Academy Thoughts

By Bob Ryan | Ideas that shape the way we work, learn and teach

Age old problem: how to stay clever for longer

There are ways to ward off dementia and the ill effects of brain ageing, say Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett<p>Sorry to break it to you, but there’s bad news. Your brain is shrinking (probably). None of us is getting any younger and time is increasingly taking its toll on our brains; our neurons …

The Brain

It takes $1.7 million to get your kid into an elite college, according to rich people

• <b>Town & Country estimated that wealthy families spend $1.7 million per child to get them into the Ivy League.</b>• <b><br>Nursery school alone can run families more than $80,000.</b>• <b><br>The analysis reveals the steep discrepancies in educational access between wealthy and low-income families.</b><p>American families pay more …

Ivy League

Science Says Kids Who Become Great Leaders Have Parents Who Teach Them 8 Things

Have you taught your kids to be more persuasive? You should, because that will make them more successful.<p>Every extremely successful person I know -- and every great leader I know -- is extremely good at convincing other people to follow them, convincing other people that their ideas make sense, …

Leadership

Former British MI6 spy reveals how to remember information without writing it down

• <b>A former MI6 spy says asking snoopy questions about particular pieces of intelligence is a good way to get killed under cover.</b>• <b><br>Instead spies should discretely tuck away important information in their memories.</b>• <b><br>To do this, he says you should combine the new information with old memories in a techinque</b> …

Surveillance

If You Want to Expedite Your Success, Learn How to Learn

Learning how to learn has been one of the most important skills I’ve acquired in my life. I learned how to learn in the Dojo (Karate School) and it …

Marketing

What We Fundamentally Misunderstand About How We Learn

Everyone can leverage a few basic techniques to learn just about anything.<p><i>What do most people misunderstand about the learning process? originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.</i><p><b>Answer by Adam Lupu,</b> …

5 Things The World's Most Original Thinkers Have in Common

There is no single path to extraordinary success but there are some common attributes of great minds.<p>Originals drive creativity, innovation and ultimately change the world. History's best minds have a lot of things in common. Every great achievement you have heard about or probably used came from …

DARPA's new brain device increases learning speed by 40%

Cheap and Non-Invasive<p>New research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has successfully …

Elon Musk, Albert Einstein, and Richard Feynman Explain How to Learn Anything Faster

Two Nobel laureates and a super entrepreneur share their best tricks for faster learning.<p>In the video above the always entertaining Tim Ferriss explains the techniques he used to teach himself to play a song on the drums in front of a live audience in only week. This is indeed a fun feat that …

Elon Musk

In Memory Training Smackdown, One Method Dominates

When it comes to brain training, some workouts seem to work better than others.<p>A comparison of the two most common training methods scientists use to improve memory and attention found that one was twice as effective as the other. The more effective method also changed brain activity in a part of …

The Brain

These 5 hacks can help you learn anything, according to a Stanford professor

Whether you are a student, a professional or an entrepreneur, learning is a vital part of getting ahead. But some people seem to be better learners …

3 ways to keep your brain young, according to neuroscientists

A recent study at Mass General found that when it comes to brain health, some people are able to maintain their acuity far better than others.<p>These "super-agers" are in their 60s and 70s, but can perform memory tests just as well as people in their 20s.<p>Another large-scale, longitudinal study out of …

The Brain

Google’s WaveNet machine learning-based speech synthesis comes to Assistant

Last year, Google showed off WaveNet, a new way of generating speech that didn’t rely on a bulky library of word bits or cheap shortcuts that result in stilted speech. WaveNet used machine learning to build a voice sample by sample, and the results were, as I put it then, “eerily convincing.” …

How To Learn In 2 Days What Normally Takes 6 Months

Research has found that having clarity about your goals is essential to having motivation to achieve those goals.<p>If you’re not clear on what you’re …

How to Teach Employees Skills They Don’t Know They Lack

After spending billions of dollars a year on corporate learning, U.S. companies probably assume that their employees have the knowledge and skills they need to carry out their jobs. The employees themselves probably think they’re prepared, too, having gone through these exercises. But according to …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Why 'Learning Styles' and Other Education Neuromyths Won't Go Away

« Police Brutality Scandal the Focus of New Curriculum in Chicago | Main<p>Chances are you've heard someone say recently: "We only use 10 percent of our …

The college lecture is dying. Good riddance.

<i>This is the first in</i> The Vanishing University, <i>a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America.</i><p>Right now, this very morning, thousands of young adults in the United States are scrambling through the same minor hell. They’ve woken up to the very last in a series of …

Education

Changing the Way We Think About Assessment

« Sharing My Expert Voice With Humility | Main | Hopes for a New School Year »<p>It seems like a blur now, the beginning of the summer. Almost like a …

Teaching

Your Brain Doesn't Like Classrooms. This MIT Blackjack Ace Figured Out How You Learn Best

After losing thousands at the card table, this founder learned about what risk really means.<p><i>Yuchun Lee, the son of a Taiwanese ship captain, earned concurrent bachelor's and master's degrees (in electrical engineering and computer science) at MIT and founded his second company while on the school's</i> …

Black Jack

9 high-impact books that will make you smarter every day

Lifelong learning is the "ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated" pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. The pursuit of knowledge is easier than it has ever been before.<p>Cultivating the mind is essential for your personal growth. Digging deeper will separate you from the …

Belief in Neuromyths is Extremely Common

A new Frontiers in Psychology study reveals many teachers believe in common misconceptions about learning and the brain. Researchers say they are …

Neuroscience

Feel Like You've Stopped Learning at Work? Elon Musk Just Nailed the Reason Why

While speaking at a big space-science conference, the tech titan laid out what inhibits learning.<p>If you were anything like me, math class was painful, on a good day. Oh, if only fidget spinners had been invented back then. I can vividly recall discussions with my mom revolving around the question, …

Elon Musk

4 Ways Augmented Reality Could Change Corporate Training Forever

By 2020, 25% of the American workforce will be over the age of 55 and approaching retirement, a phenomenon becoming known as the Silver Tsunami. …

Here's Einstein's Advice to His Son on How to Accelerate Learning

The genius offered simple, enjoyable advice to his young son on how to learn more quickly.<p>Geniuses might be distinguished by their ability to grasp incredible complexity, but that doesn't mean if you somehow managed to corner one the greatest minds in history for a chat you'd be perplexed by what …

Richard Feynman

It's important to remember that forgetting is important

If files on your computer suddenly vanished after a while, you'd be in line for a new one pretty quickly – and yet, that's basically what our brains …

The Brain

Why competency-based learning matters, now more than ever.

<b>What kind of learning should happen here?</b><p>It’s a deceptively simple question, one that gets to the heart of why schools and other educational …

Pedagogy

25 Expert Tips to Reading WAY More Books This Year

Instead of trying to power through a book that you're not enjoying, put it down<p>I've always enjoyed reading. But, to be perfectly honest, I didn't used to read as much as I should have. Besides being a great way to escape and unwind, reading increases your knowledge, focus, and worldview as a …

Productivity

How to become a Modern Professional Learner – Get the most out of your current job and prepare for the future

In the modern workplace there is no longer such a thing as a job for a life – only a life of jobs – so it’s up to everyone to continuously update …

Learning