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The Conversation: The Urgent Need for Media Literacy in an Age of Annihation

Jun 11, 2019 jjamison
The Conversation: The Urgent Need for Media Literacy in an Age of Annihation

Jennifer Ellen Good Associate Professor Communication, Popular Culture and Film, Brock University   From fictitious organizations posting polarizing messages on Facebook to robustly researched news stories being labelled “fake,” the pervasive power and importance of the media are clear. And yet what is most concerning is not that fictitious stories are being shared as “real” and well-researched…

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Innovation Equation (Physics Drives Innovation)

Jun 11, 2019 jjamison
Innovation Equation (Physics Drives Innovation)

Innovation Equation (Physics Drives Innovation) by Darrell O'Donnell | Mar 31, 2019 | General Thoughts and Rambles, Innovation | 0 Comments I was just listening to an a16z podcast about innovation and realized that I had just read an article in HBR by the author, Safi Bahcall. Safi’s concept is that there are 4 main control points that can be used to drive innovation in an organization. His thinking…

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Dance Into More Engaged Learning

Jun 11, 2019 jjamison
Dance Into More Engaged Learning

Dance moves and choreography can be useful in boosting students’ interest in and understanding of coding and other subjects. By Jorge Valenzuela Shutterstock / Detelina Petkova Many students love to dance. How can teachers leverage this passion to motivate students and help them learn? Research shows learning through structured movement can be a fun and educational practice. Not every…

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Activities That Prime the Brain for Learning

Jun 11, 2019 jjamison
Activities That Prime the Brain for Learning

Brain breaks and focused attention practices help students feel relaxed and alert and ready to learn. By Lori Desautels ©Shutterstock/Robert Kneschke I’ve enjoyed creating and sharing brain breaks and focused attention practices here over the past few years—practices that benefit every student as their brains prepare to learn. Brain breaks create a state of relaxed alertness, while focused…

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The Powerfull Effects of Drawing on Learning

Jun 11, 2019 jjamison

The science is clear: Drawing beats out reading and writing to help students remember concepts.

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