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How can we enhance working memory? | BrainFacts.org Blog

How can we enhance working memory? | BrainFacts.org Blog | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it

Even a seemingly simple behavior–like trying to remember if the name of the person you just met is “Elizabeth” or “Patricia”–can tax our memories. These short-term memory drains are part of what we neuroscientists call “working memory”.
When you think about it, it’s quite a remarkable neural feat that we can do this at all! Somehow our brains are able to take in information (like the sound waves that hit our ears in just the right way to make us perceive the sound that is the name “Patricia”), hold that information in some neural pattern/buffer/code, and then retrieve that information at will (if we’re lucky).

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Using Feedback to Empower Learners

Using Feedback to Empower Learners | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
The most successful companies are successful because they are always looking for ways to improve.  When it comes to their employees, there is no ceiling as they are continually pursuing pathways and allocating resources to help the best get even better. The same philosophy can be applied to our schools. Continuous feedback for all learners, regardless of their abilities or where they are at, is pivotal if the goal is to help them evolve into their best. The research fully supports this proclamation.  Goodwin & Miller (2012) provided this summary:


In Marzano, Pickering, and Pollock's 2001 meta-analysis, McREL researchers found an effect size for feedback of 0.76, which translates roughly into a 28-percentile point difference in average achievement (Beesley & Apthorp, 2010; Dean, Pitler, Hubbell, & Stone, 2012). John Hattie (2009) found a similar effect size of 0.73 for feedback in his synthesis of 800 meta-analyses of education research studies; in fact, feedback ranked among the highest of hundreds of education practices he studied.


The bottom line here is that feedback matters in the context of learning. It should also be noted how it differs from assessment. Feedback justifies a grade, establishes criteria for improvement, provides motivation for the next assessment, reinforces good work, and serves as a catalyst for reflection. The assessment determines whether learning occurred, what learning occurred, and if the learning relates to stated targets, standards, and objectives. In reality, formative assessment is an advanced form of feedback. 


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Sought after skills in 2030

Sought after skills in 2030 | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Pearson commissioned research by Oxford University and global think tank, Nesta, about the Future of Skills. The research applied machine learning to trawl through massive jobs datasets to identify both the occupations and - critically - the skills predicted to experience increased demand by 2030.
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Why Learning Is A New Procrastination – The Coffeelicious

Why Learning Is A New Procrastination – The Coffeelicious | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
The tremendous world of online courses, blogs, social media, free eBooks, podcasts, and webinars provides the best ever opportunity to broaden your knowledge in almost every sphere you can imagine…
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Study suggests human brain optimally weights information during learning

Study suggests human brain optimally weights information during learning | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
The human brain's capacity for learning is adaptable to a variety of conditions. When the environment changes repeatedly and constantly, learning is difficult, because the brain automatically seeks patterns in incoming information. This requires weighting prior knowledge and incoming data according to reliability.
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Fending Off Math Anxiety

Fending Off Math Anxiety | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Parents can help by starting to talk to children at an early age about numbers in everyday life.
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8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels

8 Things You Might Not Know About Vowels | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
There's more to these workhouse members of our linguistics inventory than you might think.
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50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher
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This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning.

This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning. | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Some schools are replacing detention with meditation, and science is backing them up.
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Deep Listening Activities for Academic Discussions

Deep Listening Activities for Academic Discussions | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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The Mathematics of Cake Cutting

The Mathematics of Cake Cutting | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Computer scientists have come up with an algorithm that can fairly divide a cake among any number of people
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What a Bad Decision Looks Like in the Brain

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Economics hasn’t been able to explain irrational choices. Can neuroscience?
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Are We the Only Animals That Understand Ignorance?

Are We the Only Animals That Understand Ignorance? | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Two psychologists argue that while apes and monkeys can think about the minds of others, they lack one crucial ability that only humans have.
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Teachers Have Great Ideas. Here’s How to Turn Them into Reality. | EdSurge News

Teachers Have Great Ideas. Here’s How to Turn Them into Reality. | EdSurge News | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
In looking at leaders spearheading innovation, Harvard Business Professor Linda A. Hill has noted that while “all were visionaries capable of creating a vision and inspiring others to pursue it, none considered this their primary role. Instead, they saw themselves as ‘social architects’, whose role was to shape the context. They created communities in which others were willing and able to innovate.”

So how are school systems providing this space for teachers? In all sorts of ways. Here’s how two of them are spurring teacher innovation through new policies and programs, which may serve as a roadmap for others.

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Stop Learning. Start Applying. – Personal Growth – Medium

Stop Learning. Start Applying. – Personal Growth – Medium | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
You are reading books, blogs, and how-to guides. Watching youtube videos, & listening to podcasts looking for that one golden piece of information that is going to help you have more will power, more…
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Newly discovered state of memory could help explain learning and brain disorders

Newly discovered state of memory could help explain learning and brain disorders | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Transcranial magnetic stimulation brings latent working memories back to direct consciousness
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How do toddlers learn best from touchscreens? When it comes to educational apps for kids, interactivity can either help or hinder learning and researchers are beginning to understand which strategi...

How do toddlers learn best from touchscreens? When it comes to educational apps for kids, interactivity can either help or hinder learning and researchers are beginning to understand which strategi... | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Educational app developers should be mindful of utilizing interactivity in meaningful ways that don't distract from the intended educational benefits, and, when possible, allow for customization so parents and educators can determine the best settings for their children
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The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It

The Teenage Brain Is Wired to Learn—So Make Sure Your Students Know It | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Thanks to the wonders of neuroplasticity, adolescents are primed to improve their performance in school—and beyond. Here’s how to help.
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A Study Power Move: Sleep between Sessions

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New research suggests sleep doesn’t just help learning, it helps “relearning” as well
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Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners

Gamifying Your Class to Meet the Needs of All Learners | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Introduce game dynamics like leveling up and earning badges into your classroom to boost student engagement.
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Doorway Effect: What Leaving The Room Does To Memory - PsyBlog

Doorway Effect: What Leaving The Room Does To Memory - PsyBlog | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
The doorway effect demonstrates that memory is easily disrupted by both our location and what we are doing.
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People with Autism Make More Logical Decisions

People with Autism Make More Logical Decisions | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
Experiments show lower emotional awareness lead to more rational choices
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Want to Ditch Paper and Pencil Tests? | Psych Central Professional

Want to Ditch Paper and Pencil Tests? | Psych Central Professional | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
“She won’t get out of the car.” An overwrought woman was calling Dr. Loretta Bolyard from the parking lot. The woman brought her 80-year-old mother, Greta,*
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How to Change Your Personality

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Psychologists have long debated how flexible someone’s “true” self is.
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Students taught pseudo scientific "rubbish", experts warn

Students taught pseudo scientific "rubbish", experts warn | The Science of Learning | Scoop.it
A popular teaching style embraced by teachers across Australia has been condemned as nothing more than a fad.
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