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When Homework is a Waste of Time | TIME.com

When Homework is a Waste of Time | TIME.com | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Most after-school assignments are based on out-of-date and often ineffective methods
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And here is another canister of fuel for the fire.

Homework. Love it or leave it?

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Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress

Strategies to Prevent the Neurotoxic Impact of School Stress | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Public high school students in large U.S. cities are more likely to drop out than ever before. Almost 80 percent of the students report that the main problem is boredom. When asked what bores them m
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Are we boring our students into bad decisions?

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Mary Lambert Belechak's curator insight, October 10, 2014 6:28 PM

making it relevant; but sometimes it IS just boring and that should be okay.

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A touching commercial that rubs the deepest part of your heart.

2011 commercial by MOE (Ministry of Education) Singapore. This video is not my property, nor do I have any part in this except for aiding in advertising this...
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Remember that you may be the only kind voice or encouragement that your students will hear all day. 

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The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration

The Key to Empowering Educators? True Collaboration | Constant Learning | Scoop.it

When new technology comes out, our first efforts to use it are for what we already do,” said Connie Yowell, director of education for U.S. programs at the MacArthur Foundation. “So a lot of what we’ve done in traditional education is to put content up online.” Yowell argues that using technology to push the same kinds of content that have been used for decades isn’t actually innovative.

 

Through connection and collaboration teachers can start down a learning path that parallels the one they try to create for students.

“It has to be about a shared interest and it has to be about making, producing and creating,” she said. “The places that we’ve seen it happen most effectively are places where it’s a shared purpose or interest amongst a group of peers.”


Via iEARN-USA
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If education is going to work in the 22nd century, teachers, not just students,will need to work together in the 21st century.

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iEARN-USA's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:33 PM

Excellent write-up of a panel we attended yesterday. An entire month of this? Yes, please.

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Heartwarming Thai Mobile Advert 'Giving' (English Sub). By TrueMoveH

This commercial from Thai company, True Corporation, will cause all of the dust in the room to kick up and bring tears to your eyes. http://youtu.be/3GGfZGQb...
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Power of kindness should never be overlooked. You have the ability of exponentially altering the future one simple act at a time.

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21st century education: Flaws, fixes, further thoughts [SAIS/MISBO NOTES] | @mcleod

21st century education: Flaws, fixes, further thoughts [SAIS/MISBO NOTES] | @mcleod | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
I'm at the SAIS/MISBO conference in Atlanta, Georgia. My keynote and workshops aren't until tomorrow so today I'm just a learner. Right now I'm
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Nearly a year old blog post, but ideas are still miles away from being accepted in many mindsets.

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Synaptic electronics - Nanowerk

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Synapses dominate the architecture of the brain and are responsible for massive parallelism, structural plasticity, and robustness of the brain.
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Looking to the future? Better have a very powerful microscope. This bit gets molecular.

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5 Wonderful Twitter Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Wonderful Twitter Cheat Sheets for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
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Easy to follow graphics that will make an impact for this medium in the minds of teachers and students of all ages.

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Activate It! Using Multisensory Learning to Engage the Brain | CommonCoreLiteracyBlock.com

Activate It! Using Multisensory Learning to Engage the Brain | CommonCoreLiteracyBlock.com | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Here is a library of activities to engage all senses to allow for multimodal learning. This is mind leveraging at the core!
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This correlates to Marzano so perfectly.

Say and do trumps listening all day, everyday!

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The REAL Neuroscience of Creativity

The REAL Neuroscience of Creativity | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain.
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Dispelling left and right brain mythology one neuron at a time.

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Which is Better? | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning

Which is Better? | Brain Based Learning | Brain Based Teaching | Articles From Jensen Learning | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Faced with a decision between two classroom options, one labeled "80% fun," the other "20% hard work and misery," which would your students choose?

Via Sandy Kennedy
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I choose fun for $2000 Alex. Answer is humour.

Buzz! What is a better way to enhance student engagement and concept retention?

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Sandy Kennedy's curator insight, September 16, 2013 4:32 PM

Learning that is fun ought to be engaging and meaningful. This doesn't address that aspect.

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Get Out of Jail Free – Futility Closet

Get Out of Jail Free – Futility Closet | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
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A great game just got greater. Deserves a hallowed place in WW2 history.

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The Key to Smarter Kids: Talk to Them | TIME.com

The Key to Smarter Kids: Talk to Them | TIME.com | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Having discussions with your kids teaches them to become assertive advocates for themselves in school
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Why does it seem that many  are  foregoing this crucial component?
 Talk to your kids! 

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The logical impossibility of Status Quo: Six disconnects that demand a digital pedagogy (or at least a good debate about it) | Peter Bryant

The logical impossibility of Status Quo: Six disconnects that demand a digital pedagogy (or at least a good debate about it) | Peter Bryant | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
[Peter] The logical impossibility of Status Quo: Six disconnects that demand a digital pedagogy (or at least ... http://t.co/mFCaUOoE6n
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I am never going to sleep if I keep finding writers like this one.

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Digital Writing Collaborative@ Miami University: A Space for Teachers

If you missed the DWC pedagogy fair yesterday, check out the resources on our blog! http://t.co/hsXWTdxXBY
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One stop portal with writing sources for teachers.

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Mind Wandering: A New Personal Intelligence Perspective | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

Mind Wandering: A New Personal Intelligence Perspective | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Once accused of being absent-minded, the founder of American Psychology, William James, quipped that he was really just present-minded to his own thoughts.
Most recent studies depict ...
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Love the term, "positive constructive daydreaming".

Wider use of quiet time to consolidate information must be inserted into the classroom. Learners need time to piece it all together in a way that suits them. When they face an onslaught of information, they will inevitably shut out or shut down to survive.

 

Take time to let students rest, breathe and perchance...dream.

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Rollinsford school focusing on growth and curiosity, not test scores - Foster's Daily Democrat

Rollinsford school focusing on growth and curiosity, not test scores - Foster's Daily Democrat | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Rollinsford school focusing on growth and curiosity, not test scores
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“What we know about learning and the brain is that not all 7 year olds know the same thing or can do the same thing at 7 years old,” said Lucas.
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Floated the idea of an ageless learning space where subjects are collaborated on by learners or co-constructors of all ages.

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Which huge communist country in Asia may ban grade-school homework?

Which huge communist country in Asia may ban grade-school homework? | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
What with first graders in Chicago Public Schools -- among many other U.S.
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More fuel for the debate about the assigning/validity/effectiveness of nightly homework.

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Education 3.0: Embracing Technology to 'Jump the Curve' - Wired

Education 3.0: Embracing Technology to 'Jump the Curve' - Wired | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Education 3.0: Embracing Technology to 'Jump the Curve'
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... of language learning.
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"...how do we prepare people today for the kind of work, thinking, and problem solving that students will need in 2020 ?"

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Extra Credits: Gamifying Education

This week, we offer some general examples for ways to improve education using game design techniques. Also, here's that link I promised: http://www.deathball...
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Great perspective to build upon achievement rather than tear it down. Suggested on my Arts in Education page by Nicolas Martinez..

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Intelligence, Creativity and Mania

Intelligence, Creativity and Mania | Constant Learning | Scoop.it

by Eric Maisel, PhD. - 'The current naming system used to describe “mental disorders” is weak and suspect and perhaps so flawed as to be both useless and dangerous… and also leads to odd and wrong-headed hypotheses, for example “because you are bipolar you are creative” or “perhaps mania accounts for the higher test scores.”

One of his books: 'Rethinking Depression: How to Shed Mental Health Labels and Create Personal Meaning'  http://goo.gl/J77pc

Photo: Stephen King has said: “I’ve taken off two months, three months at a time, and, by the end, I get really squirrelly. My night life, my dream life, gets extremely populated and crazed. It’s as though something in there is running all the time.” - From article: "Developing Creativity: Excitabilities – Our Teeming Brains" http://talentdevelop.com/1906/

 

 


Via Douglas Eby
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Powerful passage from text: "One study involving 700,000 adults and reported in the British Journal ofPsychiatry indicated that former straight-A students were four times more likely to be “bipolar” (or “manic-depressive”) than their peers. In another study individuals who scored the highest on tests for “mathematical reasoning” were at a 12-times greater risk for “contracting bipolar disorder.”"

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Temporalizing Pedagogy and Technology: Pressing...

Temporalizing Pedagogy and Technology: Pressing... | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
Technologies have not transformed teaching and learning. Some may hear this as a challenge, but it need not be (In fact, those who are most bothered might need to think further why they are bothered).
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Technology will not bad pedagogy or adragogy better.

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Great professional development which leads to great pedagogy: nine claims from research

Great professional development which leads to great pedagogy: nine claims from research (Great CPD which leads to great pedagogy: 9 claims from research: http://t.co/ufgc2pKpqZ #collaborativelearning...
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I love the YRDSB for its forsight and ongoing preparation of teachers in these areas. Keeping Karen Hume in mind, "Student achievement is our top prioroty" everything we do in our professional development should be mindful and focused on this goal.

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The AMAZEBALLS Thing These 7 Teens Did

The AMAZEBALLS Thing These 7 Teens Did | Constant Learning | Scoop.it
We just wrapped up our Pics for Pets campaign and got a whopping 6,742 submitted photos. Even more amazeballs: 310 (and counting!
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If the youth lead, the leaders will follow.

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