Children will learn well when the process becomes authentically responsive, learners become full partners and it all becomes more playful.
David Warlick writes a thoughtful post about how people learn and make meaningful connections. "If we change learned to learn, the experience starts to reflect and is reshaped by the behavior of the learner. It becomes an exchange between the learner, what has been learned, and what is to be learned, and it provokes an active and deliberate investment by the learner. It becomes personal."
1. The experiences are responsive.
2. They provoke conversation.
3. These experiences inspire personal investment.
4. These "native" learning experiences are guided by safely-made mistakes.
[...] One goal of the conference is to create a new interdisciplinary field focused on issues related to collective intelligence. Topics to be discussed include: crowdsourcing, on-line collaboration, animal collective intelligence, collective decision-making, and the wisdom of crowds. “For the most part, research in these different areas has gone on separately,” says Malone. “We think the time is now right to catalyze the development of a new forum that brings them together.” [...]
Future work should identify additional components of mindfulness and establish to what extent the components described in this article are truly distinct mechanisms or how they can be integrated into fewer components.
Why do we "turn off" our neurons at times when we need them most? Scientists have just demonstrated that a network of specific neurons, referred to as "the default-mode network" works on a permanent basis even when we are doing nothing.
In a paper published in Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences, Veronica Kwok, Li-Hai Tan, and their colleagues at the University of Hong Kong, conclude that the adult human brain is capable of new rapid growth when exposed to stimuli similar...
Thisi is a review by Rob Alderson of Maria Popova's Curator's Code from Brainpickings that I curated last week.
The internet, Maria says, is a “whimsical rabbit hole of discovery” which works thanks to “an intricate ecosystem of ‘link love’" and the code is an “an effort to keep this whimsical rabbit hole open by honoring discovery through an actionable code of ethics.”
A “codified common standard,” can, she believes, do “for attribution of discovery what Creative Commons has done for image attribution.”
Brain-machine interfaces hold potential for a variety of ends, from helping the neurologically or physically disabled communicate and interact with their environments, to creating thought-controlled computers that augment the brain with computing...