Social Learning Is More Than Just Social Media: Crafting An Effective Strategy

Sunday, February 1, 2015
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Australia and the United States are the two most individualistic countries in the world. From the time we enter formal schooling, we are expected to forge our own academic paths and pursue individual careers, occasionally crossing paths with others but always keeping our own best interests in mind. But in…

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This Is Your Brain On Games

Saturday, January 24, 2015
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Illustration by Terry Fan The past year has illuminated many things about the way the brain works, including how it responds to games. It is now erroneous to conflate ten hours of Super Mario with minor head trauma. We know that you won’t go blind if you’re looking for coins…

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The Evolution of Learning Technologies

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Evolution of Learning Technologies

    Since its first appearance nearly 6,000 years ago, educational technology has given birth to some of humanity’s finest inventions. Without it, we wouldn’t have historical records, textbooks (digital or print), search engines, or social media. We’d be doing sums on our fingers and toes and drawing maps in…

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16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn

Saturday, December 13, 2014
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Our own brains regularly deceive us in order to make sense of the world we live in. Most of the time, it’s nothing more than an innocent effort to save face. Our brain will tell us we’re smarter and better looking than everyone else, and that any fault brought to…

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How 3-D Printing Will Change Education

Sunday, December 7, 2014
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Also known as rapid prototyping, 3-D printing is a technology that allows users to create three-dimensional physical products from a digital file. Each product is created one layer at a time, using an inkjet-like process that sprays a bonding agent onto a very thin layer of fixable powder. The bonding…

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18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They’re Learned

Saturday, December 6, 2014
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Rules are great. They provide order to an otherwise chaotic world and help preserve and perpetuate important ideas. If it weren’t for rules, and the willingness to follow rules, we wouldn’t have language or the ability to communicate. We wouldn’t have educational standards or scientific research, democracy or civil rights….

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When Not to Use Technology: 15 Things That Should Stay Simple In Education

Saturday, November 29, 2014
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Most of us know better than to use technology for technology’s sake. The Shiny New Tech Syndrome is taking the world by storm, and with the added pressure of finding new ways to improve educational outcomes, we try our best not to be tempted. But there are some things–certain methods,…

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15 Things We Do As Educators Today That Will Embarrass Us in 20 Years

Saturday, November 22, 2014
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In an era of such rapid change, it’s no easy task to predict the future. The practices and principles we hold dearest to our hearts now may very well be the ones we’re trashing in 25 years. In the same breath, the trends we find least appealing may end up…

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21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Sunday, November 9, 2014
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In the past year, education researchers have done much to turn commonly held beliefs about learning on their head. In her controversial new book, Seven Myths About Education, published by Routledge earlier this year, Daisy Christodoulou draws on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools to show us just…

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Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Your Students

Saturday, November 8, 2014
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Over a decade ago, cognitive scientists John D. Bransford and Daniel J. Schwartz asked fifth graders and college students to create a recovery plan to protect bald eagles from extinction. Surprisingly, the two groups came up with plans of similar quality (although the college students had better spelling skills). But…

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