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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students

Saturday, November 1, 2014
empathy and learning

“The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally dismissed.” –Bernard Amadei, Ashoka Fellow…

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning

Saturday, October 18, 2014
lifelong-learning quote

“I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures… I divide the world into learners and nonlearners.” –Benjamin Barber, sociologist Is your capacity for learning is fixed or fluid? Can you improve your intelligence and talents through hard work and practice, or…

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