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20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning

Episode 337 with Kasey Bell From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for …

Education Technology

To Remember, the Brain Must Actively Forget

Researchers find evidence that neural systems actively remove memories, which suggests that forgetting may be the default mode of the brain.<p>Going …

The Brain

If you’re not changing as a person then you’re not intelligent (according to Einstein)

If you’re not changing, you’re not growing. If you’re not growing, you’re not being intelligent. Humans thrive in change and expansion — yet there …

Motivation

Amazon's Director of Learning Science shares 5 hacks to help you learn anything

Whether you're a student, an entry-level employee or an entrepreneur with your own company, learning is a vital part of getting ahead. Warren Buffett …

How to immediately refresh your brain to restore high-level thinking

Mental clarity can escape anyone.<p>Surely even Einstein and Shakespeare had their moments. It happens.<p>It’s your ability to recover that matters.<p>You can …

Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive

Description<p>Publication Date: <b>June 05, 2018</b><p>Keep learning, or risk becoming irrelevant. It's a truism in today's economy: the only constant is change. Technological automation is making jobs less routine and more cognitively challenging. Globalization means you're competing with workers around the …

Evidence Shows Students Still Learn More Effectively From Print Textbooks Than Screens

Print's not dead.<p>Today's students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, …

Education Technology

This is how to become mentally strong: 3 secrets from neuroscience

Ever get to the point where your brain is just pooped? The ol’ grey matter is waving the white flag. You’re exhausted. You can’t go on. You’ve got no …

Veterans

There's Actually No Such Thing as Different 'Learning Styles', According to Science

No Sharon, you're not a "visual learner".<p>When I was at school, a fair amount of time was put into determining our "learning styles." Teachers told us …

This is how to increase your attention span: 5 secrets from neuroscience

The human brain is the most amazing thing in the universe. It got us to the moon, built the pyramids, cured smallpox … <i>And it also can’t seem to go 6</i> …

University of California

Do Just 1 Thing Differently to Learn Faster and Remember Longer: No Extra Time, Effort, or Technology Required

You don't even have to change the manner in which you study or practice. You only have to do this.<p>Even though many people feel that success is all about whom you know, success is almost always based on <i>what</i> you know. That's why so many people want to learn faster, retain more information, and …

Using Psychology to Boost Your Grades: Taking Notes

Many students bring laptops to class, thinking that typing their notes will make them better learners than the 'old fashioned' method of writing by …

Productivity

The key to Leonardo da Vinci's genius is a practice that anyone can learn

In late 2017, <i>Salvator Mundi</i>, one of Leonardo da Vinci's paintings, sold for $450.3 million.<p>For a child born out of wedlock in the 15th century, that's quite an accomplishment. And yet, many would argue that this isn't even close to being his greatest contribution to humanity.<p>When the word</i> …

Creativity

'Rather than teaching our children to pass assessments, we should be helping them to be wise'

In an education system that is obsessed with measuring what so often cannot be measured, I worry that while we may be teaching children to pass …

Intriguing New Study On “Student Engagement” & How To Define It

Ah, “student engagement.”<p>A phrase used often (see The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement), but its meaning can vary.<p>A new study (it’s behind …

This 1 Thing You Are Definitely Doing Daily Has Been Scientifically Proven to Damage Your Brain

Become a more empathetic and intelligent leader by taking up these four habits.<p>If I've written one story on multitasking, I've written at least 10. In fact, I've penned whole chapters in books, led workshops, and given speeches on the subject -- clearly none of which has helped me beat back this …

The Unexpected Habit That Benjamin Franklin and Charles Darwin Had In Common

Your ticket to a more creative lifestyle? A boring routine.<p>If your job requires you to think creatively, you probably already know that there ways you can boost your creativity like brainstorming activities and exercising. Perhaps you've tried a few in search of the perfect one. The truth is, it …

Creativity

How to set up a Google Classroom to train students, employees, or anyone who wants to learn

Google Classrooms is an easy way to create an online educational environment. Jack Wallen shows you how to create your first class so you can begin …

New Stanford Study: A Positive Attitude Literally Makes Your Brain Work Better

A new brain scan study has revealed exactly how positivity affects the brain (and it's impressive).<p>Inspirational posters featuring soaring eagles and sunlit mountain summits are easy to mock. But it turns out rousing slogans and uplifting images might not actually be pure cheese after all.<p>When …

This Amazingly Simple Technique Lets You Learn Anything in 5 Minutes and Remember It Forever

Y Combinator's Michael Nielsen uses a grade school tool to powerfully enhance his learning and retention skills.<p>If you're struggling to master a complex topic, a new language, or anything else that seems to strain your brain, Michael Nielsen has a suggestion for you: Try flashcards. Nielsen is a …

Learning

This New Brain Study Shows Why Some People Are More Creative Than Others

Mapping the creative network in the brain.<p>Creativity is often defined as the ability to come up with new and useful ideas. Like intelligence, it can …

Creativity

Creative thought has a pattern of its own, brain activity scans reveal

Donatella Versace finds it in the conflict of ideas, Jack White under pressure of deadlines. For William S Burroughs, an old Dadaist trick helped: cutting pages into pieces and rearranging the words.<p>Every artist has their own way of generating original ideas, but what is happening inside the brain …

The Brain

Geniuses aren't born, they're made — and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

The word "genius" is one of the most misused terms in history.<p>While it's often referenced accurately, the connotation that we commonly associate with it diverges away from the truth.<p>We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as genius — and we should — but it's about time we …

Self-improvement

Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

• <b>Identify valuable knowledge at the right time.</b> The value of knowledge isn’t static. It changes as a function of how valuable other people consider it and how rare it is. As new technologies mature and reshape industries, there is often a deficit of people with the needed skills, which creates the …

Self-improvement

It Takes 10,000 Hours to Become an Expert in Anything: Use These 4 Techniques

Mastering a skill takes serious time. Here's how to make the most out of the hours you put in towards mastering your craft.<p>10,000 hours.<p>That's how long it takes to master your craft, according to bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell. Whether you want to become a better leader, an expert in marketing …

The secret to creativity – according to science

Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that …

How to Train Your Brain for Maximum Creativity. (Here's What the Science Says.)

For starters: If you want to be more creative, you aren't going to get there if your brain is constantly fighting off negative stress hormones.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Business success simply isn't going to happen without the creativity required to dream up new …

Creativity

Age old problem: how to stay clever for longer | Alexis Willett and Jennifer Barnett

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

American families pay more to send their kids to college than anywhere else in the world.<p>But for wealthy families, the costs start long before that very first college-tuition payment, according to Town & Country.<p>T&C published a list of expenses for getting a child from birth through college based …

College & University