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PD Summer: Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1 of 4)

PD Summer: Understanding How the Brain Thinks (Part 1 of 4)
Understanding How the Brain Works For 21st century success, now more than ever, students will need a skill set far beyond the current mandated standards that are evaluated on standardized tests. The qualifications for success in today's ever-changing world will demand the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, use continually changing technology, be culturally aware and adaptive, and possess the judgment and open-mindedness to make complex decisions based on accurate analysis of information. The most rewarding jobs of this century will be those that cannot be done by computers. For students to be best prepared for the opportunities and challenges awaiting them, they need to develop their highest thinking skills -- the brain's executive functions. These higher-order neural networks are undergoing their most rapid development during the school years, and teachers are in the best position to promote the activation of these circuits. The High Costs of Maintaining the Factory Model Related:  What is Contemporary Learning?

An Overview of How to Design Instruction Using Critical Thinking Concepts The Logic of Instructional Design Instructional design involves two deeply interrelated parts: structures and tactics. In this article we focus on structures. Structures involve the "what" of the course: What am I going to teach? What content am I going to teach? What questions or problems will be central to the course? Tactics involve the "how": How am I going to teach so as to make the structures work? Five Important Structural Determinations That Set the Stage for Everything Else We suggest that for every course you teach, there are five defining dimensions you should carefully think through. your concept of the course, the general plan for implementing that concept, the requirements the students must meet, the grading policies in the course (when applicable), and performance profiles (that correlate with the grade levels). Studies have indicated that, on average, 90% of the decisions made about instruction are a result of the textbook chosen. Back to top

What Is Design Thinking? How might we engage students more deeply in reading? -- Karen, learning specialist How might we create a classroom space that is more centered around the needs and interests of the students? -- Michael, second-grade teacher How might we create a more collaborative culture for teachers at our school? How might we connect more with our neighborhood community? How might we create a district-wide approach to curriculum that engages the 21st century learner? As educators, we are designing every single day -- whether it's finding new ways to teach content more effectively, using our classroom space differently, developing new approaches to connecting with parents, or creating new solutions for our schools. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale -- the challenges facing educators today are real, complex, and varied. Design Thinking is one of them. Design Thinking is a process and a mindset It's human-centered It's collaborative Designing requires conversation, critique and all-out teamwork.

George Siemens's blog: Ideas, collaboration, and innovation It's always difficult to assess the trajectory and depth of change when you're in the middle of it. I wonder if people in the industrial revolution, American/French revolutions - or even in the long, steady progress of the scientific revolution - were aware of what they were witnessing. Revolutions look so neatly packaged and defined, i.e. "the industrial revolution started with the development of..." when seen in reverse. Since the early 1990's, I've heard a fair bit of hype around how the internet (and then the web, then web 2.0, now social media, and tomorrow "big data") would impact society and businesses. It is this stage - where new technologies change practice and changed practices in turn alter organizational structure - that fascinates me. This past week, I was at the Social Business Forum in Milan, presenting on Analytics in Learning and Knowledge ( Scottish Water reflects how dramatically roles are changing in companies.

Improving Executive Function: Teaching Challenges and Opportunities (Part 3 of 7) The High Cost of Over-Packed Curriculum Standards For 21st century success, students will need skill sets far beyond those that are mandated in the densely packed standards -- and that's evaluated on bubble tests. In the near future, success will depend on accelerated rates of information acquisition. And we need to help students develop the skill sets to analyze new information as it becomes available, to flexibly adapt when facts are revised, and to be technologically fluent (as new technology becomes available). Success will also depend upon one's ability to collaborate and communicate with others on a global playing field -- with a balance of open-mindedness, foundational knowledge, and critical analysis skills so they can make complex decisions using new and changing information. We are painfully aware that the educational model has not changed to accommodate the exponentially increasing amount of information pertinent to students.

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Zvi Goldman Post University Waterbury, CT 06723 USA Introduction and Challenge Student engagement with instructor and peers in online education, specifically over multiple discussion group sessions, is a critical factor that contributes to student learning, satisfaction, course success, and retention (Bedi 2008; Bocchi, Eastman, & Swift, 2004; Mandernach, Dailey-Hebert, & Donnelli-Sallee, 2007). In many institutions the phases of designing and developing (selection of topics and delivery structures) and setting expectations (communication of requirements to students and instructors) are implemented by course designers and/or full time faculty members responsible for this task. When discussions are regarded as critical components of learning, and administered as such, they impose a significant workload on both students and instructors. The challenge is how to achieve a win-win balance between discussion quality and workload for students and instructors. a. Figure 1.

College Readiness: Reading Critically We have a generation of students that are trained to automatically trust the textbook, or for that matter, trust anything that is written. Today, many students don't know how to read things with a grain of salt. So how do we go about fixing this? Well, first we have to get them to read, then get them to read critically. Mem Fox's book, Reading Magic, states that the love of reading has to start young. Dr. Today, Mike Rose is a professor at UCLA's Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. Between the Lines Reading has to be synonymous to thinking. With all of that creative learning juice flowing in student's brains while they read, it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. We should teach students to identify concepts while they read and then judge which of them is a key concept. Have you heard of the residue of thinking? As you can see, using Cornell Notes the right way can help students read critically, which by the way helps them remember what they read. Going Digital

Social media & learning – note taking on steroids With all this talk about social media and learning, we may be missing the essential benefit, which is simple note taking and the sharing of those notes. Social media is notes on steroids. I’m a note taker, whether it’s at talks, conferences, in margins of books or thoughts captured in my notebook. On top of this I write the equivalent of notes on Twitter, Facebook and longer blog posts. It’s a lifelong habit. In addition, articles on ‘learning how to learn’ or ‘metacognition’ often disappoint me, as they seem vague and lack the sort of direct advice that really does lead to a dramatic increase in retention. Why take notes? 1. Studies on note taking (with control groups and reversal of note takers and non note takers to eliminate differences) show overwhelmingly that not taking increases memory/retention. 2. If you take notes AND review them, you do better on assessments (Kiewra 1989, 1991). 3. As to the best type of note taking, it’s the most information in the fewest words. 4. 5. 6.

Grant to Support Reasoning Program at West Dallas Middle School - News Center Sept. 6, 2013 Dr. Jacquelyn Gamino directs the Center for BrainHealth’s Adolescent Reasoning Initiative, which has trained more than 15,000 teens across the country. A $250,000 grant will help a Center for BrainHealth project to improve advanced reasoning skills at a West Dallas middle school. The Communities Foundation of Texas gift will provide research-based high performance brain training for students, teachers, leadership and parents at Thomas A. “The brain’s frontal networks are undergoing extensive changes during adolescence, making middle school an optimal time to train innovative thinking and reasoning skills,” said Dr. Edison is located in the 11th-poorest ZIP code in the nation. Dr. The Center for BrainHealth’s brain training program called SMART (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training) has yielded measurable improvements in middle school students of all socioeconomic levels. “We have seen the SMART program transform classrooms across the country,” said Dr.

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Suzanne Young University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 82071 USA Mary Alice Bruce University of Wyoming Laramie, WY 82071 USA Introduction With more than 25% of the total number of students in higher education receiving instruction online and ever increasing online student numbers projected (Allen & Seaman, 2010), educators continue to identify factors that may enhance meaningful online learning. Classroom community and student engagement are closely related to one another. Therefore, the purpose of the present study was to examine the correlates of student engagement and classroom community in online courses. Theoretical Framework In this study, student engagement was defined as the interest and motivation students have in their own learning of course content. Classroom community was defined as the connections among students and between students and instructors that lead to increased learning. Method Results Research Questions One and Two. Discussion

Students Evolve from Consumers to Critics and Creators Critical-thinking skills -- and fluency in multimedia production -- are integral to media literacy. Running Time: 8 min. For many students, what happens in the traditional American classroom is boring. Small wonder, when you compare such relatively inanimate stuff as pencil-and-paper-bound reading, writing, and math drills to the media mix of mind-bending imagery and hair-raising sound that consumes most of their waking hours outside school. A recent study, "Generation M: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds," found that students in grades 3-12 spend an average of six hours and twenty-one minutes plugged in to some type of media each day. For this digital generation, electronic media is increasingly seductive, influential, and pervasive, yet most schools treat the written word as the only means of communication worthy of study. Credit: Edutopia One place kids live is the multiplex, where they indulge in popcorn and eye candy. Credit: The Jacob Burns Film Center

Learning Online Reflection: Learning is Not an Instructional Method by Beth Knittle, An individual’s learning does not take place online, on a computer, in a library, or in a classroom for that matter. Learning takes place within the learner. The classroom, a learning management system, online resources, books, teachers and other learners are part of the learning environment but are not learning themselves. I continually hear that online classes are not as rigorous or as valuable as a face to face class.

7 Skills To Become Super Smart People aren’t born smart. They become smart. And to become smart you need a well-defined set of skills. Memory If you can’t remember what you’re trying to learn, you’re not really learning. If you want to amaze your friends with remembering faces, names, and numbers, look to the grand-daddy of memory training, Harry Lorayne. Reading Good scholars need to be good readers. Evelyn Woodski Slow Reading Course Announcer … Dan Aykroyd Man … Garrett Morris Woman … Jane Curtin Surgeon … Bill Murray … Ray Charles Announcer V/O: [The following words rapidly appear on a blue screen as they are read by the fast-talking announcer:] This is the way you were taught to read, averaging hundreds or thousands of words per minute. Psychologists have found that many people who take speed reading courses increase their reading speed for a short time but then fall right back to the plodding pace where they started. But the bottom line in reading is always comprehension. Writing Speaking Numeracy Empathy

157 of the Most Useful Websites on the Internet | The Social Media Guide By admin Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Social media has become one of the popular platforms for any company to advertise their products and services. Facebook provides ample of opportunities for such people who want to reach the masses quickly and efficiently. Various strategies are incorporated within the Facebook website that lets you attract attention of the potential buyers of your services and products. Firstly you need to grow a fan base of around thousand potential customers who might be interested in doing business with you. There are plenty of reasons why a normal Facebook ad fails. There are few basic ways by which the ads can get working for you. All you need to do is be laser focused and make it very sure that the people should know what to do when they encounter your website.