Blended Study: 10 Ways to Use Tech While You Learn

Sunday, March 22, 2015
blended study

We hear a lot about blended learning from an instructor’s perspective, but what about from a student’s perspective? In what ways can students use technology to support learning inside and outside their course sessions? Traditionally, studying involves a lot of passive reviewing. Reviewing texts, reviewing notes, reviewing lecture slides. But…

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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

Saturday, March 21, 2015
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Here’s the problem with what I’m about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for decades. Why does this matter? Because it means we could all have been getting smarter this whole time. Instead, we seem…

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30 Useful Apps For Students You Probably Don’t Know About

Sunday, March 15, 2015
ipad apps for students

The number of college students taking at least one online course has nearly doubled over the past five years according to a report by market research agency Refuel.  Online students are often faced with the challenge of juggling their academic responsibilities alongside families or full-time jobs, which is certainly no…

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How Teaching Mindfulness Benefits Learning

Sunday, March 8, 2015
mindfulness

It’s no secret that social and emotional well-being can directly influence academic outcomes. When we are in tune with our emotions, we pay attention to the right things and make sound decisions; when we fail to manage our feelings, our thinking becomes impaired. Many of us have been incorporating social-emotional…

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Deeper Learning: What Is It and Why Is It So Effective?

Saturday, March 7, 2015
deeper learning

You can’t search for something you’ve already found, can you? In the case of deeper learning, it appears we’ve been doing just that: aiming in the dark at a concept that’s right under our noses. “Sometimes our understanding of deep learning isn’t all that deep,” says Maryellen Weimer, PhD, retired…

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Where Edtech Can Help: 10 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning

Sunday, March 1, 2015
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Regardless of whether you think every infant needs an iPad, I think we can all agree that technology has changed education for the better. Today’s learners now enjoy easier, more efficient access to information; opportunities for extended and mobile learning; the ability to give and receive immediate feedback; and greater…

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What’s in a Genius? How Popular Notions of Intelligence Are Holding Us Back

Saturday, February 28, 2015
genius

The word “genius” has come to dictate the way we think about intelligence, and not always in the most accurate of ways. Traditional notions of the concept date back to Plato’s understanding of artistic creation, and define it as a state of being rather than a type of person: “God…

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Intelligence & Humour: Are Smart People Funnier?

Saturday, February 21, 2015
humor and learning

Defined by psychologists, a joke is an “incongruity that is recognised and resolved in some way.” But we don’t need a rocket scientist to tell us when to laugh. There are countless types of humour, some of which we appreciate more than others, and rarely do we stop to ask…

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15 Surprising Discoveries About Learning

Sunday, February 15, 2015
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What are some of the most encouraging known facts about learning? From taking a walk to learning a new language, there are countless things we can do to improve the way we learn. Below we list fifteen steps toward a better brain: 1. Laughter boosts brain function. Pam Schiller and…

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25 Ways to Develop a Growth Mindset

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
growth-mindset

“In one world, effort is a bad thing. It, like failure, means you’re not smart or talented. If you were, you wouldn’t need effort. In the other world, effort is what makes you smart or talented.” –Carol Dweck What if your true learning potential was unknown, even unknowable, at best?…

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