“Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that “sit down and pay attention” is the best way to learn.” via How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom | MindShift.
Nice case study of how students have had to elbow their way to a place that should have been theirs by right. Frustrated with how little say students had in education reforms… “The group has grown in numbers and visibility, recently moving from grassroots effort to official nonprofit. Their now-popular #StuVoice Twitter chats have included education heavyweights, like U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The group also hosted Student Voice Live, their recent all-student produced event in New York City” via How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions?… Read more How Can Students Have More Say in School Decisions? | MindShift →
“Don’t consider yourself creative? Nonsense. James Webb Young likened the production of ideas to the production of cars- there is a definitive process involved. Here are a few simple steps you can take next time you’re in need of an idea.” 10 Techniques to Unleash Your Creativity.
We get it, managing your business’s social media accounts can be daunting: from tweaking tweet lengths to mastering Facebook tone, to using the right hashtags at the right times.But what savvy social media users know is that there’s a science to getting it right–if you follow certain parameters, you’re almost guaranteed to get the results you were working toward. All it takes is some knowledge and forethought, and anyone can be well on their way to posting engaging content.Thanks to this infographic from online payroll company SurePayroll’s blog, we know… Read more The Best And Worst Times To Post On Social Media Infographic →
We are approaching an historic transformation of what for thousands of years we have considered work: scavenging, hunting, laboring in fields, and later offices. Today we are seeing a punctuated equilibrium, a radical rethinking of what it means to be an employer or employed. Whichever you are now, your future is about to change.Three drivers are pushing us toward a radical employment transformation: Speed Shift to a creative economy Disagregation” via Everything You Need To Know About How The Workplace Is Evolving | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.
This is a good exploration of the print vs etext discussion around which is better for understanding. The secret sauce for recall? Engagement. “The trick to being a good reader, no matter the medium, is being an engaged reader, a fact that [Reading Specialist Mark] Pennington notes is well-supported by research. “It’s pretty clear that good readers are active readers engaged with the text,” he said.” via Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | MindShift.
To compare the effectiveness of different kinds of presentations, Zakary Tormala from Stanford set up this experiment: “The audio portion was the same for all versions, but some people saw a standard PowerPoint presentation, with bullet points and stock photography. Others heard the same message in the so-called “Zen” condition: a popular PowerPoint technique involving one big metaphorical image per slide with just a few words.Others heard the message accompanied by “whiteboard visuals,” defined as pictures that “an average human being could draw with a whiteboard marker,” says Tim Riesterer,… Read more The One Thing That’s Probably Missing From Your Presentations →
“In order to practice creativity properly, there are two things you need to do: Know enough about creativity to practice the right things. Set aside the time to create rituals that lead to habits that support your creative practice.“ via The Importance Of Ritual To The Creative Process | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.