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The YouTube Guide to Self-Directed Learning. These Videos Explore Ideas and Techniques and Offer Real World Examples That can Help Inspire a Self-Directed Learning Mindset in Your Students Just about anyone working in education sees Self-Directed Learning as a hugely desirable outcome. Like ‘Holy Grail’ desirable. If we can get students to take greater ownership of their learning, we are achieving something so much more important than high test scores. We are making an impact. One great irony of today’s tech-rich student population is that while many have the information literally right at hand to self-teach themselves practically anything, too many of them would not think of supplementing their academic learning in this way. This train of thought led me to spend some time exploring YouTube for videos about self-directed learning. Self-Directed Learning A quick little “primer”. The Role of Teachers in Self-Directed Learning Here we see how some teachers are changing their approach, to facilitate self-directed learning at one school.

Text expander for Windows - Breevy. Why type slower... when you can type faster? Breevy is a text expander for Windows that helps you type faster and more accurately by allowing you to abbreviate long words and phrases -- saving you time and money. Simply define an abbreviation for a longer piece of text, like eml for Then, in the future, instead of typing that longer piece of text, type the abbreviation you associated with that text in any application, and Breevy will automatically replace it for you, instantly. Think of how much time you'll save! Is it easy to use? Yes! All you have to do is: Think of a word or phrase that you often type or find cumbersome to type or remember -- your address, an e-mail signature, a complex word, etc.

Can I use my TextExpander Snippets with Breevy? Instant access to your favorite applications and websites. Breevy can also launch applications, websites, files, and folders for you. The process is as simple as defining an abbreviation for a word or a phrase. The Power of the Doodle: Improve Your Focus and Memory. Long dismissed as a waste of time, doodling is getting new respect. Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information. A blank page also can serve as an extended playing field for the brain, allowing people to revise and improve on creative thoughts and ideas.

Doodles are spontaneous marks that can take many forms, from abstract patterns or designs to images of objects, landscapes, people or faces. Some people doodle by retracing words or letters, but doodling doesn't include note-taking. "It's a thinking tool," says Sunni Brown, an Austin, Texas, author of a new book, "The Doodle Revolution. " It can affect how we process information and solve problems, she says.

Doodling in meetings and lectures helps ease tension for Samantha Wilson, a high-school teacher and graduate student from Southborough, Mass. When Dr. Ms. "It's not until I doodle that I think about how everything comes together. What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades. Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how. “When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “And it seems that this circuit is contributing in unique ways we didn’t realize,” he continued. Dr. In another study, Dr. Dr. Scholars Turn Their Attention to Attention. Imagine that driving across town, you've fallen into a reverie, meditating on lost loves or calculating your next tax payments.

You're so distracted that you rear-end the car in front of you at 10 miles an hour. You probably think: Damn. My fault. My mind just wasn't there. By contrast, imagine that you drive across town in a state of mild exhilaration, multitasking on your way to a sales meeting. You're drinking coffee and talking to your boss on a cellphone, practicing your pitch. That illusion of competence is one of the things that worry scholars who study attention, cognition, and the classroom. "Heavy multitaskers are often extremely confident in their abilities," says Clifford I.

Indeed, last summer Nass and two colleagues published a study that found that self-described multitaskers performed much worse on cognitive and memory tasks that involved distraction than did people who said they preferred to focus on single tasks. In a famous paper in 1956, George A. Wait a minute. Step 1: What is a PLN? Welcome to our professional learning series on building a PLN. This series guides you step by step through the process of setting up your own PLN. The aim of this first step is to: Explain what is a PLN.Help you understand why educators create their own PLN.

The following information on PLN was co-written by Michael Graffin, a relief/substitute teacher and blogger from Western Australia. You can check out Michael’s original “What the heck is a PLN” post here. What is a PLN? The word “PLN” stands for “Personal Learning Network”, and it has its origins in connectivism theory (Siemens, G. & Downes, S., 2005). Why you should begin your own PLN —Ashley Azzopardi (@ashleyazzopardi) Let’s take this a little further… The Personal: Having a PLN is about making connections and building personal relationships with teachers, school administrators, university professors, and experts around the world.

The Learning: Having a PLN is about sharing ideas and resources, collaboration, and learning. Your Task. Be lucky - it's an easy skill to learn. Take the case of chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not. I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities. I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs, whereas the lucky people took just seconds. Why? For fun, I placed a second large message halfway through the newspaper: "Stop counting. Personality tests revealed that unlucky people are generally much more tense than lucky people, and research has shown that anxiety disrupts people's ability to notice the unexpected.

The experiment was then repeated with a second group of people, who were offered a large financial reward for accurately watching the centre dot, creating more anxiety. The 30 Second Habit That Can Have a Big Impact On Your Life | Robyn Scott. There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, who’s read endless books and blogs on the subject, and tried out much of the advice — mostly to no avail. So I do not entitle this post lightly. And I write it only having become convinced, after several months of experimentation, that one of the simplest pieces of advice I’ve heard is also one of the best. It is not from a bestselling book — indeed no publisher would want it: even the most eloquent management thinker would struggle to spin a whole book around it. The man in question, an eminience grise of the business world, is one of the most interesting people I have ever met.

I met him first over a coffee in his apartment, to discuss the strategy for a highly political non-profit working in Africa. So when he shared some of the best advice he’d ever received, I was captivated. If you only do one thing, do this He did, and he was. I’ve been trying it out for a few months. Calling all HuffPost superfans! Write or Die: the software that offers struggling authors a simple choice | Technology. This is horrible! The novelist David Nicholls says that while working on his latest book Us he used a piece of software called Write or Die, which starts to delete what you are writing if you pause for too long. “I was convinced that there was a novel in me and I had to just spew it out on to the page,” Nicholls told an audience at the Cheltenham Literary festival. “I produced huge piles of paper and I saw it was all rubbish. It was as if I was writing with a gun to my head.” I agree. I can say so because I have been asked to write this article both about Write or Die, and on it and, under the circumstances, the only way I could do justice to the stress would be with a list of swearwords.

Having readied that quote from Nicholls, I set a target of 400 words in one hour and activated the evil setting. I have tried adding and deleting spaces, like dribbling a basketball when I want to stand still. Actually, I think the second half of that is healthy. Hit-the-reset-button-in-your-brain. Photo THIS month, many Americans will take time off from work to go on vacation, catch up on household projects and simply be with family and friends. And many of us will feel guilty for doing so.

We will worry about all of the emails piling up at work, and in many cases continue to compulsively check email during our precious time off. But beware the false break. Every day we’re assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, there’s a reason: The processing capacity of the conscious mind is limited. This two-part attentional system is one of the crowning achievements of the human brain, and the focus it enables allowed us to harness fire, build the pyramids, discover penicillin and decode the entire human genome.

But the insight that led to them probably came from the daydreaming mode. Email, too, should be done at designated times. Taking breaks is biologically restorative. How to Break the Procrastination Habit. New laws on marijuana were supposed to boost tax revenues and free up cops to go after “real” criminals. But underground sales—and arrests—are still thriving. It’s just after four o’clock on a hot Seattle afternoon, and Thomas Terry is standing in the parking lot of a Jack in the Box. Known for fights that end with police sirens and sometimes ambulances, it’s a spot some locals half-jokingly call “Stab in the Box,” but today the scene is quiet.

A man is walking up the street toward Terry and a few other young men who are gathered in the shade of a brick wall where the parking lot meets the sidewalk. As he draws near, one of them opens his mouth, and the words tumble out: “Kush? Whether the man does or not, he says nothing, and keeps walking. Opinion: For a more productive life, daydream. In 1990, a 25-year-old researcher for Amnesty International, stuck on a train stopped on the tracks between London and Manchester, stared out the window for hours.

To those around her, no doubt rustling newspapers and magazines, busily rifling through work, the young woman no doubt appeared to be little more than a space cadet, wasting her time, zoning out. But that woman came to be known as JK Rowling. And in those idle hours daydreaming out the train window, she has said that the entire plot of the magical Harry Potter series simply "fell into" her head. Mark Twain, during an enormously productive summer of writing in 1874, spent entire days daydreaming in the shade of Quarry Farm in New York, letting his mind wander, thinking about everything and nothing at all, and, in the end, publishing "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

" Such creative breakthroughs in leisurely moments are hardly unique to literature. Brigid Schulte Legend has it not only that Archimedes had his "eureka! " Just think. Why Walking Helps Us Think. In Vogue’s 1969 Christmas issue, Vladimir Nabokov offered some advice for teaching James Joyce’s “Ulysses”: “Instead of perpetuating the pretentious nonsense of Homeric, chromatic, and visceral chapter headings, instructors should prepare maps of Dublin with Bloom’s and Stephen’s intertwining itineraries clearly traced.”

He drew a charming one himself. Several decades later, a Boston College English professor named Joseph Nugent and his colleagues put together an annotated Google map that shadows Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom step by step. The Virginia Woolf Society of Great Britain, as well as students at the Georgia Institute of Technology, have similarly reconstructed the paths of the London amblers in “Mrs. Dalloway.” Such maps clarify how much these novels depend on a curious link between mind and feet. Since at least the time of peripatetic Greek philosophers, many other writers have discovered a deep, intuitive connection between walking, thinking, and writing. Log In. The Pomodoro Technique® - Time Management Skills From Staying Focused Throughout the Day © iStockphotoCsondy After four "pomodori," you've earned yourself a good break!

Do you find that your productivity fluctuates from one day to the next? Some days, you fly through your tasks in no time. But other days just drag and, no matter how many hours you put in, you just can't seem to get things done. It's a common misconception that long hours and busy days add up to high productivity. What's more, numerous studies suggest that sitting at your desk for a long time can be detrimental to your health. This article explores the Pomodoro Technique®, a simple method that improves your productivity and protects your health by encouraging you to schedule regular short breaks into your day. About the Tool The Pomodoro Technique was developed by Francesco Cirillo in the 1980s.

"Pomodoro" is Italian for tomato. The method is remarkably simple. At first, it might seem counter-intuitive to take so many breaks throughout the day. How to Use the Pomodoro Technique. Learning Styles Don't Exist. Learn Faster with The Feynman Technique. Articles. Seven Principles of Learning Better From Cognitive Science. I Was Wrong About Speed Reading: Here are the Facts. How Human Memory Works" The more you know about your memory, the better you'll understand how you can improve it. Here's a basic overview of how your memory works and how aging affects your ability to remember. Your baby's first cry...the taste of your grandmother's molasses cookies...the scent of an ocean breeze. These are memories that make up the ongoing experience of your life -- they provide you with a sense of self.

They're what make you feel comfortable with familiar people and surroundings, tie your past with your present, and provide a framework for the future. Most people talk about memory as if it were a thing they have, like bad eyes or a good head of hair. In the past, many experts were fond of describing memory as a sort of tiny filing cabinet full of individual memory folders in which information is stored away. Do you remember what you had for breakfast this morning? What seems to be a single memory is actually a complex construction. Note-taking tools and tips | Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching. How do people (e)learn? Study Skills Connected: Using Technology to Support Your Studies Palgrave Study Skills: Dr Stella Cottrell, Neil Morris: Books. RefME | Free Reference Generator – Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago...

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