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Experts Call for Teaching Educators Brain Science

Experts Call for Teaching Educators Brain Science | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it

"A little knowledge about the brain can be a dangerous thing, and experts in mind, brain, and education studies are calling for more formal teacher training in the biological underpinnings of learning."

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How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity

How Playing Music Benefits Your Brain More than Any Other Activity | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
“Playing music is the brain’s equivalent of a full-body workout.”
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6 important things you should know about how your brain learns

6 important things you should know about how your brain learns | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it

While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our brains take in new information, and knowing how this works can help us choose the most efficient strategies for learning new things.

Here are six things you should know about the brain’s learning systems.

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Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain

Life Tips From The Ph.D. Who's Discovering How Meditation Changes Your Brain | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Brain scans of the meditators showed "increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory" and "a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress," the New York Times reported. "A control group that did not practice meditation showed no such changes.”
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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
The human brain has an amazing capacity to wield a potent cognitive strategy: selective attention. When we consciously focus our attention on something, we bring the power of the prefrontal cortex to this endeavor.
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Why the Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die

Why the Left-Brain Right-Brain Myth Will Probably Never Die | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
The myth has become a powerful metaphor, but it's one we should challenge
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How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More

How to Better Retain Information from Books, Articles, and More | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Although we can learn a lot of great information from books, articles, interviews, and conversations, we naturally forget a lot of it. Create a system to regularly remind you of lessons you've already learned. Here are three simple ways you can do that.
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Memory Tip: Show Your Brain What's Important

Memory Tip: Show Your Brain What's Important | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Cognitive science has come to a few conclusions about the mechanics of learning. 
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The Forgetting Curve in eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know - eLearning Industry

The Forgetting Curve in eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know  - eLearning Industry | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
What is the forgetting curve? What eLearning Professionals Should Know About The Forgetting Curve in eLearning. Plus Tips to boost knowledge retention.
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Brain Science: Are Learning Styles Valid? by Art Kohn : Learning Solutions Magazine

Brain Science: Are Learning Styles Valid? by Art  Kohn : Learning Solutions Magazine | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
During the last 30 years, the notion of learning styles has become popular in corporate training and a substantial industry has emerged to help organizations apply these principles. This month, we will explore the concept of learning styles and examine the evidence about its pedagogical effectiveness.
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Do ‘Brain Training’ Games Work? It Depends on Which Scientists You Ask – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Do ‘Brain Training’ Games Work? It Depends on Which Scientists You Ask – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Just two months after a group of neuroscientists criticized commercially available brain games, a different group of scientists released an open letter on Wednesday saying the products do show promise.
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Here's Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter

Here's Why Writing Things Out By Hand Makes You Smarter | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it

Typing is fast.  Handwriting is slow. Weirdly, that's precisely why handwriting is better suited to learning.

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What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up)

What Your "Working Memory" Does (and How to Give It a Tune-Up) | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Working memory is like your brain's scratch pad, managing information as you go about your day. But our routine deluge of information can make us feel scatterbrained, like our working memory has too much to deal with. Here's how to tune-up your working memory and stay focused.
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9 Ways Neuroscience Has Changed The Classroom

9 Ways Neuroscience Has Changed The Classroom | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
There is often a big divide between what happens in the laboratory and the way laboratory findings are practically applied. The relationship between neuroscience research and education is no exception. While there are numerous educational products that claim to be based on neuroscience research (often quite dubiously so), the real impact of brain-based research on education has been much more subtle.
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The Truth About Brain Training Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Truth About Brain Training Infographic presents some scientific evidence regarding brain training.
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Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter.

Re-reading is inefficient. Here are 8 tips for studying smarter. | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
The memory researcher's guide to studying.
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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
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Want to learn something better? Draw it

Want to learn something better? Draw it | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
When you're trying to learn, do something with your new knowledge, such as summarising it or explaining it to someone else. This deepens your memories and helps integrate what you've learned with what you already knew. A new study has tested the benefits of another beneficial learning activity - drawing.
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All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes | WIRED

All You Need to Know About the 'Learning Styles' Myth, in Two Minutes | WIRED | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Learning Styles – a hugely popular idea that simply isn’t supported by psychological science.
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Personality Trumps Intelligence When Learning | Big Think

Personality traits like conscientiousness and openness are better indicators of long-term academic success than traditional, standardized ways of measuring intelligence, according to a new study out of Griffith University. 
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How to learn efficiently

How to learn efficiently | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Sitting in a classroom listening to a professor feels like learning… Reading a book on a new topic feels like learning… but because they are overwhelming passive activities, they are inefficient. It is even worse than inefficient, it is counterproductive because it gives you the false impression that you know the material. You can sit through lecture after lecture on quantum mechanics. At some point you will become familiar with the topics and the terminology. Alas you are fooling yourself which is worse than not learning anything.
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The Secret Benefits of a Curious Mind | Adoree Durayappah-Harrison

The Secret Benefits of a Curious Mind | Adoree Durayappah-Harrison | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
It’s no surprise that when we are curious about something, it makes it easier to learn. But cutting-edge research published in the academic journal Neuron provides startling evidence for how a curious state of mind improves learning and memory for things we are not even interested in.
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What We’ve Learned from Three Years of MOOCs | MIT Technology Review

What We’ve Learned from Three Years of MOOCs | MIT Technology Review | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Online education offers one effective way to close the skills gap.
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Challenges for Regional Undergraduate Universities in “the Middle”

Challenges for Regional Undergraduate Universities in “the Middle” | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
How Can a Regional Undergraduate Institution Really Stand Out for Teaching and Learning?

Via Alberto Acereda, Ph.D.
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The Myth of the Brain Game

The Myth of the Brain Game | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
Puzzles designed to sharpen mental acuity may not actually do much to improve memory or intelligence in the long run.
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Boost Your Memory by Testing Yourself, Not Re-Reading

Boost Your Memory by Testing Yourself, Not Re-Reading | The Science of Learning (and Teaching) | Scoop.it
There's a reason why practice tests are so effective. If you need to memorize something quickly for a presentation or interview, create a list of questions and test yourself to boost your memory.
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