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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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Amazing time-video of Namibia's night sky. Must see!

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Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org

Your Brain on Books: 10 Things That Happen to Our Minds When We Read - OEDB.org | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Click above to view full image! Any book lover can tell you: diving into a great novel is an immersive experience that can make your brain come alive with imagery and emotions and even turn on your senses.

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sarah's curator insight, October 27, 2013 7:08 AM

intéressant

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Educators have long told us that reading expands our minds. Here are some of the specific ways in which they do so.

Carol Rine's curator insight, October 29, 2013 7:54 AM

This is a GREAT article that has lots of embedded cross-linked articles within it.  :O)

 

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Double vision | Jack Maxwell & Jill Maxwell | TEDxACU - YouTube

Through a talk filled with music, conversation, and live art, Jack and Jill argue that, whether we are scientists, teachers, software designers, etc., as soc...
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Artists Jack and Jill Maxwell use music, conversation and live art to show how we need as humans need to interact and work together.

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What your age says about how you use the Web

What your age says about how you use the Web | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
More than 25 percent of Millennials are consuming content through their mobile phones, while the preferred portable device for Baby Boomers is a tablet.

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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, June 20, 1:19 PM

Es importante conocer el perfil de los usuarios

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Melissa Gill's curator insight, June 21, 12:53 AM

Very interesting. I would not have predicted some of these outcomes. 

Bruno Renkin's curator insight, June 25, 8:57 AM

Millennials are morons ;-)

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James Dyson: A Profile in Failure

James Dyson: A Profile in Failure | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
The greatest people in history have been failures. Certainly, we remember these individuals as successes--success stories--and we treat those stories as legends and those individuals as gods. But each of them failed epically and repeatedly, more so than the combined successes of all of humanity. Failure should not be overlooked in anyone, especially not those we admire. It is through failure that these individuals were able to learn, grow and ultimately succeed. We know this about ourselves but even as we learn to accept our own failures, sometimes we don’t recognize that the most succe
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Failure should not be overlooked in anyone, especially not those we admire. It is through failure that these individuals were able to learn, grow and ultimately succeed. We know this about ourselves but even as we learn to accept our own failures, sometimes we don’t recognize that the most successful people in the world have had an abundance of failure.

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The 10 Biggest Grammar Mistakes That Make Smart People Look Stupid

The 10 Biggest Grammar Mistakes That Make Smart People Look Stupid | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Hey, no offence. No one’s calling you stupid.  But in a business environment, silly typos can make the difference between a great first impression and a tainted one.I should know, I make mistakes all the time. What has helped me is to identify some of the most common mistakes and watch out for them. Familiarize yourself with some of the most common grammar mistakes — and learn how to avoid them — and there’s one less thing you need to worry about when emailing your boss or applying for your next job.
Fewer vs. LessUse fewer when you can count the number of things
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Chronicling Los Angeles History, Menu by Menu - The New Yorker

Chronicling Los Angeles History, Menu by Menu - The New Yorker | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
A new book and exhibition, “To Live and Dine in L.A.,” trace the city’s growth and shifting demographics through its dining culture.
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such an interesting article... growing up in LA, this brought back memories... article by Nicola Twilley

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Want To Live Longer? Stop Trying To Relax (Seriously!)

Want To Live Longer? Stop Trying To Relax (Seriously!) | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
If you had to sum up how you feel about stress, which statement would be more accurate? A) Stress is harmful and should be avoided, reduced, and managed. B) Stress is helpful and should be accepted,
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Very, very interesting research: "People who reported high levels of stress but who did not view their stress as harmful were not more likely to die. In fact, they had the lowest risk of death of anyone in the study, even lower than those who reported experiencing very little stress." Post by Kelly McGonigal

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9 Signs You Might Secretly Be an Ambivert

9 Signs You Might Secretly Be an Ambivert | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Are you of the lesser-known but more balanced personality type? Find out.
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Lucid dreamers help scientists locate the seat of meta-consciousness in the brain

Lucid dreamers help scientists locate the seat of meta-consciousness in the brain | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Studies of lucid dreamers show which centers of the brain become active when we become aware of ourselves in dreams.

Which areas of the brain help us to perceive our world in a self-reflective manner is difficult to measure. During wakefulness, we are always conscious of ourselves. In sleep, however, we are not. But there are people, known as lucid dreamers, who can become aware of dreaming during sleep. Studies employing magnetic resonance tomography (MRT) have now been able to demonstrate that a specific cortical network consisting of the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the frontopolar regions and the precuneus is activated when this lucid consciousness is attained. All of these regions are associated with self-reflective functions. This research into lucid dreaming gives the authors of the latest study insight into the neural basis of human consciousness.

The human capacity of self-perception, self-reflection and consciousness development are among the unsolved mysteries of neuroscience. Despite modern imaging techniques, it is still impossible to fully visualize what goes on in the brain when people move to consciousness from an unconscious state. The problem lies in the fact that it is difficult to watch our brain during this transitional change. Although this process is the same, every time a person awakens from sleep, the basic activity of our brain is usually greatly reduced during deep sleep. This makes it impossible to clearly delineate the specific brain activity underlying the regained self-perception and consciousness during the transition to wakefulness from the global changes in brain activity that takes place at the same time.

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Karla Goroka's curator insight, June 3, 6:03 PM

Interesante 

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Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: 5 Tips and a #TwitterChat Announcement: #Coaching Stories #edtechcoach (Updated)

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By Miguel Guhlin: Includes Tips to Stay Sane in a Twitter Chat

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Why You Need Emotional Intelligence to Succeed

Why You Need Emotional Intelligence to Succeed | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
When emotional intelligence first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time.
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By Dr. Travis Bradberry                                                                           "Emotional Intelligence is the "something" in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, and make personal decisions that achieve positive results. Emotional intelligence is made up of four core skills that pair up under two primary competencies: personal competence and social competence."

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Pac-Man's Creator Says the Game Was Feminist

Pac-Man's Creator Says the Game Was Feminist | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Plus: 35 years later, it's still bringing people together
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From Time.com: Pac-Man‘s Japanese creator, Toru Iwatani, who reminded us of what inspired the character describes how he feels about the game today.

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12 Rules Of Great Teaching

12 Rules Of Great Teaching | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

12 Rules Of Great Teaching by Terry Heick Recently, I’ve been thinking of the universal truths in teaching. Students should be first. Don’t always start planning with a standard. Questions matter more than answers. 


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TeachThought is such a beneficial resource...the ruler graphic engages interest

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 15, 6:24 PM

Lots of good advice...about how to stay focused on your students.

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TeachThought is such a beneficial resource... the graphic used with the rulers is perfect!

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18 Amazing Active Vacations You Can Actually Afford

18 Amazing Active Vacations You Can Actually Afford | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Booking a healthy getaway doesn’t require cleaning out your savings account—these incredible experiences around the world prove it.
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Why green spaces are good for your kid’s brain

Why green spaces are good for your kid’s brain | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Schools with more greenery improve kids' brain development, study finds.
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Children generally show improvement over time on cognitive tests, as their brains develop. But kids with more exposure to greenery improved more, on average, in working memory, higher order “superior working memory,” and attentiveness. Interestingly, however, the greenness of the home (or lack thereof) didn’t seem to matter much — rather, it was the greenness of the commute and especially the school that made the difference.

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How Pixar Came Up With A Whole New Way Of Showing A Child's Mind

How Pixar Came Up With A Whole New Way Of Showing A Child's Mind | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

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Lauren Davis:  "Even for Pixar, Inside Out is an ambitious film. After all, it’s largely set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, and tries to metaphorically explain all of the wonderful, frustrating, and confusing things that go on inside the human head while exploring a sort of emotional truth. So how on Earth did it all come together?"

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añada su visión ...

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‘Brain-to-Text’ system converts speech brainwave patterns to text

‘Brain-to-Text’ system converts speech brainwave patterns to text | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
German and U.S. researchers have decoded natural continuously spoken speech from brain waves and transformed it into text — a step toward communication with computers or humans by thought alone.

Their “Brain-to-Text” system recorded signals from an electrocorticographic (ECoG)* electrode array located on relevant surfaces of the frontal and temporal lobes of the cerebral cortex of seven epileptic patients, who participated voluntarily in the study during their clinical treatment.

The patients read sample text (from a limited set of words) aloud during the study. Machine learning algorithms were then used to extract the most likely word sequence from the signals, and automatic speech-to-text methods created the text output. The system achieved word error rates as low as 25% and phone (instances of phonemes in utterances) error rates below 50%.

The researchers suggest that the Brain-to-Text system might lead to a speech-communication method for locked-in (unable to communicate) patients in the future.

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When a Bookstore Closes, an Argument Ends - The New Yorker

When a Bookstore Closes, an Argument Ends - The New Yorker | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
La Hune, in Paris, is to close this week. Its end is a deep loss to me, and to civil society.
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"At a minor level, once a bookstore is gone we lose the particular opportunities for adjacency it offers, determined by something other than an algorithm...A bookstore is a place you go to look as you choose, for as long as you want. The book-sniffer is the active form of his classier cousin the stroller, as the window-shopper is the dreamier form of the curator. Each makes choices, more or less freely, at a more or less happy whim, and lines her own library or museum, if only invisibly, in her head." by Adam Gopnik

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An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words | Publication Life

An A to Z of Noah Webster's Finest Forgotten Words | Publication Life | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Here are 26 of some of the most curious, most surprising and most obscure words from Webster's Dictionary in one handy A to Z.
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US Adults Spend 5.5 Hours with Video Content Each Day - eMarketer

US Adults Spend 5.5 Hours with Video Content Each Day - eMarketer | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Adults in the US will spend an average of 5 hours, 31 minutes watching video each day this year, eMarketer estimates. Digital video viewing across devices is driving growth, and time spent with video on PCs, mobile devices and other connected devices including over-the-top and game consoles will rise to an average of 1 hour, 16 minutes each day.
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From April 16, 2015: Digital viewing adds significant time to the average consumer's media day. Excellent Graphics

Digital video viewing adds significant time to the average US consumer's media day - See more at: http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1012362&ecid=MX1086&utm_content=buffer56446&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.9sstZWkE.dpufDigital video viewing adds significant time to the average US consumer's media day - See more at: http://www.emarketer.com/Article.aspx?R=1012362&ecid=MX1086&utm_content=buffer56446&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.com&utm_campaign=buffer#sthash.9sstZWkE.dpuf
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8 Great Books the 1 Percent Are Reading

8 Great Books the 1 Percent Are Reading | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
America's wealthiest employees provide their list of the books you should be reading this summer.
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21 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Genius [Infographic] | Daily Infographic

21 Ways to Unlock Your Creative Genius [Infographic] | Daily Infographic | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Many would agree that starting something new is the easiest part of the creative process. It's the sticking through and the finishing that requires the most effort.
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The Most Powerful Women In Science And Health

The Most Powerful Women In Science And Health | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Power can come from all kinds of industries and sectors, from politics and investing to media and even fashion. But one thing all the women on FORBES' 12th list of 100 Most Powerful Women have in common is brainpower. Seven of those brainy women have roots in science and health, [...]
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The Depreciation of the Value of Creativity

The Depreciation of the Value of Creativity | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
"The creative adult is the child who survives." -- Ursula Le Guin "Creativity is intelligence having fun." -- Albert Einstein The human psyche is such that "feeding the beast" is not always a good ...
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"The truth is, we live in a time where getting things  “on demand”, whether they be material goods or information at our fingertips, is eroding our innate creativity."

 

OnDemand < Creativity

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Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education

Five Big Changes to the Future of Teacher Education | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it

Getty In the book Teaching 2030 by Barnett Berry and 12 classroom experts, the authors pinpoint specific skills educators will need to teach in the schools of tomorrow.


They say teachers must be prepared to find and adapt new technologies to engage the digital generation, as well as work across traditional subject areas using project learning.


They must be able to use data and evidence to inform their practice and know how to work in both virtual learning environments and brick-and-mortar schools. And they’ll need to collaborate with community-based organizations and work in schools that provide all kinds of other services for students and their families.


Along those lines, Berry has outlined five changes he believes need to be made to the future of teacher education.

 


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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, May 14, 2014 3:37 PM

It is so true, Gust! Teaching is not transmitting the knowledge, it is igniting the light for learning through collaboration, curation and teacher's passion for learning!

Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, May 18, 4:50 PM

GREAT WORK! WE ALL CAN LEARN FROM AT ALL LEVELS!

Olaya Alvarez's curator insight, May 30, 5:37 PM

Teacher education programs need to ensure that pre-service teachers learn crucial skills for their future work as educators

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Research: 5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity

Research: 5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity | Thinking, Learning, and Laughing | Scoop.it
Do you still think doodling is a waste of time? Does it mean someone isn’t paying attention?
Well, it’s time to change your mind. Doodling and drawing can actually help you process, retain, and share information.

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Doodling helps learning occur

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 16, 7:13 AM

Many research studies have found numerous ways doodling helps us learn better. Check out the article for ideas for encouraging doodling!

Rona Lewis's curator insight, May 16, 4:59 PM

I doodle while on the phone.  How about you?

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, May 17, 7:57 PM

Yes! I new it. all that scrawling is helping.