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Infographic: How writing affects your brain

Infographic: How writing affects your brain | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

Did you know writing affects your brain in a way similar to meditation?
When you write, your breathing slows and you enter a "zone," which allows your words to flow more freely, an infographic from BestInfographics.co says.

The infographic illustrates how writing affects the brain, and shares other interesting facts, like why stories are so memorable and clichés are not. Here are a few takeaways:...

Via Jeff Domansky
Audrey's insight:

You activate many areas of your brain when you tell a story.  There are so many areas in education where students can use stories to remember details of information needed for writing  exam answers.  Stories are visual,  can be auditory; you can introduce smells and engage with whatever you are writing about. 


The whole brain becomes stimulated with a person's own  record of the information.  How can you forget?

Go to www.hotmoodle.com  for story writing information.


Jeff Domansky's curator insight, December 10, 2014 11:28 PM

Your brain on writing…

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 27, 2014 11:15 AM

Just as reading transforms us, so can writing impact and improve us. Whether reading or writing, or listening or speaking, our use of words matters.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 27, 2014 7:17 PM

There are a number of educators who think we should do away with cursive writing. The infographic provides some food for thought.



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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
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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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What is 21st century education? - YouTube

"Our world is changing at an unprecedented pace. To prepare our students, lessons must go beyond the "3 R's" and foster 21st century skills. Skills like critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity will be essential for students to take on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead."

Via Beth Dichter
Audrey's insight:

All this is true  so where do we start?  Children do not start learning when they go to school.  They start learning the moment their eyes open.  Parents can help their children activate their brains and create fantastic neural networks.  All children can encompass all the different styles of learning; Visual:; Auditory; Verbal; Kinaesthetic: -Using touch and taste to explore the information; Logical: a  mathematical approach to concepts; Interpersonal -Learning in groups; Intrapersonal - Learning  alone. Try some of the early learning from home school resources.

 curating for http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


Lon Woodbury's curator insight, October 12, 2014 7:12 PM

Well worth 2 minutes of your time to get an inkling of where education is going. -Lon

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, October 13, 2014 6:24 AM

Entièrement d'accord. Entre autre pour la pensée critque par rapport aux informations reçues. 

Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 13, 2014 11:52 AM

This short video presentation challenges educators with the question: What is 21st century education?

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Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers

Study smarter, learn better: 8 tips from memory researchers | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it
Here's why re-reading is a total waste of time.

Via Tom Perran
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Some of the tips:

*Ask yourself lots of question

*Connect new information to something you already know

*Make information visual, eg. flowcharts, mindmaps

*Space out learning - a little at a time

*Mix up your lessons - eg cross curricular: link economics with history or psychology with with everything!


Psychologists should go to www.hotmoodle.com


Tom Perran's curator insight, June 29, 2014 9:14 AM

8 things that students (and teachers) can do to enhance learning. Good basic strategies that should be a part of everyday instruction.

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Using a Question Building Chart to Provoke Student Thought

Using a Question Building Chart to Provoke Student Thought | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it
One of the most effective ways to provoke student thought is through the building of “rich” questions. By asking meaningful questions - and interacting with textual information – students can come to an understanding that builds upon on their own personal experiences and opinions. Through the use of a template, questions can be created in any way that you want and provide you with a specific platform to begin your questioning focus.

Via Gust MEES
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The questions can be based on exam questions, or directly from past exam questions.  The students can be asked about their own experiences and say whether the textual information has any application to the society in which they live, e.g. How does the information help us?

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Naomi W's curator insight, March 6, 2014 5:28 PM

How to get students to create their own questions which hopefully lead to better comprehension. 

ANA's curator insight, March 7, 2014 5:45 AM

Important from the very beginning to create critical thinking

smadar yona's curator insight, March 8, 2014 10:12 AM

ללמד איך ללמוד, חשוב מאוד בים המידע.



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5 Spanish Finger Plays for Preschoolers

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Spanish finger plays teach children language through rhyme and movement. Includes videos and a printable of five traditional finger plays.

Via Spanish Playground
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This is excellent learning for youngsters.  Preschoolers can learn a lot by using these techniques.  Rhyme and movement are essential requirements for new learning.  Youngsters  are able to absorb information long before they are put into classrooms.

Audrey curating for homeschoolsource.co.uk


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Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools

Turning Struggling Students into Superheroes: Comic Books as Teaching Tools | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it
Drawing from personal experience, graduate student Michael Strom demonstrates the tremendous teaching power of comic books and graphic novels, and how we can use these as literary tools to reach our struggling students.

Via Beth Dichter
Audrey's insight:

Brilliant.  I absolutely agree.  Can be particularly helpful for foreign students learning English.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, January 19, 2014 7:36 AM

Awesone thans for sharing.

Kerri Schaub's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:45 AM

My middle school students are hooked on graphic novels. So glad to see them reading. #mersd #Orton-Gillingham #reading

Lena Leirdal's curator insight, August 30, 2014 4:42 AM

Coming across the reluctant reader in the classroom in not uncommon. This is a link to a excerpt from a graduate thesis about using graphic novels and comics to teach struggling male readers. I tried teaching graphic novels in my own classroom this spring, and even though I thought it went quite well, I still have to become a bit more acquainted and comfortable with the genre. I will most definitely give it another try this year!


I find inspiration to do so in Michael Storm´s point that "we need to teach young boys that literacy still is the ultimate adventure, and they too have the chance to be the hero".

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Is Educational Technology More Important Than Teachers?

Is Educational Technology More Important Than Teachers? | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it
Computers are more essential than humans? Profit is more important than people? Apps and Educational Software teach better than any teacher is able to do?

Audrey's insight:

No.As the information must be transferred to the technology in the first place.  It is usually teachers who do this anyway. Technology is another way of presenting material, like using books.  

www.hotmoodle.com presents exam  material over the net, but the material is still written by a teacher.


If children start learning early, they will be able to learn using a variety of techniques.

audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


Wayne Strydom's curator insight, January 4, 2014 1:37 AM

Teachers who can be replaced by machines should be~Arthur C. Clark

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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

More best practice options

Rescooped by Audrey from Learning Technology News

Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom

Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

Carol Ann Tomlinson, author of “The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners,” is the country’s preeminent scholar on differentiated instruction. Tomlinson defines differentiated learning as “ensuring that what a student learns, how he/she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he/she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” She likens the reluctance to integrate modern knowledge of the learning process into the classroom to settling for a Model T instead of embracing 21st-century engineering.

Via Nik Peachey
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Differentiation works when students take responsibility for their own learning.  Students in particular those doing A levels are given booklets, notes, presentations and textbooks with lesson plans and schemes of work.  When a teacher walks into the classroom students should not be sitting waiting for the teacher to tell them what to do.  They should already be engaged in looking over their own notes and ready to ask the teacher questions about aspects of the course that they are not certain of. Or ready to ask where they can get more information.


Most students have I-pads, mobile phones that can access the whole web.  They can look for information on youtube for most subjects which can add to their learning.  Differentiation has never been easier.  The teacher's job is to give out the resources, point students to where to find information, give overviews of the lessons based on the syllabus, which he students also have.  During class, time should be spent  understanding the information, discussions,  showing how to answer exam questions, followed by essays.  This is 21st Century learning and it works!


Have a look at http://www.hotmoodle.com  a website for psychology .





nicolaperry's curator insight, November 7, 2014 3:06 AM

This is a look at what differentiated learning is really all about. Quite a challenge! 

Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 8, 2014 6:10 AM

Tomlinson is one of the contributors to ED 262 content

tom cockburn's curator insight, December 24, 2014 6:23 AM

Sounds ideal in theory

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10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks

10 Reasons Why Students Aren't Using eTextbooks | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

Here are several reasons why students aren't yet warming up to the idea of e-textbooks today.

Via Nik Peachey
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It is  much easier to access paper material or material that you can create yourself without the complications of machine equipment, which can be inaccessible. 


An important part of learning and using your brain is the ability to be flexible. It will take time to make e text books flexible enough for young people to use them creatively.

Curated by Audrey for http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


Edgar Mata's curator insight, October 18, 2014 3:29 PM

¿Por qué lo estudiantes no utilizan libros de texto electrónicos?

Randy D. Nichols's curator insight, October 23, 2014 5:08 PM


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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
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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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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
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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
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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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What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn?

What Motivates Learners to Want to Learn? | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it
Hear four kids talk about motivation and Kathleen Cushman's information about the conditions for motivation in the webinar and chat.

Via Kathleen McClaskey
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It is important to hear from the learners how they are stimulated to absorb information. The earlier this is encouraged the greater the brain power, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk

Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 23, 2014 10:06 AM

Have you ever wondered about motivation and what motivates us to learn? Kathleen Cushman presented in our Personalize Learning Webinar Series on Tues. January 21st by explaining that you start by drawing a straight line between... 

> what young people tell us about their learning experiences; 

> your own practice as educators and; 

> compelling scientific research into mind, brain, and education. 


Then she shared the eight simple rules of thumb that help us create the conditions for high motivation and high levels of mastery in the your learning environments!  - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2014/01/what-motivates-learners-to-want-to-learn.html#sthash.yBN3OEq0.dpuf

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 2014 6:07 PM

John Dewey called what motivates people to learn is "living motivation". We bring our stories and autobiographies to learning every day. We want to add to them in ways that help us construct a future of our choosing that fits within a community. It is about constantly transforming who we are.

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Printable Learning Activities for Preschoolers

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The following is a post from contributing writer Lauren of Mama's Learning Corner.   The internet is filled with printable learning activities for preschoolers.  Here are a few tried-and-true ...

Via ManufacturingStories
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Great stuff.  Also have a look at homeschoolsource..co.uk where you will find hundreds of very inexpensive learning activities for preschoolers.

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Invisible technology: visible benefits in the classroom

Invisible technology: visible benefits in the classroom | www.homeschoolsource.co.uk | Scoop.it

With the prevalence of mobile devices in the classroom, Simon Hay explains that it's only a matter of time before ubiquitous computing becomes a reality in education

Via Nik Peachey
Audrey's insight:

It is already a reality in certain educational establishments, particularly those where there are 5 or less students in the class.  Education then becomes group facilitated learning.  For example, a student whose first language is Russian or Chinese, studying in the UK may not fully understand an English word.  They are able to type the word into their mobile device.   The result is an explanation of the word . They  share the meaning with the other students. The new word they discover has now expanded all students vocabulary.


Here is an example:  What is the meaning of infer?  The moble device may suggest conclude.  The teacher suggests deduce  and assume. Another student may suggest understand.


The result:   Students have increased their language, in about two minutes.

Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 16, 2013 3:20 PM

Technology is important, but it does not replace quality human relationships.

Ron Hershey's curator insight, December 17, 2013 8:20 AM

While this article is from the UK, the trend for mobile computing in the classroom will spread globally, which only supports the need for companies to implement the means to distribute digital content electronically.

Carlos Lon Kan Prado's curator insight, December 29, 2013 8:03 PM

Esta cerca la movilidad en las aulas