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20 Cognitive Biases That Affect Your Decisions. Teaching evolution. How Learning Art Alters Brain Structure. By Natalie Shoemaker The notion that “you either have it or you don't” in the art world may be exaggerated.

How Learning Art Alters Brain Structure

Certainly, some may be drawn to take up the brush more than others, but creativity isn't something that's encoded in your genes, and a new study published in NeuroImage proves it so. Tim Jacobs from Pacific Standard has written up a summary on the research showing evidence that just taking a sketching class can alter our brains' white matter to boost creative thinking. Lead author of the paper, Alexander Schlegel, said of the results: "Creativity is another concept that is often thought of as something we are either born with or will never have. The study was comprised of only 35 students, so pretty small. The researchers write of their results: What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains. Getty Neuroscience may seem like an advanced subject of study, perhaps best reserved for college or even graduate school.

What Kids Should Know About Their Own Brains

Two researchers from Temple University in Philadelphia propose that it be taught earlier, however—much earlier. As in first grade. In a study published in this month’s issue of the journal Early Education and Development, psychologists Peter Marshall and Christina Comalli began by surveying children aged four to 13 to discover what they already knew about the brain. Previous research had found that elementary school pupils typically have a limited understanding of the brain and how it functions, believing it to be something like “a container for storing memories and facts.”

Marshall and Comalli’s questionnaire turned up the same uncertain grasp of the topic, which the researchers attributed to several factors. How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies. In his new book, “How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens,” author Benedict Carey informs us that “most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong” and “rooted more in superstition than in science.”

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies

That’s a disconcerting message, and hard to believe at first. But it’s also unexpectedly liberating, because Carey further explains that many things we think of as detractors from learning — like forgetting, distractions, interruptions or sleeping rather than hitting the books — aren’t necessarily bad after all. The 10 Biggest Educational Trends (And What Teachers Think)

We hear a lot about what things are popular in terms of technology, the cool new devices that are coming out, and trends that are happening with classroom technology integration.

The 10 Biggest Educational Trends (And What Teachers Think)

But just because something is a trend (or even a requirement) doesn’t that it is popular or liked. It doesn’t mean you won’t hear people grumbling about it. Often times, trends become trends because a lot of people like them, but in the case of education, trends can happen easily in the following scenario: administrators like the idea and think it is great, and teachers have to implement said idea regardless of if it is a great fit with their classroom and students.

So what common education technology trends are really supported and loved by teachers, and which ones make them want to bang their heads on their chalkboards/desks/smartboards/laptops? The handy infographic below brings together data from European and North American teachers to get their points of view on the subject.

My Learning Plan Guide. When you want to develop your career skills, do you struggle to keep track of everything that you need to learn?

My Learning Plan Guide

The Mind Tools Learning Plan helps you organize your learning. With it, you can save the articles that you want to read next, and keep a record of what you’ve already worked through. How to Use Your Learning Plan Click on Save My Plan in the orange My Learning Plan box on the left below to create your login. As you’re browsing through Mind Tools, click on the button next to articles that you want to save to read later. Join the Mind Tools Club Now and Get Our People Skills Workbook FREE Access training, help and ideas to boost your career. And get a FREE copy of our Build Your People Skills workbook, plus four other career-boosting bonuses, when you join before midnight, November 24. Find out more Return to the top of the page. How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos. Anyone who has used the Prezi platform would know that creating a Prezi and uploading it to Prezi.com is easy enough, however when it comes to converting it to a YouTube video, there seems to be no native method of doing so.

How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos

While you can convert PowerPoint to video formats using a native PowerPoint feature, the same cannot be said for the Prezi application. However, you can convert Prezi to YouTube by using a workaround. Capture Prezi With A Screen Recording Tool As Prezis are zooming presentations, you can neatly capture your presentation using a screen capture tool. There are many handy screencast tools for various platforms that can be used across various types of operating systems for this job. Design Thinking Archives - Stretch Your Mind!

Design Thinking Archives -

2 Invigorating Warm-Ups for Brainstorming Stretching is important before you go running. The same applies to brainstorming. If you start a brainstorm without warming up your mind and getting the creative juices flowing, the chances of producing fruitful ideas are lower.