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    Saga Briggs is Managing Editor of InformED. You can follow her on Google+ or @sagamilena

    Here are my most recent posts:

  • What Machine Learning Is Teaching Us About Human Learning

    Researchers have known that “artificial neurons” could carry out logical functions—i.e., learn the way humans do—since 1943. The term “artificial intelligence” has been around since its introduction at a science conference at Dartmouth University in 1956. But only in the past several years have we started seeing theory put into practice the way those researchers… Read More

  • 6 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe

    Each spring the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative release a list of emerging technologies forecast to have a significant impact on higher education in the next one-to-five years. The NMC Horizon Report, now in its 14th edition, aims to “identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning,… Read More

  • How Misremembering Happens in the Brain

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    January 4th, 2017 2 Comments Features

    Researchers at University College London, along with colleagues at Harvard and DeepMind Technologies, have found that we all experience false memories, especially when we’re drawing from several pieces of conceptually similar information. Martin J. Chadwick, who led the study, scanned the brains of 18 volunteers as they recalled lists of words crafted around a “lure,”… Read More

  • Teaching Grammar Through Rhythm

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    November 24th, 2016 8 Comments Features

    Rhythm is inextricably tied to language. The human heartbeat shares a time signature with one of the most universal linguistic patterns known to man, the iambic meter (“Shall-I com-PARE thee-TO a-SUM mer’s-DAY?”). Speechwriters frequently use rhythm to their advantage, hoping to stir listeners with a specific cadence or tempo. Numerous studies over the past decade… Read More