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5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated

5 Things Every Presenter Should Know About People, Animated
by Maria Popova On the art of moving words that move people. “The human brain starts working the moment you are born and never stops until you stand up to speak in public,” George Jessel famously quipped. In 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People (public library), Dr. Susan Weinschenk unpacks the secrets of eliciting response from people — the core purpose of design, it’s been argued — through a combination of behavioral science, psychology, and practical examples to alleviate the misery and mystery of public speaking. This great short animated teaser offers five of the most essential secrets to a great presentation, whatever your discipline or topic. People learn best in 20-minute chunks. Donating = Loving This year, bringing you (ad-free) Brain Pickings took thousands of hours and lots of thought, dedication, and love. You can also become a one-time patron with a single donation in any amount: Brain Pickings has a free weekly newsletter. Share on Tumblr

The Ultimate Teacher's Guide To Creating Educational Apps It’s no secret that students love their smartphones. Most were seemingly born with one in their hand. They use them to chat, talk with friends, get news, and to learn. Wait, learn?! Recommends: Apps for Students More than half of middle and high school students carry smart phones, and the numbers are even higher among college students. Lots of apps promise to help students cram for exams and boost their grades. Read on for our pick of the app that jumps to the head of the class. We dove into study apps and found that most are not free, but price isn't always equal to usefulness.

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation - 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation by TeachThought Staff The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students. Presentation Tips for Public Speaking Public Speaking Tips Know the needs of your audience and match your contents to their needs. Know your material thoroughly. Put what you have to say in a logical sequence. Ensure your speech will be captivating to your audience as well as worth their time and attention. Practice and rehearse your speech at home or where you can be at ease and comfortable, in front of a mirror, your family, friends or colleagues.

The Best Guides For Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks Personal Learning Networks (PLN) is the phrase often used to describe connections that educators develop with other educators throughout the world by using online social media. I’ve previously written more specifically about how ESL/EFL teachers can best create this kind of network, but I thought it would be useful to bring together a broader collection of resources that could be used as guides by any educator. Please feel free to offer additional suggestions in the comments. Here are my choices for The Best Guides For Helping Teachers Develop Personal Learning Networks: “PLN Yourself” by Sue Waters

Why Are Textbooks So Expensive? The beginning of a freshman’s college experience is an exciting time. Dining halls! No bedtime! Taunting your RA! Exorbitantly expensive textbooks! The 4 Newest Ways To Make Education More Interactive Sorry to have to say it, teachers, but few students want to listen to you talk about a subject for an hour, no matter how much you may love it. You think that you have prepared a nail-biting lecture of suspense about every war in which the United States has fought, and, by the War of 1812, your students are staring out the window, hoping for a superhero to fly in and rescue them from the classroom. Even for the most dedicated of students, books and lectures get boring. Keeping lessons fresh and challenging means keeping them interactive, and given it is almost 2013, incorporating this task is actually much easier than ignoring it. The incorporation of technology into classroom settings has shown a positive impact on the attention and scores of students. Students at risk of failure in education have been shown to engage and absorb material better with the use of technology, while technology in the classroom has also helped students with autism communicate more effectively.

What Makes People Compelling by Maria Popova The art of mastering the vital osmosis of two conflicting qualities. What makes a winning personality? How can some people walk into a room and instantly entrance everyone into a state of amicable submission? What makes someone like Carl Sagan at once so beloved and so respected? 10 Education Blogs You Should Know About What’s the one thing that is making you read this post right now? Are you looking for interesting classroom technology, current trends in edtech, or just trying to have a laugh? That’s what Edudemic offers on a daily basis but we have a slew of other friends out there who you should know about as well. We haven’t included ourselves on this list since you’re reading this on Edudemic and already a HUGE fan I’m sure.

Cheating Like Weasels in Online Classes An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about ignited a fireball of blogging last week about how online learning will, once again, be the ruination of all higher education. The Chronicle article focused on anecdotal evidence that students enrolled in free massive online courses (MOOCs) are plagiarizing their essays in literature courses. So what’s the problem with online learning this time? It lacks credibility because it encourages people to cheat. To which I say: A business blogger for Forbes immediately picked up the sensationalist torch from the Chronicle and wrote,