Electrical stimulation to the brain speeds up learning

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Air Force operator receiving transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS) to accelerate learning.

By running a mild electric current through the brains of pilots during lessons, Air Force researchers have cut their personnel’s learning time in half.  Pilots were being taught how to identify targets using drones—the practice is increasingly important to modern warfare and one which, due to its difficulty, is holding back the deployment of drones. Caffeine and other stimulants have been tested to aid learning but none work as well as two milliamperes of direct current for 30 minutes to pilot’s brains during training sessions on video simulators.

 

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Teach Me T’s alphabet t-shirts provide stimulation and learning all day long

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Featured invention at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase 2011

Teach Me T’s by Kids Learning Boutique™ is a new patent-pending clothing design that focuses on this most intimate time and the toddlers’ desire to learn. The alphabet, both upper and lower case, and the decimal numbers, i.e., 1 through 10, and the colors are printed upside down on cotton T-shirts. While your child is trying to learn the alphabet, he/she can have the letters, numbers, and colors too at his/her fingertips all day. (Pics)

 

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Four Fundamental Myths Derailing Academic Change

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  When we think about Benjamin Franklin, we instantly think of the author, scientist, inventor, diplomat who signed the U.S. Declaration of Independence and has his face on the one-hundred dollar bill. Ben Franklin was a truly remarkable person, yet he had less than two years of formal education.

 

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38% of College Students Cannot Go 10 Minutes Without Digital Technology

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Seventy-three percent of students said they would not be able to study without some form of technology.

Many college students are dependent on digital technology in the classroom, according to a study released on Tuesday by etextbook seller CourseSmart and Wakefield Research.

 

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Systems Thinking and the Future of Education

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Short video clip on “Systems Thinking”
recorded at the Plan Fort Collins event on March 3, 2010

Futurist Thomas Frey:  A recent article in iLibrarian explained it this way.

Online education seems set on its course to overtake traditional colleges within the next few decades, especially as our society becomes ever more dependent on the internet to get our work done. Thomas Frey, an expert on online education, compares our growing reliance on the education system to the reliance of ancient Romans on their numeric system. He indicates that much like the Romans, we have become increasingly reliant on our education system which is meant to pass on information from one generation to the next, hesitant to any change that may occur (explaining the rough transition to online education).

 
Online education seems set on its course to overtake traditional colleges within the next few decades, especially as our society becomes ever more dependent on the internet to get our work done. Thomas Frey, an expert on online education, compares our growing reliance on the education system to the reliance of ancient Romans on their numeric system. He indicates that much like the Romans, we have become increasingly reliant on our education system which is meant to pass on information from one generation to the next, hesitant to any change that may occur (explaining the rough transition to online education).

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Education as an App

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  In March of 2007 I posted my original paper on the Future of Education where I talked about a system based on an iTunes-like approach where experts around the world could use a “rapid courseware-builder” to produce bite-sized courses, send them to a global distribution center, and students from around world could plug-in and learn whatever class matched their interests.

 

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Signaling the Rebirth of Turkish Education

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This was a photo I took from stage of the audience

Futurist Thomas Frey:  On April 30th I had the privilege of delivering the opening keynote to a group of over 1,200 VIPs at the International Education Forum II: “Innovation in Education” held in Ankara, Turkey. These were remarkable people dedicated to reforming the state of education in a country poised for greatness.

 

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Five Minute Questionnaire is Accurate Enough to Diagnose Autism in 1 Year Old Children

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Parents are asked about a child’s eye-gaze and other forms of age-appropriate communication.

Parents can fill out a five-minute questionnaire that is accurate enough to diagnose autism in children as young as one in three-quarters of the cases, claims study.

 

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Texting Teens Exhausted by Being ‘On Call’ All Night

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Teens don’t want to miss emergency texts, even late-arriving ones.

10th-grader Ashley Olafsson sleeps with her cellphone under her pillow so she doesn’t miss “emergency’’ texts — “like if a friend broke up with her boyfriend.’’ Stephanie Kimball of Waltham, 14, is also available for urgent overnight correspondence, such as, “Hey, seeing if you’re awake.’’ Dedham ninth-grader Courtney Johnson gets as many as 100 texts while in bed. “I just don’t feel like myself if I don’t have my phone near me or I’m not on it,’’ she said.

 

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Bacteria Found in Garden Soil That Can Make You Smarter and Happier

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Bacteria found in soil can decrease anxiety and increase intelligence.

Mycobacterium vaccae bacteria are already known to decrease anxiety, but it might have even more dramatic properties. Recent studies on mice suggest the bacteria, commonly found in the soils of people’s gardens, also increases intelligence and the ability to learn.

 

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