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Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask?

Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask? | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

The first role of trained infotention is to recognize whether or not  multitasking, single-minded focus,  or alert but diffused attention is the most appropriate mind-tool for the task at hand. However, for those many situations in which multitasking is either necessary or preferable or both, the most important question is whether -- and to what degree -- multitasking more effectively is a learnable skill. -- Howard 

 

"Results showed that participants did much better at multitasking after training. Interestingly the benefits transferred to the untrained dual task. Brain training can thus be used to get better at multitasking!"


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There are people who are able to multitask without formal training.  Some people are born with those skills, however some are forced to multitask. Imagine a teacher in a class with 20plus students everyday!!!!!!!

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Jenna Becerra's curator insight, February 20, 2013 1:52 AM

Before one can think about multitasking, it is important to take into account that it is more than just practice. One has to be metacognitive in his or her approach to learning and paying attention to what is important. Know individual tendencies, but also know that a mind can be trained. Multitasking is not always the right approach, but it is often inevitable. Training one's mind to multitask effectively will only result in efficiency.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:28 AM

Can't the brain be trained in every task? Why not multitasking as well?

Audrey's comment, May 16, 2013 6:37 AM
Yes. Agree.
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Sale Hoberman: Sphere-- Expanding Universe Glow Sale | Toys ...

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Hoberman Sphere-- Fantastic toy for youngsters

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Great educational games and  toys for all children. 

Curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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Hot Tips MathLink Cubes (Set of 100) | Kid Functional

Hot Tips MathLink Cubes (Set of 100) | Kid Functional | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
MathLink Cubes (Set of 100) A toy has been a fantasy of every kid may well it be rich or poor. A childhood without toys is like a garden without flowers.
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These are very useful for learning mathematics and all pre -school children should have them. 

 

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The EFL SMARTblog: Jump and Slide (Quiz Game - Beginners / Elem)

The EFL SMARTblog: Jump and Slide (Quiz Game - Beginners / Elem) | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

A beginners quiz game to practise making questions

Individuals or teams see an answer and must ask the correct question.


Via David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog
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This is a great learning resources for learning English.  There are many more, which really help youngsters to master the English Language.  In one organisation such educational resources are used during activity sessions where youngsters are given a range of games.  The atmosphere is very much like a homeschool.  

www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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English Escola Splai's comment, September 7, 2013 5:17 AM
Fantastic resource for getting your students attention and motivate them in your EFL classes !
David Mainwood / EFL SMARTblog's comment, September 7, 2013 5:37 AM
Thank you! Glad it's useful!
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Twelve Ways Education Could Change by 2025 (EdSurge News)

Twelve Ways Education Could Change by 2025 (EdSurge News) | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
IMAGINE ALL THE PEOPLE: Zoom zoom! Jump into the DeLorean with KnowledgeWorks and re-imagine the how the education industry will transform in the next 12 years.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Imagine diverse learning ecosystems where learning adapts to each child rather than each child trying to adapt to school (which tends to be programmed).  This puts the learner in charge where youngssters can develop their own innate skills inspired from home schooling.

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5 Tips for Creating Content That's Educational—and Unforgettable

5 Tips for Creating Content That's Educational—and Unforgettable | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
As a content marketer, it would be a good thing if your audience thought of you as a favorite teacher, right? So take a lesson from a couple of students in the know about what makes an ace educator...

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How about the flipped classroom.  Give the students general questions they can prepare in relation to the specific topic with instructions on where to find the information e.g.  Youtube, certain websites, the teacher's own flickr presentations.  The classroom then becomes a discussion forum where students can show their knowledge and understanding. 

 

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Karen Dietz's comment, August 8, 2013 2:48 PM
Love that idea Audrey!
Guillermo Pérez's curator insight, August 8, 2013 9:56 PM

El contenido como referente y como pretexto para convivir, disfrutar y aprender.

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HOBERMAN SPHERE RAINBOW will appeal to most children.  It is an educational toy which expands the brain exponentially without you even realising it!

 

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Chuck Hoberman's "Transforming Sphere" at the CCA
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This is a fantastic as an educational toy.

 

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Fun Science Games for Kids - Free Interactive Activities Online

Fun Science Games for Kids - Free Interactive Activities Online | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

This is a fantastic site with lots of things about science, health, the human body and maths.

 

Another great site for children's learning resources is:

http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk - lots of very inexpensive books, educational toys and games for pre-schoolers, primary school and beyond!!

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Excellent Teacher Tips on The Use of Google Plus in Education

Excellent Teacher Tips on The Use of Google Plus in Education | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

A fantastic method of learning.  See other methods at http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 


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Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

 

The Brain is massive and goes beyond the physical aspects. There is Verbal, Visual, Logical, Creative and Emotional intelligences of learning.  When children are given the basic tools, their brains will develop mutidimensionally. They will be able to understand things from many points of view.   There are many educational resources which may be selected to suit all children, in order to develop all areas of their brain.

 

This is 21st Century Learning where our children are given the resources to enhance the understanding of others, to see things from the point of view of others and create a world of interaction and trust rather than prejudice,discrimination, hate and fear leading to wars.   Start childen learning from home: http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


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Deborah McNelis's comment, October 20, 2012 11:50 AM
A valuable article on important research. Continuing to share evidence of what is best for developing brains is essential to making a positive impact.
Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 5:37 AM
I would agree. Do have a look at all the educational toys to be found on http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk
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Politics of Cartoon Characters

Politics of Cartoon Characters | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

Just a bit of fun....  Cartoon characters with word games, lateral thinking puzzles making learning more enjoyable and empowers children to challenge existing views, adding to their brain power.

Go to Solutions at http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


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Audrey's comment, August 1, 2013 8:26 AM
Cartoon characters are great learning tools
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Everything We Needed To Know About Well-Being, We Learned By Age 9 - Huffington Post

Everything We Needed To Know About Well-Being, We Learned By Age 9 - Huffington Post | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
Everything We Needed To Know About Well-Being, We Learned By Age 9
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The good news is, these wellness values were second nature to us as children -- and there's a way to get back to them as adults.
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Home schooling is the best way to start learning curated by Audrey for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

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Top Boys' Toys: MathLink Cubes (Set of 100)

Top Boys' Toys: MathLink Cubes (Set of 100) | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
Shopping Guide MathLink Cubes (Set of 100) Reviews Price: Click here. Technical Information: Click here. Learning Resources offer the best MathLink Cubes (Set of 100). This awesome product currently 14 unit available, ...
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Absolutely fantastic.  See more  examples of mathlink cubes on homeschoolsource.co.uk curated by Audrey Foster

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26 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget

26 Gifts Your Children Will Never Forget | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

You love your children. You want them to have a great childhood, and to live a happy and fulfilling life.  As parents, this is 100% your responsibility. Your children will not have another relationship during their lifetime that will have greater positive or negative impacts than their relationship with you, so you cannot take this responsibility lightly.


Via Barb Jemmott
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Home school education has a wide meaning. The gifts: boundaries, discipline, expectations, confidence, friendship, gratitude, positive health, home culture, kindness, never giving up, optimism, mentoring, identity, jokes, love, optimism, passion, quiet time, talks, wonder, unconditional love, values, youthfulness, zeal and passion and enthusiasm. Written by Audrey Foster for curated content at www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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RoomRecess | Educational Games for Kids & Elementary Students

RoomRecess | Educational Games for Kids & Elementary Students | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
Free educational online games for children. Our games reinforce the skills that are vital to elementary students. We offer many math and reading games.

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These educational games can really help youngsters use their brains.

 

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, September 4, 2013 7:27 PM

Games are what they are...games. Making them relevant and an addition for enhancement is the key AFTER appropriate strategies for learning are in place. What are your thoughts? Agree or disagree?

Ryan McDonough's curator insight, July 7, 7:51 AM

Geared for elementary students, there's a few flash type games that can help students with spelling, writing, and math. For review purposes, I tried Shot Clock. I just so happen to love basketball. It offers addition, subraction, multiplication, or division problems. After the question is displayed, you must use the answer to know which basket to shoot at. Not to toot my own horn or anything but I had today's highest score with 41 points. Can you beat it? Pics or it didn't happen...

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The Sacred Maybe - Patheos (blog)

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The Sacred Maybe
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So you can imagine how the almost-3-year-old brain–even one with excellent language skills–struggles to process “we are moving. Later. Soon.
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So go online and download Brain Box Nature. Pre-school children will be fascinated by the array of tools which parents can utilise to explain "we are moving.  Later. Soon."  Language and understanding can be expanded with little effort.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 8, 2013 12:04 PM

A message to accept the ambiguity that is part of human nature.

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New Service Turns Children's Drawings Into 3-D Printed Sculptures | Wired Design | Wired.com

New Service Turns Children's Drawings Into 3-D Printed Sculptures | Wired Design | Wired.com | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
If sticking drawings to a fridge won't do, parents of pint-sized Picassos can put their child's art on a pedestal by having it 3-D printed through a new service called CrayonCreatures. (I'm so going to do this!

Via David W. Deeds
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A great idea. Children can see art from different perspectives. 

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 12, 2013 2:06 PM

Now this is geeky-cool! The littler munchkins would go wild over this! 

Asil's curator insight, January 12, 2013 9:51 PM

Yeah ... this is going to happen in our house too.

Audrey's comment, August 8, 2013 11:15 AM
This is a great idea for pre-scoolers
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Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask?

Can the Brain be Trained to Better Multitask? | Learning Sources | Scoop.it

The first role of trained infotention is to recognize whether or not  multitasking, single-minded focus,  or alert but diffused attention is the most appropriate mind-tool for the task at hand. However, for those many situations in which multitasking is either necessary or preferable or both, the most important question is whether -- and to what degree -- multitasking more effectively is a learnable skill. -- Howard 

 

"Results showed that participants did much better at multitasking after training. Interestingly the benefits transferred to the untrained dual task. Brain training can thus be used to get better at multitasking!"


Via Howard Rheingold, Tom Perran, Katherine Stevens
Audrey's insight:

There are people who are able to multitask without formal training.  Some people are born with those skills, however some are forced to multitask. Imagine a teacher in a class with 20plus students everyday!!!!!!!

Audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

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Jenna Becerra's curator insight, February 20, 2013 1:52 AM

Before one can think about multitasking, it is important to take into account that it is more than just practice. One has to be metacognitive in his or her approach to learning and paying attention to what is important. Know individual tendencies, but also know that a mind can be trained. Multitasking is not always the right approach, but it is often inevitable. Training one's mind to multitask effectively will only result in efficiency.

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, May 14, 2013 8:28 AM

Can't the brain be trained in every task? Why not multitasking as well?

Audrey's comment, May 16, 2013 6:37 AM
Yes. Agree.
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A New Look At Einstein's Brain May Answer Why He Was So Smart ...

A New Look At Einstein's Brain May Answer Why He Was So Smart ... | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
So Harvey put the brain fragments in a formalin-filled jar, stuck the jar inside a cider box and kept the box under a beer cooler in his office. The fabled ... One has to wonder, though, about the true power of nature over nurture.

 

*Einsten’s brain was removed after his death in 1955 and preserved. His brain was no larger than a normal human brain but the parietal lobes were larger and more densely packed with neurons (brain cells). The parietal lobes are responsible for mathematics.

 

Learning increases neural activity. Start children their brains before pre-school.  Look at hundreds of resources on http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 

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Audrey's comment, August 1, 2013 8:28 AM
Educational toys feed the brain
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How to Be a Better Test-Taker

How to Be a Better Test-Taker | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
Don’t choke on those final exams. Tips to free up working memory when you’re caught in the grips of test anxiety.

 

Use games to relax and expand your brain.  Go to http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

 


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Audrey's comment, August 1, 2013 8:29 AM
Use games to help learning
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Online Kids Educational Resource, Thousands of Items | HomeSchoolSource.co.uk

Online Kids Educational Resource, Thousands of Items | HomeSchoolSource.co.uk | Learning Sources | Scoop.it
Online child education resource - Shop our large inventory of items. Find affordable prices, fast shipping and secure ordering!
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Brain Box Inventions, Connect 4, Number Puzzles, Horrible Science: Explosive Experiments