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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and "aha" moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.


Via Nik Peachey
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While stress may be useful for learning not to touch a hot stove, it tends to inhibit the kind of learning that is most needed by students in today's world.

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, October 31, 3:59 AM

Innovation and creativity can only emerge in moments of stillness! #mindful #leadership

Josefina Santos's curator insight, November 25, 12:09 AM

Amazing

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Finance Systems Perpetuate Inequitable Funding Of U.S. Schools

According to a report out of the Center for American Progress, inequitable per-pupil spending perpetuated by regressive state and local school-finance systems remains cause for concern in U.S. public schools, despite state aid formulas designed to work to the contrary.
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It's time we make publicly-funded education an equal playing field.

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A Crowdsourced Curated Database of the Best Educational Tools and Learning Apps: GEDB

A Crowdsourced Curated Database of the Best Educational Tools and Learning Apps: GEDB | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it


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A useful set of educational tools.

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Jeroen Boon's curator insight, February 21, 8:06 AM

De Global Education Database (GEDB), is een zeer groot en nuttige verzameling van de beste apps, web tools, gadgets en moocs nu online beschikbaar voor allerlei educatieve doeleinden. Iedereen kan zich registreren bij GEDB en waardevol hulpmiddelen of instrumenten delen door het invullen van een speciaal formulier. Inzendingen worden beoordeeld op feitelijke onjuistheden en integriteit en wanneer goedgekeurd gepubliceerd binnen 24 uur. 

Probeer het nu: http://www.gedb.org/

Gonzalo Moreno's curator insight, February 22, 7:18 AM

Learning Tools - management?

Diana Andone's curator insight, February 25, 12:59 AM

GEDB, the Global Education Database, is a great and extremely useful curated collection of the best apps, web tools, gadgets and moocs now available online for educational purposes.

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English Classic Verb Conjugator & Verbal Phrase Paths

English Classic Verb Conjugator & Verbal Phrase Paths | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

An interactive conjugator of English verbs arranged in a classic table format, with the additional feature allowing instructors to make links for their syllabus that control what students see so that they can be exposed only to what they have already studied along with the new features being studied.


Via Nik Peachey
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A useful tool for helping ESL and beginning writing students understand verb conjugation.

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delta14's curator insight, February 26, 8:07 AM

Recurso para apoyar el aprendizaje del idioma inglés.

John O'Connor's curator insight, March 19, 7:49 PM

A nice tool for reminding students about some grammar relationships.

Rosanna López 's curator insight, March 30, 6:59 AM

English tenses. Interactive conjugator of English verbs.

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Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Flip This: Bloom’s Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
One educator rethinks Bloom's Taxonomy because it gives the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity in students.
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Start with creating. Be creative in your teaching. All aspects of learning are necessary and possible.

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Erik Kwakkel • Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark Here’s...

Erik Kwakkel • Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark Here’s... | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Medieval kids’ doodles on birch bark


Here’s something very special. In the 1950s archeologists made a great discovery near the city of Novgorod, Russia: they dug up hundreds of pieces of birch bark with all sorts of texts written on them.
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I just love these! Plus, we now know that doodling helps to improve learning.

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The Joy Of Making Things « Annie Murphy Paul

The Joy Of Making Things « Annie Murphy Paul | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

In New Haven, Connecticut, where I live with my husband and two sons, we are lucky to have nearby the Eli Whitney Museum. This place is the opposite of a “please don’t touch” repository of fine art. It’s an  ”experimental learning workshop” where kids engage in an essential but increasingly rare activity: they make stuff.

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Hands On! Please touch. Make things. Get your hands dirty. Take it apart. Put it together. Tinker with it. Can you make it better?

These are the attitudes our schools need to share with kids. We learn best by doing. Regardless of our "primary learning style," the best way to make learning your own is by doing.

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Citelighter: Research, Write & Cite

Citelighter: Research, Write & Cite | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Many teachers are ending their semesters with large scale assignments that require digital research.
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Even at the college level, I find that students often leave citation preparation for the end of the writing cycle, after they've written a research paper. But, this just makes more work and opens them to accusations of plagiarism, as it's harder to identify the source of the material, once it's been integrated into the paper. Even when each use of someone else's material has been identified inline, if the correct citations on the References or Works Cited pages are missing or incorrect, the student is going to have difficulty pulling the source material together. Using a tool such as the one described here, may help students and other researchers to avoid citation headaches.

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Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life

Why Academic Teaching Doesn’t Help Kids Excel In Life | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Teacher Shelley Wright explains why a school system that revolves around academics fails to teach kids what they really need to know.
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What do our kids need to succeed in life? Maybe they need a new approach to education.

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New Genes Tied to Alzheimer's Disease - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

New Genes Tied to Alzheimer's Disease - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Researchers identified 11 new genes that affect the risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The findings point to novel targets for preventing or delaying the disease.
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The increasing understanding of the genetics of Alzheimer's disease continues to grow, and with it our ability to identify those at risk and to develop treatments.

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How Sleep Clears the Brain - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

How Sleep Clears the Brain - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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I don't know about you, but I have a love-hate relationship with sleep. There's just so much I want to do, that I hate taking the time out to sleep. But, I love to sleep! My body craves it, and I am lucky to be one of those people who remember and (mostly) enjoy my dreams.

 

In his famous words, "to sleep, perchance to dream," Shakespeare may have reminded us of the connection of sleep to dreaming, but, there are significant healt benefits to getting enough sleep. There is nothing that frightens me more than the possibility that I might lose the ability to think and communicate, so reading about this new research (not just in this article, but in other reports) has renewed my commitment to getting enough sleep.

 

My wish for you is that you, too, may have a good night's sleep, tonight, and every night.

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.

Via Anu Ojaranta
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Educators have long told us that reading expands our minds. Here are some of the specific ways in which they do so.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, October 13, 2013 5:24 AM

Your brain on books. We all know reading is good for you, here's yet more proof.

sarah's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:08 AM

intéressant

Carol Rine's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:54 AM

This is a GREAT article that has lots of embedded cross-linked articles within it.  :O)

 

Carol

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How Much Do You Know About How To Learn? « Annie Murphy Paul

How Much Do You Know About How To Learn? « Annie Murphy Paul | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

What’s the key to effective learning? One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know.

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The more you know about how to learn and the greater the number of effective learning strategies you use, the better you are able to learn. Learning how to learn can be the key to success in any learning endeavor, whether you are learning in school or out.

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The Other 21st Century Skills

The Other 21st Century Skills | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...
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Excellent overview of the characteristics and skills that will help all students to thrive.

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Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It

Why Letter Grades Just Don’t Cut It | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Letter-grades fail at giving students specific information about how they are doing in class.
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Students don't need grades. In fact, grades can actually prevent real learning because students come to equate success in school with getting good grades, rather than with increasing their understanding of the subjects being taught and the world around them.

 

We know this. Not only has this been identified as a problem by educators for decades, but anyone who has ever started school as a curious child. excited by the prospect of learning, only to discover that school is boring, that school makes them hate learning, regardless of whether they get good or bad grades, knows this.

 

It's time to end the carrot and stick approach that is grading and begin giving children and their parents real feedback that promotes learning.

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Online Math Games, Logic Games, Science Games, Language Arts Games, and more!

Online Math Games, Logic Games, Science Games, Language Arts Games, and more! | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Online learning games featuring math games, science games, logic games, and language arts games. SchoolTimeGames.com - The Smart Place to Be!

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, KB...Konnected, Deb, Luciana Viter, Maria Margarida Correia
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Lots of fun online learning games. Great for parents and teachers working with young learners.

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Catherine Douthard's curator insight, September 28, 2013 10:24 AM

Fun learning!

Miguel Garcia's curator insight, February 19, 5:52 AM

algunos estan muy buenos

Agora Abierta's curator insight, February 19, 6:53 AM

Para poner al día tus reflejos y conocimientos con juegos online

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How to Get Students to Believe in Themselves | The New York Public Library

How to Get Students to Believe in Themselves | The New York Public Library | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
How many times do you hear students in your classroom or library say, “I can’t”? Doesn’t that phrase make you cringe? I always tell students, "Don’t say that because you can,” and help them figure out ways to reach their goals.
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Such useful advice in so many contexts.

 

Now, eat your goldfish crackers!

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages
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It's still early days for digital reading, so it's unclear how many of the issues noted in this examination of the differences between reading physical books and ebooks will remain, and how many will seem hopelessly antiquated to our descendents. I found that most of the points noted reflect my own experience with our evolving media delivery systems, while also suggesting some thought-provoking possibilities for the future. 

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Are Alzheimer's and diabetes the same disease? - health - 27 November 2013 - New Scientist

Are Alzheimer's and diabetes the same disease? - health - 27 November 2013 - New Scientist | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People with type 2 diabetes often have memory problems. That may be a result of Alzheimer's-like brain changes – changes which can be reversed in rats
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This article raises more questions for me than it answers, especially since I have not previously been aware of a correlation between Alzheimer's and diabetes. Still, if true for even portion of the population, this provides much greater insight into treatments.

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You are welcome Pamela, interesting concept..
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How Technology Wires the Learning Brain

How Technology Wires the Learning Brain | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend 11.5 hours a day using technology -- whether that’s computers, television, mobile phones, or video games –
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Our brains are adaptable.

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A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories - Edudemic | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process. (A great infographic on learning theories, including the role of connectivism!

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Understanding how learning works helps both teachers and students.

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Ling Tzi Yeoh's curator insight, November 18, 2013 8:02 AM

A useful platform for teachers to share.

Javier Duque's curator insight, November 19, 2013 1:21 AM

Una interesante infografía sobre´teorías de aprendizaje y sus caracterísiticas. La conclusión de la misma es que el "conectivismo" es la teoría general de aprendizaje que recoge en la era digital las aportaciones de las anteriores teorías.

Andrés Núñez Álvarez's curator insight, September 12, 4:35 AM

Interesting comparison of learning theories. 

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

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The Neuroscience Of Learning: 41 Terms Every Teacher Should Know

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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This article is part of a larger, on-going effort to help connect teachers and other learning professionals with the neuroscience of learning.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 8, 2013 1:08 PM

This is interesting. I recognized some, but not others.

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:40 PM

More people are running to charity tube to post free videos and watch free videos than posting on you tube. Try posting at charity tube and you will never leave. http://www.africatube.net/ More visitors and more video views. Don't take our word for it, try it. Post one same video on youtube and put it on  http://www.africatube.net/ and return ater five hours and compare the viewers rate and decide for yourself. Create your very own group or forum and control who watch it and invite everyone to watch the video. Above all, post video in English or in any language and viewers can watch video description in their own language. Try it and let us know your experience. Above all it is absolutely free like youtube

Vincent Munch's curator insight, November 25, 2013 12:51 PM

Something we should all read

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what are the attitudes about learning you're passing on to your kids?

what are the attitudes about learning you're passing on to your kids? | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Annie Murphy Paul is a book author, magazine journalist, consultant and speaker who helps people understand how we learn and how we can do it better. Her latest book, How to Be Brilliant, is forthcoming from Crown.

 

"I've written a lot on the Brilliant Blog about how relationships can enhance learning. We learn better when we "apprentice" ourselves to someone more knowledgeable, for example; when we ourselves teach others; and when we discuss and debate with our peers."

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Attitudes about learning are crucial, and always have been. 

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Formative assessment of students - Times of Malta

Formative assessment of students - Times of Malta | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Formative assessment of students
Times of Malta
Student-centred methodologies build their skills during peer and self-assessments and help them develop effective learning strategies.
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From the time we are six-years-old, teachers start the process of assessing our learning. Or, do they? How does the letter grade that gets applied to a student relate to what happens in the classroom? Does it include behavioral issues? Absences or tardiness? The level of effort a student puts in? Recognition of progress? In my experience, the single letter value assigned to a student may have very little connection to actual learning.

 

After all, students who are good readers may come into class ahead of their peers, make almost no progress in reading ability, and yet still receive an A, simply because they read well. That A tells them nothing about themselves, nothing about how well they learn, and nothing about how to improve their abilities.

 

But, assessments that focus on the student and which, instead of judging a student, provide realistic and helpful assessments of areas of both weakness and strength can be useful tools for students of any ability, at any stage of learning.

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Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, February 1, 4:53 PM

Interesting read on how to use formative assessment effectively.

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How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer | Write to Done

How to Use Reading to Become a Better Writer | Write to Done | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

There are two ways to become a better writer, in general: write a lot, and read a lot.
There are no other steps.
Of course, within those two general directives, there are lots of more specific advice I can give you, and that other professional writers would offer. Let’s take a look at the second general directive: read a lot.


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Steve Tuffill's curator insight, October 16, 2013 11:01 AM

I could not agree more.