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Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning

Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning
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The neuroscience of imagination - Andrey Vyshedskiy Studying imagination used to belong to the realm of philosophy and psychology. Now, neurobiology provides insights into this holy grail of natural philosophy. One of the first insights into the science of imagination was that imagination includes not one, but a variety of processes. The neurobiology of recalling an object from memory is different from dreaming, and is different from purposeful conscious imagining a novel object (example: a pineapple on top of a dolphin). The latter process is referred to as mental synthesis to distinguish it from the simple recall and dreaming. You can read the complete Mental Synthesis theory at the publisher’s website. To correctly place a bowl behind or in front of a cup, one first needs to mentally synthesize the novel image of a bowl behind or in front of a cup. Language delay is a common affliction that affects 70% of children with autism, a majority of children with Down syndrome and thousands of other children.

A Case for Curiosity Every year, five million children enter kindergarten armed with one word: "Why?" They continuously ask questions in what seems like an unending loop. On the other side, parents, caretakers, and teachers do their best to come up with answers to manage this kiddie-inquisition. Yet there's no allaying it. Behind that question hides another. Early-childhood research says that we have a curious scientific nature from the beginning of life. But something happens as children get older. Many great thinkers and artists lament the act of forgetting one's innate nature. Today, the need for curious people has heightened. Nurturing Curiosity It's time to make a recommitment to curiosity, and all that takes is a few small acts. In fact, Isidor Rabi's mother asked him this every day, and he later won a Nobel Prize in physics. Stay Hungry. Some children already understand that they've inherited a curious mindset, and they do their best to remind adults. So make space for asking questions.

A TED-Ed Club member advocates for immersive language instruction High school senior Yash Khatavkar takes issue with the fact that, as he was learning Spanish, his elementary school only offered one hour of Spanish instruction per week. Even as he got older, he felt like Spanish classes in school just weren’t enough to move him past the point of having to translate between English and Spanish in his head. “I have trouble with it. I can’t do the conjugations that I need to do,” he says in his TED-Ed Club presentation. “I think the way we teach it is part of the problem.” TED-Ed Clubs is a program that introduces students to the basics of presentation literacy and walks them through the steps of giving a TED-like talk. How did you decide on this subject for your TED-Ed Club presentation? My presentation was about language — I focused on how language acquisition has become more important to us. Why is it important to learn to speak more than one language? Knowing multiple languages is increasingly important as the world becomes more and more global.

Curiosity: The Metaskill to Thrive in the 21st Century The ability to learn faster than others is a competitive advantage. To thrive in an uncertain and complex world doesn’t depend on the skills your team has, but on those they can acquire. Learning is a force for change. But how can your employees develop a learning mindset? The answer is both simple and complex — organizations must recover the power of curiosity. article continues after advertisement Source: Alice Achterhof/ Unsplash For years, scientists have been trying to replicate the wrong mind — that of an adult. The father of computer science and artificial intelligence was onto something back in the 1950s. “Instead of trying to produce a program to simulate the adult mind, why not rather try to produce one which simulates the child’s?” It took us 60 years to finally bring computer scientists and developmental psychologists together to decipher the formula of curiosity. Curiosity Is the Mother of Learning We are all born curious. We treasure knowing, not the experience of learning. 1.

The power of creative constraints - Brandon Rodriguez When we look back at the brief history of space flight, it is amazing to think how far we’ve come in just the past few decades. Think back to the Ranger missions in the 1960’s. It took numerous attempts for NASA to correctly target satellites toward the moon, where success just meant taking some pictures before crashing into the moon's surface. Yet in only a couple years, we were able to advance from barely being able to crash into the moon, to walking on it. In 1969 the first moon walk was completed by the crew of Apollo 11, wherein Neil Armstrong famously stated, “That’s one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind.” A few decades after the Apollo missions, we began sending missions to Mars. What was unthinkable yesterday may be possible tomorrow.

Personalized Learning Personalized learning is instruction that offers pedagogy, curriculum, and learning environments to meet the individual student’s needs. The experience is tailored to learning preferences and the specific interests of different learners. In a personalized learning environment, the learning objectives and content, as well as the method and pace, may all vary. Personalization also encompasses differentiated instruction that supports student progress based on subject matter mastery. Read a report and key findings from the Software& Information Industry Association about innovation and redesigning education for personalization. Personalized learning is non-linear The way people learn is ‘messy’ and intensely personal –research has shown that it doesn’t happen in a straight line or easy progression. Read a white paper from the Center for Digital Learning that covers current and future pathways to personalized learning. Developing a personalized learning plan Technology and personalized learning

El valor de la curiosidad A medida que envejecemos, nos acostumbramos y familiarizamos con la realidad que nos rodea y con nosotros mismos. Así dejamos de sorprendernos y de potenciar nuestra curiosidad. Las experiencias del pasado dan forma a nuestra percepción del mundo y nos enseñan lecciones que llevamos alrededor de la mayor parte de nuestras vidas. Hacemos suposiciones basadas en esas experiencias y lecciones, a veces de manera indiscriminada. Cuando nos enfrentamos a una situación desconocida o un problema, nuestras mentes perciben un lugar de confusión o conflicto como una brecha. Para resolver esta discrepancia, nuestra mente tiende naturalmente a llenar los espacios en blanco con la información obtenida de las cosas que sabemos (experiencias). «La vejez empieza cuando se pierde la curiosidad»-José Saramago- Supuestos Decía un sabio que «suponer es ignorar». Necesitamos teorizar y establecer relaciones causales a modo de modelos explicativos de la realidad. El caso de la curiosidad en los niños

Starting a School Maker Space School makerspaces have become increasingly popular in the past half-dozen years. It's easy to understand why. Makerspaces engage students with hands-on learning opportunities, encouraging problem-solving and creativity. There's no better way for students to learn than by making things themselves with their own hands. If you want make or expand a makerspace for your own school, this is the place to start. Your instructor, Adam Kemp, is a high school technology and engineering teacher who has started, run, and consulted on multiple makerspaces. Defining Your Mission You'll begin by defining a concrete mission for your makerspace, one that will serve even as the makerspace grows. Location, Location, Location Choosing the right location is one of the most important aspects of starting any makerspace. Keeping Track A key to any successful makerspace is finding a balance between cultivating a creative work area and keeping it organized. Equipment Training Safety Classroom Integration

Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning After reading an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, students form a circle to engage in conversation about liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The inquiry circle begins with two questions posed by the teacher: What is more important, liberty or the pursuit of happiness? To begin, some students argue that liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only open to the people who follow rules within a society. This leads to a conversation about the nature of happiness. While the conversation was rich and rooted in deeper learning and understanding, the inquiry-based discussion did not end within the classroom. Deeper student learning can evolve over time facilitated by an educator who is skilled in the art of thinking within a carefully crafted environment. 1. The development of formal thinking and logical reasoning skills is necessary to achieving deeper learning. Photo Credit: Elizabeth A. 2. 3. 4. Have students retell or reimagine learning content with a modern-day twist. 5.

La curiosidad nos ayuda a aprender — La Mente es Maravillosa Muchas personas tienen una increíble curiosidad por lo que les rodea. Un interés muy fuerte por algo que les ha llamado poderosamente la atención y de lo que desean aprender mucho más. Este tipo de «coleccionistas de intereses» suelen tener conocimientos sobre diferentes temas, retienen muy bien la información y parecen contar con una motivación incansable. Cuando la curiosidad se potencia, un nuevo mundo lleno de oportunidades se abre ante nosotros. «Dicen que la curiosidad mató al gato, pero no dicen si lo que descubrió valió la pena»-José Saramago- El origen de la curiosidad Uno podría pensar que la curiosidad nace solo del interior de uno mismo. En función de nuestra manera de percibir el mundo, los objetos no se mueven por sí solos a menos que exista otro factor (viento, movimiento por nuestra parte) que los obligue a ello. A todos nos gusta aprender «No tengo ningún talento en especial, solo soy apasionadamente curioso»-Albert Einstein- La curiosidad es insaciable.

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox “Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” —Edward de Bono When I write an article, I usually draft two or three versions before I find the one I call the first draft. Creating an article requires exploring what I want to say and how I want to say it for my audience. I tell my children and students that the best writing begins during the revisions. Creativity does not just occur in the arts—it happens within engineering design, policy making, problem solving, game strategizing, and especially lesson planning. It’s a mistake to believe that creativity is an inherent ability that some people have in plenty while others have little. “Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value. Creativity is a fluid and flexible process. The Creativity Toolbox Here are a few tools for your students’ creativity toolbox. Don’t settle for the first great idea. “Creativity is a wild mind & a disciplined eye.”

Chris Lehmann - Inquiry: The Very First Step In the Process of Learning Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In November of 2012, Chris was named one of Dell's #Inspire100 - one of the 100 people changing the world using Social Media. In April of 2012, Chris won the Lindback Award for Excellence in Principal Leadership in the School District of Philadelphia. In September of 2011, Chris was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his work in education reform. SLA is built on the notion that inquiry is the very first step in the process of learning. Developed in partnership with The Franklin Institute and its commitment to inquiry-based science, SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Jump to: Resources | Chat & Group Notes | Questions | Participants

A nice intro into why curiosity matters by brianac Aug 18