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Adapting Learning Science for Unprecedented Times

11/18/2020

Topics: Learning sciences

Longer class times to encourage creative teaching. Fewer courses to minimize cognitive overload. More time for socializing with peers and working on passion projects.

Grounded in the most promising…

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Use Research-Based Approaches to Choose Edtech Apps

11/13/2020

Topics: Learning sciences

Evaluating and choosing educational applications for school learning has often been compared to the wild, wild West. Yet, selecting the “just right” app for teaching and learning to meet learning targets is…

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Teacher conducts a lesson remotely

Five tips for designing materials for remote learning

04/27/2020

Topics: Learning sciences

Before we go any further, a big thank you to the many teachers who’ve put together content, often at a few days’ notice, to try keep learning going during these uncertain times. Over the past weeks, I’ve seen so much guilt expressed on Twitter and occasionally an attempt to do too much. This…

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a boy sketching a frog in school

Sketchnoting brings power of brain science to the classroom

04/10/2020

Topics: Learning sciences, Sketchnoting

In 2016 Nichole Carter attended a session on sketchnoting at the ISTE conference, and it changed her teaching forever. That pivotal moment also sparked a passion…

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What Works: Sketchnoting engages students while building comprehension

09/25/2019

Topics: Learning sciences, Sketchnoting

Laura Steinbrink works hard to engage her students.

So it distressed her when two bright students in her high school literature class in Plato, Missouri, copped bad attitudes about having to study The…

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Students use mindfulness to improve executive functioning

Students who flex their executive-functioning muscles learn better

08/26/2019

Topics: Learning sciences

For neuroscientist Dr. Philip Zelazo, a simple game like Simon Says or a few deep breaths can go a long way in helping children develop the skills they need to learn.

Zelazo, a researcher at the…

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Students practice different note-taking strategies

3 note-taking strategies to improve comprehension

07/15/2019

Topics: Course of Mind, Learning sciences

“Try a version of this idea?” asked Ann Blythe, a seventh grade science teacher and a colleague of mine.

She had discovered the…

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A student raises his hand in class.

Level up learning with retrieval practice

06/14/2019

Topics: Course of Mind, Learning sciences

Even without directly observing your classroom, I can guess that you use a version of retrieval practice with your students. Every educator does. Retrieval practice is essentially remembering information we…

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An educator tried sketchnoting.

Mythology and the magic of dual coding

06/14/2019

Topics: Course of Mind, Learning sciences, Sketchnoting

In the fast-paced field of education and educational technology, sometimes it feels like if we don’t keep up with the pack on the latest strategies and technologies, we’ll get left so far behind that we might…

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Two students study a flow chart to learn computational thinking

Using research-based strategies to help students master computational thinking

06/12/2019

Topics: Computational Thinking, ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators, Learning sciences

When learning new knowledge, it is critical for students to connect new concepts with previous learning and experiences and then be able to transfer it in multiple and creative ways. It is, therefore, essential…

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