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TED Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain | The Kid Should See This

TED Ed: How playing an instrument benefits your brain | The Kid Should See This | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Your brain is a muscle. When you give it more challenging exercises, you're strengthening your brain's abilities to learn and grow. Now add some music to the mix:

When you listen to music, multipl (Does learning music make you smarter?
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An entertaining 5 minute TED Ed animation.

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Is lecture really the thing that needs fixing? By Robert Talbert

Is lecture really the thing that needs fixing? By Robert Talbert | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

Image: Automated Blackboard eraser...

 

Based on the headline and framing of the article, you might be tempted to think that the problem is that lecture is ineffective and that data might be able to fix it. But that’s not really it. (Nor is the problem that students are stupid and lazy, which you might get from the comment section.) Actually I think Samson himself nails the problem:

He is not shy about admitting where teaching falls on the list of priorities for most of his peers: a distant third, after publishing articles and landing research grants. “Instructors want to do the right thing,” he says. “They’re just busy guys, and they don’t sense that the bean-counting is heavily weighted toward the teaching.”

In that one quote, you get everything you need to know about why traditional instructor-centered teaching still reigns supreme on many university campuses, despite mountains of evidence, not to mention anecdotes, that interactive-engagement methods are far more effective. It all boils down to that one word:Priorities.



Via Dennis T OConnor
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A number of good points made about priorities in higher education; also, some intelligent disussion in the comment sections from (mostly) learning peers.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 13, 12:40 AM

Here's a bit of insight: Professors should also be teachers, colleges should make teaching a priority, teaching skills should be rewarded.


You know what they say about should... Still it's a clean, simple, low tech solution a major problem in the college classroom. 

Michelle Allwright's curator insight, August 20, 5:11 PM

Interactive, engaging and the learning around core skills is where it is heading. It's about ensuring that the students are industry ready; not just theory ready.

Ulrike Grabe's curator insight, August 22, 5:13 AM

" If you really want something to happen, you make it a priority and make the time. I have to conclude that I think many universities, and sadly many faculty, say that they want effective teaching and high student performance, but they don’t want it badly enough to make sacrifices for it."

 

He has point there. :-)

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+[Md] Mobile device

+[Md] Mobile device | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Mobile Learning Infographic: 4 Things You Didn’t Know (4 Things You Didn't Know About Mobile Learning: http://t.co/MrbiDeGIB3 #LearningBattleCards[Md])...
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Perhaps not new information, but it is in a compact format that could be useful for client meetings.

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Scans show kids’ brains reorganize when learning math

Scans show kids’ brains reorganize when learning math | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Sometime in elementary school, you quit counting your fingers and just know the answer.
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I like this image:  "...over time the brain became increasingly efficient at retrieving facts. Think of it like a bumpy, grassy field, NIH’s Mann Koepke explained. Walk over the same spot enough and a smooth, grass-free path forms, making it easier to get from start to end."  Read on...

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The Psychologist’s View of UX Design | UX Magazine

The Psychologist’s View of UX Design | UX Magazine | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
@thebrainlady: The Psychologist’s View of UX Design | UX Magazine http://t.co/050I9uU0zE
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A practical and very readable article on design principles by psychologist Susan Weinschenk.

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The Gamification of Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Gamification of Education Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Gamification has tremendous potential in the education space. How can we use it to deliver truly meaningful experiences to students?
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How Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain

How Optical Illusions Trick Your Brain | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
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An entertaining, 5-minute video on some of the quirks of the human brain.

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8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century

8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
8 Needs For Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century
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Some of this is familiar but also fresh insights shared...

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The State of Mobile Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The State of Mobile Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
State of Mobile Learning Infographic. 95% of tablets in the US education system are iPads. 2nd Most Popular Educational Platform for Kids are smartphones.

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Be Ready for the Learning Space of the Future

Be Ready for the Learning Space of the Future | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Paul Signorelli describes how learning spaces are changing in ways that require our attention and collaboration.
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Are you ready?

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35 Inspiring Quotes About Learning

35 Inspiring Quotes About Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Learning anything requires commitment and the ability to push through the dip until reaching competency. These 35 learning quotes will keep you motivated. (RT @KarinHornstra: Leuk!
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Some are familiar; some new but a nice list overall.  My favorite quote is from Mark Twain:  “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”

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The Rapid Storyboard Development Process - eLearning Industry

The Rapid Storyboard Development Process - eLearning Industry | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Would you like to develop a storyboard? Check the Rapid Storyboard Development Process with Snagit to find out more.
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(Just a head's up that you may have to unlock this article to view it.)

 

From the article:  "Inserting visuals into a storyboard, normally a boring manual task, can be streamlined with this process. You will learn how to move screen captures and pictures quickly and reliably into the storyboard document, eliminating the manual repetition of copy, paste, resize, and repeat." 

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40 Of The Best Science Podcasts For Mobile Learning

40 Of The Best Science Podcasts For Mobile Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
40 Of The Best Science Podcasts For Mobile Learning

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Education for the 21st Century - The Zimbabwean

Education for the 21st Century - The Zimbabwean | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
The Zimbabwean
Education for the 21st Century
The Zimbabwean
Not surprisingly, down the line and under vastly changed circumstances in the digital era of the 21st century, the bubble of our colonial type of education has now burst.
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Five Reasons Why Executives Should Care About Mobile Learning

Five Reasons Why Executives Should Care About Mobile Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
The world is a busy place, and people’s time continues to become more and more scarce. With all the issues they have to deal with, why would—or should—corporate leaders care about mobile learning?
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Some useful information that could be applied in a client meeting.

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Universal Design for Learning: a Blueprint for Successful Schools - from Beth Holland

Universal Design for Learning: a Blueprint for Successful Schools - from Beth Holland | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on Diversa in Brazil. As Todd Rose proves in his TEDed talk, there is no average learner. Teachers confront this challenge with every lesson, activity, and course as they a...
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A passionate TED Talk (about 18 minutes) on "adjustable seats for learning" that can "nurture the talent of every individual" to reach their personal potential. 

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Bill Gates Meets with Katie Brown, Washington State Teacher of the Year - YouTube

From the minute you meet Katie Brown, you get the feeling she’s an amazing teacher. You immediately think: I would love for my kids to be in her classroom. I... (RT @BillGates: Learning a thing or two from WA Teacher of the Year Katie Brown.
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A pragmatic quasi-"train-the-trainer" approach in about 3 minutes.

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New Year, New Look: PBS LearningMedia Resources for Teaching in the Digital ... - KQED (blog)

New Year, New Look: PBS LearningMedia Resources for Teaching in the Digital ... - KQED (blog) | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
KQED (blog)
New Year, New Look: PBS LearningMedia Resources for Teaching in the Digital ...
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In these short video tutorials from KQED, learn the basics for how to use free online tools for teaching and learning.
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Access to resources.

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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn - KQED (blog)

How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn - KQED (blog) | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
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How a Bigger Purpose Can Motivate Students to Learn
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Game-based approaches to learning are far favored over “drill-and-kill” exercises.
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From the article:  "The students with a purposeful-learning attitude (who agreed with socially oriented statements like “I want to become an educated citizen that can contribute to society”) scored higher on measures of grit and self-control than classmates who only reported self-oriented motives for learning such as wanting to get a good job or earn more money. The purposeful learners were also less likely to succumb to the digital distractions, answering more math problems on the diligence task — and they were more likely to be enrolled in college the following fall, the researchers found."  Worth reading.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 18, 7:13 PM

I found many students did not always know what they wanted down the road in life. They knew what gave meaning to life in concrete ways, in the moment, and shared that in their learning. I imagine over time it feeds into that long-term purpose.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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What can the American and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world?

What can the American and British education systems learn from classrooms in the developing world? | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Adam Braun went to school in the US and now runs a nonprofit that builds schools in Ghana, Laos, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In contrast, Sugata Mitra—the winner of the 2013 TED Prize—went to school i...
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Shared are some valuable lessons learned that can be applied effectively in many situations.

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A History of Serious Games

A History of Serious Games | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Check out this brief look at the history of serious games, by Designing Digitally, Inc.
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More of a "very brief and uncritical overview" of the topic but may be of interest to some readers.

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What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it

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A useful overview of the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework.

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Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps the Journey to Digital Business

Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies Maps the Journey to Digital Business | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
The journey to digital business is the key theme of Gartner, Inc.'s (“@TMcCall: Gartner's 2014 Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies is Out http://t.co/NzbRhd084d
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Fascinating, if a bit over-prescriptive.

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By the time we got to Woodstock...

By the time we got to Woodstock... | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
What has Jimi Hendrix to do with gamification? They were both emergent at the same exciting time. Read the blog for perspective.
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Everything old is new again...

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: copyright resources

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: copyright resources | Contemporary Learning Design | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Can I use that image from Wikipedia in my presentation?  See the poster to learn more.

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