What Cures Dyslexia, Improves Reading Comprehension, and Sharpens Attention? Hint: It’s Not Allowed in Schools.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
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New research out of Oxford University suggests that video games may be potential tools for improving concentration and reading in people with dyslexia. The task that people with dyslexia fail to carry out when they conflate lines and letters–what psychologists call a “cross-sensory shift of attention”–also happens to be the…

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Virtual Assistants, Quantified Self Among NMC Horizon Trends for 2014

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The NMC Horizon Report’s 2014 Higher Education Preview is out, and there are a few surprises in the forecast. The preview highlights important developments in educational technology for higher education, providing a handy “time-to-adoption” estimate for each trend. This year, the report features the usual suspects such as flipped learning,…

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Lifelong Learning: Just another Trendy Buzzword or a Meaningful Pursuit?

Monday, February 24, 2014
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Lifelong learning – it’s that elusive thing that today’s educators are still trying to define, and learners are constantly being reminded to embrace. In a recent piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education, author and associate professor of English, James Lang, shares his frustration with the hype that has been…

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See Why This English Teacher Says Digital Citizenship Must Begin With Pen and Paper

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Blogs offer students the opportunity to create an online portfolio that documents success, progress, and achievement. More significantly, they provide students with an authentic audience, which is a great motivator in terms of language use, length, and quality of work produced. Holly Fairbrother, an English teacher at the Nexus International…

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Is the Internet Creating a More Easily Distracted Generation of Learners?

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Gathering information has never been easier than it is today. Mobile devices and increasingly widespread access to wireless networks mean that research can be conducted by almost anyone at any time. But a recent survey by the Pew Research Center shows that when it comes to academic research, many educators…

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Reading Can Boost Cognitive Function for up to Five Days Finds Study

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Ever get caught up in a thrilling or tragic novel that occupied your mind for days or even weeks after it had been returned to its shelf? Neuroscientists have long known that reading has a powerful effect on the brain, but researchers from Emory University have put the phrase “life-changing”…

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Why We Need To Teach Students Time Management

Monday, January 27, 2014

Online courses are often chosen for their flexible structure, but although the ability to adjust study-time to specific needs is certainly attractive, students should not underestimate the importance of time management in online learning. As part of a larger project to explore different ways to analyze and promote productive “listening”…

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Why Spaced Learning Works Better Than Cramming

Saturday, January 25, 2014

You probably don’t need a study to tell you that late-night coffee-fueled cramming sessions aren’t the best way to be preparing for an important exam, but  neuroscientists in Japan recently uncovered new evidence that helps explain the so-called “spacing effect.” Of course neuroscientists have long known that learning is more…

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Students More Likely to Post to Discussion Boards if Anonymous

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Online discussion boards are increasingly being used to support university teaching. Academic staff members encourage students to use online student discussion boards within learning management systems to ask and answer questions, share information, and engage in discussion. In a recent study conducted by researchers at Curtin University, students reported being…

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Social Media Use Remains Personal for Majority of Instructors

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Faculty members’ social media use has been steadily increasing over the past few years, but according to a new survey conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson Learning Solutions, this trend doesn’t extend to classroom settings. The survey showed that more faculty members used social media for professional…

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