Give your hippocampus some spice

December 16th, 2010

When web users control how they learn, they learn more. How well we learn depends on a brain network that is centered on our hippocampus, and several brain networks is connects to, finds University of Illinois psychology professor Neal Cohen in a recently published a study in the journal Nature: “Having active control over a learning [...]

SN Presents at Museums and the Web 2010

April 16th, 2010

If you’ve ever delved a little deeper into SpicyNodes, you probably know that SpicyNodes is a project of IDEA, a nonprofit that works to enhance scientific, artistic, and cultural literacy by improving how people find and interact with online information. You might not know, though, that in 1999 IDEA launched one of the first online museums. You can visit WebExhibits to learn about topics ranging from Color Vision and Art to Daylight Saving Time to Poetry through the Ages.

Ready, Set, Learn! Concept Maps in the Classroom

March 26th, 2010

Bridging the Gap, which is dedicated to translating educational research into practical strategies for the classroom, recently published a piece on concept mapping and learning. Drawing on the research of Boxtel, Linden, Roelfs, and Erkens (2002), “Collaborative Concept Mapping: Provoking and Supporting Meaningful Discourse,” Bridging the Gap discusses the value of collaborative concept mapping.