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Using Just 10% of Your Brain? Think Again

Using Just 10% of Your Brain? Think Again | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Popular neuromyths about how we learn are creating confusion in the classroom, write Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons.

This post starts with a pop quiz: 

Which of these statements is false?

1. We use only 10% of our brain.

2. Environments rich in stimuli improve the brains of preschool children.

3. Individuals learn better when they receive information in their preferred learning style, whether auditory, visual or kinesthetic.

It then continues to explain a number of "neuromyths" and it includes a video interview with a Pyschology professor who discusses recent findings.


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Educational Technology Guy: Tips to Using Google Keep in Education

Educational Technology Guy: Tips to Using Google Keep in Education | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Demystifying the muse: 5 creativity myths you need to stop believing

Demystifying the muse: 5 creativity myths you need to stop believing | educational technology et | Scoop.it
There’s a letter from an 1815 issue of General Music Journal where Mozart describes his creative process as instantaneous: no struggle or writer’s block. The muse simply showed up and he was ready. The problem? The letter is a fraud. Much like […]

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 4, 5:36 AM

Are we born creative or can we learn to be creative? New research provides insights into creativity, and this post looks at five myths that many of us have about creativity. The five myths are listed below, and they are explained in depth in the post.

1. Creativity is something you're born with

2. You can't control when inspiration will strike

3. You can't learn to be creative

4. Creativity happens in isolation (the myth of the lone creator)

5. Creativity comes to those with time and means

There are many resources that are included in this post. You may also find some ideas on ways to help your students learn to become more creative, and you as well.

Sharrock's curator insight, March 12, 10:02 AM

haven't read. will read later.

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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher."


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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, February 12, 11:40 AM

Good formative assessment removes the embarrassment of public hand raising and gives teachers feedback that impacts how they're teaching at that moment. Instant feedback. We can do this now.

How???

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, February 13, 1:47 AM

ITS HARD TO TEACH THOSE YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND HOW! AND IS WHY TEACHING IS A GIFT THAT IN TO DAYS SEASON IT'S TEACHING FROM A BOOK AND NOT THE HEART.  WHILE THE CHILDREN OF TODAY ARE OUR FUTURE BUT ACCORDING TO THE EDCATION SYSTEM THEY ARE OR ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE TAUGHT IN , THEY ARE EDUCATED TO BE FUTURE "WHAT" WHEN THE TIME COMES WE WILL FIND OUT!

Melody Watson's curator insight, February 22, 3:16 PM

Great ideas to use in the computer lab, or even with just one device.

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Top Tech Tool Infographic: What Can You Use For...iPad or Chromebook/Web?

Top Tech Tool Infographic: What Can You Use For...iPad or Chromebook/Web? | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 23, 2014 10:51 PM

This interactive infographic provides 18 concepts and lists the "best" tool to use with the iPad or with a Chromebook or Laptop (and includes many web based tools). In the center you have the concept, to the left is the iPad app and to the right is one for the Chromebook/Notebook or a web tools.

Below are some of the 18 concepts.

* Video Collage

* Interactive Posters

* Show Me What You Know

* Talking Images

Each of the icons take you to the app/website. You will also find links at the bottom of the infographic. One provides a Google Document that lists all the resources and provide some additional information on the features. The second provides a Google Presentation of the resources.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 24, 2014 9:26 AM

iPad and Chromebook apps.

CTD Institute's curator insight, December 4, 2014 9:21 AM

Absolutely indispensable for all using AT in the classroom!

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Brain-Based Learning Techniques to Try in Your Classroom

Brain-Based Learning Techniques to Try in Your Classroom | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Brain-based learning isn’t a new concept, but it’s enjoying renewed attention thanks to the teacher accountability movement begun by President George W. Bush and continued by President Barack Obama. In a nutshell, teachers who use brain-based techniques don their “neuroscientist” hats and focus on creating experiences that cater to the inner workings of their students’ brains. The result: better learning experiences and better retention."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 31, 2014 9:58 PM

This post shares three techniques you may want to incorporate into your classroom. Each has a short description as well as a section on why it is effective and how to implement the technique.

* Incorporate frequent brain breaks

* Make time for social and emotional learning

* Teach smaller chunks

As new research is published on the brain the impact it may have on the classroom is significant. If we know that providing short brain breaks (and movement breaks) may allow students to come back refreshed and ready to learn then we need to consider how we can provide these opportunities.

Sally DeCost's curator insight, November 1, 2014 12:17 PM

Excellent article on Brain Based Learning. It includes many of the concepts emphasized by Whole Brain Teaching.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, November 2, 2014 11:49 AM

Thx Beth Dichter

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Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom | Edudemic

Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom | Edudemic | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Carol Ann Tomlinson, author of “The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners,” is the country’s preeminent scholar on differentiated instruction. Tomlinson defines differentiated learning as “ensuring that what a student learns, how he/she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he/she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” She likens the reluctance to integrate modern knowledge of the learning process into the classroom to settling for a Model T instead of embracing 21st-century engineering."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 6, 2014 9:43 PM

This post explores some of Carol Ann Tomlinon's work on differentiation. Specifically it looks at:

* Content

* Process

* Product

* Affect

After defining each of these concepts you will find the following sections:

* The Empirical Basis of Differentiation

* Implementing Differentiation in your Classroom

* Anecdotal Support for this Method

* Criticisms of Differentiation

Many teachers find it difficult to find the time to differentiate for all students and some students find it frustration to discover that they have more work than other students. Today we are often told that we need to personalize the instruction for each student. Differentiation is one way we can walk down this road.

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24 Examples of Using Hashtags for Teaching and Learning

24 Examples of Using Hashtags for Teaching and Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it
So Many Hashtag Ideas and so Little Time! The “hashtag” ( “#”) has become the go-to hot key for trending topics and Twitter discussions. They’re prevalent on

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A Wonderful YouTube Channel for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful YouTube Channel for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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How to Easily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon

How to Easily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Have you ever wished you knew how to easily add questions into a video to create lesson content or to help ensure that students are engaging with video content? Well, you can, for free!"


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 19, 2014 9:36 PM

Here is a quick tutorial to teach you how to insert questions into eduCanon. You will need to have a video in mind.
Some additional feature in eduCanon:

* You can crop videos

* You can group videos together for lessons

* You can monitor student progress

"Watch the rest of 3 Minute Teaching with Tech Tutorials on this web page, or by opening this YouTube Playlist."

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 20, 2014 2:17 AM
Instead of putting on a video and relaxing, why not put in a quiz or some questions.......
Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, August 20, 2014 2:37 PM

I like the idea of being able to insert questions and comments into videos that will be used with students, either large group or individual. It provides for formative quick checks to ensure students are on track and can generate discussions amongst groups or with the whole class. I also think that, giving students this option, they could create reactions by asking questions and direct their own learning through adding questions or comments to what they are viewing. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Digital Portfolios with WeLearnedIt for iPad

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Digital Portfolios with WeLearnedIt for iPad | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it
When a student struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 16, 2014 8:30 PM

This infographic looks at the brain and how we learn. As more is learned about the brain it is clear that education is not a one-size-fits all.

* Learn how the occipital lobe, Wernicke's area, Broca's area and auditory processing impacts reading. 

* Read three examples that show brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to change over time).

* And find out how struggling readers can be helped at a neurological level.

Some additional resources are also included.

We have many students who struggle with reading. This infographic provides information that you may want to share with parents.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 23, 2014 9:34 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

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Differentiated Instruction & Adaptive Learning (Infographic)

Differentiated Instruction & Adaptive Learning (Infographic) | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Differentiated instruction, the tailoring of educational experiences to meet individual learner needs, is nothing new. Hardworking teachers have always recognized the diverse needs of students and adjusted their instruction to account for them..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 26, 2014 8:44 PM

This infographic (from Knewton) provides an overview of differentiation. It is divided into the following sections.

* What is differentiated instruction?

* Why differentiated instruction?

* Differentiated instruction in schools

* Differentiated instruction at scale

Learning how to differentiate instruction effectively is not always easy, but it is a skill that we need to learn. This infographic provides an overview that may be helpful for you as a teacher, and it might be a good way to introduce parents to this concept if it is new to them.

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"My Storybook" Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online

"My Storybook" Is A New (& Free) Good Site For Students To Write Online | educational technology et | Scoop.it
My Storybook lets students easily create simple virtual books with text and images/characters you can insert with a click. You can also draw your own. I'm adding it to The Best Places Where Student...

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25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset - InformED

25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset - InformED | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented." Carol Dweck


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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 1, 2:57 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 2, 7:22 PM

Several points i.e. acknowledge and embrace imperfections overlap with mindfulness and neuroscience.

 

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Mika Auramo's curator insight, March 3, 12:08 AM

There is very useful listing how to improve understanding about growth mindset in classroom.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: The Value of Primary Sources

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: The Value of Primary Sources | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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New Hands-on Workshops for 2015 : Stager-to-Go

New Hands-on Workshops for 2015 : Stager-to-Go | educational technology et | Scoop.it
New Hands-on Workshops for 2015

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

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New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.

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Aurore A.N Beaini's comment, October 28, 2014 10:26 AM
http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/04/how-to-stimulate-curiosity/
Aurore A.N Beaini's comment, October 28, 2014 10:28 AM
I think your post is very interesting for children anyway, it's also useful for mothers
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New Bloom's Taxonomy Sheet with Over 80 Web Tools to Try Out ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Bloom's Taxonomy Sheet with Over 80 Web Tools to Try Out ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Your Students - InformED

Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Your Students - InformED | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Over a decade ago, cognitive scientists John D. Bransford and Daniel J. Schwartz asked fifth graders and college students to create a recovery plan to to protect bald eagles from extinction. Surprisingly, the two groups came up with plans of similar quality (although the college students had better spelling skills)."


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Susan C. Freeman's curator insight, November 8, 2014 11:50 AM

This article is terrific. However, James says the apple falling is a myth. What say you?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 8, 2014 11:59 AM

As long as the questions do not circle back to one right answer then critical thinking is used. Too often, questioning is brought back to the one right answer rather than exploring the questions from the many perspectives in the classroom.

 

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Susan Hall's curator insight, November 9, 2014 9:28 AM

This is great for PBL questioning.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects

Free Technology for Teachers: Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | educational technology et | Scoop.it

Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.


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Suzanne Arena's curator insight, October 11, 2014 11:46 PM

This has a place, but not with all students and as such, they shouldn't be penalized for a disability that blocks improvement.  Keyboarding is the 21st way to go.

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5 Killer eLearning Tips To Help You Dominate Content Chunking

5 Killer eLearning Tips To Help You Dominate Content Chunking | educational technology et | Scoop.it

"Reading content on the Internet has changed the way people process information, and nowhere is this change more obvious than in fields where design must adapt to new technology such as in eLearning. eLearning course creators need to refine their content to suit learners’ behavior and accessibility to training. This is where chunking comes into play."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 1, 2014 5:56 PM

If you design a course, face2face or online, it is important to keep up with information on how people learn, and today we know that chunking information is critical. This post begins by describing what a chunk is and why they are important in learning. It them moves on to the five tips (quoted below):

1. Set a chunking limit

2. Chunk with coherance

3. Use the right formatting

4. Keep chunks short

5. Use the inverted pyramid method for for prioritization

Each of these is described in detail and many addional resources are included in the post. You will also find a SlideShare on the Basics of Content Chunking. If this concept is new to you it will provide additional information. However be aware that the number of items that can be held in short term memory varies, and the rule they use is not accurate for all people. A recent course I took on Coursera, Learning How To Learn, suggested that the number of items most people can keep in short term memory is four.

niftyjock's curator insight, September 1, 2014 6:24 PM

what's your chunking limit?

Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 2, 2014 10:16 AM
"Beth Dichter's insight:

If you design a course, face2face or online, it is important to keep up with information on how people learn, and today we know that chunking information is critical. This post begins by describing what a chunk is and why they are important in learning. It them moves on to the five tips (quoted below):

1. Set a chunking limit

2. Chunk with coherance

3. Use the right formatting

4. Keep chunks short

5. Use the inverted pyramid method for for prioritization

Each of these is described in detail and many addional resources are included in the post. You will also find a SlideShare on the Basics of Content Chunking. If this concept is new to you it will provide additional information. However be aware that the number of items that can be held in short term memory varies, and the rule they use is not accurate for all people. A recent course I took on Coursera, Learning How To Learn, suggested that the number of items most people can keep in short term memory is four."

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3 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do On Google Presentation ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Things Every Student Should Be Able to Do On Google Presentation ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free

Animaker, Make Animated Explainers for free | educational technology et | Scoop.it
Animaker.com is a cloud-based do-it-yourself (#DIY) video making app that is bringing studio quality professional animation tools within reach of everyone.

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AffiliateMarketHelp's curator insight, October 5, 2014 11:30 PM

Am anxiously awaiting for a response from them; I want this tool!  A cloud-based, easy to use animated video making app...drag 'n drop!  Although not out yet, I have signed up for it.....more exciting than Iphone 6!!!!!

Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, December 22, 2014 4:11 AM

Très tentant ! Je vais ouvrir un compte. A tester pour vos animations pédagogiques.

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Wonderful Chart Integrating Maslow Hierarchy of Needs with Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Wonderful Chart Integrating Maslow Hierarchy of Needs with Technology ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | educational technology et | Scoop.it

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 2, 2014 2:11 PM

Maslow had concerns about the use of digital technologies. It is not enough to just use the hierarchy. We should be exploring Maslow's concerns in creating the graphic. Maslow felt the flow of information was becoming increasingly too much. What challenges does that represent?

 

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