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Study: confusion can be beneficial to learning?

Pedagogically-strategically, leading learners into confusion means we can meet them in the confusion – we can arrange to be together in the confusion. For both their learning and ours, feedback, from their experience of confusion, is the best possible source of intelligence from which to tune/improve instructional design.

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Reading: The Brain’s Challenge: Processing Stutters – Processing Speed

This is the first in a series of posts that explores the brain processing issues underlying difficulties in learning to read. In this post we focus on ‘processing stutters’ and their relationship to ‘processing speed’. We also establish the ‘speed of language’ as a baseline for understanding the processing speed demands of reading.

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Re: Man vs. Computer: Who Wins the Essay-Scoring Challenge?

Re: Man vs. Computer: Who Wins the Essay-Scoring Challenge? From Education Week: Curriculum Matters 4-13-2012 “The results demonstrated that overall, automated essay scoring was capable of producing scores similar to human scores for extended-response writing items with equal performance for both source-based and traditional writing genre,” says the study. This is fascinating. Artificial intelligence has already […]

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Re: Mind Wandering Is Linked To Your Working Memory

Re: Mind Wandering Is Linked To Your Working Memory

Re Scientific American’s piece: http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=mind-wandering-is-linked-to-your-wo-12-03-17 Working memory is but one of a number of variables to consider when it comes to staying engaged and not ‘drifting’ out. Another under-appreciated cause of mind wandering is the erosion of attention that accompanies skipping over things we don’t understand. Attention is constantly cycling in and out of coherence and […]

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Re: Tuning In to Dropping Out

Re: “Tuning In to Dropping Out” in the Chronicle of Higher Education We could learn a lot more than we are about education through the lens of economics and economic models of thought. We’ve talked with Heckman, Hanushek, Rolnick and others about our general lack of appreciation for the ‘capital value’ of ‘healthy learning’ and […]

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Interesting Post on Memory and Attention

Re:  Greg Laden’s Blog:  Modern Neuroscience Verifies a Peircian Idea Interesting reference to a recent paper in Neuroscience related to the role of long-term memory in orienting attention.  It offers an interesting paradigm that is related to our interest in the ‘cycle of engagement’ that enables and constrains learning.

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