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Brain scanners allow scientists to 'read minds' – could they now enable a 'Big Brother' future?

Brain scanners allow scientists to 'read minds' – could they now enable a 'Big Brother' future? | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Are you lying? Do you have a racial bias? Is your moral compass intact? To find out what you think or feel, we usually have to take your word for it. But questionnaires and other explicit measures to reveal what’s on your mind are imperfect: you may choose to hide your true beliefs or you may not even be aware of them.

But now there is a technology that enables us to “read the mind” with growing accuracy: functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). It measures brain activity indirectly by tracking changes in blood flow – making it possible for neuroscientists to observe the brain in action. Because the technology is safe and effective, fMRI has revolutionised our understanding of the human brain. It has shed light on areas important for speech, movement, memory and many other processes.

More recently, researchers have used fMRI for more elaborate purposes. One of the most remarkable studies comes from Jack Gallant’s lab at the University of California. His team showed movie trailers to their volunteers and managed to reconstruct these video clips based on the subjects’ brain activity, using a machine learning algorithm.

In this approach, the computer developed a model based on the subject’s brain activity rather than being fed a pre-programmed solution by the researchers. The model improved with practice and after having access to enough data, it was able to decode brain activity. The reconstructed clips were blurry and the experiment involved extended training periods. But for the first time, brain activity was decoded well enough to reconstruct such complex stimuli with impressive detail.

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Maths learned best when children move

Maths learned best when children move | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Children improve at maths when instruction engages their own bodies. This is one of the findings from a recent study coming from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Exerci…
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Data Visualization Best Practices

Learn how to get the most out of your business intelligence platform including how to choose the right chart type, and how to optimise your charts to mak
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Child Development and Pedagogy Foundation || CTET || Teaching Careers

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We Can't Teach As Fast As Things Change

We Can't Teach As Fast As Things Change | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
By things I mean information. Perspectives. Ideologies. What’s socially acceptable and what’s not. Our collective cultural biases & intellectual prejudices.

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DNL's curator insight, December 16, 2016 5:04 AM
Broodje aap, zou prof. Kirschner zeggen.. 
Claudia Andrade's curator insight, December 18, 2016 9:19 AM
In that case, we must acquire the fundamentals of knowledge to deal with fast change such as digital culture, pedagogy or thinking. 
Inés Solá's curator insight, January 5, 2017 2:08 PM
Estoy de acuerdo, no limitemos a los niños a nuestras ideas, pensamientos o creencias 
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13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | Amy Morin, LCSW | #Infographic

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do | Amy Morin, LCSW | #Infographic | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.

 

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Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life. Check out these things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become more mentally strong.

 

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9 lessons to boost media literacy

9 lessons to boost media literacy | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Those who control the messages know how to push our buttons — to get us to buy products and vote for candidates. By helping our students to critically assess media messages, we are teaching them to be savvy media consumers.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 23, 2016 11:12 PM

ISTE Infographic -- good advice.

Lilydale High School's curator insight, December 29, 2016 3:37 PM
Media evaluation.
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Media literacy
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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | #SocialMedia #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | #SocialMedia #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

Students Need Professional Learning Networks, Too

Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.

 

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Students Need Professional Learning Networks, Too

Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=modern-education

 

Helen Anderson's curator insight, May 5, 2017 10:54 PM

Why student need social learning networks.

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Playing 20 Questions by 'Telepathy'? Big Score for Brain-to-Brain Communication - Singularity HUB

Playing 20 Questions by 'Telepathy'? Big Score for Brain-to-Brain Communication - Singularity HUB | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Interpersonal communication just got a lot more intimate.

So intimate, in fact, that two strangers — physically separated by a mile — can literally get into each other’s heads to solve problems together, using only their brain waves, a special computer interface and the internet.

The results, published last week in PLOS One, is the latest push towards engineering highly sophisticated human brain-to-brain interfaces (BBIs) that directly link up the consciousness of human beings, thus eschewing the need for language or non-verbal signs to get our messages across vast distances of space.

Sounds fantastical? You decide — here’s how the setup worked.

Five pairs of participants, aged between 19 and 39, were randomly paired to play a game similar to 20 questions. In each pair, one participant picked out an object from a list of eight choices, and the other tried to guess the object using a series of yes-or-no questions.

Scientists hooked up the first group of participants, dubbed the “respondents,” with an electroencephalography (EEG) cap that captures and records their brain waves.

The second group, or the “inquirers,” sat in a dark room on campus roughly a mile away, wearing heavy-duty earplugs to reduce any stimulation from their environment.

Their heads were locked in place by a two-pronged headset, with a magnetic coil placed over the visual cortex. The coil, shaped like a figure eight on top of a short handle, generates magnetic fields of various intensities, which in turn stimulate the brain. When the intensity reached a certain threshold, the inquirers saw a bright flash of light in the corner of their eye called a phosphene.

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How much consciousness does an octopus have? Or an iPhone? (Wired UK)

How much consciousness does an octopus have? Or an iPhone? (Wired UK) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
What about an iPhone? And how much consciousness can we meaningfully ascribe to someone in a coma?

Animals ranging from parrots to elephants continue to challenges our perception of consciousness, long-held as a uniquely human trait. But the reaches of consciousness don't stop at animals. As artificial intelligence gets smarter, we are faced with moral dilemmas of how machines could one day not just think but also feel.

The ethics of consciousness, not just in humans but also animals and machines, is complex. To try and make sense of it, research is currently underway to develop a method for objectively measuring consciousness -- a formula that could explain how aware any living, or artificial, being is.

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Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal

Kathy Schrock: 6 Apps That Target Higher-Order Thinking Skills -- THE Journal | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who:
raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.

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Lauren Nazzaro's curator insight, May 29, 2015 9:15 AM

Great, specific, assessment driven examples.

cherimacleod's curator insight, May 31, 2015 1:05 AM

Kathy Schrock knows thinking and technology ....right on, as always!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 13, 2016 3:08 AM

Kathy Schrock has been looking ahead with technology and a librarian's instinct for organization for years. She's still hitting it out of the park. 

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Chemists' Feat Hailed As Major Breakthrough

Chemists' Feat Hailed As Major Breakthrough | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
In what's being called a win-win for the environment and the production of renewable energy, researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley, have achieved a major breakthrough in artificial photosynthe...
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K-12 Print Needs Persist Despite Digital Growth

K-12 Print Needs Persist Despite Digital Growth | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
While many educators find benefits to using tech-based instructional materials, they find a mix of digital and print works best for their students.
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Scientific Method iMat by @primary_sci – @UKEdResources

Scientific Method iMat by @primary_sci – @UKEdResources | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

iMat (Independent Mat) for encouraging independence when planning an investigation.

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Unstructured and Structured Learning through Reusable Learning Objects

We follow a design methodology that ensures maximum re-use of content whether it is through Structured (Instructor Led Training, ELearning) or Unstructure
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Teachers Teaching with Technology

The Information and Communications Technology Learning Action Cell (ICT LAC) primarily functions as a professional learning community for public educatio
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Meet the Workday Education Team

At Workday, our commitment to bucking the status quo doesn’t stop with our applications—it continues in our approach to learning. Workday Education is
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How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains | Quanta Magazine

How Humans Evolved Supersize Brains |  Quanta Magazine | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
There it was, sitting on the mantelpiece, staring at her with hollow eyes and a naked grin. She could not stop staring back. It looked distinctly like the fossilized skull of an extinct baboon. That was the sort of thing Josephine Salmons was likely to know. At the time — 1924 — she was one of the only female students of anatomy attending the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. On this particular day she was visiting her friend Pat Izod, whose father managed a quarry company that had been excavating limestone near the town of Taung. Workers had unearthed numerous fossils during the excavation, and the Izods had kept this one as a memento. Salmons brought news of the skull to her professor, Raymond Dart, an anthropologist with a particular interest in the brain. He was incredulous. Very few primate fossils had been uncovered this far south in Africa. If the Taung site really housed such fossils, it would be an invaluable treasure trove. The next morning Salmons brought Dart the skull, and he could see that she was right: The skull was undeniably simian.Dart promptly arranged to have other primate fossils from the Taung quarry sent to him. Later that year, as he was preparing to attend a close friend’s wedding, he received a large crate. One of the specimens it contained was so mesmerizing that he nearly missed the ceremony. It came in two pieces: a natural endocast — the fossilized mold of the inner cranium, preserving the brain’s topography — and its matching skeletal face, with eye sockets, nose, jaw and teeth all intact. Dart noticed right away that this was the fossil of an extinct ape, not a monkey. The teeth suggested that the individual had died at age 6 or so. The point where the spinal cord had joined the skull was too far forward for a knuckle walker, indicating bipedalism. And the endocast, which was a little too large for a nonhuman ape of that age, had surface features characteristic of a human brain. After further study, Dart reached a bold conclusion: this was the fossil of a previously unknown ancestor of modern humans — Australopithecus africanus, the “Man-Ape of South Africa.”

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Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning | #EQ #SoftSkills

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning | #EQ #SoftSkills | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Like other aspects of modern life, education can make the head hurt. So many outcomes, so much important work to do, so many solutions and strategies, so many variations on teaching, so many different kinds of students with so many different needs, so many unknowns in preparing for 21st Century life and the endless list of jobs that haven’t been invented.

What if we discovered one unifying factor that brought all of this confusion under one roof and gave us a coherent sense of how to stimulate the intellect, teach children to engage in collaborative problem solving and creative challenge, and foster social-emotional balance and stability—one factor that, if we got right, would change the equation for learning in the same way that confirming the existence of a fundamental particle informs a grand theory of the universe?

That factor exists: It’s called empathy.

 

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thats interesting
Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 28, 2016 12:39 PM

I concur but what do you think?  Why are we so calloused and hard on our approach to leadership?

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12 things teachers can do to help reduce stress in the New Year

12 things teachers can do to help reduce stress in the New Year | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Yay, another new year! Where does the time go? Being a teacher is a stressful job, but one of the most rewarding vocations available. Sometimes, it is possible to lose sight of the important things…
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How to build a learning worker mindset

How to build a learning worker mindset | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

Why in this day and age, it is important to become a “learning worker”, and that for me  “learning to learn” doesn’t just mean “learning how to study” in formal courses. etc – although that’s a part of it, but nowadays it also means:

building a habit of continuous, everyday learning – and keeping your eyes and ears constantly open and learn from everything around youextracting the learning from your work experiences – this, after all, is how most of how we learn to do our work takes place – as we do our job keeping up to date with what’s happening in your industry and profession – not just by going to an annual conference or reading a few industry magazines – that pretty much tells you what’s happening now, not what’s happening next – the place to find that out is in on the Social Web, in your professional social networksrecognising serendipitous learning – the accidental, unplanned learning that takes place everyday as a consequence of other things.

For me, this is the new work of learning professionals – one that involves helping and supporting individuals – rather than creating and delivering one-size-fits-all content!


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/what-are-the-skills-needed-from-students-in-the-future/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/



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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 26, 2015 6:22 AM

Why in this day and age, it is important to become a “learning worker”, and that for me  “learning to learn” doesn’t just mean “learning how to study” in formal courses. etc – although that’s a part of it, but nowadays it also means:

  • building a habit of continuous, everyday learning – and keeping your eyes and ears constantly open and learn from everything around you
  • extracting the learning from your work experiences – this, after all, is how most of how we learn to do our work takes place – as we do our job 
  • keeping up to date with what’s happening in your industry and profession – not just by going to an annual conference or reading a few industry magazines – that pretty much tells you what’s happening now, not what’s happening next – the place to find that out is in on the Social Web, in your professional social networks
  • recognising serendipitous learning – the accidental, unplanned learning that takes place everyday as a consequence of other things.

For me, this is the new work of learning professionals – one that involves helping and supporting individuals – rather than creating and delivering one-size-fits-all content!


Learn more:


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/05/26/what-are-the-skills-needed-from-students-in-the-future/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/


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How (and why) to set up a VPN today | Privacy | CyberSecurity | eSkills

How (and why) to set up a VPN today | Privacy | CyberSecurity | eSkills | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Investing in a good VPN is one of the smartest steps you can take toward improving your online privacy. We'll show you how to do it right.

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/dangers-of-wifi-in-public-places/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=VPN

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/securite-pc-et-internet/?tag=VPN

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:04 PM
Investing in a good VPN is one of the smartest steps you can take toward improving your online privacy. We'll show you how to do it right.


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Engineers win grant to make smart clothes for personalized cooling and heating

Engineers win grant to make smart clothes for personalized cooling and heating | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Imagine a fabric that will keep your body at a comfortable temperature—regardless of how hot or cold it actually is. That's the goal of an engineering project at the University of California, San Diego, funded with a $2.6M grant from the U.S.

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Study Finds That Cellphone Bans Lead to Higher Test Scores

Study Finds That Cellphone Bans Lead to Higher Test Scores | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
A new U.K. study finds that cellphone bans in schools can have the same effect on test scores as adding a week of instructional time.
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Distributing Points and Percentages Across Assignments and Activities

Distributing Points and Percentages Across Assignments and Activities | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
I started thinking about this when I wondered in a previous blog whether the 5 or 10% that many of us give for participation was enough to motivate students, or whether being such a small part of the grade, it actually devalued what students contribute in class. Since then I’ve been thinking more about how we decide on the allocation of points or percentages for the various assignments students complete in a course. For many of us (that includes me), it isn’t as thoughtful of a process as it should be. Rather, we do what we’ve done before, or we ask around, get a general sense of what everybody else is doing and follow suit.
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