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Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Why Do We Learn What We Learn?

Learning about activity and responses in the brain can allow insight into human behaviors, and why we act the way we do. One study has provided an interesting glimpse into what helps us to learn. Recently published in Neuron, the findings from this research on how curiosity charges the brain to enhance learning gives an in depth look at our internal reactions to learning behaviors and memory retention. It may be no surprise that the more intrigued we are about something, the more we want to know about it. However, what is it that actually sparks learning? Those who participated in the study rated… read more

The ABC’s Of Things

The ABC’s Of Things

Decorating a children’s room doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Using flash cards as pictures, accents and even traveling games are a fun way to liven up a child’s space while also providing an opportunity for a learning adventure. Vintage, contemporary or fairy tale ABC cards make for an endless stockpile of crafty inspiration and hours of on hand, educational fun. The following printables and interior design ideas are motivation to find a set of letters to play with that will bring the primary student in you back to life, but you can do it in the name of learning. Mr…. read more

This Headband May Make You Smarter

This Headband May Make You Smarter

Researchers have figured out a way to “wake up” the brain during learning tasks. A team of psychologists at Vanderbilt University have recently published an article in the Journal of Neuroscience that offers their findings into research which examined prompted electrical currents in the brain and the effects on learning speed. A wearable device resembling a headband was produced for the study, and had an added feature – it can actually make the wearer smarter, even control their learning speed, with the onset of mild electrical stimulation to certain regions. The researchers wanted to further understand the natural response that occurs… read more

The App Effect

The App Effect

Children growing up in a media driven culture can be exposed to large amounts of screen time each day, at home and at school. As learning expands and interests form, you may wonder what the effect an app based environment has on learning. Research topics revolving around this area are increasing, and some studies are showing interesting findings. Schools.com has compiled an infographic outlining children’s use of tablets and attitudes revolving around apps. The educational based app arena has seen an upsurge in recent years and according to the Joan Ganz Cooney Center as many as 80% of the paid… read more

Science Messing Around With Memories

Science Messing Around With Memories

The human brain is a favorite topic of research studies, and a recent discovery has revealed an interesting side of our memory ability, and the brain’s power to unlock it. An investigation into how memories form has led scientists to figure out a way to alter the brain in order to provoke recollected thoughts. Looking into how memories are developed, neurobiologists say that they were actually able to form new ones. They found that they can generate specific memories by changing brain cells in the cerebral cortex, which is an area of the brain that assists in creating the anticipated… read more

Nurturing Ecological Awareness in Children

Nurturing Ecological Awareness in Children

If you have the opportunity to be around children, or are a parent yourself, then you probably know that they are like little sponges, soaking in absolutely everything. Kids see things we as adults sometimes don’t notice, and they are also very mindful about things that are going on around them. They are even aware of environmental issues. Early child development is a time of continuous physical, mental and social growth. Children love to learn new things and often are not afraid to be excited about their accomplishments. As adults, we pride ourselves as being the teachers and role models,… read more

The Magic Shoe Box

The Magic Shoe Box

This morning, David, an old family friend in his eighties, shared with me a childhood story of growing silk worms. As a little boy, he would gather a pile of mulberry leaves, stuff them into a shoe box, and hide half a dozen small caterpillars beneath the foliage. The creatures were the object of fascination for David as a little boy. He would marvel at the caterpillars’ ravenous appetites as they devoured box after box of mulberry leaves. With every mouthful, the caterpillars grew fatter. Eventually the little critters grew thicker than David’s thumb. When the caterpillars were fat and… read more

Donate Your Flash Drives

Donating USBs for charity

Flash drives are one example of computing accessories that are often left lying around. USB flash drives can be recycled, although only certain components can be salvaged. If still in good working condition, consider donating them to causes where they will be put to good use. Still usable sticks can be sent to Recycle USB where they will benefit children. Received flash drives are loaded with the Sugar Learning Platform which transforms them into mobile computer operating systems. This is a brilliant idea that comes to life at Sugar Labs, a non-profit supplier that works with another non-profit organization, the Software… read more

Environmental Education

Learning outside the classroom

Environmental education (EE) provides opportunities for students to learn in natural environments. Instead of sitting in classrooms listening to teachers talk, children in EE programs participate in hands-on activities at local rivers, city parks, urban gardens, and other natural spaces. EE teachers use the features of natural environments to teach science, math, language arts, social studies, history, and other subjects. Instead of imparting facts in isolation, EE situates learning within the context of real-world places and issues to make it meaningful for students. Fresh air and exercise are added bonuses. Research summarized by the Place-Based Education Evaluation Cooperative has shown… read more