Nick DeBoer

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Neuroscience Explains Why You Need To Write Down Your Goals If You Actually Want To Achieve Them

I’m sure you’ve heard that if you want to achieve a goal, you need to write it down. I know it sounds a bit cliché, but it actually does work.<p>One of my studies, called “The Gender Gap and Goal-Setting,” found that both men and women need to do a much better job of writing down their goals (although …

The Brain

Optimism Is a Learnable Skill

When Susana goes back to her collection, she can’t remember where she was in her count. Frustrated, she throws away the cotton balls she had placed …

Teaching

Children Must Be Taught to Collaborate, Studies Say

Researchers explore group work in class<p>At its best, collaboration in the classroom can help students think more deeply and creatively about a subject …

Pedagogy

Has dopamine got us hooked on tech?

Silicon Valley is keen to exploit the brain chemical credited with keeping us tapping on apps and social media<p>In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to unite us, but to distract …

Neuroscience

How to be more creative, according to science

Whether you get mesmerized by Vincent van Gogh's painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein's theories about spacetime, you'll probably agree that both pieces of work are products of mind-blowing creativity.<p>Imagination is what propels us forward as a species — it expands our worlds and brings us …

Creativity

The K-12 Classroom Experience in the Age of Personalized Learning

In the classrooms of the future, new technology, as well as principles of flexibility and personalization, will shape the K-12 experience.<p>Disruptive innovations that enable new, personalized models of education could radically transform the K-12 experience as we know it. But intrinsically, …

Education Technology

Are Laptops in Class Hindering Learning?

College students use laptops in class. That's where their textbooks are. It's where their homework is stored. It enables communication, reference …

Need Creative Inspiration? Do Something Boring

Cutting out distractions doesn’t just clear space to focus. As author and podcaster Manoush Zomorodi explains, it can also lead to boredom-induced creativity.<p>Doctors use the “universal pain assessment tool” to measure how uncomfortable their patients are. It’s a simple mechanism made up of smiley …

Creativity

A better way to learn fractions: Students coded a program to draw a representation of any fraction in a circle @garystager at #SOTF2017 https://t.co/I27qJM7Tp6

What the Psychology of Human Memory Tells Us about How to Learn Better

What method helps you retain more information — reading, highlighting, or even interrogation? <br>Read More

Pedagogy

What every teacher should know about ... memory

In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory<p>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – …

Pedagogy

Learn the Basics of JavaScript with MakeCode

Without a doubt, one of the most valuable skills in our modern day world is being able to program.<p>We are surrounded by technology; being able to program it bends it to your will. There are countless ways to get started being a programmer but few are as exciting as working with microcontrollers. …

Microcontroller

8 Must-Have Tools in a Beginner Developer’s Toolkit

When you’re new to coding, you’ll start to hear about all the latest and greatest tools for developers. Coding is ultimately problem-solving, which …

Web Development

What creativity really is - and why schools need it

Although educators claim to value creativity, they don’t always prioritize it.<p>Teachers often have biases against creative students, fearing that …

Can We Think Critically Anymore?

In a May 2015 <i>New Yorker</i> article, satirist Andy Borowitz warned of a “powerful new strain of fact-resistant humans who are threatening the ability of …

Why Teenage Brains Are So Hard to Understand

<i>The following story is excerpted from TIME’s special edition,</i> The Science of Childhood<i>, which is available in stores, at the TIME Shop and at …

The Brain

Decoding the mysteries of a child's developing brain

It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters' height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown, but what’s going on just below the pencil line in that child’s brain?<p>We know brain development continues from infancy to adulthood, but many parents underestimate how much a child’s …

Parenting

Why understanding how a child's brain works at different ages is so important

It’s back-to-school season. Parents mark their youngsters’ height on the wall and marvel at how much they’ve grown – but what’s going on just below …

Parenting

Specialized Has A Plan To Use Bicycling To Help Manage ADHD In Schools

Riding for Focus is based on the bike company’s founder’s experiences using biking to help clear his mind, an experience the company is now bringing to schools around the country.<p>Mike Sinyard found a way to conquer his ADHD. Then he built a multi-million dollar company around it. As the legend …

Cycling

We're All Born With Mathematical Abilities (And Why That's Important)

As an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, Kristy vanMarle knew she wanted to go to grad school for psychology, but wasn't sure what lab to join. Then, she saw a flyer: <i>Did you know that babies can count?</i><p>"I thought, <i>No way.</i> Babies probably can't count, and they certainly don't count the way …

Mathematics

This 21st-Century Lite-Brite Teaches People How To Code

The DIY programming kit lets you create digital artwork, animations, and games.<p>Last September, Kano–the DIY computer company–announced it was getting into the gadget game with kits for building your own pixel grids, cameras, and speakers. Now the first of the kits, the pixel grid, is available for …

Customers

Science: Doodling Has Real Benefits For The Brain

Doodling, coloring, and free-drawing increase blood flow to the parts of the brain associated with reward.<p>Many creative people know that making art is its own reward. Now science corroborates it. A new study from Drexel University shows that the process of making art stimulates the area of the …

Doodling

How Metacognition, Thinking About Thinking, Can Help Your Life

<b>Metacognition</b>, thinking about how you think, has been shown to help students improve their grades. Stanford University researchers published a new …

Teaching

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life

Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as Code.org. According to the Education Commission of …

Makerspaces

Kill Your Old Ideas So You Can Be More Creative

I spent ten years “writing” a TV show about Silicon Valley. I spent hundreds of hours talking about it, collecting ideas in a giant Evernote file, …

Five essential filters for travel photography

In my post on essential gadgets for travel photography, I mentioned that I always pack five specific lens filters with me.<p>So in this post I thought I …

How Stress Changes A Student's Brain: The Neurology Of 'Pressure'

<b>How Stress Changes A Student’s Brain: The Neurology Of ‘Pressure’</b><p>by J<b>udy Willis</b><p>From neuroimaging and correlated neurocognitive research, we’ve seen …

Pedagogy

What Types of Sound Experiences Enable Children to Learn Best?

Nina Kraus, a biologist at Northwestern University, has spent the better part of her professional career researching how sound affects the brain. …

Brainwaves

The Surprising Science of Fidgeting

<i>Summary: From boosting attention levels and weight management to stress relief, researchers look at why we are prone to fidgeting.</i><p>Source: The …

Body Language

Playground Politics - What Drives Rejection Among Children?

<i>Summary: According to researchers, children reject playing with their peers based on more than behavior alone.</i><p>Source: Frontiers.<p><b>A child’s behavior is</b> …

Psychology