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Your Brain Map: 84 Strategies for Accelerated Learning

Hi Everyone! Check out this interactive brain map that Open Colleges created to show how we learn using our brain. You can spin the brain to explore all points. Enjoy!

Source: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/learning-strategies/…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on October 18, 2013 at 12:05am — No Comments

10 Ways to Inspire Your Colleagues As An Educator

Arecent story on The Onion, the Internet’s beloved satire site renowned for its ability to pinpoint painful truths in its “fake news” stories, last week underscored one of the saddest dynamics of modern education. In “Inspirational English Teacher Cancelled out by Every Other Teacher at School,” the problem of teacher burnout is…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on April 7, 2013 at 3:10am — No Comments

The Real Meaning of Social Entrepreneurship And How To Promote It In Your Classroom

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“Social entrepreneurs don’t just pursue a social end, they pursue that end in a fundamentally communal way.” –Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation

In a not-so-distant past, college degrees were the safety nets that led to job security. Now those nets are riddled with holes, sagged down by the weight of so many recipients. And unless young professionals have something new to offer, awarding them some leverage back into…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on April 3, 2013 at 11:29pm — No Comments

Running on Empty? 25 Tricks to Jumpstart Routine Lessons

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Over the years, I’ve noticed how one question can change the dynamics of any situation. Everything might be moving along quite nicely at the dinner table, everyone’s happy and laughing but one question can send those same smiling faces into a frenzy of shouts and upset.

This also holds true in a classroom. Students may be working quietly and the teacher might be content but one question or comment from a student or the teacher can turn…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on March 28, 2013 at 10:34pm — No Comments

50 Ways to Integrate Art Into Any Lesson

As children, young children, everything meant playing and art. We saw the world as a playground and a canvass. It didn’t matter whether or not we could actually draw. What mattered was the thrill of creating something beautiful.

We were all artists. We still are.

So reminding students that inspiration matters, that art lives and breathes inside every segment of education also means tweaking your lessons a bit. Switching your…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on March 25, 2013 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Comedy in the Classroom: 50 Ways to Bring Laughter Into Any Lesson

During a recent class session, my students stared at me with blank expressions, glassy eyes, pasty and pale skin, and jowls drooping. I think I even saw a string of saliva hanging from the corner of one student’s mouth.

I was reviewing plot structure. It was perfect except for the fact that I was boring them to death. So I blurted out, “No wonder you like The Walking Dead, you look like zombies.”

Suddenly, the students sporadically…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on March 24, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments

20 Quick Actions You Can Do Today To Set Your Classroom Up For Massive Success

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When the school year begins, teachers spend a lot of time getting the classroom ready, planning lessons, and getting to know his/her students. The following list includes 20 ideas that you may not have thought of in terms of a successful classroom arrangement or organization.

Each item takes no longer than an hour and can make a big difference throughout the year.

Action #1 Set up your classroom in an “active learning” format…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on March 19, 2013 at 3:34am — 3 Comments

The State of the Achievement Gap [Infographic]

An Infographic by Open Colleges

Added by Tess Pajaron on February 6, 2013 at 12:31am — No Comments

50 Educational Podcasts You Should Check Out

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Maybe you don’t have time to sit down and sift through the latest education blogs for ideas and inspiration. If the thought of trying to carve out more hours in your day leaves you feeling overwhelmed, this list is for you.

Podcasts are a great way to get information when you’re driving in your car, making dinner at home, or waiting at the DMV to renew your license. Podcasts don’t force you to find…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on January 21, 2013 at 10:39am — 1 Comment

15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013

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What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013?

It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on January 15, 2013 at 2:59am — 3 Comments

30 Myths About eLearning that Need to Die in 2013

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For as long as eLearning has been around, it has been haunted by the voices of those who aim to criticize its authenticity, viability, and quality. But is it true? Do students of traditional institutions boast more success than those who’ve chosen distance learning?

It’s time for some of these myths to die.

1. The technology is unreliable

Every other arena in society- financial institutions,…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on January 12, 2013 at 10:46am — 4 Comments

15 Reasons Why Daydreamers are Better Learners

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The student’s eyes drift to the classroom window and the teacher’s voice fades from consciousness.

The daydream begins. It’s a familiar scene, one we have likely both experienced as students and struggled against in our students as teachers. But daydreaming is not what it might seem. Recent research in both psychology and neuroscience makes clear that daydreaming is an essential part of mental processing, reasoning and, yes, even…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on January 8, 2013 at 4:09am — No Comments

20 Tips for Creating a Professional Learning Network

Personal Learning Network

Networking is a prime form of 21st century learning.  The world is much smaller thanks to technology.  Learning is transforming into a globally collaborative enterprise.  Take for example scientists; professional networks allow the scientific community to share discoveries much faster.

Just this month, a tech news …

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Added by Tess Pajaron on January 4, 2013 at 12:12pm — No Comments

The Tyranny of Homework: 20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Assign Homework Over The Holidays

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Many students agree that homework over the holidays really is a form of cruel and unusual punishment.

Upon returning from winter break, you’ll probably have a handful of students saying the dog ate their homework or it got blown away in a winter storm. But you’ll probably be surprised to learn that some research suggests too…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on December 21, 2012 at 1:54am — No Comments

25 Ways To Use Tablets To Enhance The Learning Experience

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When I was a kid, I dreamt about our school desks as computer screens.

How cool would it have been to be able to draw, write, and learn directly onto my own computer? As the years went on, people theorized that laptops would take over the classroom, but the price of these devices was too high for a 1 to 1 ratio. It never…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on December 21, 2012 at 1:48am — 2 Comments

Can We Teach Compassion? [Infographic]

An Infographic by www.OpenColleges.edu.au

Added by Tess Pajaron on December 7, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Virtues of Daydreaming And 30 Other Surprising (And Controversial) Research Findings About How Students Learn

Education research

Have you checked your assumptions about student learning at the door?

People in general, hold onto beliefs that are shaped by early experiences, the media, and faulty influences. The following list is a compilation of research that may surprise you. Video games, e-books, playtime, and music are all a part of an educator’s repertoire.

Read on, and be prepared to put your traditional beliefs…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on December 5, 2012 at 7:13pm — No Comments

The Teacher's Apple (Infographic)

An Infographic by Open Colleges

Added by Tess Pajaron on November 18, 2012 at 7:11pm — No Comments

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

There is an age old adage that says “two heads are better than one”.  Consider collaboration in recent history:  Watson and Crick or Page and Brin (Founders of Google).  

But did you know it was a collaborative Computer Club about basic…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on November 9, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

The Value of Mistakes: Should It Matter How Long A Student Takes To Learn?

 

Open Colleges Ludwig poster

James Joyce affirms that geniuses not only accept mistakes as part of the learning process, but willingly seek them out as doors to self-discovery.   In education, our perception of mistakes is important.  It challenges conceptions of what defines success and failure.

The greatest mistake I ever made in my education was failing a physics…

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Added by Tess Pajaron on November 7, 2012 at 9:36am — No Comments

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