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Openness in Education Mooc #oped12

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Although deluged with other things, I'm really happy to be registered for this, my second Mooc (my first was Power Searching with Google). I've done my best to catch up with the reading although I haven't engaged with fellow Moocers yet - I will rectify this...

In week 1 I read Giving Knowledge for Free: the emergence of open educational resources, which offers a good overview of Open Educational Resources and the impact (or not) on higher education. It's a great place to start - especially as brain research tells us that we prefer the big picture view before trying to fit it all together...

The best for me this week has been a fascinating History of the Open University - I knew Harold Wilson figured large in this but had never heard of Jennie Lee, without whom, it seems, the whole project would have failed...

And I've also got round at least to having a look at the Twitter stream for the course - and just wow, it really is interesting - just have a look at this be…

Why is neuroscience important in education?

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The following reasons are taken from the video below, which is a lecture on the crossover between brain research and the classroom by Dr. Bryan Kolb from the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Science Research:
1.Debunking myths10% myth – we use ALL of it, you’d know if you lost 5%Left brain/right brain – idea came from WWII veterans with bullet wounds, the two sides are doing different things, it's not as clear cut as the myth makes outBrain development is done by age 3 – our whole lives see brain development, including before we are even bornGirls and boys are the same - not... 2.Knowledge about brain development and function In the last decade, we’ve learnt more about brain development than we could imagine would be known. And the implications of this for education are profound.
3.Informed solutions to practical issues:Testing not only measures knowledge but also strengthens itExercise – and play - enhances brain development and learningStress undermines learning and alters brain …

Learning to Love Google+

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I've tried and I've tried and I've tried - really I have! And I still don't quite get it. I'm not alone either - using my newly-found search skills, I got rid of some earlier grumbles and found a thoughtful but fairly negative piece posted within the last month (balanced by the comments, which are well worth reading btw).

However, never say never, and I do use the amazing Hangouts video feature and more's to the point here, my most esteemed and clever friend uses Hangouts for all kinds of business meetings a lot of the time and mentioned in passing how people still find it quite difficult to use, even though the technology itself is remarkably user-friendly. Which is when I offered to write something to try to help, as I envisage using it more myself...

So, I'm declaring my intentions here and have begun to sketch out the different sections of a Wonderful Guide to Google+ - an introduction, an overview, how to get started, using the main features - that ki…

Embedding a video you can size on Google Sites - and the joy of helpful people

On my new website I created a video to personalise the site and to better explain my aims. I had worked out that if I hosted said video in Google Docs (now Drive), then I wouldn't have to show all the YouTube paraphernalia and, more importantly, I would be able to make it a more aesthetically pleasing size (and not the slightly too-big look of straightforward YouTube embedding...). So, I duly made the vid and was reasonably pleased with the quality and the performance - I embedded it on the main page and thought that was that - but my Twitter friend informed me that the Vid couldn't be played on Apple kit - no flash, apparently. Bugger. I quickly found an appropriate Google Group and was, over time, very gently helped towards a solution, which involves using a Google Gadget, which will take the YouTube embed code and allow you to size it in Sites.

I'm really happy to have been able to do this, but more than that, I'm really pleased there are such amazing people as Prac…