• 30 Academic Resources on Learning

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    January 17th, 2016 4 Comments Features
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    Many of us read blogs about learning and discuss the learning process with our colleagues, but few of us actually bother keeping up with the latest science. Maybe it’s because, if we do manage to identify a source or two, we are immediately turned off by all the dense scientific jargon. Or maybe it’s not… Read More

  • Using Gaming Principles to Engage Students

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    January 16th, 2016 1 Comment Features

    This year the NMC Horizon Report eliminated “games and gamification” from its list of emerging technology trends in K-12 settings. NMC’s CEO Larry Johnson explained that, “For most people, it’s just too hard to integrate and there are no tools to make it easier.” Though gamification has been widely adopted in other industries like marketing… Read More

  • 5 Habits of Creative Teachers

    In early December, seven teachers in New York were recognised by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for their creative approaches to instruction. One teacher helps students at University Heights High School in the Bronx conduct scientific investigations into the intersection of science and social justice, urging them to tackle challenges in their own communities such… Read More

  • How Curiosity Enhances Learning

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    January 9th, 2016 1 Comment Features

    When we talk about curiosity and learning, we tend to talk about it from an engagement perspective. If students remain interested in and curious about a topic, they will pay more attention and, ultimately, learn more. But this isn’t the whole story, and we’re doing ourselves a disservice by cutting it short. It might seem… Read More

  • Action Research: The Ultimate Problem-Solving Strategy for Educators

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    December 13th, 2015 No Comments Features

    “The desire of teachers to use approaches that ‘fit’ their particular students is not dissimilar to a doctor’s concern that the specific medicine being prescribed be the correct one for the individual patient. The ability of the action research process to satisfy an educator’s need for ‘fit’ may be its most powerful attribute.” –Richard Sagor… Read More

  • How Storytelling Can Enhance Any Learning Experience

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    December 5th, 2015 3 Comments Features

    Hemingway once wrote a six-word novel that reads as follows: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” What makes it famous, other than the author? Neuroscientist Paul Zak would say a) its appeal to the brain’s short attention span, b) the power of its emotional impact, and c) the surprising economy of the two combined. Researchers… Read More