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Psych interests. Psych interests. MBTI Myers Briggs. Myers-Briggs. Myers-Briggs. Design principles. Social Trends. 5 ways tech has changed professional development. Technology has not only changed the way students learn but also the way educators grow through professional development.

5 ways tech has changed professional development

We talked with tech-savvy, leadership-oriented teachers, principals and professional development organizations to find out what’s trending. 1. Educators are teaching one another on their own time—at edcamps, and beyond. In 2009, the edcamp, a new form of professional development, was born. At these free, noncommercial “un-conferences” on Saturdays, educators gather informally to share their knowledge. Last year Dana Sirotiak, a high school history teacher in Hackensack, N.J., helped organize edcamp New Jersey, which drew more than 200 educators, and she taught a workshop on increasing family involvement.

Virtual communities make it easier for educators to engage in immediate, specific and focused conversations with their peers. “Everybody there is positive, and they have similar goals, just different backgrounds. 2. 3. 4. 5. “It’s not a power job,” Mazza says. Build engaged audiences through publishing by curation. How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning. How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning From reminding us of what to pack for a trip to helping doctors perform surgery, checklists are crucial for projects that require sequential steps or a series of tasks.

How A Simple Checklist Can Improve Learning

As Atul Gawande points out in his book “Checklist Manifesto,” checklists break down complex tasks and also ensure consistency and efficiency if more than one person is working on a project. If checklists are so effective for airline pilots, skyscraper construction teams, and heart surgeons, why shouldn’t students use them as well? Checklists can benefit students in the following ways: For younger students, simple, task-based checklists can help them become accustomed to following steps, adding order to the relative chaos of learning, and offering a pathway to accomplishing complex tasks.

Improving Metacognition Education specialist Dr. “Used effectively, checklists can help students develop metacognitive awareness of their intellectual processes,” Rowlands explained. Wunderlist. Paired Associates Memory Assessment - Cambridge Brain Sciences. In this task you have to remember which objects are hidden in different boxes.

Paired Associates Memory Assessment - Cambridge Brain Sciences

Psychologists call the skills required for this task 'paired-associate-learning', as you are required to learn to pair two items in memory - in this case the type of object and the location of the object. When one of the paired features is revealed (in this case the object), you have to remember its associate (the location it is hidden in).

This type of learning is essential in everyday life, for example when learning new words. When you learn a new word, not only do you learn the word itself, but you have to pair this with the meaning it represents. Along with our colleagues at the University of Cambridge and at the Institute of Psychiatry in London, we investigated which areas of the brain become active when performing this task. Furthermore, we studied what happens to this activation pattern when the task gets harder and harder. References Gould, R.L., Brown, R.G., Owen, A. Visual Spatial Span Assessment : Cambridge Brain Sciences. The spatial span task exercises your visuospatial working memory; the component of working memory that allows you to temporarily hold and manipulate information about places.

Visual Spatial Span Assessment : Cambridge Brain Sciences

Many everyday activities involve visuospatial working memory, including finding your way around your environment, judging the position of other motorists while you are driving and searching for your keys. According to one very influential cognitive model of working memory (Badderly & Hitch, 1974) visuospatial working memory depends on a specialised sub-component of the working memory system. This is referred to as the ‘visuospatial sketchpad’ and is thought to have a visual ‘cache’, responsible for storing visual form and colour information, and an ‘inner scribe’ which deals with spatial and movement information. This task places significant demands on the inner scribe. Verbal Working Memory Assessment - Cambridge Brain Sciences. The digit span task exercises your verbal working memory.

Verbal Working Memory Assessment - Cambridge Brain Sciences

Scientists refer to working memory as the cognitive system that allows the temporary storage and manipulation of information. According to one influential cognitive theory, this system has specialised components, one of which, the 'phonological loop', underlies verbal working memory abilities (Baddeley & Hitch 1974). The phonological loop is comprised of a verbal storage system and a rehearsal system. If you do this task, you may find yourself mentally rehearsing the string of digits as they appeared on screen; this is the rehearsal system in action.

It allows the visual inputs to be recoded so that they can enter your short term verbal store and it also refreshes decaying representations (that is, any item that is about to be forgotten). How to Memorize Things Quickly. People like to joke that the only thing you really “learn” in school is how to memorize.

How to Memorize Things Quickly

As it turns out, that’s not even the case for most of us. If you go around the room and ask a handful of people how to memorize things quickly, most of them will probably tell you repetition. That is so far from the truth, it’s running for office.

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