Sep
20

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Students As Creators: How To Drive Your Students To Be More Than Just Consumers

One trend we are going to see in education that hasn’t received much discussion yet is the shift from students as consumers to students as creators. This is part of, but not the same thing as, the Maker Movement. In fact, it may usefully be described as what needs to…

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Sep
13

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There’s a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that’s how it should be. The term was popularised long ago–by John Dewey, in the 1930s–but in recent years it has become less of an actionable technique and more of a trendy educational buzzword. Our…

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Jul
26

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20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills

Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curricula across the globe. As current undergraduates have never known a life without the internet, it’s only natural that universities should nurture their familiarity with technology,…

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Jul
19

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How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning (And What You Can Learn From Them)

In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the…

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Jul
12

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How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It’s what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing. Everyone has their own unique style of recording lectures and readings. No one seems to recommend one style over another, so anything goes. And when…

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Jul
5

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Why Self-Esteem Hurts Learning But Self-Confidence Does The Opposite

It’s all about confidence, they say. Success in any form, be it vocational or interpersonal or what have you, all boils down to self-belief (or at least the appearance of it). But what about more quantifiable forms of success, like academic performance? You either ace the test or you don’t,…

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Jun
30

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The Science of How To Practice a Skill Effectively

Do a little research and you’ll discover that a big fat “if” has been placed out in front of the old adage “practice makes perfect.” Practice makes perfect if it is deliberate. Practice makes perfect if it is frequent. Practice makes perfect if you’ve got the right gene sequence. Practice…

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Jun
28

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The Science of Attention: How To Capture And Hold The Attention of Easily Distracted Students

How long can you reasonably expect your students to pay attention during your lessons? Some psychologists claim the typical student’s attention span is about 10 to 15 minutes long, yet most university classes last 50 to 90 minutes. Students’ attention levels vary widely based on factors like motivation, emotion, enjoyment,…

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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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