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Few can. Fortunately, you can join him twice monthly for a free hour and a half study session in Mondays with Neil. When in doubt, if you’re not studying for the GRE, you should be reading a book (any book, seriously). However, while you’re walking around the city or doing dishes or commuting or shopping, reading isn’t an option if you don’t want to have an embarrassing accident. But you can put on some headphones and learn tons of great things for free. I started listening to podcasts on New York City subways, and still listen daily as I take my dogs for their lengthy walks. What can podcasts do for your GRE score? Also, many (if not most) podcasts deal directly with productivity and learning. And you may even find great podcasts that deal directly with GRE-specific topics.

So download Stitcher or dig into your phone’s Podcasts app and start learning while you do other things! Freakonomics Radio If you have to start somewhere, start here. Radiolab. How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff: Understanding Context. Part 2 of MindShift’s Guide to Games and Learning.

How Games Lead Kids to the Good Stuff: Understanding Context

Those who still think of content as the driving force of education may not be ready for game-based learning. What do we mean by “content”? In this age of digital media, “content” is what web designers, TV producers, and media moguls talk about. Articles, TV shows, YouTube videos, photos — that’s all content. In the classroom, what we usually call content is what students have retained if teachers have met their learning objectives.

The underlying assumption of an education system that relies so heavily on test-based assessment is that content is what matters. Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn. What’s the key to effective learning?

Smart Strategies That Help Students Learn How to Learn

One intriguing body of research suggests a rather riddle-like answer: It’s not just what you know. It’s what you know about what you know. To put it in more straightforward terms, anytime a student learns, he or she has to bring in two kinds of prior knowledge: knowledge about the subject at hand (say, mathematics or history) and knowledge about how learning works. Parents and educators are pretty good at imparting the first kind of knowledge. We’re comfortable talking about concrete information: names, dates, numbers, facts. Quoteworthy. “I’m a strong believer in making, creating, being a part of anything you do—and I wish that all students had those experiences.”

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—Melissa Pickering “America is at its greatest risk for national economic failure if we don’t start with reform in education.” —Elizabeth Schmidt “Taking risks is critical. Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving. Editor's note: This post is co-authored by Marcus Conyers who, with Donna Wilson, is co-developer of the M.S. and Ed.S.

Metacognition: The Gift That Keeps Giving

Brain-Based Teaching degree programs at Nova Southeastern University. They have written several books, including Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Students who succeed academically often rely on being able to think effectively and independently in order to take charge of their learning. These students have mastered fundamental but crucial skills such as keeping their workspace organized, completing tasks on schedule, making a plan for learning, monitoring their learning path, and recognizing when it might be useful to change course. They do not need to rely on their teacher as much as others who depend on more guidance to initiate learning tasks and monitor their progress. Metacognition in the Brain How to Teach Students to Be More Metacognitive Reference Stephen M. For Further Reading. 3 ‘Knowns’ in Learning Science—and How to Apply Them in Practice.

Five Reasons to Value Technology in Higher Education. There are compelling reasons why technology should be at the center of the modern college learning experience.

Five Reasons to Value Technology in Higher Education

One of the benefits of being CEO of a learning science company like McGraw-Hill Education is getting the chance to visit colleges and schools, and to meet inspiring instructors and students. For months, I’d been hearing about the great things happening at Harper College, a community college north of Chicago that has been using our adaptive learning and assessment platform ALEKS PPL to reinvent how they ensure students are prepared for day one of college. I recently visited there and gained a renewed appreciation for what a powerful role technology can play in helping educators drive change. ALEKS PPL is a program that reimagines the traditional – and often ineffective – placement test, incorporating adaptive technology to help students relearn and refresh knowledge before being assessed for placement into math courses.

Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own. In some instances, research illuminates a topic and changes our existing beliefs.

Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own

For example, here’s a post that challenges the myth of preferred learning styles. Other times, you might hear about a study and say, “Well, of course that’s true!” This might be one of those moments. Last year, Dr.

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