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    How Educators Around The World Are Implementing ...

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

    In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the…

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    How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies ...

    Saturday, July 12, 2014

    Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It’s what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing. Everyone has their own unique style of recording lectures and readings. No one seems to recommend one style over another, so anything goes. And when…

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    Why Self-Esteem Hurts Learning But Self-Confiden...

    Saturday, July 5, 2014

    It’s all about confidence, they say. Success in any form, be it vocational or interpersonal or what have you, all boils down to self-belief (or at least the appearance of it). But what about more quantifiable forms of success, like academic performance? You either ace the test or you don’t,…

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    The Science of How To Practice a Skill Effective...

    Monday, June 30, 2014

    Do a little research and you’ll discover that a big fat “if” has been placed out in front of the old adage “practice makes perfect.” Practice makes perfect if it is deliberate. Practice makes perfect if it is frequent. Practice makes perfect if you’ve got the right gene sequence. Practice…

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    The Science of Attention: How To Capture And Hol...

    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    How long can you reasonably expect your students to pay attention during your lessons? Some psychologists claim the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long, yet most university classes last 50 to 90 minutes. Students’ attention levels vary widely based on factors like motivation, emotion, enjoyment,…

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    25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson

    Saturday, June 21, 2014

    How do we create learning that lasts? It’s a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure of exams and performance scores hanging over our heads. But it’s an issue that needs serious attention. In general, students capture only 20-40…

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    15 Ways to Transform Your Students’ Commun...

    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Regardless of your field of study, communication skills are one of the most important determinants of career success. Without them, your best ideas and intentions remain unknown or, perhaps worse, mistaken. Many of us are blessed with good oral skills but flounder when it comes to putting those words on…

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    30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking

    Sunday, June 8, 2014

    When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later. The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different…

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    11 Major Teaching Mistakes to Avoid

    Saturday, May 31, 2014

    There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them. They range from habits of practice to habits of thought, but all of them have one important thing in common: they make your job harder. It sounds…

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    Student-Driven Learning: 50 challenging question...

    Sunday, May 25, 2014

    Using the right questions creates powerful, sometimes multiple answers and discussions. Aristotle said that he asked questions in response to other people’s views, while Socrates focused on disciplined questioning to get to the truth of the matter. Ultimately questions spark imagination, conjure emotions, and create more questions. The questions asked…

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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them)

In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the…

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How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It’s what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing. Everyone has their own unique style of recording lectures and readings. No one seems to recommend one style over another, so anything goes. And when…

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Why Self-Esteem Hurts Learning But Self-Confidence Does The Opposite

It’s all about confidence, they say. Success in any form, be it vocational or interpersonal or what have you, all boils down to self-belief (or at least the appearance of it). But what about more quantifiable forms of success, like academic performance? You either ace the test or you don’t,…

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The Science of How To Practice a Skill Effectively

Do a little research and you’ll discover that a big fat “if” has been placed out in front of the old adage “practice makes perfect.” Practice makes perfect if it is deliberate. Practice makes perfect if it is frequent. Practice makes perfect if you’ve got the right gene sequence. Practice…

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Jun
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The Science of Attention: How To Capture And Hold The Attention of Easily Distracted Students

How long can you reasonably expect your students to pay attention during your lessons? Some psychologists claim the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long, yet most university classes last 50 to 90 minutes. Students’ attention levels vary widely based on factors like motivation, emotion, enjoyment,…

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25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson

How do we create learning that lasts? It’s a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure of exams and performance scores hanging over our heads. But it’s an issue that needs serious attention. In general, students capture only 20-40…

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19

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15 Ways to Transform Your Students’ Communication Skills

Regardless of your field of study, communication skills are one of the most important determinants of career success. Without them, your best ideas and intentions remain unknown or, perhaps worse, mistaken. Many of us are blessed with good oral skills but flounder when it comes to putting those words on…

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30 Ways to Inspire Divergent Thinking

When we stop talking about creativity and innovation in abstract terms and start thinking about how they originate, we get divergent thinking. Divergent thinking is more than thinking outside the box; it’s thinking without the box, and imposing structure later. The goal of divergent thinking is to generate many different…

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Why You Should Choose To Learn the Hard Way

Saturday, July 19, 2014

“You don’t want to have to learn the hard way,” is probably one snippet of advice that you’ve heard all too often from well-meaning parents, friends, aunts or co-workers. But while this may certainly be sound advice in some cases, research suggests that “the hard way” can at times be a…

Here’s How Successful Educators Can Balance Creativity and Compliance

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Ever get the feeling you’re working for a corporation instead of a school? Well, you’re not alone. According to researchers, Australian higher education is suffering from a “corporate management paradigm” that prevents teachers from balancing creativity and compliance and fulfilling their roles as educational leaders. Dr. Fay Patel, Director of…

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