10 Tips For Effective Problem-Based Learning: The Ultimate Instructional Solution

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Problem-based learning (PBL) was first introduced to the field of education in the 1960s by medical education specialist Howard Barrows, who argued that the teaching of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada should be organized in a way that emulated the reasoning of a skilled practitioner. Monash University was…

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You Can Learn to Love Criticism. Here’s How.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Stephen King’s first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” Oprah Winfey was fired as an evening news reporter for Baltimore’s WJZ-TV because she couldn’t separate her emotions from her stories….

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5 Ways Doodling Improves Learning And Creativity

Saturday, May 16, 2015
Doodling is the brooding of the mind

Do you still think doodling is a waste of time? Does it mean someone isn’t paying attention? Well, it’s time to change your mind. Doodling and drawing can actually help you process, retain, and share information. Doodling and Memory According to a 2009 study by professor of Psychology, Jackie Andrade,…

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10 Habits of the World’s Greatest Learners

Sunday, May 10, 2015

You could argue all day about which people, alive today or long gone, qualify as the world’s “greatest learners.” But one thing is for sure: you can’t ignore the wisdom of the self-taught. History is filled with people called autodidacts, or individuals who teach themselves about a subject or subjects…

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5 Reasons We Can’t Ignore Social-Emotional Learning

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Fewer than one third of students believe they are part of a caring, encouraging learning environment, according to a new study. And only half of students report having competencies such as empathy, conflict resolution, and decision-making skills. So what can we do to repair this deficit? The general consensus among…

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20 Steps Towards More Self-Directed Learning

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Growing up on Chicago’s South Side, Tiffany Mikell had little choice but to become a self-directed learner. As a poor student with few opportunities handed to her, she figured out at an early age that the things she learned from her teachers wouldn’t be enough to help change her situation–and…

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30 Tips to Cultivate Soft Skills in Your Students

Friday, May 1, 2015

Illustration by Linda Tieu Preparing students for successful careers is a major part of every educator’s job, but most preservice and professional development programmes don’t cover the skills employers are currently seeking–things like “emergent” leadership, adaptability, humility, and ownership. At Google, hiring managers don’t care whether a candidate received perfect…

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The Educator’s Guide to Twitter (Tools, Tips and Hashtags)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Illustration by Tim Paul If you’re an educator, chances are you’re interested in using Twitter as a teaching and learning tool. And the good news is, we’ve got you covered, from basic instructions on general use to creative strategies you can incorporate into your course or lesson plans. In this…

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21 Educational Apps Approved By Teachers

Sunday, April 26, 2015
educational apps

Tired of reading the same old list of recommended apps? We’ve curated twenty-one fresh ones for you here, and you won’t find Dropbox or Evernote among the ranks. The best part is, they’re all approved and used by actual teachers. Take a look and feel free to suggest your own…

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Serendipity In Learning: Is Planning For Everything Ideal For Learners?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

We’re used to learning with the help of instructions, having guidance on the topics we should study and how to approach subjects. Even search engines are designed to show the most relevant results based on a computed likelihood that certain information relates to our query. Are we missing something with…

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