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Music Makes You a Better Reader, Says Neuroscience

Music Makes You a Better Reader, Says Neuroscience | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Science continues to find reasons why music makes you better at pretty much everything. #ProjectLiteracy
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Do Kids Have Too Much Homework?

Do Kids Have Too Much Homework? | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Across the United States, parents, teachers and administrators alike are rethinking their approach to after-school assignments
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How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers

How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
With programmable robots and student competitions, Lego is making “tinkering with machines cool again”
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How Motherhood Makes You Smarter

How Motherhood Makes You Smarter | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
New studies on rats show that being a mom does more than change her body, it may maximize her brainpower too
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Breaking Down Barriers to Online Education

Breaking Down Barriers to Online Education | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
The self-described “tinkerers” and “hacker-ninjas” behind a free web app they call “KA Lite” have an immodest goal: They aim to bring the revolution in online education to the 65 percent of the world that isn’t online.
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Teaching Kids Math and Science

Teaching Kids Math and Science | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it

"Apps for mobile devices can help make even the most abstract concepts—like algebra or physics—engaging. And smartphones and tablets can be carried out into nature to help students understand what they're seeing."

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This Cute Robot Helps Children With Autism Socialize

This Cute Robot Helps Children With Autism Socialize | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Keepon is a friendly yellow robot that helps children with autism communicate without intimidation.
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Baboons can learn to recognize words

Baboons can learn to recognize words | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it

"Even though they speak no language, baboons can achieve one of the first steps in reading — the ability to distinguish real words from nonsense on the basis of the arrangement of their letters.

 

The monkeys' ability suggests that reading is based on simple object-identification skills, rather than on more advanced linguistic skills, according to Jonathan Grainger and his colleagues at Aix-Marseille University in France."

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Why Learning Leads to Happiness - US News and World Report

Education, engagement, and creativity produce happier and longer lives.

 

"Your mind may be the closest thing to the Holy Grail of longevity and happiness. Education has been widely documented by researchers as the single variable tied most directly to improved health and longevity. And when people are intensely engaged in doing and learning new things, their well-being and happiness can blossom."

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Retirees Are Using Education to Exercise an Aging Brain

Retirees Are Using Education to Exercise an Aging Brain | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Some people may be thinking of second careers, while others hope to forestall the mental declines of age.
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@Google Presents: Daniel Kahneman (video)

"@Google Talks is proud to welcome hero of psychology, Daniel Kahneman.

Daniel Kahneman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his seminal work in psychology that challenged the rational model of judgment and decision making, is one of our most important thinkers. His ideas have had a profound and widely regarded impact on many fields—including economics, medicine, and politics—but until now, he has never brought together his many years of research and thinking in one book.

 

In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior."

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Flat World Knowledge Doubles Growth, Outpaces Digital Textbook Trend

Flat World Knowledge Doubles Growth, Outpaces Digital Textbook Trend | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
IRVINGTON, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 24, 2011) - Flat World Knowledge, the largest commercial publisher of free and open college textbooks, today announced 7 out of 10 of its student users will be consuming digital textbooks during the new academic...
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This Chart Shows That Information Overload At Work Is Literally Hurting Our Brains

This Chart Shows That Information Overload At Work Is Literally Hurting Our Brains | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it

"A study at Temple University found too much information leads people to make stupid mistakes and bad choices due to a drop in activity in the dorsolateral PFC region of the brain. The study also found that “the brain’s emotion regions — previously held in check by the dorsolateral PFC — run as wild as toddlers on a sugar high,” causing anxiety and frustration."

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'Mobile reading revolution' takes off in developing world

'Mobile reading revolution' takes off in developing world | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Unesco study reports huge growth in adults and children reading books on phones in Africa and the Indian subcontinent
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Where Are the Centers for Education Innovation?

Where Are the Centers for Education Innovation? | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Look at a state-by-state comparison of where STEM and charter schools can be found around the country
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VIDEO: Problem Solvers! | Learning Matters

VIDEO: Problem Solvers! | Learning Matters | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
"Teachers have swapped traditional curriculum for an unusually comprehensive science curriculum that emphasizes problem-solving, with a little help from some robots."
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What the Brain Can Tell Us About Art

What the Brain Can Tell Us About Art | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
When we view a work of art, we add our own brush strokes of memory — finishing a creative process that, until then, is incomplete.
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This is your brain on Jane Austen, and Stanford researchers are taking notes

This is your brain on Jane Austen, and Stanford researchers are taking notes | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Researchers observe the brain patterns of test subjects reading a Jane Austen novel. The fMRI images suggest that literary reading provides a valuable exercise of people's brains.
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‘Mechanical MOOC’ to Rely on Free Learning Sites

‘Mechanical MOOC’ to Rely on Free Learning Sites | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
An online-learning group is creating a new kind of free class, known as a mechanical MOOC (for “massive open online course”), that will patch together existing resources from open-learning sites.
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What if the Secret to Success Is Failure?

What if the Secret to Success Is Failure? | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Why our children’s success — and happiness — may depend less on perfect performance than on learning how to deal with failure.
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DailyGood: What the Internet Does to Your Brain

"The Pulitzer-Prize nominee Nicholas Carr discusses the inherent‘shallowness’ of Web 2.0 technologies, and the troubling consequences for our brains."

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Why all our kids should be taught how to code | The Guardian

Why all our kids should be taught how to code | The Guardian | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it

"We'll get to why this is important and necessary in a moment, but first we need to face up to a painful fact. It is that almost everything we have done over the last two decades in the area of ICT education in British schools has been misguided and largely futile. Instead of educating children about the most revolutionary technology of their young lifetimes, we have focused on training them to use obsolescent software products."

 

"And we did this because we fell into what the philosopher Gilbert Ryle would have called a "category mistake" – an error in which things of one kind are presented as if they belonged to another. We made the mistake of thinking that learning about computing is like learning to drive a car, and since a knowledge of internal combustion technology is not essential for becoming a proficient driver, it followed that an understanding of how computers work was not important for our children."

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With Teamwork, Humans Best Other Primates

With Teamwork, Humans Best Other Primates | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
A study comparing preschoolers’ puzzle-solving strategies with those of chimps and monkeys highlights humans’ unique “cumulative culture” of shared knowledge.
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Are People Getting Dumber? - Room for Debate

Are People Getting Dumber? - Room for Debate | Innovative Learning | Scoop.it
Sometimes when you turn on the TV, it's hard not to wonder: Is humanity devolving?
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UC Irvine launches Open Education TV Channel

"More than 144 hours of our best faculty lectures will be made available for free with the launch of a new UCI OpenCourseWare project called Open Education TV. The launch, which will allow viewers worldwide to follow video-taped classes, seminars and conferences at their convenience, coincides with the first annual Open Education Week scheduled for March 5-10 by the global OpenCourseWare Consortium."

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