Manufactured by Panasonic in partnership with Audio Enhancement, the pioneers of classroom audio, the EduCam360™ allows educators, administrators and security personnel to see the entire classroom—all at once!
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Ed-tech innovations curb cell phone cheating—and more
Posted on Wednesday March 12, 2014
Each week, I’ll highlight new ed-tech innovations that readers should be aware of. This week’s column includes a next-generation wireless infrastructure, more powerful voice recognition software, a blended learning curriculum to prepare students for college, and a device that could help prevent cell phone cheating on exams.
7 intriguing facts about the brain
Posted on Wednesday March 12, 2014
When it comes to student learning, many stakeholders focus on important learning supports, such as classroom technology, reliable high-speed internet access in schools, and educators who use technology as a tool to increase student achievement. But there's another important component that is sometimes overlooked--the human brain, and how learning impacts brain structure and function.
During Brain Awareness Week (March 10-14), a number of organizations are shedding light on how brain research informs education theory and practice.
Following are important and intriguing facts about the brain, along with Brain Awareness Week Resources, to help you learn more about how brain research can fit into teaching and learning.
Students often have one of two mindsets: fixed or growth. “Fixed” means students often don’t seem to realize the value of effort, and “growth” refers to the students who are determined to progress.
Engaging in critical thinking expands activity in brain regions outside of those responsible for "executive function," and includes activity in areas used for physical activity. Close reading activates areas of the brain that are used for very cognitively complex challenges, such as complicated math problems or computing coding.
Stress, fear of failing, and anxiety all lead the brain to believe there is a "perceived threat," which causes the brain to lose its ability to perform higher-order thinking skills. This perceived threat can inhibit learning in class.
Headsets that include a sensor that make contact with the wearer's frontal lobe can read the user's brain wave signals and gauge student attentiveness. Brain wave patterns for signatures according to what an individual is thinking, and the headset software learns an individual's unique signature pattern and can measure how engaged that user is with the concept or material being taught.
"Good" stress, including deadlines and challenges, causes the brain to release norepinephrine, which is necessary to create new memories. It also encourages creative thinking and stimulates the growth of new connections within the brain.