How Writing a Learning Journal Can Increase Critical Thinking Skills

Absorb LMS

Keeping and contributing regularly to a personal learning journal can be an effective way to encourage reflection and develop critical thinking skills. Second, the act of putting pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) engages our brains. Remember reflection?

Podcast: The Spiritual Brain – LearningBinge Instructor Trish O’Connor


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Hire the heart and train the brain


Hire the heart and train the brain; this is an axiom that many of us have heard before. This means we must start paying attention and hire the heart and train the brain. . The post Hire the heart and train the brain appeared first on Litmos.

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LearningBinge Instructor Trish O’Connor – The Spiritual Brain


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Happy Thanksgiving – It’s Good for the Brain!


With the word “survival” in the opening line, you’ve probably guessed that I’m about to find a way to link eating turkey with survival, because that’s usually where I end up when I talk about our marvelous survival machines – our brains. Our brains tend to keep us happy rather than sad.

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Your Brain on Boredom and How You Can Get Motivated Again

Fight boredom with brain-friendly strategies. Like other emotions, boredom arises from a particular state in your brain. A study published in the journal Brain and Cognition offers evidence to support their definition. Got that feeling?

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Brain Based Learning and Neuroscience – What the Research Says!

Work Learning

Go to any conference today in the workplace learning field and there are numerous sessions on neuroscience and brain-based learning. After each question, I briefly state the correct answer and cite research from top-tiered scientific journals. The brain is our primary tool for learning.

Neuroscientists, Just Now, Detail 97 Newly-Found Regions in Brain

Work Learning

The journal Nature reported today that a new map of the brain reveals 97 newly-found regions, each specialized to certain functions.

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This Is Your Learner’s Brain on Coffee


Should we be pumping our learners with the beverage in order to maximize brain performance and memory, or weaning them off it to support long-term health? How Caffeine Works in the Brain. It’s been called “ America’s number one drug problem ” and “ a miracle drug for the tired.”

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Your Brain: The Ultimate Electronic Performance Support System

Dashe & Thomson

According to the author (identified as “memenode” in the article), the journal Science recently conducted a study showing that “reliable and constant access to online information is affecting how we use our memory.

Happy Thanksgiving – It’s Good for the Brain!


With the word “survival” in the opening line, you’ve probably guessed that I’m about to find a way to link eating turkey with survival, because that’s usually where I end up when I talk about our marvelous survival machines – our brains. Our brains tend to keep us happy rather than sad.

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Twitter’s Impact on Your Brain-Same as Bilingualism

Kapp Notes

Studies on infant brains have shown that knowledge retention is only possible when accompanied with personal interaction or activity, but this becomes even more important as people get older. Bilingual people “build new bridges” in the brain, says Dr. Kuhl, a University of Washington professor and co-author of a recent study on social learning, and their brains are constantly adapting and reshuffling data as they translate.

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30 Day Brainstorm Challenge: In Sickness and in Health!

Learning Rebels

Part of my brain said, can we start this challenge tomorrow? Well, you can see which side of my brain won the battle today. So I have a couple of additional A-Ha’s for a this Monday morning when the brain cells aren’t quite working. Here we are.

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Your Online Teaching Dream Team - Pick their brains HERE!

E-Learning Acupuncture

Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could meet with an online distance teacher “dream-team” and pick their brains about the broad topic of interpersonal interaction in online learning? In June 2012, the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks published their findings.

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Brain’s Rule! – How Understanding the Brain Can Improve Your Learning Content

Rob Hubbard

Increasingly I find myself turning away from learning theories and looking to brain science to hel p me design engaging and effective learning content. Admittedly, the brain is still our most mysterious organ and much of how it works we can only guess at.

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The Top 3 US Brain and Cognitive Science University Programs


We’ll be honest: There’s a huge difference between someone with a passing interest in neuroscience and someone who eat, sleeps, and breathes all things brain and behavior. Career opportunities for those who understand the way the brain works are nearly infinite.

Heroes of Learning Foundation Debut « Wonderful Brain

Wonderful Brain

My first teaching year I journaled about all the inequities, stupidities and failures of schools. I held on to this – and the tipping point that compelled me to leave education was the discovery – up in the attic – of my old journals.

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Are you being fooled by claims of brain-based learning?

Work Learning

So, if you're swayed by "brain-based learning" and other such scientifically-sounding arguments, you might ask yourself, was the argument really persuasive or was I just fooled into thinking it was. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20 (3), 470-477. What happens when people add scientific-sounding words to their arguments--even if the scientific-sounding words have nothing to do with those arguments? Research now has the answer.

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Five Ways to Use Brain Science to Become a Better Leader

CLO Magazine

It’s an exciting time for brain science. New insights and discoveries about how the brain works are being made every week, and a focus on neural leadership is forging the way. David Rock, editor of the NeuroLeadership Journal , has said that by better understanding the brain, leaders can align the way they work with the brain’s affinity to create a more productive and successful experience. But the brain needs sleep.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Games trainers play" (Washington Business Journal)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Of General Interest to Edupatents | Main | Spyware Alert - Thx to DArcy Norman » April 18, 2007 "Games trainers play" (Washington Business Journal) Question: How self-referential can one get in blogging before you cross into the Dark Side?

Summer Reading 2016


Each year, I write the same basic post about why your brain needs a vacation and each year I fail to really take one myself. So I’m not going to regale you with all the studies that show how your brain benefits from a change in the daily routine and is recharged by traveling to different places. 101 Prompts for a Writer’s Journal – Reflecting on the Identity of the Writer. Tick Tock This Makes Your Brain Rock.

“Everyone Loves a Winner” – Except When We Don’t


This tendency seems to validate the statement that our brain is hard-wired for survival , an observation made by John Medina and others. The Underdog Effect ” was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology in 2008.

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Let’s Focus a Little Better

CLO Magazine

If anything, the world will only get noisier with more distractions, and University of California at Irvine digital distraction expert Gloria Mark told The Wall Street Journal that distractions take about 23 minutes to regroup from in order to get back on task. Do a brain dump that is.

Learning Tweets – and the Case Against Them

Bottom-Line Performance

At the end of the day, the case for informal learning tools like twitter isn’t much different than the case for reading the newspaper or local business journal (or, for those digital natives among you, Check out this interview with Dr. John Medina, the author of Brain Rules to hear the case against multi-tasking. Basically, the “attentional spotlight” – located in the parietal lobe of your brain - is incapable of simultaneous processing.

Don’t you see it?

Jay Cross

Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century by Cathy N. What confuses the brain delights the brain. Brain Science The Future

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Will at Work Learning: FREE Research Report on Feedback

Work Learning

Ive spent a good chunk of the last year reviewing research from the worlds preeminent refereed journals in regard to how to give learners feedback. Let me first agree that research from refereed journals cannot be our sole source of information.

Eight Predictions for 2017!


I’d like to try something a little bit different, by using my brain’s power of prediction to see what we will be bragging out in December, 2017. In January, 2017, a joint venture founded by “Brain Lady” Margie Meacham and Learning Strategist Michael Abrams opened for business.

Sarcasm Is the Lowest Form of Creativity

CLO Magazine

The research, which was published in the Journal of Applied Psychology , conducted an experiment with 184 Israeli undergrads – all engineering students – and had them listen to three fake customer service phone calls that all had to do with bad cellphone service. From the Editors brain creative thinking learningBeing sarcastic might make you more creative, and that’s no joke. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof.

Video games as Good Teachers

Kapp Notes

There is a growing body of research concentrating on the ability of the brain to change in response to stimuli and behaviors that require intense stimulation such as video game playing. It seems that teenage brains are open to lasting physical changes. “In It is called brain plasticity. International Journal of Intelligent Simulations and Gaming, 2(1), 49-62. [53] Wall Street Journal. (pg. Journal of Vision, 4(11), 40a, [link] doi:10.1167/4.11.40

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5 Tips to Re-Energize a Lifelong Learning Mindset

Learning Rebels

To move the needle toward your goals, your mindset must reflect that you are willing to commit to lifelong learning and willing to take on new challenges to your brain. We can develop skills, such as strengthening the brain, through effort and practice. This may be a time to start a journal or start a chat group with like-minded people. The Steal Like an Artist Journal, Austin Kleon. Click here to jump to the Learning Rebels BIG AUDACIOUS giveaway.

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Learning Styles: What Do We Know?

The Peformance Improvement

He reports on a survey of learning-styles research that appeared in the journal, Psychological Science in the Public Interest. auditory, visual, kinesthetic or right-brain/left-brain) helps people learn more effectively. An Appalachian Mountain Proverb goes: It’s not what you don’t know that’ll hurt you, it’s what you do know that ain’t so. I thought of this proverb when reading Benedict Carey’s New York Times article, Forget What You Know About Good Study Habits.

The Road to Growth Is Paved With Games

CLO Magazine

During gaming, the part of the brain that gives people urgent optimism fires up to 50 times a minute, according to McGonigal. That’s because the brain is being flooded with dopamine, which is this incredibly energizing, motivating neurochemical that says, ‘keep at it.’”.

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30 Day Brainstorm Challenge Day 13: Back to School

Learning Rebels

All the colors make me want to buy a dozen journals. See previous post: Day 12: World Brain Day. . It’s day 13 of our 30 Day Brainstorm Challenge – Back to School.

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Doing Conferences Differently – How to Beat Post-Conference Depression


Soon, your memories of that learning experience, though positive, have receded into the cobwebs of your mind, right next to your college roommate’s third ex-boyfriend and that nagging reminder that you’ve neglected something important that keeps sounding a soft alarm in your brain.

Why Reflect? The Role of Reflection in the Learning Process

Vignettes Learning

learn from reflecting on experience." • Reflection automatically creates a story out of your own experience, making it easy for your brain to understand it. Multiple sections of the subjects' brains were lighting up as though they were experiencing the story in real life!

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Too Much Information or a Skills Gap

Tony Karrer

where Kevin points out: TMI floods the brain with data, preventing comprehension and elaboration, and thus, preventing learning. Because the brain has a do-it-yourself attitude toward learning. We knew how to use the card catalog, journal indices, microfiche readers.

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How to Encourage Physical Activity as Part of a Learning Strategy

Absorb LMS

Studies published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found that people who sit for the majority of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of a heart attack. The year 2012 will likely be remembered as the “ Get Off Your Butt ” year.