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Author: Stewart Marshall - Professor of educational technology, social network junky, infopreneur and coffee addict.
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What does it take to have the best memory in the United States? Only four and a half years of training, for five hours each day, according to three-time national memory champ Nelson Dellis. Dellis just won the 2014 USA Memory Championship on March 29 in New York City, where he bested his own national […]

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Kitchen Cutting Boards Often Contaminated By Multidrug-Resistant E coli

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Of everyday objects, the common kitchen cutting board seems among the most harmless. Yet, scientists say some 3.5 percent of cutting boards found at home are contaminated with E. coli super-bacteria resistant to multiple types of antibacterial drug.

Cutting boards found in hospital kitchens are even worse, however, researchers from Switzerland found in a recent study of one…

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The biggest thing holding us back from success is usually ourselves. Here are 12 things you might be doing that are holding you back.

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"Members of Desimone’s lab are now studying how the brain shifts its focus between different types of sensory input, such as vision and hearing. They are also investigating whether it might be possible to train people to better focus their attention by controlling the brain interactions  involved in this process.

“You have to identify the basic neural mechanisms and do basic research studies, which sometimes generate ideas for things that could be of practical benefit,” Desimone says. “It’s too early to say whether this training is even going to work at all, but it’s something that we’re actively pursuing.”


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At the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2014 I sat on a panel titled Emerging Trends and New Technology – considered in the context of mobile learning. Below are the notes of the key points that I made. Note: The issue of Emerging Trends and New Technology begs the question: for who? For students in California,…

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"The November Learning team is excited to share a hot new literacy tool, introduced to us by a brilliant teacher, Laura Robertson, from The St. Anne’s Belfield Studio School in Virginia. This intuitive and multi-functional digital literacy tool can transform the way

 teachers approach close reading with their students, while sparking lively text-based discussions. Prism is a tool for “crowdsourcing interpretation.” Students are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different themes or categories. Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. Prism helps to reveal patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text and can serve as the launching pad for any number of common-core aligned activities, projects and learning experiences.” 

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Experimental chemical restores some lost brain cell function in schizophrenia.

An anticancer compound has reversed the behaviours associated with schizophrenia in mice.

On top of reversing these behaviours, the chemical also restores some lost brain cell function, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine research finds (Hayashi-Takagi et al., 2014).

The compound is a type of PAK inhibitor which has been tested in the treatment of cancer, Fragile X syndrome (a type of mental retardation) and Alzheimer’s disease.

The drug works by targeting a natural process called ‘synaptic pruning’. Synaptic pruning is one of the underlying biological processes thought to be important in the development of schizophrenia.
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Educational institutions should enter the mobile age and embrace the opportunity to be more effective, efficient, and cost sensitive than ever before. The challenge, like with any disruption, is to rethink the system design and utilize new concepts, such as multi-persona, that align with this new age of mobility. Exciting times are ahead for educators.

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Rates of autism spectrum disorder ASD are not creeping up so much as leaping up. New numbers just released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that one in 68 children now has a diagnosis of ASD—a 30 percent increase in just two years. In 2002, about one in 150 children was considered […]

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