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Stalking the Meditating Brain

Highlights from the August issue of Mindful magazine.
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Mindful magazine's profile of Dr. Richard Davidson (fan-fave! learned so much from his presentation at GLS!)

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Towards Maturity - 5 practical ideas for Embedding learning into the workflow

Towards Maturity - 5 practical ideas for Embedding learning into the workflow | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

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Also includes seriously interesting facts from the Embedded learning report

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Jay Cross's curator insight, August 21, 2013 1:58 AM

"Missed opportunities

The Towards Maturity 2012-13 Benchmark report  highlights a number of missed opportunities faced by L&D professionals:

94% seek to speed up the application of learning back into the workplace: only 23% achieve this95% seek to improve the sharing of good practice: however, only 25% achieve this on average92% seek to increase their ability to adapt and react to business change. Only 25% of them achieve this90% want learning technologies to help them implement new products and processes. Only 45% are achieving this

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Neighborhood Strengthening through by Community Building by Suzanne Singh

Neighborhood Strengthening through  by Community Building by Suzanne Singh | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

Vital Neighborhoods Theory of Neighborhood Change

 

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effective implementation counters disengagement

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kolb's learning styles, experiential learning theory, kolb's learning styles inventory and diagram

kolb's learning styles, experiential learning theory, kolb's learning styles inventory and diagram | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
David Kolb's learning styles model, and more free online materials for organizational and personal development, and free business training tools, tips and guides.

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Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, February 2, 3:11 PM

Good  article on learning styles

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The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't mean our brains don't have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do math thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we're subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about.

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thanks to Barb Jemmott for curating this post

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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, July 7, 3:24 PM

Very down-to-earth approach: I like that in today's edu-buzzword cacophony.

Charlie Dare's curator insight, July 7, 11:10 PM

Interesting comments by

Marshall BarnesFounder, Director of SuperScience for High School PhysicsSome of these I agree with in regard Edison and 1000 failures before finging a light filament and worthy of a read in his Paranovation blog~Especialy his claims to producing Video Rock early on~
Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 11, 12:39 AM

It shoudl be our Mantra to teach Cretive Thinking skills to our students everyday.

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The Science of Attention- How To Capture & Hold Attention of Distracted Students

The Science of Attention- How To Capture & Hold Attention of Distracted Students | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

"How long can you reasonably expect your students to pay attention during your lessons? Some psychologists claim the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long, yet most university classes last 50 to 90 minutes. Students’ attention levels vary widely based on factors like motivation, emotion, enjoyment, and time of day."


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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 29, 2:48 PM

15 great tips for engaging student attention. Well worth a read. 

Mélanie Ciussi's curator insight, June 30, 5:39 PM

Etude à lire!

KCenter SKEMA's curator insight, July 15, 11:25 AM

Grande question pour les enseignants surtout maintenant avec les "distractions" qui se multiplient

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Maker Education and Experiential Education

Maker Education and Experiential Education | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
As those who follow me on Twitter and via this blog know, I am an advocate of the Maker Education movement.  The reason, as I've mentioned, is that I come from a background in Experiential Educatio...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 23, 2:12 PM

Students, particularly younger children, learn by doing something meaningful and relevant in the moment. This requires teaching which is more than coaching and calls on teaching as a creative enterprise.

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Teaching Through Trauma: How 1 LA school teaches despite poverty, trauma

Teaching Through Trauma: How 1 LA school teaches despite poverty, trauma | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
In this first installment of a KPCC series, we look at new research that shows the mere act of being poor can affect the brain, making it hard for kids to learn. But the changes are reversible.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 15, 11:16 PM

How does poverty impact our students, especially students whom live in urban areas where trauma and stress have a significant impact on the developing brain?

Quoting from the post "Children living in poor neighborhoods are more likely to suffer traumatic incidents, like witnessing or being the victims of shootings, parental neglect or abuse. They also struggle with pernicious daily stressors, including food or housing insecurity, overcrowding and overworked or underemployed, stressed-out parents."

Yet it is possible to make a difference, and one school in Los Angeles is proving this with by working with teachers with this goal in mind "...to figure out how to “use positivity and relationships to reverse some of the negative effects of poverty.”

This link will take you to part 1 of this story and the link to part 2 is available in the story. You may also listen to each installment.

Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, June 17, 11:13 AM

How does being poor potentially affect the brain and learning for kids? How one LA school teaches through trauma..

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Focus_in_the_Workplace_10_01_2012.pdf

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What drives productivity at work...this is where students will be.

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Leptin reverses diabetes (type I and II) by suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis

Leptin reverses diabetes (type I and II) by suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

Treatment with leptin, the hormone associated with fullness or satiety, reverses hyperglycemia in animals models of poorly controlled type 1 (T1D) and type 2 (T2D) diabetes by suppressing the neuroendocrine pathways that cause blood glucose levels to soar, a Yale-led team of researchers has found.


The leptin hormone regulates metabolism, appetite, and body weight. The researchers discovered that, in a fasting state, rats with poorly controlled T1D and T2D diabetes had lower plasma insulin and leptin concentrations and large increases in concentrations of plasma corticosterone—a stress hormone made in the adrenal glands that raises levels of blood glucose.


The researchers then found that normalizing plasma leptin concentrations in the T1D rats with a leptin infusion resulted in marked reductions in plasma glucose concentrations, which could mostly be attributed to reduction in rates of liver conversion of lactate and amino acids into glucose.


The question was why this happened. The team's data revealed that leptin normalized plasma corticosterone and plasma glucose concentrations by inhibiting the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, a critical neuroendocrine pathway consisting of three major glands that regulate many body processes, including reactions to stress, energy storage, and energy utilization.


Researchers believe their finding about leptin may lead to development of new types of therapies to reduce and reverse uncontrolled hyperglycemia in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.


"Previous studies by our group found that leptin replacement therapy reverseddiabetes and insulin resistance in patients with severe lipodystophy—a loss of fatty tissue that leads to those disorders—by reducing fat deposits in the liver and skeletal muscle," said senior author Dr. Gerald Shulman, the George Cowgill Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology), and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.


"These new data provide an additional mechanism by which leptin therapy reverses hepatic insulin resistance and hyperglycemia in animal models of poorly controlled type 1 and type 2 diabetes."


Reference: Nature Medicine 

 


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A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
Of the many eLearning theories that influence the practice, three of them are used by professionals on a daily basis.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 19, 11:33 PM

A nice visual of three predominantly observed theories of learning:
Cognitivism
Behaviourism
Constructivism 

José Antônio Carlos - O Professor Pepe's curator insight, June 20, 7:21 AM

Ótimo infográfico com dicas sobre as três teorias de aprendizagem (construtivismo, behaviorismo e cognitivismo) mais comuns nos programas de design instrucional. Simples sem ser simplista.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, June 26, 9:19 AM

I love stuff like this. It makes me think about what I am doing and why :-)

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Court finds full-book scanning is fair use

Court finds full-book scanning is fair use | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
The Hathi Trust has won another important victory in its court battles against the Authors Guild over the right of academic libraries to scan books under the banner of fair use.
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Towards Maturity - Modernising learning - The Smart Way: Why Reflection Improves Performance

Towards Maturity - Modernising learning - The Smart Way: Why Reflection Improves Performance | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
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In a working paper Learning by Thinking: How Reflection Aids Performance, the authors Francesca Gino and Gary Pisano show how reflecting on what we've done teaches us to do it more effectively the next time around. Francesca Gino and Gary Pisano hypothesized that learning by doing would be more effective if deliberately coupled with learning by thinking.  As Harvard Business School Professor Francesca Gino  says "Now more than ever we seem to be living lives where we're busy and overworked, and our research shows that if we'd take some time out for reflection, we might be better off".

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Collaborative Economy Honeycomb.jpg (3600x2250 pixels)

Collaborative Economy Honeycomb.jpg (3600x2250 pixels) | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

Via Marylene Delbourg-Delphis
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Allocation of technology across Money Goods, Food, Services, Transportation, and Space

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Wenger | Jenny Connected

Wenger | Jenny Connected | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
Posts about Wenger written by jennymackness
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Engestrom, Wenger and Emergent Learning https://jennymackness.wordpress.com/2012/12/16/engestrom-wenger-and-emergent-learning/

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» Blog Archive Toys, table-tops and the virtuous cycle of experiential learning - Saffron Interactive

» Blog Archive Toys, table-tops and the virtuous cycle of experiential learning - Saffron Interactive | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

Toys, table-tops and the virtuous cycle of experiential learning http://t.co/CNxPKBiRJV


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Kolb's Cycle of Experiential Learning

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Introduction to Dark Zone Education

Introduction to Dark Zone Education | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
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irresistible engagement for learners... Mindcraft's immersive environment, construction of the real world scenario http://darkzoneeducation.blogspot.ca

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Personal Learning Networks, CoPs Connectivism: Creatively Explained

Personal Learning Networks, CoPs Connectivism: Creatively Explained | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
As part of a graduate course in Social Network Learning, I ask students to create a non-linguistical representation.  Here is the description of this assignment: The intent of this module is to ass...

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Dynamic assignment that makes essential connections!

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NLafferty's curator insight, July 4, 4:57 AM

Interesting range of creative expressions of connectivisim and communities of practice.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 4, 9:30 AM

Inspiration from Jackie Gerstein.  Will share with my Social Media class.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 4, 12:41 PM

Communities of Practice are organic and creative processes. Several years ago the term came into education as if School managers could structure them and order them.

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The Art of Changing the Brain: Interview with Dr. James Zull | SharpBrains

The Art of Changing the Brain: Interview with Dr. James Zull | SharpBrains | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
Learning through a virtuous Learning Cycle. That's the message from Dr. James Zull, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry at Case Western University, Director
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Continued research on the shift from teaching disconnected content to teaching learning in a connected loop. Having developed learning style model through work and iteration, David Kolb published his learning style model in 1984, known as ELT for Experiential Learning Theory.

 

Zull’s model connects the brain-favoring attributes of Gathering, Reflecting, Creating, and Testing to learning concept and mastery. Zull’s theory complements David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Theory Steps of Concrete Experience/ Reflective Observation / Abstract Conceptualization / Active Experimentation

 

Both Zull and Kolb’s work are derivative of Carl Rogers, Jung, Piaget, and Howard Gardner.

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Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?

Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap? | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it
Just 12 minutes of aerobic exercise can boost low-income college students’ academic performance. The effect is large enough to close the achievement gap.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 16, 9:51 PM

In 2012 a study was published that noted there were academic benefits for low-income who had "short bursts of aerobic exercise. This article shares a new study where participants age 17 - 21 were placed in groups (based on income level) and assigned to either the experimental group or the control group. The experimental group jogged for 12 minutes while the control group watched a video on the benefits of exercise. And yes, these students also saw a significant increase in academic performance. For more information click through to the article.

Progressive training's curator insight, June 17, 11:30 AM

Can Exercise Close the Achievement Gap?

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Computational Thinking - What is it? Why Teach It?

Computational Thinking - What is it? Why Teach It? | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

"As the cities that have hosted Code for America teams will tell you, the greatest contribution the young programmers bring isn't the software they write. It's the way they think. It's a principle called "computational thinking," and knowing all of the Java syntax in the world won't help if you can't think of good ways to apply it."



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Is Coding the New Literacy?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 21, 8:26 AM

Should we be teaching coding to our students? What does computer literacy mean? And what is computational thinking? These are some of the questions addressed in this article from Mother Jones.

Let's start with the question 'What is computational thinking?' Below is a quote from the article.

"If you've ever improvised dinner, pat yourself on the back: You've engaged in some light CT...If seeing the culinary potential in raw ingredients is like computational thinking, you might think of a software algorithm as a kind of recipe: a step-by-step guide on how to take a bunch of random ingredients and start layering them together in certain quantities, for certain amounts of time, until they produce the outcome you had in mind."

There are so many quotes I could pull from this article to share. Below are two more and I would urge you to take the time to click through and read the entire article (and it is quite long). Along with a information on the history of literacy (as in reading and writing as well as computer) you will find a video of individuals (some of whom you will recognize) talking about how they became involved in computational literacy as well as many graphs and images. On to the quotes...

"Computational thinking involves solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior," she writes in a publication of the Association for Computing Machinery. Those are handy skills for everybody, not just computer scientists.

And while many kids have mad skills in movie editing or Photoshopping, such talents can lull parents into thinking they're learning real computing. "We teach our kids how to be consumers of technology, not creators of technology," notes the NSF's Cuny.

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Blended Learning Presentation by K Greene

Brandman Universitiy's Kimberly Greene presents findings on her work with Blended Learning

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | Inquiry-Based Learning and Research | Scoop.it

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Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, October 9, 12:30 AM

To support my course on professional education

Maria Persson's curator insight, October 13, 5:11 AM

For those of us 'down under' you'll find this resource very useful.  Plenty to dig into!

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Meaningful Play. Getting »Gamification« Right.

Google Tech Talk given on January 24, 2011 in Mountain View, CA on gamification and how to get three »missing ingredients« right: meaning, mastery, and autonom…
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by Sebastian Deterding, Mentioned tonight in my games class

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 11, 12:07 PM

Should play be made meaningful or should play be meaningful? Those are not the same thing and are worthy of exploration.