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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas


What have schools done to learning?

What have schools done to learning? Learning was fun once, for all of us. When you see a toddler learn something new for the first time, there is so …


Letting kids move in class isn’t a break from learning. It IS learning.

Last July I published a post titled “Why so many kids can’t sit still in school today.” It hit a nerve and became one of the most-read pieces on this …


7 eLearning Script Writing Tips To Perfect Your eLearning Course Narrative

eLearning Script Writing Tips To Perfect Your eLearning Course NarrativeAs eLearning professionals we are often required to tackle a wide range of …


5 Key Spring Trends In Learning Management Systems (LMSs)

Key Spring Trends In Learning Management Systems (LMSs)

Gamification is the process of using game design elements and game mechanics …


Why multitasking is bad for our brains

How many browser tabs do you have open right now?

I’m guessing it’s over 10, maybe 20. Some may be for research, some to help us stay in touch with clients and colleagues , maybe some are little guilty pleasures – whatever they are, they’re not helping.

It’s almost impossible for us to sit down and …

The Brain

The 10 Biggest Breakthroughs in the Science of Learning

Greater understanding of our brain’s functioning, abilities, and limitations allows us to constantly improve our teaching skills and the productivity …


Labeling 70:20:10

In the Debunker Club, a couple of folks went off on the 70:20:10 model, and it prompted some thoughts. I thought I’d share them.

So, if you’re not …

Learning Community

Learning How to Expand Digital Courseware Solutions

As the Postsecondary Success strategy enters its fifth year of personalized learning investments, it is a good time to take stock of what has been …


Amazon Launches A Dedicated STEM Toy Shop

Amazon announced this morning the launch of a new store on its site that’s dedicated to selling STEM toys and games. The shop will feature a variety of items for children of all ages, the retailer says, which are focused on encouraging kids to develop science, technology, engineering and/or …


Teaching Smart People How to Learn

The Idea in Brief

Problem solving is an example of single-loop learning. You identify an error and apply a particular remedy to correct it. But genuine learning involves an extra step, in which you reflect on your assumptions and test the validity of your hypotheses. Achieving this double-loop …


What Does Supportive Leadership Look Like?

National Public Radio did a recent story looking at why teachers stay on the job despite the inherent difficulties and relatively low pay. It cited a 2012 survey of teachers, which found that 68 percent of teachers cited "supportive leadership" as "absolutely essential" to retaining good teachers, …


What eLearning Trends will Pop, Flop and Flip in 2015?

Standing at the onset of a new year, we wonder how the next 12 months will unfold for the eLearning industry. So much can happen in this short time. …


There’s a Big Hole in How Teachers Build Skills, and Pinterest Is Helping Fill It

Screenshot via Pinterest For most of us, Pinterest brings to mind crafts we’ll never make, places we’ll never visit, and wedding dresses we’ll never …


5 Steps to Effective and Transformative Professional Development

By: Alvin Crawford. Excellent and transformative professional development is in our reach, argues Alvin Crawford. By following these steps, we can …

Professional Development

3 Instructional Design Lessons from Awesome Children's Television

3 Instructional Design Lessons from Awesome Children’s Television

05/03/2015 | Comments: 0 | Posted by: K. Anthony | In: Design

One thing that a lot of …

Watch Out For These Trends in Mobile Learning: 2015 And Beyond

• Global mobile data traffic grew 69 percent in 2014 and was nearly 30 times the size of the entire global Internet in 2000
• Mobile video traffic …


10 Great TED Talks on How Our Brain Works

March 8, 2015 If you have sometime this weekend, you might want to check this list of TED talks on the human brain. The original list curated by TED …

The Brain

Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It’s not brains

When my niece was finishing school in Finland, more than anything else she wanted to become a primary teacher. Despite her genuine interest in teaching she failed to get into a teacher education programme at the University of Helsinki. She was smart and bright, yet she was not deemed qualified.

This …


College Students Are Robots?

You hear it everywhere today: higher education needs massive disruption; the traditional model of education is dead; a third or more of higher education institutions will be closed a decade from now. And some of the disruption is coming in the form of MOOCs and other screen-based technologies: they …


What is Education Innovation?

Last week I attended the Surrey Digital Learning Series with so many wonderful, innovative educators. Before the first presentation I found myself …

Game Based Learning

The Best Critical Thinking Questions For Engaging Students

When it comes to critical thinking, you want your students to be able to grasp its (critical thinking) meaning by posing questions that will engage …

Critical Thinking

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”


Sid Meier interview: 'Learning is part of any good video game'

“Oh, it was a sad and dark time! We had to make our own fun,” says Sid Meier before his mock-sorrow dissolves into laughter. We’ve just asked him about the games he grew up with.

Given that Meier was born in 1954, those games weren’t played on a screen, yet they nevertheless had a strong influence …

Game Based Learning

The Death of Textbooks?

Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials—but it's unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience.

At a recent sit-down with executives representing one of the biggest players in the textbook industry, my colleague and I felt …


How Should Learning Be Assessed?

iStockThis is the second of a two-part conversation with Yong Zhao about standards, testing and other core elements of the modern system of


Schools in Finland will no longer teach 'subjects'

With Finland radically reforming the way its children are taught, Richard Garner visits Helsinki to find out if the teachers approve

For years, …