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How meta-learning (information about learning) can improve learning, and related topics.
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Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals

Your brain is more than a bag of chemicals | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Modern psychiatric drugs treat the chemistry of the whole brain, but neurobiologist David Anderson believes in a more nuanced view of how the brain functions.
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It would be wonderful if psychiatric medications could be better targeted to the conditions they treat /and/ have fewer side effects.

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The Trust Molecule by Paul J. Zak

The Trust Molecule by Paul J. Zak | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Why are some people trustworthy while others cheat and lie, some generous and others coldhearted louts? Part of the answer may lie in the hormone oxytocin. In an excerpt from The Moral Molecule, Paul J.
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Zak has found a hormonal explanation for a phenomenon that lies at the heart of social behavior, and in so doing gives us a scientific rationale for engaging in social and familial activities, such as exchanging hugs, singing in groups, or just enjoying time with friends and family.

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Productivity Tools for Researchers

Productivity Tools for Researchers | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
I like to be efficient so that i can make time for the most important things – like reading, writing, and thinking.

Via antonella esposito, Aislinn Ladd
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Lots of useful tools for anyone doing research, from students working on a research paper, to writers contemplating a historical novel, to post-grad researchers trying to pull their latest publication together.

 

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In Defense of Working Memory Training | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network

In Defense of Working Memory Training | Beautiful Minds, Scientific American Blog Network | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
One minute we're being told that brain training makes you smarter, and the next minute we're told it's all bogus. Confused? I don't blame you. The research literature on brain ...
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Whole brain cellular-level activity mapping in a second

Whole brain cellular-level activity mapping in a second | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

It is now possible to map the activity of nearly all the neurons in a vertebrate brain at cellular resolution. What does this mean for neuroscience research and projects like the Brain Activity Map proposal?

In an Article that just went live in Nature Methods, Misha Ahrens and Philipp Keller from HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus used high-speed light sheet microscopy to image the activity of 80% of the neurons in the brain of a fish larva at speeds of a whole brain every 1.3 seconds. This represents—to our knowledge—the first technology that achieves whole brain imaging of a vertebrate brain at cellular resolution with speeds that approximate neural activity patterns and behavior. (...) - by erika pastrana, Nature Methods, 18 Mar 2013


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State legislators plan push to require cursive writing in school

State legislators plan push to require cursive writing in school | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A bill that would require Indiana's public schools to teach cursive writing is one of the first items that may come up for debate as the Indiana Gene
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Is this new emphasis based on a realistic assessment of our children's educational needs? I suspect that a rational case could be made for the importance of learning cursive writing. But, I'm extremely suspicious of any curiculum mandates coming out of our legislative process. When politicians get involved in pedagogy, even with the best of intentions and the best science behind a specific push, the result seems likely to do more harm than good. The legislative process is not the place for decisions about the specifics of good educational practice; we have an entire educational system in place, populated by experts (whose voices are often ignored by the political process), that is designed to make these determinations. In a best case scenario, our educators have and exercise freedom in their approach to students, adjusting their practice to the best and most up-to-date pedagogical knowledge. Laws requiring specific subjects or approaches interfere with the natural discharge of the teacher's function and with the necessary flexibility to adapt lessons to today's changing environment and student's individual needs.

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Guest Post | Three Starting Points for Thinking Differently About Learning

Author Will Richardson suggests three ways to rethink teaching and learning at a time when technology has “upended the basic premise of school.”
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It's not Skynet yet: In machine learning, there's still a role for humans - GigaOM

It's not Skynet yet: In machine learning, there's still a role for humans - GigaOM | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
GigaOM It's not Skynet yet: In machine learning, there's still a role for humans GigaOM Even though a perception persists that machines can increasingly solve complex problems and process large amounts of data on their own, machine learning experts...
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Computers are (at least for the moment) better at specific kinds of tasks, such as number crunching, than the human brain. The brain, however, is far better at interpretation. In other words, we understand on a more global level.

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Scientists make older adults less forgetful in memory tests

Scientists make older adults less forgetful in memory tests | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Scientists have found compelling evidence that older adults can eliminate forgetfulness and perform as well as younger adults on memory tests. The cognitive boost comes from a surprising source -- a distraction learning strategy.

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Interesting findings, especially since I find that as I age it becomes harder to take in information from multiple inputs. No problem with subtitles, though. Maybe life should come with subtitles.

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Sporting and Recreational Activities of Students in the Medieval Universities

Sporting and Recreational Activities of Students in the Medieval Universities | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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Como los estudiantes difrutaban de actividades en las Universiades

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Competency-Education-Infographic

Competency-Education-Infographic | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Robert Farrow, juandoming
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From very early in my life, possibly in my elementary school years, but certainly by the time I was in high school, I've felt that the age-based grouping of children for education was ineffective, holding some students back, while forcing others ahead before they were ready. Even without digital learning techniques, I believe that students, all students, benefit from a system that takes each individual's learning styles and needs into account, recognizing mastery (or competency, as it's referred to in this infographic) as the basis for placement in each subject. The advent of digital learning systems provides the means for making such a process easier and more cost-effective than ever before, and I hope that our schools, regardless of whether they are brick & mortar or via the Internet, will continue to explore ways to help every child learn in the way that works best for them.

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:28 AM

I don't htink about competency in exactly this way...but this conversation is a fabulous one to be in.

Lorena Betta's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:34 AM

Competencias Digitales

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I don't think about competency in exactly this way...but this conversation is a fabulous one to be in.

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How To Remember Better: Set The Information To Music « Annie Murphy Paul

How To Remember Better: Set The Information To Music « Annie Murphy Paul | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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We start our educations by learning the alphabet song and various nursery rhymes, yet somewhere early in our educational careers most of us put learning songs away, deciding that they are only suitable for children. This article about how a professor at UC-San Francisco helps medical students and residents learn the complex information they need in order to save lives reminds us that music can help us all learn better.

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Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success

Poor Students Struggle as Class Plays a Greater Role in Success | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The story of three friends from Galveston, Tex., seems less a tribute to upward mobility than a study of obstacles in an age of economic inequality.
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This story explains a disturbing trend I've witnessed. Upward mobility is not yet impossible, but the climb from poverty is far more difficult than is generally acknowledge.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 3, 2013 12:00 PM

Racing to the Top and Testing  in order to hold behind those that are behind  (NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND)  leaves many students with other personal struggles extremely challenged to move forward into that upward mobility. Class and poverty does not figure into these top down challenges being placed on these students.

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Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories?

Learning Theory - What are the established learning theories? | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
This Concept Map, created with IHMC CmapTools, has information related to: Learning Theory, zone of proximal development The area of capabilities that learners can exhibit with support from a teacher., Montessori constructivism, Lave & Wenger...

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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An excellent overview of learning theories, providing not just a synopsis of each, but the connections of each to the principles researchers behind each and the general field of study. The overlapping and interconnecting nature of the ideas is also suggested by the network of lines between the summaries and the people. Another useful feature are links from the pedagogical theory titles and researcher names to the Wikipedia articles for each.

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Franc Viktor Nekrep's curator insight, August 25, 2013 4:32 AM

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Katie Frank's curator insight, August 25, 2013 10:58 AM

Comprehensive concept map!

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Compartiendo conceptos...

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Google-Search-Infographic.gif (800x8878 pixels)

Google-Search-Infographic.gif (800x8878 pixels) | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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Here's a useful chart detailing how to use Google and Google Scholar to get the specific results you need for research projects. Good for students, researchers, and writers.

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Your Brain Calls in Backup to Find Lost Things

Your Brain Calls in Backup to Find Lost Things | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

When you lose something important—a child, your wallet, the keys—your brain kicks into overdrive to find the missing object. But that’s not just a matter of extra concentration. Researchers have found that in these intense search situations your brain actually rallies extra visual processing troops (and even some other non-visual parts of the brain) to get the job done.


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New learning neurons found (ScienceAlert)

New learning neurons found (ScienceAlert) | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A team of Australian researchers have identified the moment when immature neurons become important for learning.
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Researchers from the University of Queensland have had a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience which reports that immature neurons are required for learning, while the process of retrieving memories is not dependent upon the presence of immature neurons. One of the researchers, Dr. Jana Vukovic of UQ's Queensland Brain Institute commented, “There are ways to encourage the production of new neurons – including physical exercise – to improve learning," indicating that there are practical applications of this research.

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The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class

The Future Of Education Eliminates The Classroom, Because The World Is Your Class | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Editor’s NoteThis post is part of Co.Exist’s Futurist Forum, a series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios...
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There are some very cool ideas in this article and I look forward to being able to experience these learning opportunities.

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High school teacher under investigation for saying “vagina” during anatomy lesson

High school teacher under investigation for saying “vagina” during anatomy lesson | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Teacher Tim McDaniel is also in hot water for asking students to write critical response papers on climate change
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According to both students and teacher, he taught from the textbook. This is just more of the assault on education being conducted by those who believe that those parts of reality they don't like can be eliminated, simply by ignoring them.

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Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students | MindShift

Internet Access for All: A New Program Targets Low-Income Students | MindShift | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Getty Technology has often been called a democratizer in education, allowing students from all backgrounds to access the same resources and tools. Others
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Secrets of the Most Successful College Students

Secrets of the Most Successful College Students | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
It's not where you go, but what you do once you get there that matters.
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'A growing body of evidence, . . . suggests that the most significant thing about college is not where you go, but what you do once you get there."

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Sleep and Memory in the Aging Brain - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Sleep and Memory in the Aging Brain - NIH Research Matters - National Institutes of Health (NIH) | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
New findings reveal a connection between sleep and memory, and shed light on why forgetfulness is common in the elderly.
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Sleep problems increase with age and have now been tied to age-related memory loss.

 

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Watch Out For The “Swiss Cheese Effect” « Annie Murphy Paul

Watch Out For The “Swiss Cheese Effect” « Annie Murphy Paul | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
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This is the primary reason I espouse competency-based education programs that allow students to progress in each subject naturally, as they master the material.

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Academic language impedes students' ability to learn science, expert argues

Middle and high school students who read fluently in English class and on the Web may find that they cannot understand their science texts.
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The title of this article is misleading. It's not academic language that impedes the ability of students in their attempts to learn science, but the student's inability to understand academic language and scientific terminology.

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Mimi Ito & Katie Salen - The Essence of Connected Learning Environments | Connected Learning

Mimi Ito & Katie Salen - The Essence of Connected Learning Environments | Connected Learning | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

From the website

 

TUESDAY, JAN. 15 | 10:30 AM, PACIFIC TIME

 

Where did connected learning's principles come from and how can they be applied to create effective learning environments?

 

Mizuko Ito is a cultural anthropologist of technology use, and is Professor in Residence, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, and the Research Director of the Digital Media and Learning Hub at the University of California, Irvine.

 

Katie Salen locates her work in the field of game design and serves as the Executive Director of a non-profit called the Institute of Play that is focused on games and learning. She is also Professor of Games and Digital Media at DePaul University.

 

Both Mimi and Katie are Principal Investigators in the Connected Learning Research Network project Leveling Up, which investigates the learning dynamics of interest-driven online groups that support academically-relevant knowledge seeking and expertise development.


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 11, 2013 4:50 PM

This promises to be a particularly interesting webinar; both Ito and Salen are very prominent in their fields.