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New Brain Stimulation Technique Makes You Better At Math

New Brain Stimulation Technique Makes You Better At Math | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
After just five days of non-invasive brain stimulation and a bit of cognitive training, researchers at Oxford University were able to enhance people's high-level abilities, such as mental arithmetic and manual calculations. And remarkably, the effect lasts for months.

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Sandy Kennedy's curator insight, July 5, 2014 7:56 PM

Interesting field of study to watch. Looks like it is not quite ready for prime time yet.

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We Tell Kids to 'Go to Sleep!' We Need to Teach Them Why.

We Tell Kids to 'Go to Sleep!' We Need to Teach Them Why. | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
Sleep does so much more for our bodies than preventing us from being tired tomorrow, but most parents don’t tell our children that. Educating kids about the importance of sleep leads them to sleep more.

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Sandy Kennedy's curator insight, July 18, 2014 8:54 PM

Talking with kids about the whys of doing things is often helpful.

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Partner with Local Arts Organizations | Glenview Elementary Blog | Edutopia.org

Partnerships with local arts organizations can bring much-needed resources to your students without much cost, and can provide students with new outlets for creativity and ways to develop essential critical thinking and collaboration skills. Explore more resources from this school.

 

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UK: Google backs creative coding classes for children | Telegraph.co.uk

UK: Google backs creative coding classes for children | Telegraph.co.uk | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Google has partnered with the Barbican and interactive artists in a series of classes designed to teach schoolchildren how to code creatively.

 

The DevArt Young Creators course is a 3 week series of workshops lead by interactive artists Zach Lieberman, Karsten Schmidt and duo Varvara and Mar created to teach pupils about the creative possibilities of code.

 

The sessions, held between 7-25 July at the Barbican, will take groups of 9-13 year-olds through how to code a piece of music, a digital butterfly and a 3D-printed piece of art.

 

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Why entrepreneurs must understand the collaborative economy - AGBeat

Why entrepreneurs must understand the collaborative economy - AGBeat | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Marketplaces seem to be all the rage. People are constantly using them, media is constantly covering them, and investors cannot stop backing them. So what is the attraction to marketplaces? It is not exactly a new concept; marketplaces have been around since the dawn of time, when people met to trade goods. People still meet to trade goods in digital marketplaces aided by advanced technology.


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Why the Maker Movement is the future of education

Why the Maker Movement is the future of education | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

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How to Be Creative and Overcome a Creative Block - 26 Ideas | The Brainzooming Group | Strategy Consulting and Strategic Planning

Creative blocks are maddening, but Brainzooming offers 26 strategies to catalyze your creativity when you're stuck.

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Encouraging Empathy Over Achievement

Encouraging Empathy Over Achievement | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Here are a few ways to encourage empathy and kindness at home:


1. Nurture others: Learning to be caring is like learning a musical instrument – it takes practice, practice, practice. Create ongoing opportunities for your child to help out; examples include chores around the house, community and church projects or helping a an elderly neighbor.


2. Be a good example: Model the behavior that you would like them to have.


3. Help children to recognize their own feelings: Helping your child to learn what they are feeling and express it will allow them to better communicate their feelings with others; this will reduce destructive behavior and your child an outlet for negative emotions.


4. Take care of living things: Giving a child the opportunity to nurture a pet or a garden will help develop empathy.


5. Perform random acts of kindness: Performing acts of kindness as a family is a great way to build connections with the community and among yourselves.


6. Spend time in nature: As children learn to treat the world around them with respect and care, so they will also treat each other.


BY MELISSA HARDING


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The Empathy Mirror

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Empathy has been difficult for neuroscientists to analyze because it’s the product of many parts of the brain acting with one another in mysterious ways.


Simon Baron-Cohen, a neuroscientist and psychologist at the University of Oxford, has identified ten separate regions of the brain, each with its own special function, that comprise the “empathy circuit.” One critical part of this circuit is called the medial prefrontal cortex, or MPFC, which plays a role in comparing one’s own perspective to that of others. Other parts of the empathy circuit correlate with social judgments (the orbitofrontal cortex), awareness of the intentions and goals of others (the frontal operculum), recognizing emotion (the inferior frontal gyrus), and processing sensory stimuli (the somatosensory cortex).


But knowing which brain areas are associated with which individual functions still doesn’t present a clear picture of how these areas work, much less interact with one another.

 

by Andrew Price
img: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror_neuron

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What is empathy? The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill

What is empathy? The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

What is empathy?  What does it really mean?  What does it look like Karla McLaren is an award-winning author, researcher, and pioneering educator whose empathic approach to emotions revalues even the most “negative” emotions, and opens startling new pathways into the depths of the soul.

 

She is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013),

 

The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You (2010).


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Empathy - The Key to Positive Interaction

Empathy - The Key to Positive Interaction | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

How to practice empathy:

I) Listen, listen, listen.
The idea is first you really listen; then you react. Listening is hard work and everyone can get distracted. Even when we get distracted, we need to pull ourselves together and get back on track to the best of our abilities. During listening, to listen effectively...


1. One must stop comparing himself to the other person. "My experience was harder than his."
2. One must stop remembering his own experience on the same subject while the other person is talking.
3. One must not consider the verbal give and take as intellectual debate with the goal of putting the other person down.
4. One must not think he knows everything, so he doesn't need to listen to the other person.
5. One must not laugh off what the other person is saying or try to change the topic before it gets too serious.
6. One has to stop trying to read the other person's mind.
7. One has to stop thinking about his next step or his answer before the other person finishes talking.


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Empathy: The Missing Ingredient

Empathy: The Missing Ingredient | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

At the conclusion of a new one-day course I just finished leading (an Introduction to Emotional Intelligence), I asked the participants to take a few minutes to assess the class and their biggest value of the day so as to help me as I continue to refine the class content.

 

 


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Move Over Self-Esteem: Self-Compassion is the Real Key to Strength & Success

Move Over Self-Esteem: Self-Compassion is the Real Key to Strength & Success | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

The Challenge: No matter how hard we try, no matter how successful we are, it’s not good enough. So what do we do?


The Science: Self-esteem can actually make us weaker at times, but there is an alternative!


The Solution: Practice self-compassion – it’s the key to resilience, happiness & success.


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One of the most insidious consequences of the self-esteem movement over the last couple of decades is the narcissism epidemic

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BY KRISTIN NEFF 


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Lon Woodbury's curator insight, July 25, 2014 3:22 PM

This sounds like a reasonable alternative to all the downsides of the self-esteem movement. -Lon

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How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals

How the Brain Learns—A Super Simple Explanation for eLearning Professionals | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
eLearning professionals should learn more about the biological basis of learning. Check out this simple explanation.

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Sandy Kennedy's curator insight, July 6, 2014 6:11 PM

This has a nice infographic to go along with the article.

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Can you learn in your sleep?

Can you learn in your sleep? | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
Sleep learning used to be a pipe dream. Now neuroscientists say they have found ways to enhance your memory with your eyes closed, says David Robson.

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Sandy Kennedy's curator insight, July 23, 2014 9:55 AM

An interesting new turn of events. How can teachers harness this?

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The Most Effective Factor in Education | LinkedIn.com

The Most Effective Factor in Education | LinkedIn.com | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

I've been a teacher for the past 15 years, and I've taught in several mediums including live classes and computer-based e-learning. I have come to the conclusion that the most effective factor in education and training is fostering emotional investment.


Simply put, students must care about learning the material. The more they care, the more they learn.

 

The notion of getting emotional investment from students might sound like simple common sense, but it is often not done . . . and often not even attempted. .

 

When I say that students need to care, I mean more than just care about the subject matter in an intellectual way. Students will certainly pay more attention if they find the topic to be interesting, but that will only go so far. Learning is not a purely intellectual process where people assimilate knowledge and information. Learning has an important and overlooked emotional dimension. Memories are most strongly forged when feelings are involved.

 

What generates emotional investment? The following things can help:

 

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We must be wary of 'caring capitalism' - The Guardian

We must be wary of 'caring capitalism' - The Guardian | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
The prospect of the rich somehow coming together voluntarily to decide to loosen their grip on the world’s wealth seems very remote indeed
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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.

 

Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.

 

After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.

 


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Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

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Includes a great podcast

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We learn by doing, so teaching should ask us to do.

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The Language Of The Maker Movement: 38 Terms For Teachers

The Language Of The Maker Movement: 38 Terms For Teachers | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

"As the maker movement in culture moves from MacGyver jokes and what Noah did when Allie left him in The Notebook to something with a bit more academic and cognitive credibility, it has also begun to creep in to the education space.

 

As with any niche, there is specialized language–jargon–that may keep things murky for you. The 38 terms below by no means represent an exhaustive collection. (There are dozens of gadgets, circuit boards, and digital, robotic, and electrical wizardry we left on the cutting room flow.) But for most teachers in most circumstances, it should serve as a nice starting points."

 


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[Benefits of Empathy] 3 Reasons to Cultivate More Empathy

[Benefits of Empathy] 3 Reasons to Cultivate More Empathy | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Empathy is a good thing, without a doubt. But why is empathy so good? We now have a whole slew of studies to aid our understanding of how empathy helps, well, just about everything.

 

Here are three examples.


1. It’s good for the environment...

After surveying roughly 3,500 people about what factors would lead them to reduce their carbon footprint to help slow global warming, the scientists found that tapping into our tendency toward compassion for others was a more effective motivator than appealing to self-interest...

2. It’s good for business....

Managers with more empathy may translate to healthier employees, research published in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes shows. ..


3. It’s good for relationships

Increases altruistic behavior:Reduces racismReduces bullying and aggression in children:Benefits intimate relationships:...



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Neurology: A Mirror to the World

Neurology: A Mirror to the World | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Empathy with others seems to be due to a type of brain cell called a mirror neuron


Christian Keysers has a good way of making his point.  He shows his audience a clip from a James Bond movie in which a large, hairy spider is climbing over our hero's naked body.  He then asks the audience what they think the actor playing Bond is feeling.

 

It is impossible to tell, of course, whether Sean Connery was really revolted and fearful when the scene was being shot, or whether he was actually indifferent, but just acting well.  The point is that the observer can feel - literally feel - Bond's fear.  This ability not merely to know in an intellectual sense what someone else is feeling, but actually to feel it with them, is an important social attribute. 

 

Dramatists, novelists and psychologists have known about it for centuries, of course.

 

  And those who lack it, such as people who are autistic, are at a social disadvantage.  But it is only in the past few years that its neurological basis has begun to be understood.  It seems to rely on a type of nerve cell known as a mirror neuron.  Dr Keysers, who works at the University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, is one of a band of neurologists that is studying them


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Empathy is more powerful than hate,

"Empathy is more powerful than hate, and our lives should be dedicated to making it go viral."


We loved this powerful story of an American boy trained to hate who chose a peaceful path instead. He...


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Teaching Children Empathy Through The Arts

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Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you. It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?

 

The most effective way to teach it is experientially- and the most fun way is through the arts.

 

On this Voices in the Family, we will speak with people involved in the film “The Other Side of the Fence”, a musical performed in schools to teach kids empathy experientially, and we will also speak to the founder and the director of Chicago’s Changing Worlds project- a project that goes into schools to provide artistic experiences through which kids can connect to others different than themselves. 


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[Empathic Design] The power of authenticity in teaching empathy

[Empathic Design] The power of authenticity in teaching empathy | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
It's not easy to be authentic in front of a classroom or crowd, but it can be essential to creating lasting impact in teaching -- especially when teaching about empathy work.

 

Empathy is an essential skill to connect with the people and world around you.

 

 It is also so much more than even compassion- to be truly empathetic one has to feel how it might be to be in another’s place. So how can we teach this skill, and how can we simplify it enough to teach bit effectively to children?

 

The most effective way to teach it is experientially- and the most fun way is through the arts.

 

EMI KOLAWOLE


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How to Use Empathic Listening to Create a Blog

How to Use Empathic Listening to Create a Blog | Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

You can use empathy and listening skills to build a tight and faithful audience. Check out my stories and tips to guide you.

 

 

Empathy is the foundation of society and commerce

What you will learn about empathy and blogging communities:

Examples of empathy and empathic listening.The foundation of human communication in social environments is empathy and listening.Successful blogs have strong communities with members who feel like they belong and are important because they are heard.Empathic listening means to hear the intent of your readers and respond with sensitivity for their thoughts and feelings.You can improve your empathic listening skill with exercises,  an innate human ability that can be enhanced with practice.

 

BY DARIN L. HAMMOND


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