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Educating the World: 50 Resources to Help You Widen Your Impact

There is an incredible amount to be said for the small difference educators make daily in the lives of students and colleagues, but many of us don’t realize how easy it can be to expand that difference to a global scale. Countless organizations and individuals across the world are involved…

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Feb
7

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your…

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Feb
3

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Multiple Intelligences Theory & Learning Styles – Science or Quack?

It’s been 30 years since the theory of multiple intelligences was proposed by Dr. Howard Gardner, professor of education at Harvard University. The “eight intelligences,”¯ which ranged from bodily-kinesthetic intelligence to naturalist intelligence, explained why students could succeed at one type of task and fail at others. Teachers started regarding…

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Jan
31

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20 Signs You’ve Made a Difference as an Educator

Remember that professor you had in college who took you under his wing and made you feel like you had something unique to contribute to the world? You know how valuable his guidance was to you, but does he? Unless you expressed your appreciation, chances are he’s like every other…

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Jan
28

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Flipped Authority: How Giving Students The Right To Challenge You Changes Their Attitude Towards Learning

For 30 years, starting in the spring of 1977, Steven Strogatz maintained an occasional correspondence with his high school calculus teacher, Don Joffray. Although they both experienced great changes in their lives during this time, Strogatz and Joffray hardly mentioned personal matters, focusing almost entirely on math. And yet their…

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Jan
17

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50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool

A purple monster with wild curls spiraling out of control explains the economics of oil production in the Sudan to students in Los Angeles, Sydney, Berlin, Jerusalem, and Riyadh. That is education and animation working together to teach students everywhere, everything they ever wanted to know. Educators need only utilize…

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The Shiny New Tech Sydndrome and What To Focus On Instead: An Interview with Kevin Guidry

Kevin R. Guidry is the Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning. He is also a well-established higher ed blogger with a keen interest in the use of technology by students and student affairs professionals. In today’s interview, Guidry talks about how some of his…

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Jan
13

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Big Data in Education: Big Potential or Big Mistake?

When learners interact with content in your course, they leave behind ‘digital breadcrumbs,’ so to speak, which offer clues about the learning process. We’re now able to collect and track this data through learning management systems (LMSs), social networks, and other media that measure how students interpret, consider, and arrive…

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Even Students With Low Self-Esteem Don’t Benefit From Inflated Praise

Monday, June 2, 2014

Today’s talented youth are often lavished with praise by parents and teachers alike, and most of us are familiar with the argument that this practice may actually harm development. But what we aren’t so familiar with is the idea that too much praise may harm the development of struggling students…

Creativity Is Declining Among Teenagers, With One Exception (And What It Says About Our Education System)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

New research from the University of Washington Information School and Harvard University has found that some aspects of creativity — such as those employed in visual arts — are gently rising over the years, while other aspects, such as the nuances of creative writing, are declining. Along with a team…

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