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How meta-learning (information about learning) can improve learning, and related topics.
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Jewish Humanist News: The Neuroscience and Psychology of Nostalgia: How Memories of Our Past Affect Our Present

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Why we shouldn’t fear ‘digital natives’

Why we shouldn’t fear ‘digital natives’ | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

"There appears to be a growing fear in society of the group labeled 'digital natives.' The fear generates from the belief that these young people are somehow superior and more knowledgeable in computer technology and social media, just because they grew up with it."

 

Right off the bat, I feel I must point out that the "society" that expresses the growing fear of digital natives almost certainly consists almost entirely of those of us old enough to be foreign to the digital realm, even if we've immigrated.


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Deaf brain processes touch differently: Lacking sound input, the primary auditory cortex 'feels' touch

Deaf brain processes touch differently: Lacking sound input, the primary auditory cortex 'feels' touch | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
People who are born deaf process the sense of touch differently than people who are born with normal hearing, according to new research. The finding reveals how the early loss of a sense -- in this case hearing -- affects brain development.
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An Illusion that Explains Why Typos Are So Hard to Catch

An Illusion that Explains Why Typos Are So Hard to Catch | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Every time you type an email or a document, errors are likely to creep in — and no matter how carefully you proof read, you might not catch everything.
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Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Motivating People to Learn

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Motivating People to Learn | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Now, flow is a type of intrinsic motivation, that is, there you do what you're doing primarily because you like what you're doing. If you learn only for external, extrinsic reasons, you will probably forget it as soon as you are no longer forced to remember what you want to do. Nor will you be motivated to learn for its own sake. Whereas if you are intrinsically motivated, you're going to keep learning as you move up and so you are in this lifelong learning mode, which would be the ideal.


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Why Creative Teaching is Essential For the Information Age - Education - GOOD

Why Creative Teaching is Essential For the Information Age - Education - GOOD | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

By Shawn Cornally

 

"Our modern information age needs curious, humble minds—people willing to absorb new knowledge, think critically and put information into context. Abandoning a narrow, one-size-fits-all approach to curriculum standards would help students develop the curiosity they need to become the innovators of the future. That matters more than the ability to recall an answer on the test."


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Jabiz Raisdana: Helping Others Embrace the Learning Potential of Digital Media | case study

Jabiz Raisdana: Helping Others Embrace the Learning Potential of Digital Media |  case study | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

From the Connected Learning website

 

"On his Intrepid Teacher blog, in addition to his growing Flickr gallery, Raisdana candidly shares highlights of classroom lessons and lays out his personal teaching philosophy. "I want to empower students to not only seek answers, but be able to raise essential questions, by creating less of a classroom and more of a community, a place where both teacher and student set forth to share knowledge and increase understanding. As a lifelong learner myself, I hope to learn as much from my students as they learn from me," he writes."


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74 Creative Ways to Stop Summer Brain Drain

74 Creative Ways to Stop Summer Brain Drain | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Keep kids' brain muscles flexed with fun learning exercises.
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Taking Neuroscience Into Teaching « The Window

Taking Neuroscience Into Teaching « The Window | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

“‘Um, can you tell me one way this can be applied in the classroom?’ The question was sincere, and the questioner, earnest and frustrated. Several dozen slides and ninety minutes of lecture lacked a single practical application for teaching.”

 

A discussion about how educators can incorporate neuroscience research findings into the classroom.

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The Myth of Learning Styles

The Myth of Learning Styles | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

The most popular current conception of learning styles equates style with the preferred bodily sense through which one receives information, whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic (for some reason, no one claims that there are tactile or olfactory learners). We use this sensory definition of learning styles in the examples below, but our conclusions apply equally to other definitions.


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Linda Alexander's comment, July 9, 2012 8:29 AM
While many valid points were certainly made, the article doesn't bust any myths. Foremost, too many folks are capitalizing on learning style books and programs that are not grounded in scientific evidence and may actually harm the way we "think about thinking" and classroom learning. We need to move beyond popular psychology, left and right brain divisions, and attempts to number specific learning styles; theories and programs not thoroughly vetted by evidenced-based research or the cognitive sciences. The brain is far more complex, holistic and malleable than generally believed today. The continual efforts to divide and conquer brain functionality limits the way we view human intelligence, creativity and sparking individual potential. Nonetheless, most of us readily admit we've generally advanced in our thinking with kudos to some of the early learning styles and multiple intelligence myth busters. Moreover, we continue to learn more about processing skills, learning and intelligence in ways that will open doors for children and serve positive purposes in classrooms....
Ken Morrison's comment, July 14, 2012 8:45 PM
HI Mr. Dempsey.
Thank you for the many rescoops. It looks like you have a few great Scoop.it sites started. Best of luck to you. I will return to your sites in the future. I like what I see.
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The Science of Waiting and the Art of Delay

The Science of Waiting and the Art of Delay | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Exploring the intersection of time and decision-making to shine a light on what it means to be human.
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50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic

50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

"You probably saw the title of this post and thought ‘okay there’s no friggin’ way he’s going to assemble a list of the best 50,000 education apps. But thanks to a partnership between Edudemic and FindTheBest, we’ve done just that. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build a robust directory of, as of this writing, about 56,000 education apps.

But it’s not just a list… it’s a finely tuned directory capable of sorting out all the apps in ways not even available in the iTunes or Android stores."

 

Head over to http://apps.edudemic.com/ and start exploring!


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Terry Elliott's comment, July 4, 2012 9:01 AM
Reminds me of the early directories on Yahoo and other web search tools.
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The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Tinkering and Maker Education

The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Tinkering and Maker Education | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
If you have been following my blog series on The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture, you know that I am using this opportunity, given all the press on flipped classroom, to discuss a model of teaching and learning based on experiential education.

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Heather MacCorkle Edick's comment, June 21, 2012 8:45 AM
I love the infographic!
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Zap your brain into the zone: Fast track to pure focus - life - 06 February 2012 - New Scientist

Zap your brain into the zone: Fast track to pure focus - life - 06 February 2012 - New Scientist | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Whether you want to smash a forehand like Federer, or just be an Xbox hero, there is a shocking short cut to getting the brain of an expert, says Sally...

 

...The first is an intense and focused absorption that makes you lose all sense of time. The second is what is known as autotelicity, the sense that the activity you are engaged in is rewarding for its own sake. The third is finding the "sweet spot", a feeling that your skills are perfectly matched to the task at hand, leaving you neither frustrated nor bored. And finally, flow is characterised by automaticity, the sense that "the piano is playing itself", for example.


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Stephen Hawking trials device that reads his mind - tech - 12 July 2012 - New Scientist

Stephen Hawking trials device that reads his mind - tech - 12 July 2012 - New Scientist | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
A device that recognises brain activity associated with imagined movements could ultimately let Hawking communicate by thought alone...
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College Mental Health: College is a Trip

College Mental Health: College is a Trip | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

"many students seriously underestimate the stresses and strains that result from this time in their lives. During college there are incredible demands placed upon a student’s intellect, physical well-being, social skills, spiritual or philosophical orientation, and sense of personal responsibility."

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You could have the IQ of a prodigy and not even know it

You could have the IQ of a prodigy and not even know it | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Don't get too excited just yet. Sure, you may have an IQ on par with a musical, artistic, or chess-playing wunderkind — but that actually says a lot more about the mind of the prodigy than it does your own.
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Download Free Courses from Famous Philosophers: From Bertrand Russell to Michel Foucault

Download Free Courses from Famous Philosophers: From Bertrand Russell to Michel Foucault | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

You can download hundreds of Free Courses from Great Universities. (Perhaps you already knew that.) And that includes courses by some of the biggest minds teaching in philosophy. (Is that old news too? Or some welcomed good news?) So we’re starting the week by giving you a rundown of some notable mentions.

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Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White

Understanding the Value of Curation for Education: Nancy White | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it

Robin Good: What does curation mean from an educational viewpoint? And what is the key difference between "collecting" and "curating".

Nancy White (@NancyW), a 21st Century Learning & Innovation Specialist and the author of Innovations in Education blog, has written an excellent article, dissecting the key characterizing traits of curation, as a valuable resource to create and share knowledge. 

 

She truly distills some key traits of curation in a way that is clear and comprehensible to anyone.

 

She writes: "The first thing I realized is that in order to have value-added benefits to curating information, the collector needs to move beyond just classifying the objects under a certain theme to deeper thinking through a) synthesis and b) evaluation of the collected items.

 

How are they connected?"

 

Excellent definition. 

 

And then she also frames perfectly the relevance of "context" for any meaningful curation project by writing: "I believe when we curate, organization moves beyond thematic to contextual – as we start to build knowledge and understanding with each new resource that we curate.

 

Themes have a common unifying element – but don’t necessarily explain the “why.”

 

Theme supports a central idea – Context allows the learner to determine why that idea (or in this case, resource) is important.

 

So, as collecting progresses into curating, context becomes essential to determine what to keep, and what to discard."

 

But there's a lot more insight distilled in this article as Nancy captures with elegance the difference between collecting for a personal interest and curating for a specific audience. 

 

She finally steals my full endorsement for this article by discretely inquirying how great a value it would be to allow students to "curate" the domains of interest they need to master.

 

Excellent. Highly recommended. 9/10

 

Full article: http://d20innovation.d20blogs.org/2012/07/07/understanding-content-curation/ ;

 


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Beth Kanter's comment, July 8, 2012 1:22 PM
I especially like how she used the Bloom's Taxonomy and related that to curation.
Stalder Angèle's comment, August 1, 2012 3:56 AM
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Shaz J's comment, August 5, 2012 10:39 AM
Thanks for this!
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Why 'Faking' Attraction Leads to Real Love

Why 'Faking' Attraction Leads to Real Love | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
Pretending that you find someone attractive increases your susceptibility to their charms and heightens your chances of truly falling in love with them, according to new relationship research.

 

More on ATTRACTION: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=attraction

 


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What Drives College Students to Learn?

What Drives College Students to Learn? | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
By Emily Hanford, American RadioWorks Back in the late 1970s a colleague came to David Hestenes with a problem.
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The Assault on Public Education - In These Times

The Assault on Public Education - In These Times | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
The Assault on Public Education by Noam Chomsky - In These Times: http://t.co/h5GbatHO...
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Inside the Mind of Futurist Ray Kurzweil: When Robots Rule the World (and Humans are Immortal)

Inside the Mind of Futurist Ray Kurzweil: When Robots Rule the World (and Humans are Immortal) | Learning, Education, and Neuroscience | Scoop.it
He is one of the world's most renowned futurists, and at South By Southwest, he outlined his vision for a future of artificial intelligence, where humans no longer die (#followmejp Inside the Mind of Futurist Ray Kurzweil: When Robots Rule the World...

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The race to better learning

It comes as no surprise to anyone that for all the emphasis on education, India fares badly in the international comparison of learning. This was the first time India participated and this was a pi...

 

This is so, so true. "We teach and learn for the assessment. And assessments, if they are to be standardized and defensible are often merely linear tests of information, not knowledge."

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Democracy & Education journal | Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling

Democracy & Education is an open access scholarly journal celebrating, enhancing, and reflecting upon the teaching and learning of democracy.
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