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# Understanding Learning Online Environment 2015

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Sharing our Learning Challenges. I Heart EdTech: Drop Everything and go check out Blendspace. Theconversation. Being stuck in bed, waiting for the flu to run its course, is pretty unpleasant.

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And it’s also really boring. What else is there to do but search for symptoms online, and read entries about the flu on Wikipedia or WebMD or post messages on Facebook and Twitter about how sick you are? A lot of people get the flu every year and many of them do exactly that: they search for relevant information, and share their misery with the rest of us. The consequence is remarkable: a description of their symptoms, time-stamped and perhaps even geo-tagged, is online. Which means that the internet has a rather detailed picture of the health of the population, coming from digital sources, through all of our connected devices, including smartphones. This is digital epidemiology: the idea that the health of a population can be assessed through digital traces, in real time.

It has the potential to be a powerful boon for traditional epidemiology. Click to enlarge Traditional + digital = a better picture. Lego Crosses The Digital Divide. With licensing agreements with Hollywood’s biggest franchises, a wildly successful film series of its own, and original product lines that have spawned television and Internet tie-ins, Lego is experiencing a boom that makes its brush with bankruptcy over a decade ago seem like an alternate reality.

Lego Crosses The Digital Divide

Plus, it still lacks any real competition in the interlocking-building-toy field. The company does what it does, and it does it really well. That’s why, unlike the rest of the toy industry—or the world, for that matter—Lego isn’t tripping over itself trying to integrate accelerometers or Bluetooth or Internet of things functionality into all of its product lines to get kids’ attention. There's a lot of that at the 2015 New York Toy Fair. "You put the toy industry under one roof and you hear, ‘This is what kids want,’" says senior director of brand relations for Lego Michael McNally, referring to the tech-saturated toys.

But the company hasn’t turned its back on digital. The Gaming Connection. No place for introverts in the academy? In today’s brave new world of university learning, students aren’t allowed to be shy, says Bruce Macfarlane It is estimated that anything between a third and a half of people are introverts.

No place for introverts in the academy?

This must logically include the students we teach at university When I was an undergraduate in the early 1980s I said very little in class. I was shy and diffident and felt much more comfortable expressing myself in writing than by speaking. More than 30 years later I am much the same, even though I have learned how to at least appear confident as a university professor. But this is hardly a unique personal revelation. However, university students are no longer allowed to be shy. Naps Can Seriously Improve All-Day Learning Abilities. Why the modern world is bad for your brain.

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others. Individual intelligence, as psychologists measure it, is defined by its generality: People with good vocabularies, for instance, also tend to have good math skills, even though we often think of those abilities as distinct.

Why Some Teams Are Smarter Than Others

The results of our studies showed that this same kind of general intelligence also exists for teams. On average, the groups that did well on one task did well on the others, too. In other words, some teams were simply smarter than others. We next tried to define what characteristics distinguished the smarter teams from the rest, and we were a bit surprised by the answers we got. We gave each volunteer an individual I.Q. test, but teams with higher average I.Q.s didn’t score much higher on our collective intelligence tasks than did teams with lower average I.Q.s. This Will Revolutionize Education. Assessing and Developing Metacognitive Skills Faculty Focus. January 21, 2011.

Assessing and Developing Metacognitive Skills Faculty Focus

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language. "Change your language and you change your thoughts.

8 Strategies for Teaching Academic Language

" -- Karl Albrecht Understanding Academic Language Academic language is a meta-language that helps learners acquire the 50,000 words that they are expected to have internalized by the end of high school and includes everything from illustration and chart literacy to speaking, grammar and genres within fields. Think of academic language as the verbal clothing that we don in classrooms and other formal contexts to demonstrate cognition within cultures and to signal college readiness. There are two major kinds: instructional language ("What textual clues support your analysis? ") and language of the discipline (examples include alliteration in language arts, axioms in math, class struggle in social studies and atoms in science). Where to Start It would be a mistake to think that academic language is a garbage pail category involving any word, depending on the context.

Teaching Academic Language 8 Specific Strategies. The best book clubs are on Twitter and Facebook. What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like? Mobile Computing What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like?

What Will the Learning Device of the Future Look Like?

We asked a young innovator, a futurist and the CEO of the One-to-One Institute to imagine what students will be using for learning one day.