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Understanding the role of 'mindfulness' in schools & society - from metacognition to meditation - particularly in this era of social media
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Once again, Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter are asking, and investigating, deep questions about how we learn. Most famous for their work in recent years on 'knowledge-building', they have built systems to support learning - Knowledge Forum being the most well-known.

 

They have quite a history and have always kept on top and attempted to accommodate–and drive–the theories of the day.

 

In this challenging article, they bring the following concepts to bear on learning: Centralized mindset; Knowledge building; Self-organization; Complexity theory; Design thinking.

 

 

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Reflecting on mirror neurons

Reflecting on mirror neurons | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Mo Costandi: The discovery of mirror neurons has been touted as one of the most important of modern neuroscience, but what exactly are these cells, and should you believe the hype?
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Once when I was having my yearly check up, I jokingly told my doctor that my 'empathy valve was stuck wide open' and asked did he have anything to help?  That was before I'd heard of 'mirror neurons'. :-)

 

One interesting part of this article, for me, relates to the thought that autism might be related to defects in the mirror neuron system.

 

Of course, the whole theory of mirror neurons impacts my thinking as an educator because of their impact on learning in general - if, indeed, they exist in humans.

 

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Wisdom in the Age of Information: Maria Popova (Future of StoryTelling 2014) - YouTube

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“We live in a world awash of information, but we seem to face a growing scarcity of wisdom,” states Maria Popova, Founder of the website Brain Pickings. Popova believes it’s the storyteller’s role to interpret information and shape it into wisdom for the rest of the culture to share.

Via Howard Rheingold
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An absolutely clever story about the 'ladder of understanding' in which Maria Popova describes 'information as cheap and wisdom as expensive'. Share this with your students/colleagues if you are discussing 'digital citizenship' or even if you're not. :-)

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, October 11, 3:35 PM

Maria Popova is a great curator. Brain pickings is a great infotention tool -- she spends a lot of time and well-thought-out decision-making about what is good to share. 

Peter Sampson's curator insight, October 21, 2:57 PM

fantastic! Think how this relates to the work of church leader. Storytellers.

Peter Sampson's curator insight, October 21, 2:58 PM

the invaluable task of storytelling

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Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
By teaching students to "drive their own brain" through metacognition, we provide a concrete way to guide them think about how they can best learn.

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Why Dewey would applaud the maker movement in schools: | Confessions from the chair

Why Dewey would applaud the maker movement in schools: | Confessions from the chair | Mindful Education | Scoop.it

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Linda Stone: Technologies to Support the Essential Self

Linda Stone: Technologies to Support the Essential Self | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
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This is a wonderful Media Lab presentation by Linda Stone—who coined the term Continuous Partial Attention back in the 90s. She's done a lot of research on the relationship between mind and body particularly as it applies to technology use. She also speaks of using technologies to help guide us in supporting our mind and body 'becoming friends'. 

Very nice piece that is consonant with much other mindfulness research related to the breath, attention and states of flow.

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CJLT special issue on knowledge building

CJLT special issue on knowledge building | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
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Love this distinction that Carl and Marlene make between 'knowledge building' and 'constructivism'. (Interesting that it has taken 30 years for the construct of knowledge building to become relatively mainstream in education.)

 

“Marlene Scardamalia and Carl Bereiter… define the construct of Knowledge Building as having several characteristics that distinguish it from constructivist learning in general. Two key characteristics of Knowledge Building are intentionality and community knowledge.

 

Intentionality captures that people engaged in knowledge building know they are doing it and that advances in knowledge are purposeful.


Community knowledge captures that while learning is a personal matter, knowledge building is done for the benefit of the community. Scardamalia and Bereiter emphasize that in contrast to being spontaneous, a knowledge building culture requires a supportive learning environment and teacher effort and artistry to create and maintain a community devoted to ideas and to idea improvement.”

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» The Neuroscience of Resiliency: An Interview with Linda Graham - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy

» The Neuroscience of Resiliency: An Interview with Linda Graham - Mindfulness and Psychotherapy | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Linda Graham, author of Bouncing Back shares with us what we can do to wire a more resilient brain.
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A lovely description of the role of the pre-frontal cortex as the CEO of resilience. Linda Graham recommends both mindfulness and empathy/compassion practices as means to strengthen resilience. 

 

She suggests, "The brain becomes more resilient any time we steadily cultivate the positive, pro-social emotions like gratitude, kindness, compassion, serenity, awe, delight, love."

 

Important for all of us. Let's get our students involved now -- if we really want them to 'be in charge of their own learning'!

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Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It

Paying Attention Is a Skill: Schools Need to Teach It | Mindful Education | Scoop.it

"By catering to diminished attention, we are making a colossal and unconscionable mistake. The world is a complex and subtle place, and efforts to understand it and improve it must match its complexity and subtlety. We are treating as unalterable a characteristic that can be changed. Yes, there is no point in publishing a long article if no one will read it to the end. The question is, what does it take to get people to read things to the end?

The key point for teachers and principals and parents to realize is that maintaining attention is a skill. It has to be trained, and it has to be practiced. If we cater to short attention spans by offering materials that can be managed with short attention spans, the skill will not develop. The “attention muscle” will not be exercised and strengthened. It is as if you complain to a personal trainer about your weak biceps and the trainer tells you not to lift heavy things. Just as we don’t expect people to develop their biceps by lifting two-pound weights, we can’t expect them to develop their attention by reading 140-character tweets, 200-word blog posts, or 300-word newspaper articles."


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Peter Skillen's insight:

I like Howard Rheingold's comment about this article.

"I have one very small but very important difference with the thesis of this article. Where the author says "we can't expect them to develop their attention by reading 140-character tweets..." I would insert the word "just," as in "we can't expect them to develop their attention just by reading 140-character tweets..." Attention and attentional skills are vulnerable and trainable along a spectrum of infotentional situations. And 18 minute videos about big ideas are a legitimate form of cultural expression, with a legitimate place on that spectrum. Where I do agree with the author is with his main prescription -- yes, I require my students to blog and tweet. I also expect them to spend hours each week reading longer and often considerably complex texts."

 

I agree that we need to focus on developing these attention skills - not just in school - but also in positive 'out of school' circumstances. I think of some of the individual sports in which I have been involved - either directly or through family members. As an avid rock climber in earlier days, I used to reflect on how in the 'zone' I could be - just how I could enter that 'state of flow' that Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi espouses. I needed to very much 'attend' to the task at hand - not just for obvious reasons of safety!  In fact, the more I attended to the rockwall problem in front of me, the more successful I was in achieving the climb. If I let my attention wander, then success often eluded me.  (Mihaly would likely agree with me on this one - as he was also a climber in his younger days!)

 

Rigorous work or play exercises the attention muscle. Go for it.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, September 23, 2013 5:36 PM

I have one very small but very important difference with the thesis of this article. Where the author says "we can't expect them to develop their attention by reading 140-character tweets..." I would insert the word "just," as in "we can't expect them to develop their attention just by reading 140-character tweets..." Attention and attentional skills are vulnerable and trainable along a spectrum of infotentional situations. And 18 minute videos about big ideas are a legitimate form of cultural expression, with a legitimate place on that spectrum. Where I do agree with the author is with his main prescription -- yes, I require my students to blog and tweet. I also expect them to spend hours each week reading longer and often considerably complex texts.

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How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success

How Physical Fitness May Promote School Success | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Physically fit children absorb and retain new information more effectively than children who are out of shape, a new study finds, raising timely questions about the wisdom of slashing schools’ physical education programs.
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Although I am less concerned with 'school scores' than I am with 'deep learning', I do believe we need to focus on this issue of fitness and exercise related to learning. If we truly want kids to 'take charge of their own learning', then they need to understand the biological effects of exercise on cognition and other aspects of self.

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New Research Says Mindful-Multitasking Leads to More Focus and Calm

New Research Says Mindful-Multitasking Leads to More Focus and Calm | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Part of the reason multitasking may lead to poorer cognitive performance is that stress can quickly get to a point where we experience diminishing returns.
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If we are going to 'multitask', then we should do it mindfully, suggests this research.

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How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | MindShift

How Does Multitasking Change the Way Kids Learn? | MindShift | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Using tech tools that students are familiar with and already enjoy using is attractive to educators, but getting students focused on the project at hand might (RT @MindShiftKQED: How does multitasking affect the way kids learn?
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Although this is a very complex issue - and one that is getting a great deal of attention these days - in some ways it is a 'no brainer'.  At the risk of simplifying it, each of us has a certain amount of mental energy to allocate. It saddens me when kids, in particular, "have greater difficulty transferring their learning to new contexts".

 

Instead of 'multitasking' with unused mental effort, I want kids to choose to direct the extra mental effort back into the task itself… evaluating effectiveness, determining better strategies, reflecting on generalizations to other similar, or different, domains.  ‘How am I doing?’ ‘What could I do differently next time?’ ‘How can I kick it up a notch?’ Thus they are reinvesting all your efforts into maximizing performance and generalizable skills.

 

More here in Can Students Multitask?

http://theconstructionzone.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/can-students-multitask/

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Marcia Powell's curator insight, May 21, 2013 9:37 AM

Double-edged sword here.  Kids are tied into the need for community so tightly that anxiety can result if they do not have access to their digital devices.  I make certain that kids are on-task by frequent walk-throughs, and conversations that promote respect among the student and myself.  I also realize that the relevancy of my class becomes paramount, so I encourage the kids to tweet or document moments in the classroom using digital platforms.  Students who do not have cell phones need to be tied in as well, using the laptops I have available, or a Kindle or ipod touch.   All students have access to digital devices and it creates opportunities to talk about appropriate usage.

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Education Conferences, Brain Based Learning, Professional Development For Teachers

Education Conferences, Brain Based Learning, Professional Development For Teachers | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Leading providers of brain based learning education conferences and professional development for teachers. (RT @amishijha: Will be speaking about curbing mind wandering and strengthening attention w mindfulness training.Join me May 4!
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Learning and the Brain definitely runs some great events. Wish I could just be on the 'conference circuit' -- attending, chatting, dreaming and drifting.

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Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy?

Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy? | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Give them technology that they may have never seen before, and students' brains will work wonders
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Superb article - terrible title!

 

There is an excellent focus on kids 'tinkering' with the big ideas of reading in the same ways that kids mare able to learn about physics by playing with blocs and sand.

 

The main focus of the article is the MIT Media Lab development of the TinkRbook.

 

Cynthia Breazeal, who directs MIT’s personal robots group, built the app.

 

This tablet scaffolds kids with prompts in the flavour of “What if you tried that?” “Try something out and see what happens.”

 

Breazeal says, “and through the contrast of trying different things and seeing different outcomes, you start to understand the key principle or key concept underneath it. That’s directly mapped to how children learn.”

 

 

One of the big debates these days relates to the effects of media that encourage 'rapid-fire processing and partial attention'.


Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain suggests, “I think our 21st-century brain is going to need both kinds of cognitive processes: a biliterate brain with faster processing, but that knows when to think and read and focus deeply”.

 

Wolf was also involved in the development of TinkRbook.

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The Brain from Top to Bottom

The Brain from Top to Bottom | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
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Wonderful site from McGill University. It has Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced sections related to the brain. Worth checking out if you are interested in cognitive science, learning, emotions, etc.

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Ipnotica's curator insight, October 19, 4:53 AM

If your brain came with a user's manual, this would be it! 

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The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload - Kindle edition by Daniel J. Levitin. Professional & Technical Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload - Kindle edition by Daniel J. Levitin. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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Learning How to Exert Self-Control

Learning How to Exert Self-Control | Mindful Education | Scoop.it

"At age 84, Mr. Mischel is about to publish his first nonacademic book, “The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control.” He says we anxious parents timing our kids in front of treats are missing a key finding of willpower research: Whether you eat the marshmallow at age 5 isn’t your destiny. Self-control can be taught. Grown-ups can use it to tackle the burning issues of modern middle-class life: how to go to bed earlier, not check email obsessively, stop yelling at our children and spouses, and eat less bread. Poor kids need self-control skills if they’re going to catch up at school.


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Self-regulation, once again, comes to the fore in educational circles. :-) Perhaps it is even more difficult in this era–replete with multiple distractions, a culture of immediate gratification & reckless materialism, and the challenges in schools with meaningful student engagement.

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Hey teacher. Think you don’t have impact? Think again.

e are some Hey teacher. Think you don’t have impact? Think again. I had lunch yesterday with a former student of mine. It was my first year teaching. I was 21. She was 10. It was the early seventies. It was s...

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You know, when I wrote this yesterday, I realized that—once again—mindfulness plays a powerful role. We must practice it regularly. No, actually, it simply must become a 'way of being' lest it be merely a contrived exercise. Having said that, I think that there are techniques or exercises worth practising to cement that more mindful way of being. 

 

Certainly, one thing I have worked hard at is 'taking the pause' before I react. When a student, or other, causes an emotion that might quickly draw an action, I'll do my best to take a few seconds to observe it, to set my ego aside, and to look deeper at the stimulus causing the emotional reaction. Then, I am better prepared to behave with a reasoned response.

 

 

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When Mindfulness Trumps Flow

When Mindfulness Trumps Flow | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Which do you choose when these two positive processes collide?
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Once again, this article points out that nothing is simple. Here we have two great theories and practices -- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi's 'flow' and 'mindfulness'.  It seems that we need to be 'mindful' of our 'flow' states. :-)  Read the article for more thoughts.

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Brainstorm in Progress: Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education

Brainstorm in Progress: Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
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Love these emerging views of learning and mind...and the role of the brain. Geoff Cain works a lot with concept mapping and likes to think about concept maps as a possible metaphor for how learning may work in networks - including neural networks. He also relates this to the Connectivism learning theory of George Siemens & Stephen Downes. Great read.

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Understanding The Effects Of Hierarchy In Society

"Professor Robert Sapolsky's baboon studies offer insight into the negative effects of hierarchy in society: "So what do baboons teach the average person, don't bite somebody because your having a b...


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Professor Robert Sapolsky always makes me think deeply about what we assume to be 'the way it is'. But, it doesn't have to be that way.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, April 4, 10:58 PM

Sapolsky is a world-reknowned primatologist who notes an important empirical observation of an instance in which a fiercely hierarchical baboon society was able to re-arrange itself into a more egalitarian, less conflict-ruled social structure.

Lia Goren's curator insight, April 23, 1:31 AM

Interesantísima experiencia del Profesor Robert Sapolsky acerca de los efectos negativos de la jerarquía en la sociedad. ¿Qué pasó en una comunidad de mandriles cuando los machos alfa maltratadores estaban y cuando dejaron de estar? Sorprendente!

El link de la Fundación P2P tiene otras referencias acerca del tema.

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The Technium: Multiplexing vs Multitasking

The Technium: Multiplexing vs Multitasking | Mindful Education | Scoop.it

"Starner replied that he multiplexes rather than multitasks. Multiplexing means doing tasks that reinforce each other. For him, taking notes and having conversations are tasks that parallel and enrich each other. They are multiplexed. On the other hand, he doesn't try to manage email during a conversation or while walking down the street. That would be multitasking. "If the wearable task is directly related to the conversation, the the user's attention is not 'split' and multiplexing can be pretty effective."

As Thad Starner explained to me, distraction can be avoided by multiplexing rather than multitasking.... We have no difficulty absorbing all at once the music of a parade, the sight of uniformed marchers, bright sunlight, an autumn breeze, a pain in one's knee, the smell and taste of hot dogs, and the clasp of a loved ones's hand."


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I love this distinction. NCTE's notion of ''managing multiple streams of information' makes sense when viewed as multiplexing. People have been interpreting this as multitasking - and this has been grossly incorrect in my opinion

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, February 11, 2:14 PM

While Google Glass is what most of the world hears about wearable info-devices these days, Steve Mann and Thad Starner were experimenting with (much bulkier!) wearable devices at the Media Lab more than a decade ago. I interviewed Tharner back then. He had a head-mounted display and he also communicated wirelessly with his networks through a one-handed keyboard ("twiddler"), sometimes asking questions about conversations he was engaged in face to face. In this blog post, Kevin Kelly picks out a key passage from an interview with Starner in a book by Michael Chorost. While Cliff Nass' work pretty clearly showed that most (not all!) media multitaskers were degrading rather than enhancing their performance on their tasks, Nass, in conversation with me, noted that he had NOT studies instances in which the multitaskers were working with multiple relevant information streams. Starner calls this multiplexing. We need more research about whether everybody can learn to do this and  whether it enhances or degrades performance.

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Mindfulness Helps Teens with Depression - Rewire Your Brain for Love

Mindfulness Helps Teens with Depression - Rewire Your Brain for Love | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
Mindfulness is entering the lives of many new young people as it’s added to school curriculums around the world. This victory is even more relevant as studies show that mindfulness helps reduce teen depression.
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International Handbook of Metacognition and Lea...

International Handbook of Metacognition and Lea... | Mindful Education | Scoop.it
RT @SpringerEdu: International Handbook of #Metacognition and #Learning Technologies by R Azevedo, V Aleven is now on #SpringerLink http://t.co/SOuiye17UB (International Handbook of Metacognition and Learning Technologies - Springer | @scoopit via...
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Looks to be a good read! Might have to get this one! 

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Metacognition

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Thanks @BealsyLaura for sharing link to this resource from GAINS: http://t.co/Fcil4x2mGV”; love video about learning goals and metacogition
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