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Buy Experiences, Not Things

Buy Experiences, Not Things | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

Live in anticipation, gathering stories and memories. New research builds on the vogue mantra of behavioral economics

Via Anita
Audrey's insight:

Experiences aids continuous learning for everyone.  Starting children from an early age  is key to skill acquisition.  


Reading one aspect of a subject is not enough.  By the time young people reach the age of A  levels they should be well equipped with knowledge of how to acquire information - not just from what is written on a powerpoint, blackboard or whiteboard, but from their own research.:  e.g. Youtube, searching the web, chapters in books and so many other ways......


Have a look at different websites which point the way.  Two examples:





Anita's curator insight, October 25, 2014 12:48 PM

There are many similar "things" to buy out there. It's the experience - from looking to buy to buying to service after the fact is way more important. The science backs this up.

Viren Lall's curator insight, October 27, 2014 6:05 AM

a wandering mind is an unhappy mind, says leading researcher Dan Gilbert. If you can't live in the moment, at least live in the anticipation of the experience

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, ManufacturingStories
Audrey's insight:

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Maria Persson's curator insight, March 21, 2014 12:11 AM

If you are considering being a teacher for this and the next generation - take a few tips from this scoop!

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.

Here the steps taken to make this happen:

a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 

b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.

c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 

f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.

g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 

You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:

General Conclusions


Voting Rights Inequality


Mental Health Treatment

Prohibition Acts



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 

Highly recommended. 9/10

Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 2014 2:57 PM

Important 21st century skills

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7 Global Education Facts & Statistics That Reflect A Changing World

7 Global Education Facts & Statistics That Reflect A Changing World | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it
7 Global Education Facts & Statistics That Reflect A Changing World

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
Audrey's insight:

All of these facts make sense.in the 21st Century.  It is necessary to learn about other cultures as youngsters of today will be working alongside people from all over the world.  Learning at least one other language will be essential.  We should be educating children to fit into a world culture, which is being made possible through the "cloud".



Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 1, 2014 12:45 PM

We are a global, connected, and digitial world and youth say they want to learn about the world and be better global citizens. Just connecting is not enough. We need a substantially different way of helping children succeed in our schools than we currently have.

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Teaching Kids to Be Good People - Chapter 1

Teaching Kids to Be Good Peopleby Annie Fox, M.Ed.We live in a time shaped by a viral culture of cruelty. Now and in the future, we desperately need more good people. But where will these young people come from?


Some really interesting and helpful information by Annie Fox




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Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? - Huffington Post

Why Does Sitting Still Equal Learning? - Huffington Post | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it
Whether we're talking about preschool, elementary through secondary school, college, or even adult learners, I have serious objections to the idea that learning supposedly only comes via the eyes, the ears, and the seat of the pants. Schools -- and policymakers -- have for too long accepted the belief that learning best occurs while students are seated (and quiet, of course). The theory may have been understandable back when they didn't have the research to prove otherwise. But today we do.

Via John Evans, Miloš Bajčetić, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
Audrey's insight:

If you observe crawling babies, youngsters, pre-school children you will notice how they learn by movement, touch, smell, taste.  They very rarely sit still - their brains are constantly on the move. Everything they do is repeated in different formats  and they are rarely if ever quiet:  They repeat what they hear even though it may not make sense to older children or adults. They are increasing their neuronal networks.  


One way to help youngsters learn which means increase their brains is to give them a variety of tools, toys and watch what they do.  Parents can also guide their children to use objects in a variety of ways......

Have a look at hundreds of  objects to assist your child use his or her brains: http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Audrey curating for homeschoolsource.co.uk.


Michail Darley's curator insight, October 8, 2014 11:45 PM

This is really fascinating. No simple answers here, but it reinforces the view that sitting quietly alone at a desk is not a prerequisite for the best learning.

Bethan Greenhalgh's curator insight, October 9, 2014 2:20 PM

I know that PE and the Dramanauts will have something to say! Churchill's standing desk is still in the PM's office - should we consider it? As someone with U6 lessons 10 & 11 on a Friday I say yes!

Marianne's Musings 's curator insight, October 14, 2014 10:38 PM

Another great advantage we have as home educating families. Our children are not required to be seated all day. They learn in different places and in different positions, moving, observing, walking and on the trampoline! 

Love this quote from the article, " we have research demonstrating that sitting in a chair increases fatigue and reduces concentration (our bodies are designed to move, not sit). "

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35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning

35 Psychology-Based Learning Strategies For Deeper Learning | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

"Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment. Here are 35 critical thinking strategies, straight from the mind of Sigmund Freud." | by Sara Briggs

Via Todd Reimer, Tom Perran
Audrey's insight:

Some of these are excellent memory methods, which people learn automatically from a very young age. One way to help older learners is to try to get them back to that exciting trial and error style that they had as young children.  


Watch babies aged a year plus and see how they are fascinated by simple activities such as picking up a pencil and walking backwards and forwards to drop it at a certain spot, then walking around a table and carrying out the same action again and again. But watch carefully, the spot the pencil has been placed is usually near something else, sometimes a larger object.  


One of the things we stop doing as we get older is to enjoy repeating things from different perspectives:  that is learning with stress.  If students looked at what they were learning as something that enhanced their understanding rather than just for passing exams, learning would be memorable and more enjoyable.  You do not need a teacher to' teach' you this.  Most of the psychology-based strategies are inherent.

So parents start children as soon as they start crawling;  leave books, small toys and a variety of different toys around and watch how they learn. NOT EVERYTHING GOES INTO THEIR MOUTHS!!

audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Tom Perran's curator insight, March 4, 2014 10:25 PM
Good strategies to incorporate when planning instruction. (some we already use!)
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Teaching Smarter, Not Harder: 7 Strategies For Performance Teaching

Teaching Smarter, Not Harder: 7 Strategies For Performance Teaching | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

"Good teaching is a major undertaking.

Make no mistake–teaching has never been easy. But as we come upon 2014, as a profession teaching is increasingly characterized by its possibility, accountability, and persistent mutation. Which makes it a challenge to do at all, much do well. 

The response to these challenges is a mix of building-level professional development, self-directed teacher improvement, and a troubling amount of teacher burnout. So how can you teacher smarter rather than simply grunting harder?"

Via Beth Dichter
Audrey's insight:

How about asking the student to teach you?  They nearly always come up with something different, which you can add to your own notes.

Students are also great at acting out scenes, particularly when they are organising other students.  Give them a mark for it.  Then test their knowledge a few days later with  a 30 minute test.  

curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk.  Also have a look at www.hotmoodle.com.


Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 29, 2013 9:34 PM

Here are seven strategies you might choose to use to make your teacher smarter. They are explained in the post (and listed in the image above). For those whom may see this without the image:

* Place the big rocks first

* Use technology to automate (with suggestions on what you might do)

* Know yourself

* Teach in the moment

* Advocate for yourself

* Find new measures of success

* Open your classroom doors wide

You may find some new ideas to try out in your classroom!

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2015 1:41 PM

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