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    The Secret to Staying Focused

    Saturday, September 27, 2014

    Image by Victo ngai Let’s face it. Eliminating all distractions in order to focus is poor advice. It just doesn’t work, in the same way that most abstinence campaigns never work. Distraction isn’t the problem; in many cases, it aids the creative process. The problem is one of motivation. “Like…

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    Mind Wandering: How It Helps and Harms Learning

    Wednesday, September 24, 2014

    What happens on a neurological level while our minds wander is actually pretty fascinating. According to the Neuroenergetic Theory proposed by Killeen et al., our attention starts to lag after just twelve seconds of effort because our neurons run out of fuel. Neurons first look to glial cells for lactate,…

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    Students As Creators: How To Drive Your Students...

    Saturday, September 20, 2014

    One trend we are going to see in education that hasn’t received much discussion yet is the shift from students as consumers to students as creators. This is part of, but not the same thing as, the Maker Movement. In fact, it may usefully be described as what needs to…

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    There’s a Better Way to Teach Critical Thi...

    Saturday, September 13, 2014

    Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that’s how it should be. The term was popularised long ago–by John Dewey, in the 1930s–but in recent years it has become less of an actionable technique and more of a trendy educational buzzword. Our…

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  • digital literacy

    20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital L...

    Saturday, July 26, 2014

    Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curricula across the globe. As current undergraduates have never known a life without the internet, it’s only natural that universities should nurture their familiarity with technology,…

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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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  • note taking strategies

    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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  • capturing attention

    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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The Secret to Staying Focused

Image by Victo ngai Let’s face it. Eliminating all distractions in order to focus is poor advice. It just doesn’t work, in the same way that most abstinence campaigns never work. Distraction isn’t the problem; in many cases, it aids the creative process. The problem is one of motivation. “Like…

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Mind Wandering: How It Helps and Harms Learning

What happens on a neurological level while our minds wander is actually pretty fascinating. According to the Neuroenergetic Theory proposed by Killeen et al., our attention starts to lag after just twelve seconds of effort because our neurons run out of fuel. Neurons first look to glial cells for lactate,…

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Students As Creators: How To Drive Your Students To Be More Than Just Consumers

One trend we are going to see in education that hasn’t received much discussion yet is the shift from students as consumers to students as creators. This is part of, but not the same thing as, the Maker Movement. In fact, it may usefully be described as what needs to…

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Sep
13

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There’s a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that’s how it should be. The term was popularised long ago–by John Dewey, in the 1930s–but in recent years it has become less of an actionable technique and more of a trendy educational buzzword. Our…

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26

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20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills

Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curricula across the globe. As current undergraduates have never known a life without the internet, it’s only natural that universities should nurture their familiarity with technology,…

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Jul
19

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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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Jul
12

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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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5

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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 Serious Limitation of Rote Memorisation You Probably Don’t Know About (And It’s Undermining Learning)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Repetition is one of most commonly used study strategies, and if you’ve ever reread a text or used flashcards to commit something to memory, you’ve practised this method of learning.  Recently, however, researchers from UC Irvine have discovered that although repetition can be an effective learning technique; it also has…

Learning a Second Language Has Some Surprising Benefits

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

  Aside from increasing your employability and making foreign travel easier; new research shows that learning another language can have a lasting effect on how your brain functions, and this is a good thing. According to research carried out by Pennsylvania State and York University professors, people who speak more…

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