Testing Can Be Useful for Students and Teachers, Promoting Long-Term Learning

(Science Daily) Pop quiz! Tests are good for: (a) Assessing what you’ve learned; (b) Learning new information; (c) a & b; (d) None of the above.

The correct answer?

According to research from psychological science, it’s both (a) and (b) – while testing can be useful as an assessment tool, the actual process of taking a test can also help us to learn and retain new information over the long term and apply it across different contexts.


(one+ magazine) I have always hated online courses. Even though I’ve been a Net enthusiast since before there was a Net, I have never appreciated when intimate, real-life encounters are relegated to the digital realm. Education is a particularly human-to-human transmission. Students learn as much from watching their professors think in real time as they do hearing whatever facts and ideas come out of them.

Key Molecules Involved in Forming Long-Term Memories Discovered

ScienceDaily (Sep. 10, 2012) — How does one's experience of an event get translated into a memory that can be accessed months, even years later? A team led by University of Pennsylvania scientists has come closer to answering that question, identifying key molecules that help convert short-term memories into long-term ones. These proteins may offer a target for drugs that can enhance memory, alleviating some of the cognitive symptoms that characterize conditions including schizophrenia, depression and Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.

Computer games and learning handbook

(Future Lab) Aimed at teachers and those interested in using games with an educational intent, this handbook aims to provide some useful anchoring points for educators to make sense of the area and to develop practical approaches to the use of computer games as a medium for learning.

The Elements of Effective Thinking

(Psychology Today) We all love stories about people with magical powers. Normally we can tell the difference between fact and fiction, but in the case of genius, we often confuse myth and reality. It is easy to believe in the super-powers of Isaac Newton or Albert Einstein or Marie Curie or Warren Buffett or Steven Jobs or J.K. Rowling or other famous creative innovators.

New Computers Respond to Students' Emotions, Boredom

Emotion-sensing computer software that models and responds to students' cognitive and emotional states , including frustration and boredom, has been developed by University of Notre Dame Assistant Professor of Psychology Sidney D'Mello, Art Graesser from the University of Memphis and a colleague from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
D'Mello also is a concurrent assistant professor of computer science and engineering.

Will a Harvard Professor's New Technology Make College Lectures a Thing of the Past?

ecturing.professor.jpg Another sign that the college lecture might be dying: Harvard University physics professor Eric Mazur is championing the "flipped classroom," a model where information traditionally transferred during lectures is learned on a student's own time, and classroom time is spent discussing and applying knowledge to real-world situations.

Brain-Friendly Meetings by Andrea Sullivan

10 Ways To Make Your Programs Effective, Engaging And Memorable In The Digital Age

Everything we experience changes our brain through the brain’s “neuroplasticity,” its lifelong ability to rewire itself. Each new technology we adopt changes not only our culture and lifestyle, but the brain itself. It’s not so much the content delivered — not the information or the entertainment. It’s the activities we’re involved in Andrea Sullivan, M.A. when using the technology.

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