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The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves

The disruption of education: How technology is helping students teach themselves | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Mobile technology and social networks aren't just disruptive to existing industries like communications and media, they are also helping the change the way that students learn and how education is delivered both in North America and around the world.
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The Science Behind Mindfulness

The Science Behind Mindfulness | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have proposed a new model that shifts how we think about mindfulness. Rather than describing mindfulness as a single dimension of cognition, the researchers demonstrate that mindfulness actually involves a broad framework of complex mechanisms in the brain.


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10 Ways Your Office Will Be Different in 5 Years

10 Ways Your Office Will Be Different in 5 Years | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Fax machines and Rolodex’s are just a few of the items that could be a distant memory in five years.

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Sustainable cities must think globally

Sustainable cities must think globally | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Cities looking to be models of sustainability must look beyond city limits to the global flow of goods and materials into their realm, Swedish researchers say.

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Spread the Love: 5 Ways to Increase Your Positivity Footprint

Spread the Love: 5 Ways to Increase Your Positivity Footprint | Positive futures | Scoop.it
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”—Leo Buscaglia...

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What Is Positive Thinking?

What Is Positive Thinking? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Positive thinking has gained a great deal of attention in recent years, especially thanks to popular self-help books. Learn more about some of the research on the many benefits of positive thinking.
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Achieving Happiness: Seven ingredients of love

Achieving Happiness: Seven ingredients of love | Positive futures | Scoop.it

The following seven ingredients of love represent my integration of the research by John Gottman at the University of Washington and the more recent positive psychology research.

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The future belongs to those who take charge of their own learning

The future belongs to those who take charge of their own learning | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Juust like artists have a design portfolio of work to demonstrate their abilities, what you need is a “learning portfolio” to evidence your professional learning and capabilities. This learning portfolio is something that you can build on through your career, because it doesn’t belong to any organization. And since YOU “own“ your own learning, you get to decide exactly what appears in your Learning Portfolio.


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What Makes Us Human? Cooking, Study Says

What Makes Us Human? Cooking, Study Says | Positive futures | Scoop.it
A surge in human brain size about 1.8 million years ago is linked to the innovation of cooking, a new study says.

 

Did you eat a hot meal today? It's a smart thing to do, as our ancestors learned.

 

According to a new study, a surge in human brain size that occurred roughly 1.8 million years ago can be directly linked to the innovation of cooking.

 

Homo erectus, considered the first modern human species, learned to cook and doubled its brain size over the course of 600,000 years. Similar size primates—gorillas, chimpanzees, and other great apes, all of which subsisted on a diet of raw foods—did not.

"Much more than harnessing fire, what truly allowed us to become human was using fire for cooking," said study co-author Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a neuroscientist at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.


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Lonely Older Adults Can Reduce Health Risk by Staying Positive: Study - Counsel & Heal

Lonely Older Adults Can Reduce Health Risk by Staying Positive: Study - Counsel & Heal | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Counsel & HealLonely Older Adults Can Reduce Health Risk by Staying Positive: StudyCounsel & Heal... that older adults who approach life with a positive outlook can reverse the negative health issues associated with a lonely life.
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Preparing for the 2020 workplace

Preparing for the 2020 workplace | Positive futures | Scoop.it
While local organisations continue to tackle diversity issues along the lines of race, gender, sexual orientation and physical disability, there is another often overlooked element that is very much part of the diversity mix - that of age diversity.

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Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds

Childhood stimulation key to brain development, study finds | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Twenty-year research project shows that most critical aspect of cortex development in late teens was stimulation aged four...


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The Power of Positive Thinking

The Power of Positive Thinking | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Is there a scientific basis for the power of positive thinking?

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Conversations That Matter « how to save the world

Conversations That Matter « how to save the world | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When I was younger, most of my waking life was consumed in conversations. In my work life, I learned that most learning occurs, and most decisions are made, in small group conversations, often ad hoc. I was persuaded that good conversation skills were the key to good relationships. I believed, in short, that conversation mattered.

 

Now that I’m no longer working, and rarely required to converse with anyone, I’ve come to believe that, as GB Shaw put it, “the biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place”. In retrospect, I would guess that most of the conversations I was party to over the years were incompetently conducted and largely a waste of time. The conversants, for the most part, had already decided what they believed or what needed to be done, and were just looking for reassurance. Or they were talking to hear themselves think, and not listening to anyone else. There was almost never any real exchange of information, or ideas, or perspectives, despite the earnest attempts of the conversants to convey these things. Our languages are not very good at that, and the complicity of creatures that make up what we believe to be “us”, as individuals, rarely allows our minds — their minds really — to focus more than a small bit of our attention on anything not directly relevant to the needs of the moment. And our culture does its best to obfuscate and distort the meaning of words and the events of the day, so that most of what we manage to convey is probably lies anyway.


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More Women in the Workforce Could Raise GDP by 5%

More Women in the Workforce Could Raise GDP by 5% | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Nearly one billion women are poised to enter the global economy in the coming decade. That's a hard fact. The question is whether theirs will be a story of economic empowerment or missed potential. A new study from Booz & Co., "Empowering the Third Billion: Women and the World of Work in 2012," suggests concrete steps that governments and employers can take to tilt the scales toward success.


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Study: Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa | ScienceBlog.com

Study: Empathy represses analytic thought, and vice versa | ScienceBlog.com | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When the brain fires up the network of neurons that allows us to empathize, it suppresses the network used for analysis, a pivotal study led by a Case Western Reserve University researcher shows.
How could a CEO be so blind to te public relations fiasco his cost-cutting decision has made?


When the analytic network is engaged, our ability to appreciate the human cost of our action is repressed....

 

This is the cognitive structure we’ve evolved,” said Anthony Jack, an assistant professor of cognitive science at Case Western Reserve and lead author of the new study. “Empathetic and analytic thinking are, at least to some extent, mutually exclusive in the brain.”

 

 

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Personal, wearable computers in your future

Personal, wearable computers in your future | Positive futures | Scoop.it
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Picture your life five to 10 years from now.

Managers often do this to create short- and long-term goals.

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The Neurology of Gaming - fascinating infographic!

The Neurology of Gaming - fascinating infographic! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Video games have both positive and negative effects on the human brain and they educate users through repetition and feedback. Check out this Infographic about the neurology of gaming.

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Buddhist monk is the world's happiest man - New York Daily News

Buddhist monk is the world's happiest man - New York Daily News | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Buddhist monk is the world's happiest manNew York Daily NewsHe was awarded the French National Order of Merit for his work in preserving Himalayan culture but it is his work on the science of happiness which perhaps defines him best.
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What's the difference between these two brains? Must read for parents and grandparents!

What's the difference between these two brains? Must read for parents and grandparents! | Positive futures | Scoop.it
They both belong to three-year-olds, so why is one so much bigger?

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What Are The Ingredients For Self-Directed Learning?

What Are The Ingredients For Self-Directed Learning? | Positive futures | Scoop.it
What Are The Ingredients For Self-Directed Learning?

 

===> Perhaps children don’t need another reform imposed on them. Instead, they need to be the authors of their own education.” <===

 

A MUST read and watch also the video:

http://www.scoop.it/t/digital-delights/p/3112389094/what-are-the-ingredients-for-self-directed-learning

 


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This is what was found:  "The students in the Independent Project are remarkable but not because they are exceptionally motivated or unusually talented. They are remarkable because they demonstrate the kinds of learning and personal growth that are possible when teenagers feel ownership of their high school experience, when they learn things that matter to them and when they learn together. In such a setting, school capitalizes on rather than thwarts the intensity and engagement that teenagers usually reserve for sports, protest or friendship..."


Much of this can be started from the home environment. Curated for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


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Global citizenship teaching resources

Global citizenship teaching resources | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Help students think about their place in the world and their responsibility to society with this range of free teaching resources focusing on global citizenship. We have lesson plans, worksheets and more on a number of topics, including...

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What makes a global citizen?

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Friendship: The Key to Happiness | Psychology Today

Friendship: The Key to Happiness | Psychology Today | Positive futures | Scoop.it
From the first tentative meeting to fast friendship - and all along the way - children and adolescents deal with conflicting loyalties, heart-breaking rejection, sad breakups, and happy make-ups. Friendship is a highly complex ...
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Seven Skills Students Need for Their Future

Seven Skills Students Need for Their Future | Positive futures | Scoop.it

There are two major trends in the world that pose a fundamental challenge--and many opportunities--to our educational system.


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Is the Paradox of Choice an Opportunity for the Sharing Economy?

Is the Paradox of Choice an Opportunity for the Sharing Economy? | Positive futures | Scoop.it

It’s not a new idea, but an articulation of a dilemma growing increasingly resonant in a time of seeming overabundance of products, resources, and information. Minor differentiation between products creates an illusion of freedom and self-determination, Schwartz argues. It’s a costly illusion. During a 2007 TED talk, Schwartz reflected on the personal, social, and environmental toll of our addiction to options.


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