Uploaded on 7 Feb 2011
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Learning skills are the foundation on which all other knowledge develops, and as much as technology can make it easier to get the right answers or to understand certain concepts, it could also be holding us back in a number of these areas. We’ve taken a look at the key learning skills that seem to be suffering in the age of the smartphone and tablet. Here’s what we’ve found are the qualities most likely to fall by the wayside.
Number Eight: How To Write.
Texting speech has gradually been deteriorating the quality of spelling. As a teacher, I can’t tell you how many times I came across a paper that actually used “ur” for “your” and emoticons handwritten at the end of a sentence (for emphasis, I presume). I’ll admit that I occasionally take shortcuts when sending a quick response, but I know better than to be guilty of this in formal writing. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy for generations that are growing up in a time when most of the communication they take part in happens at the lightning speed of a text message. Sending hundreds per day to friends and family will naturally find its way into our formal writing, especially when many are learning both simultaneously.
Seven: How To Interview.
Eye contact. It’s another thing that suffers severely when we’re connected to a device of some kind all day long. However, some things never change, and one of those things that aspiring employees will always have to deal with in life is the art of the interview. Interviews require total immersion in a conversation. You have to be attentive, responsive, and focused on putting your best foot forward. After having been part of many different events and gatherings where participants are more focused on their phones than each other, it’s become clear to me that I would never hire any of these people if I were looking for someone to fill a position.
Six: How To Read.
Longreads have started to pick up steam, but they’re still way behind in being the most popular form of online reading. Most of the time, browsers will skim the headline, read the subheads, hone in on something if it seems interesting, and then move on. The problem with this way of reading is that we tend to form opinions based only on what we’ve read, while ignoring the rest. This makes it to where we miss context and end up rushing to judgments about what the author is saying when they may, in fact, be saying something completely different. Technology has driven our culture to instant gratification, but some things are more complicated and require more time and consideration.
Five: How To Stay On Task.
I wear a big guilty sign on this one. Since adopting the Apple line of products, I have fallen in love with my MacBook Pro, iPad Air, and iPhone 5S. There is so much content, so many distractions, that it’s hard to stay focused on what I’m doing at all times of the day, even when I’ve got a good game plan nailed down. Part of this is because the machines make it so much easier to do things that once took longer, that I lull myself into a false sense of security about how much time I have left to accomplish something. Feeling accomplished before I ever actually am, I end up visiting Facebook or Twitter or Digg. I read news stories after completing a task instead of heading on to the next task. I use the excuse that I’m “researching” and so it’s okay. An hour later, I finally realize what I was about to do. It’s a mess.
Four: How To Listen.
This is sort of an extension of No. 6, “How to Read.” Technology has made it easy to respond and to publish and to make our thoughts known to the world. It’s also trained us — through sites like Twitter — to realize that there is a lot being said online, and if we want people to hear we have to be louder and more brazen. When this occurs, the first thing to go is our ability to listen. We want to be heard, and we can’t do that if someone else has the floor. Unfortunately, it makes its way into our studies, and we find ourselves wanting to talk instead of communicate. From there, it becomes impossible to learn anything, and it sets you up for becoming a narcissist.
Three: How To Resolve Conflicts And Work Together.
If we don’t read well — if we miss context — if we fail to listen and make eye contact — then we’ll never be able to work with others. And when you can’t work with others, it’s very difficult to find success in anything you do. Just rummage through any political site and see how quickly the “discussion” devolves into name calling, proselytizing, and condescending dismissal of others’ ideas. This is what technology hath wrought. Open minds have long since left the building, and it becomes very clear that people use the Internet as a sounding board rather than a well of knowledge from which to draw and become better people.
Two: How To Speak.
The ability to speak takes its roots in good grammar and understanding of the language. But as we’ve already established, many rules of language are thrown out the window as we embrace text messaging and the need to be heard. Chances are pretty good that if you can’t communicate with someone online, then you’re not very good at doing it in person. What is technology but an extension of ourselves, after all?
And The Number One Learning Skill Technology Is Making Us Forget : How To Function Without It.
For this, we turn to the math example. Today, you’ll find a number of incredible tools that can help you get the right answers and understand key concepts. Unfortunately, many students are just concerned about the answers instead of learning the mechanics of why the answer is what it is. If technology were ever to fail, would you understand concepts as basic as the order of operations without an order of operations calculator? What if something happened to set our world back to the 19th Century? Would you be able to adjust quickly enough to know how to build things to correct proportions and stability standards? As great as technology is, the fear is that a whole generation is only good at using the product instead of understanding how and why it works that way.
Learning skills can help us grow as people and become more capable of handling ourselves no matter how evolved (or devolved) that we become. Technology can be a partner in our evolution, or it can continue to erode some of the knowledge that we once took for granted. Which will you allow it to do?
A child’s brain and an adult’s brain have entirely different priorities, but that doesn’t come as much of a surprise. How often do we find ourselves unable to relate to our children’s concerns simply because they don’t seem like concerns to us? The What’s Going On Inside a Child’s Brain Infographic shows what is really happening in a child’s head and how this differs from adults.
Children vs Adult Brains
A child’s brain has completely different priorities than an adults. Children think, behave, and learn differently. Meaning parenting and teaching can be a challenge. Below we see how different sections of the brain trigger behaviors in children and adults.
Most Active Areas in Children
- Brain stem: The brain stem is the part of a child’s brain that controls heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature.
- Midbrain: The midbrain stimulates “arousal,” appetite/ satiety and sleep.
Most Active Areas in Adults
- Limbic system: The limbic system controls sexual behavior, emotional reactivity and motor regulation.
- Cortex: The cortex is responsible for concrete thought, affiliation and attachment.
The Brain Basics
– Building blocks of the brain
– Nerve cells that specialize to form brain sections
– Communicate messages throughout the brain
– A connection between 2 neurons
– Each Neuron has thousands of synapses
– Creates connections between thousands of neurons.
– An insulating sheath that covers the length of mature neurons
– Necessary for clear, efficient, electrical transmission
– Increasing connection effectiveness by 3000x
Brain Development throughout Stages of Life
- Age 21
- Drink Alcohol
- Age 18
- Age 16
– Drive a car
- Age 14
- Myelination begins in the Frontal Lobe (higher learning)
– Reasoning, planning, emotions, and problem-solving skills significantly develop
- Age 11 into adulthood: “Use it or Lose it”
– Pruning: deleting lesser-used synapse connections making other pathways more efficient
- 4 through 10
– Children’s brains are more than twice as active as adult’s brains.
– Of the body’s total O2 intake, the adult brain consumes 20%
– A child’s brain consumes up to 50%
– Age 8: “Logic” abilities start to form
- By Age 3
– Brain already weighs nearly 90% of it’s future adult weight
– Explicit (conscious memory) develops
– Future capacities for learning, social interaction, and emotional abilities are already largely established
– Need introduction to a variety of experiences
– Brain develops up to 2,000,000 synapses per second
– Building the architecture for future functioning
– Developing automatic functions, the 5 senses, and motion
– Brain is 25% of its future adult weight
– Implicit (or unconscious) memory allows recognition of mother and family
- Age 23
– Pruning completes
– Nearly half of the child’s synapses have been deleted
- Age 25
- Myelination completes
- The brain is finally fully matured
– Insurance rates drop – Not a coincidence
- Beyond: Brain Composition
– Continually changes as learning occurs throughout lifespan
– No matter what your age, when it comes to brain functions, it’s literally “use ‘em or lose ‘em”
Uploaded on 10 Feb 2011
"Language Learning Strategies," by Dianna Murphy, Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Language Institute, September 29, 2009 on the UW-Madison Campus. Part 1 of 4.
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Most people would agree that knowing more than one language in today’s increasingly connected and global world is a good thing. However, new research suggests that it can make you smarter in other, less obvious ways. Many scientists are starting to compare the brain to a muscle in that it gets stronger with exercise. Learning a new language is certainly a workout for your and can improve your life in multiple ways. It can open your eyes to many more opportunities and experiences and the journey towards fluency can be incredibly rewarding. The Top 10 Tips for Learning a Language in 2014 Infographic provides tips to keep you motivated to learn a foreign language this year!
The selection of the best smart phone apps for improving your grammar and punctuation skills
Today’s smart phones offer variety of apps that are more than just silly games or time-wasters. With many of them you can access smart phone apps that will help make you smarter, increase your knowledge and get amazed at the resources available online.
For those trying to learn and master the English language, there are numerous apps that teach correct grammar usage, punctuation, vocabulary, and much more.
The team at GoProofreading.com, the Internet’s top proofreading services, rank the top 10 apps for grammar and punctuation.
These applications can help users improve their grammar and punctuation skills, even though they still are not a complete substitute for a professional proofreader.
1. Word Wit: The English language has many is similar words that have vastly different meanings. That is why people make so many commonly misused words and phrases. Word Wit is an app designed to teach users the differences between misused words, so they can start using them correctly.
2. Grammar Up: This is a comprehensive application that features multiple-choice quizzes with thousands of questions in over 20 grammar categories. It helps users improve their grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and more.
3. Grammar 1: This is the perfect app for improving your grammar skills and your grammatical syntax.
4. The Free Dictionary: Having a dictionary application is a must for all writers and word lovers. This free app makes it easy to quickly look up the meaning and the definitions of words, and it even offers a Word of the Day to help you grow your vocabulary.
5. Wurdle: This is a popular word game that is both fun and productive way to pass the time, as it helps you increase your word knowledge by forcing you to identify as many words as possible by connecting letters on a grid.
6. Words with Friends: Words with Friends is not just a silly game. It might be fun, but it is also a great learning tool, as players are forced to dig deep into their vocabulary and to learn new words.
7. English idioms illustrated: Since the idioms are a big part of the English language, understanding their origin and meaning is essential to using them properly. This app explores the meanings of popular idioms and gives comprehensive explanation.
8. Grammar Express: Parts of speech – This is a robust course that helps learners master all the different parts of speech and contains over 130 pages of lessons that go over grammar rules.
9. Practice English Grammar: We know the saying – “Practice makes perfect”, and this app gives you the practice you need to master the English grammar. It has many grammar lessons and has quizzes to help you track your learning progress.
10. Grammar Express: Using the correct tense is important to proper grammar implementation. Learn grammar rules with hundreds of lessons, study countless examples of grammar rules, and at the end test yourself with quizzes in this popular app.
If you would like to learn more about proofreading and editing on GoProofreading.com or to hire a GoProofreading professional proofreader, visit GoProofReading today.
Check your phone apps and download any of the apps that you might thing will benefit most to your English language proficiency.
How can parents be sure that the toys they choose for their children are not only safe and fun, but also have a learning component? The How to Choose an Educational Toy Infographic helps parents make smart toy choices with suggestions for choosing an educational toy.
The Big Picture: Toy Trends in the United States
- Toys are bought for many reasons:
– child requests
- Americans spend approximately $22 BILLION on toys each year
- American toy purchases make up approximately 25% of global toy sales
- Educational toys are designed to help grow not just to entertain
Benefits of Educational Toys
- Improve problem solving skills
- Expand language and vocabulary skills
- Increase fine and gross motor skills
- Develop creativity and imagination
- Encourage socialization and cooperation
- Build confidence
What to Look for in an Educational Toy
- Multiple Uses: Some toys, like blocks, can grow with a child. infants can gain muscle development and coordination, older children can use them to learn about spatial relationships, language, ingenuity, resourcefulness and more!
- Manipulative Toys: Shape Sorters and Puzzles build cognitive and perceptual skills.
- True Toys: Dolls and blocks allow children to use their imagination and creativitythere is no predetermined outcome…the sky’s the limit!
- Age Appropriate: Labels are important.
- Exploratory Toys: Children learn about senses, cause and effect.
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