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
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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
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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
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“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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Personalised Learning: What’s Coming And 10 Trends Every Educator Needs To Know About

Sunday, February 8, 2015
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Personalised Learning is the tailoring of pedagogy, curriculum, and learning environment to meet the needs and aspirations of individual learners. In a personalised learning environment, learning starts with the learner, not the instructor. The learner understands how she learns best, so she is active in designing her learning goals. The…

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12 Myths About Student Engagement

Saturday, February 7, 2015
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Student engagement is one of the most reliable predictors of gains in learning. We can all agree that students who actively participate in learning are more successful and satisfied with their own educational careers. Still, keeping students engaged is easier said than done. We know it’s important, and we’ve tried…

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

Sunday, February 1, 2015
Learning-is-not-purely-behavioral.-It-is-a-cognitive-process-that-takes-place-in-a-social-context

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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