How One Man Accidentally Forged An Ancient Archaeological Artifact

You’re a goldsmith, and a couple of guys approach you asking you to make a special gift for a friend. It’s a Greek-themed tiara, and they want a specific inscription. Well, what’s the worst that could happen?

Source: io9.com

Ah, the tangled webs…

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How to Build a Better Learner

Brain studies suggest new ways to improve reading, writing and arithmetic—and even social skills

Source: www.scientificamerican.com

Fascinating article about new insights into learning.

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The High Cost of Neuromyths in Education

Instead of believing in the right/left brain, learning styles, and that we use only ten percent of our brains, we should focus on neuroscience research.

Source: www.edutopia.org

Those of us who work in the education field need to be aware of the science and the pseudoscience, so we can avoid perpetuating the myths.

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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing

These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations.  At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.

Source: www.pewinternet.org

This study provides insight into the issues teachers see, positive and negative, regarding the ways in which digital tools impact student writing. Overall, they see many benefits, but there are specific areas of concern.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?

Source: blogs.kqed.org

"While ever more schools adopt textbooks and student reading materials to digital readers like iPads and Chromebooks, some recent research suggests students may comprehend more from reading print." 

This examination of how middle school students respond to and work with digital textbooks addresses questions that are applicable to learners at all levels of instruction. Digital devices have many benefits, but they just don’t provide the same level of interaction that physical books do. The physical process of interacting with a physical book, including the ability to write in the margins, is important when it comes to getting the most out of reading. Digital books just can’t offer that, yet.

However, digital reading specialists are working on tools and strategies that will help to improve deep learning from digital materials. For example, students who are familiar with and use annotation apps within their textbooks may actually benefit from working with digital materials, since students are generally discouraged from writing in or marking up their physical textbooks.

In the meantime, there’s a place for both physical and digital books in today’s classrooms.

 

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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

The highest-level executive thinking, making connections, and “aha” moments of insight and creative innovation are more likely to occur in an atmosphere of what Alfie Kohn calls exuberant discovery, where students of all ages retain that kindergarten enthusiasm of embracing each day with the joy of learning.

Source: www.edutopia.org

While stress may be useful for learning not to touch a hot stove, it tends to inhibit the kind of learning that is most needed by students in today’s world.

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The Other 21st Century Skills

Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony…

Source: usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com

Excellent overview of the characteristics and skills that will help all students to thrive.

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