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Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World

Small Animals Live in a Slow-Motion World | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

One “dog year” supposedly equals seven human years. But does one year feel like seven years to a dog? Evidence suggests that distinct species do indeed experience passing time on different scales. A recent study in Animal Behavior reveals that body mass and metabolic rate determine how animals of different species perceive time.

 

Time perception depends on how rapidly an animal's nervous system processes sensory information. To test this ability, researchers show animals a rapidly flashing light. If the light flashes quickly enough, animals (and humans) perceive it as a solid, unblinking light. The animal's behavior or its brain activity, as measured by electrodes, reveals the highest frequency at which each species perceives the light as flashing. Animals that can detect the blinking at higher frequencies are perceiving time at a finer resolution. In other words, movements and events will appear to unfold more slowly to them—think slow-motion bullet dodging in an action movie.

 

The scientists who ran the new study gathered data from previous experiments on the rate at which visual information is processed in 34 vertebrates, including lizards, birds, fish and mammals. The scientists hypothesized that the ability to detect incoming sights at a high rate would be advantageous for animals that must perform the equivalent of bullet dodging—responding to visual stimuli very quickly to catch elusive prey or escape predators, for instance. These animals tend to be lighter and have faster metabolisms. The data bore out the hypothesis: species that perceived time at the finest resolutions tended to be smaller and have faster metabolisms.

 

These findings show that differences in how a mouse and an elephant sense time are not arbitrary but rather are finely tuned by interactions with their surroundings. A link between time perception, body structure and physiology suggests that different nervous systems have developed to balance pressures from the natural environment with energy conservation. Rapid perception might be essential for a hawk but would waste a whale's precious energy. As for Fido, a year really does seem longer to him than it does to you, but probably not by a factor of seven. Dogs can take in visual information at least 25 percent faster than humans—just enough to make a television show look like a series of flickering images.


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Why technology is at a tipping point in U.S. schools

Why technology is at a tipping point in U.S. schools | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"Technology in the classroom continues to stir debate over its promise as a transformative tool for learning — and questions about how effectively teachers are able to make use of it."


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This is a great conversation about where ed tech is in K12 and where it needs to go.  
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(...) “You can decide whatever program you want, but if it has a poor implementation, it isn’t going to work. That requires buy-in from teachers and their involvement in the decision-making,” she said. It also involves getting application developers to work more closely with teachers." (...)
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Chemistry comes to Minecraft » Chemistry Blog

Chemistry comes to Minecraft » Chemistry Blog | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"There has been a spot of role reversal in my house of late. I’ve been at the Minecraft again and my kids are complaining. A while back Microsoft asked me and Joel Mills to work on the latest update of their amazingly popular game. And that update now includes a whole load of chemistry … "


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Online Learning: Why Students Want Quality Over Convenience

Online Learning: Why Students Want Quality Over Convenience | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"What are the defining features of a quality educational experience? Without thinking much about it, we would probably cite elements like knowledgeable and responsive instructors, clearly structured curriculum, and engaging learning activities. In the current educational climate, where online learning increasingly is becoming the norm, the question arises whether these qualities still matter. "


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Robot learning improves student engagement

Robot learning improves student engagement | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
The first-ever study of Michigan State University's pioneering robot-learning course shows that online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom.
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Wow! This is really great information! Great ways for students to connect to the classroom!
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Study finds reading information aloud to yourself improves memory

Study finds reading information aloud to yourself improves memory | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
You are more likely to remember something if you read it out loud, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.

A recent Waterloo study found that speaking text aloud helps to get words into long-term memory. Dubbed the “production effect,” the study determined that it is the dual action of speaking and hearing oneself that has the most beneficial impact on memory.

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Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game - The Hechinger Report

Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game - The Hechinger Report | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
FRESNO, Calif. — A group of seventh- and eighth-grade girls sat around a lunch table discussing a new game-like app they use in school. Danna Rodriguez somewhat sullenly said she didn’t want to care about Strides, which tracks points students can earn for attendance, grade-point average and engagement with the app itself, among other things. …
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What a great idea! Getting students to pay attention to their data and using the elements of gaming!
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Want to Build a High-Performing Team? Science Says Focus on These 3 Things

Want to Build a High-Performing Team? Science Says Focus on These 3 Things | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Many leaders believe a team is only as strong as its weakest link. Thus many organizations spend a lot of time working to attract the best talent, while performance-managing those that aren't operating at the standard they would like.

 

But building a world-class team isn't about just getting the right people on the bus. It's about making sure you have a game plan in place that makes everyone on your team operate at a higher level.

 

So if you want to build a team that consistently overflows with top performers, build a team philosophy and culture designed to enable everyone who is part of it to excel.


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To build a strong team, define in advance your norms and standards for excellence. Then work to ensure everyone on your team is equipped to meet them.

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No secret here understand what great looks like, practice it often and keep the right attitudes ...

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The Influence of a Pedagogical Agent on Learners’ Cognitive Load

According to cognitive load theorists, the incorporation of extraneous features, such as pedagogical agents, into the learning environment can introduce extraneous cognitive load and thus interfere with learning outcome scores. In this study, the influence of a pedagogical agent’s presence in an instructional video was compared to a video that did not contain a pedagogical agent. The results indicated no significant differences on a multiple choice learning outcome measure or on a perceived mental effort measure that was rated both after the instructional sequence and after completion of the post-test. In addition, no significant differences were found between groups in relation to their training efficiency or instructional efficiency. Accordingly, the position that the mere appearance of a pedagogical agent in the learning environment increases the cognitive load imposed by a learning task should be re-examined.
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"Virtual characters continue to appear in a multitude of computer-based learning environments. One type of virtual character, the pedagogical agent, continues to be a focus of recent research. The term pedagogical agent refers to a wide range of virtual characters, but they always have a visual presence in the learning environment and their purpose is to help students learn the material."
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Faculty Buy-in Builds, Bit by Bit: Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology

Faculty Buy-in Builds, Bit by Bit: Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
As more professors teach online, their confidence in the effectiveness of digital learning grows, though a majority question impact on vulnerable students and administrators' motives.
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"Experts in online learning said they believed that while those factors might have exaggerated the size of the change in faculty attitudes about online courses, the overall trend was unmistakable: either because more instructors have experience with online learning or for other reasons, belief in its efficacy is slowly growing."
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Emerging Tech Boosts Online Education Growth Over Next 4 Years

Emerging Tech Boosts Online Education Growth Over Next 4 Years | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A study finds that mobile devices, virtual reality and blending learning programs will spark innovation.
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With millions of students enrolling in at least one online course, it should be no surprise that a recent Technavio study found that the online education market is forecasted to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20 percent until 2021.
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Without the Right Curriculum, Personalized Learning Is Just Another Fad - EdSurge News

More school leaders than ever before are seeking to harness digital tools to personalize learning and to prepare students for life after school, whe
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Curriculum matters!  I am so happy when people write about the curriculum and not about the how!  Using rigorous curriculum that challenges our students and teaches them to be persistent is so important for the world they will live in.  Great things to think about in this article!
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How Vulnerability Can Help You Connect with an Audience - Knowledge@Wharton

How Vulnerability Can Help You Connect with an Audience - Knowledge@Wharton | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Good communicators make themselves look smart. Great communicators make their audiences feel smart, writes Wharton's Adam Grant.
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"people who make the best impressions aren’t aiming to impress others. They’re focused on connecting with others. "
This reminds me about the important role of emotions in learning.
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Why Digital Transformation Won't Succeed Without Cultural Change - Naully Nicolas

Why Digital Transformation Won't Succeed Without Cultural Change - Naully Nicolas | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A lot of businesses frequently use the term Digital Transformation, but what does it actually mean? We have become so accustomed to digital technology, we…
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Some great infographics in this post and some really good concepts to address in corporate culture. I often see these struggles in classroom teaching as we integrate more technology. People want to follow old processes with new technology. There really is a whole transformation process.
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How Empowering Girls to Confront Conflict and Buck Perfection Helps Their Well-Being | MindShift | KQED News

How Empowering Girls to Confront Conflict and Buck Perfection Helps Their Well-Being | MindShift | KQED News | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A growing percentage of girls feel pressure to please everyone in their lives, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX). The college application process is more competitive than ever and the comparative culture on social media is always present. “The pressure is greater, but they’re also experiencing it more and more each day as the time on media increases,” Marean said.

Some studies show the rate of depression and anxiety increasing more rapidly among girls, and social media culture has heightened the sense among many girls that they must be perfect, presenting a pleasant, well-behaved, curated persona to the world.

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Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students?

Can Online Learning Level the AP Playing Field for Rural Students? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

"Some schools are wading deeper into more immersive online ed, but experts urge caution."


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7 Best Educational Virtual Reality Apps 

7 Best Educational Virtual Reality Apps  | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
These seven educational virtual reality apps can provide enhanced engagement, improved retention, and the ability to block out common distractions.

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Here the brief details about how Virtual & Augmented Reality using in healthcare industry.

https://medicustech.blogspot.in/2018/01/mixed-reality-in-healthcare-and-its-new.html
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How ‘deep’ is Deep Learning?

How ‘deep’ is Deep Learning? | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

Companies today have to deal with changing business landscapes, diligent employees, and a tsunami of data. The big question now is if and what they are doing to encourage Deep Learning for all the stakeholders involved including employees, customers, and the company itself. After all, Deep Learning is something that we cannot turn a blind eye to. Companies should care about it now more than ever because it is increasingly becoming a critical, competitive weapon that has the potential to propel the business to success.

Wikipedia defines 'Deep Learning' as a subset of Machine Learning in Artificial Intelligence (AI) that has networks capable of learning unsupervised from unstructured or unlabeled data. In an easier to understand way, Deep Learning leverages the machine's intelligence (as opposed to the human's) to comprehend and extract relevant information from Big Data. This is done through a self-adaptive algorithm that gets better and better analysis and patterns with experience or with newly added data.

That's Deep Learning from the AI perspective. What about the basic premise behind this sub-set of Machine Learning? The real concept in its literal sense? It is this unexplored bit about Deep Learning that we shall discuss in this article.


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Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren't bored to death

Fifteen ways to adapt your textbook so your students aren't bored to death | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, teachers may only be given the textbook without any professional development or additional curriculum resources. It can be challenging, especially for newer teachers, to figure out how to use the textbook to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students who may be at different levels of English proficiency. It can also be difficult if the textbook is outdated or not well-designed in terms of instructional practice.
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So many of these ideas can be adapted to web-based resources or digital curriculum. Good sound pedagogy for use with any content! (And any subject matter!)
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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 

A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018  | Distance Learning | Scoop.it

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A great list of tools every professional can be using to keep up with their profession.
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Jeff Fenwick Phillips's curator insight, November 13, 2017 10:01 AM

Gus Mees does a great job of curating his site about learning in the 21st century.  The Professional Learner's Toolkit provides helpful information for designing an LMS for educators.

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A great list of tools every professional can be using to keep up with their profession.
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André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how

André Staltz - The Web began dying in 2014, here's how | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
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"The Web and the internet have represented freedom: efficient and unsupervised exchange of information between people of all nations. In the Trinet, we will have even more vivid exchange of information between people, but we will sacrifice freedom. Many of us will wake up to the tragedy of this tradeoff only once it is reality." -Andre Staltz
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Why Self-Directed Learning Practices Make Us Better Learners

Why Self-Directed Learning Practices Make Us Better Learners | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
In this article, we discuss how the promotion of self-directed learning can be a benefit to every student of every level.
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Online instructors differ on whether they need online course experience

Online instructors differ on whether they need online course experience | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
Two-thirds of faculty members responding to an annual Inside Higher Ed survey say they’ve never taken an online course. Do they need that experience to be capable online instructors?
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I think online instructors should experience an online class. Even if it isn't a good class they can see what doesn't work. An excuse that you don't want to absorb someone else's style - did that happen when you took all your coursework face-to-face? I understand instructors may not always be able to experience the type of class they are offering - self-paced, videoconferencing, a small group or large group - but really some sort of effort should be made. 
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Better Together: Embedding Certifications to Support Adult Learners

Better Together: Embedding Certifications to Support Adult Learners | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
A supply chain management program at Broward College shows how multi-credential pathways can help new-normal adult students land a better job.
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In defense of sports parents | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

In defense of sports parents | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
By Robert Pondiscio
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Interesting look at the idea of student accountability and the idea of parents being able to watch performance.
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How To Show PowerPoint Who's Boss (and avoid Awful Slides!)

How To Show PowerPoint Who's Boss (and avoid Awful Slides!) | Distance Learning | Scoop.it
PowerPoint is awesome, but here's the truth: some of the default features of PowerPoint can lead you down the path of creating horrible PowerPoint slides

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