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Interesting and Fun Facts | Mental Health & Brain Facts | Crazy Health Facts

Interesting and Fun Facts | Mental Health & Brain Facts | Crazy Health Facts | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Hundreds of interesting and fun facts about mental health that you didn't know. Updated weekly with fun facts and information about sleep, dreams, the brain, and mental disorders!
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The more we know the better we can all work together to help de-stigmatize mental health issues in our society. Let's start with the facts.

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A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality

A departing pupil's advice for future teachers: put passion before practicality | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Share your enthusiasm with pupils and welcome probing questions from 'nerds', a former pupil suggests (Required reading for all teachers!
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Common sense never takes a break. If we listen to our students they will show us the way to reach them so that we may then teach them. Take time to scroll down to the comments section.

 

 

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.
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Imagine the possibilities if students are able to learn without having to worry about their survival instincts always on high alert?

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Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything

Six Keys to Being Excellent at Anything | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
I've been playing tennis for nearly five decades. I love the game and I hit the ball well, but I'm far from the player I wish I were. I've been thinking about this a lot the past couple of weeks, b...
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A classic by modern standards about achieving awesome.

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Makers | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media

Makers | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
PBS Learning Media Home Page

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Help spark the "maker movement" in your school.

No expertise required. You get it on the job with  and from your students.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.
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If we get out of the way. We stand to learn something from our students. How can you encourage reluctant educators that they will be more effective  when they act as a guide on the side rather than a sage on the stage. There's room for the entire class in the cast.

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Students Explain Engaging Assignments

Students Explain Engaging Assignments | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
46 Students Explain The Assignments That Got Their Attention This Year
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Hands down! Hands-on wins every time in education. What is your most memorable assignment?

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Dpict | Learning Environments for Tomorrow

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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler

How languages evolve - Alex Gendler | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past.
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Q: How did 'what' and 'why' become everything? 

A: By deliberate association of mass populations.

 

 

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Nicolas Martinez's comment, May 28, 12:44 PM
This video answered a lot of my questions about language.
Will Gourley's comment, May 28, 5:14 PM
Glad you liked it. I appreciate the feedback. Dean are you running a TED Ed Club at your school? I know that my students are really embracing the opportunity to share their ideas.
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How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy

How augmented reality will change sports ... and build empathy | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Chris Kluwe wants to look into the future of sports and think about how technology will help not just players and coaches, but fans. Here the former NFL punter envisions a future in which augmented reality will help people experience sports as if they are directly on the field -- and maybe even help them see others in a new light, too.
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Another wonderful moment from TED 2014.

Chris Kluwe  delivers a light capable of kicking darkness to the curb.

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Extra Credits - How Games Prepare Kids for Real Life - Education: 21st Century Skills - YouTube

Games give players agency and teach the core 21st century skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity better than any tradition...
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Thanks to Nicolas Martinez as always for suggesting this.

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Comics that ask "what if?"

Comics that ask "what if?" | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.
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How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples

How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
How Teaching Is Changing: 15 Examples
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Making data beautiful can only lead to great things.

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84 (And Counting) Bloom's Taxonomy Tools Worth Trying - Edudemic

84 (And Counting) Bloom's Taxonomy Tools Worth Trying - Edudemic | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
We know y’all love a good list of Bloom’s Taxonomy tools. And the one we’re highlighting below isn’t only good – its growing, because it is crowdsourced by awesome teachers like you! Created by NJ Superintendent Scott Rocco, this list is chock-full of tons of different apps that can fill out just about every category of …
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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as
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Worth another look considering my previous scoop about the Neuroscience of Stress and Learning.

 

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A Land Where Kids Roam Free

A Land Where Kids Roam Free | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
A playground that seems dangerous to many adults provides a brand of freedom for kids to take risks through play that is gradually going extinct.
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Aah the good old days when we used to roam loose until lunch or dinner or dark. We used to make forts, fish, float down rivers, have apple wars or ball games. If we needed tools we would just take them from our parents shops. Self preservation taught us which end was the dangerous one. We played with fire. I remember watching  in awe as my honey covered army men were melting on an ant hill. We jumped out of trees or fell...semantics. We were kids, we even learnt our own medical triage and first aid.

 

We also used to have shop class in middle school.

Whappen? Maybe it was budget cuts or a fear of injuries. Students want to know how things work. I've witnessed it first hand as 3 grade 4 girls figured out how to take apart a stop watch. Reassembly was not on the books afterwards, but the inquiry and curiosity was there. Perhaps shifts in public perception detract from any trades as a good career paths. I wonder if this is what has rendered many students disinterested in understanding how things are made and how they work. In a disposable economy they've been taught to just buy a new one because it costs so much to fix it. Thank you Wall Street! Well if we teach our students that they can be fixers and makers perhaps we can inspire a revival of skills and trades in North America that are sadly under staffed. 

 

Who knows? Maybe a revival of reuse and recycle might take on a renewed sense of importance.

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6 Quick Brain-Based Teaching Strategies | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning

6 Quick Brain-Based Teaching Strategies | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Sometimes what makes a strategy work (or not work) is HOW the teacher “sets up” the activity. Other times it works because of the timing or the env

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Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second

Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Think Pedagogy First, Technology Second (RT @LaurieLeFever: Good advice!
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Contemplation | I Am Learner

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Powerful share via my friend Della Palacios

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Tweet from @ryanallis

Tweet from @ryanallis | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
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Where is your star?

How do/did you navigate it to the centre?

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What Game Based Learning Can Do for Student Achievement (EdSurge News)

What Game Based Learning Can Do for Student Achievement (EdSurge News) | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
If I had written this article two years ago, it would have been very different. Back then, I would have made (or felt like I had to make) a compelling case for why we should even consider the idea of incorporating video games into classroom instruction. Back then, I would have expected most reade
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The Numbers Behind Special Education Infographic

The Numbers Behind Special Education Infographic | Constant Learning | Scoop.it

Take a look at The Numbers Behind Special Education Infographic for more facts and stats on special education. Back in 1974, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was adopted. This act called for free and appropriate education for disabled children in all public schools. The acts also... http://elearninginfographics.com/the-numbers-behind-special-education-infographic/


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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
"Active learning" boosts grades, reduces failure rates in undergraduate STEM classes, concludes major review (RT @PNASNews: Active learning methods may improve STEM education.
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Although I am 30 years removed from my first year at university. It is good to know that someone somewhere is possibly thinking about maybe-sort-of-kinda-changing the way that knowledge/information is offered to students in higher education.

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Education: Responsive Learning - How Games Help Teachers - Extra Credits - YouTube

Games that can track player behavior down to the last click can also keep teachers informed about their classes' progress and give them time to work one-on-o...
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What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers

What does the future hold? 11 characters offer quirky answers | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Sarah Jones changes personas with the simplest of wardrobe swaps. In a laugh-out-loud improvisation, she invites 11 "friends" from the future on stage—from a fast-talking Latina to an outspoken police officer—to ask them questions supplied by the TED2014 audience.
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Enlightening and humorous look at the future featuring the many voices of UNICEF ambassador  and performer Sarah Jones.

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32 Habits That Make Thinkers

32 Habits That Make Thinkers | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
32 Habits That Make Thinkers
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Have been fighting my own thought process while reflecting about tangible transferable skills. Beyond empathy and an understanding of self/purpose, thinking is the greatest skill set we can equip our learners to do. Here are 32 ideas to get the wheels rolling.

 

I'm also working on simplifying things when I write...ugh!

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