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
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Maybe this doesn't really fit the topic but duh! Goes back to Susan Kovalik.

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This Is Your Brain on Great Literature

This Is Your Brain on Great Literature | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Research shows that reading rich narratives and metaphors activates areas of our brain outside of language, and frequent fiction reading is correlated with empathy.
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Great literature is still a great teaching tool, despite technology's inroads into how we consume it.

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Early Life Stress Could Alter Brain Regions, Researchers Say

Early Life Stress Could Alter Brain Regions, Researchers Say | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Children exposed to stress have long-term changes in key brain areas, new study shows.
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Evidence seems to be building that early problems are very life altering.

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Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal

Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Here’s how educators can use the latest neurological research to help improve math and science instruction.
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Change The Look For All Documents In Word 13

Change The Look For All Documents In Word 13 | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
When we create new documents in Word, we always use the predefined Font, Color, Effects, Paragraph Spacing and etc. What happens though when want to change all these predefined settings with just a...
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Follow these steps to give your documents a whole new look.

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How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner

How Trauma Affects The Brain Of A Learner | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Science may be able to help schools combat the adverse effects of poverty.
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Trauma and poverty can be remediated with the right interventions.

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Your Brain It Is a-Changin'

Your Brain It Is a-Changin' | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
There are more connections between the neurons in your brain than there are stars in the Milky Way. What makes those seemingly infinite connections fascinating, though, isn't just the sheer quantity of them. It's the fact that they're always changing...
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Clicking on the blue links shows underlying research; some of it is old in terms of how much we are learning.

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Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal

Teaching the Brain to Learn -- THE Journal | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Here’s how educators can use the latest neurological research to help improve math and science instruction.
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Technology and brain research; a winning combination!

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Handwriting Shown to Aid in Learning

Handwriting Shown to Aid in Learning | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Though some educators are calling it quits on teaching handwriting, there is new evidence that suggests perhaps this is a premature decision. Many neuroscientists and psychologists are pointing to ...
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The debate continues.

 

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Making It Stick

Making It Stick | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
A new book rethinks the hard distinction many teachers make between "memorizing" and "thinking."
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This is going onto my reading list for the summer.

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Facts or Fictions about the Teenage Brain: Is it all gasoline, no brakes? - Neuroanthropology

Facts or Fictions about the Teenage Brain: Is it all gasoline, no brakes? - Neuroanthropology | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
By Karen Castagna Teenagers are known to act in famously reckless ways. They put the pedal to the metal and floor the gas, experiment with drugs and play w
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Lots of complexity in the brains of teens.

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The Science of Learning a New Language (and How to Use It)

The Science of Learning a New Language (and How to Use It) | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Learning new languages is a natural instinct for children, and yet it becomes more difficult as we age. We might be at a disadvantage as adults, but with a few learning methods, you can still give yourself the best chance for learning a new language.
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This is more about adults than children but there are some good ideas here.

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How 10 Minutes of Mild Exercise Gives Your Brain a Boost – Phenomena: Only Human

How 10 Minutes of Mild Exercise Gives Your Brain a Boost – Phenomena: Only Human | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
I'm an exercise procrastinator, as I've admitted before on this blog. Rationally I know that daily exercise will be good for me in the long run. But it's hard to get motivated by vague health benef...
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More evidence that involving learners in meaningful movement is an important part of learning.

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How We Retrieve Memories - Brain Basics #1

How We Retrieve Memories - Brain Basics #1 | Brain and Learning Factoids | Scoop.it
Have you ever had a moment of temporary amnesia when you can't recall a certain word or someone's name? That's because your brain wasn't able to re-create the pattern of activity that occurred when the memory was stored. Learn more in the first of a series of videos from Scientific American MIND .
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This is a well done video about memory retrieveal.

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