Archive for October, 2010

CNN:Why right-brainers will rule this century

October 17th, 2010 No comments

Pink, a former chief speechwriter for former Vice President Al Gore, presents a convincing argument that the world is entering a new era — the so-called conceptual age — during which right-brained skills such as design and storytelling will become far more crucial than traditionally left-brained skills such as accounting and computer programming.

Your left brain is logical, linear, by-the-numbers; the right side is creative, artistic, empathetic. Oprah Winfrey talks with Daniel Pink about his groundbreaking book, “A Whole New Mind”, and explores how right-brain thinkers are wired for 21st-century success.

The best part: Anyone can tap into the right mind-set.

Check Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Daniel PINK 

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Context! Context! Context!

October 17th, 2010 No comments

Context! Context! Context!

The word “Context” keeps coming to me recently, from many different texts I read and school-related PD activities. Now let me put them all together here.

“A Whole New Mind – Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future” by Daniel H. PINK

The 4 key differences of our brain’s TWO hemispheres:

Left Brain Right Brain
1. The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body. The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body.
2. The left hemisphere is sequential. The right hemisphere is simultaneous.
3. The left hemisphere specializes in text. The right hemisphere specializes in CONTEXT.
4. The left hemisphere analyzes the details. The right hemisphere synthesizes the big picture.
Sequential, literal, functional, textual, and analytical Simultaneous, metaphorical, aesthetic, contextual, and synthetic

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ICT: Free Technology for Teachers

October 4th, 2010 No comments

ICT – Information and Communication Technology

The blog below gives a collection of very useful ICT tools for teaching.

47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom

Some excellent educational content can be found on YouTube. However, many teachers cannot access YouTube in their classrooms. That is why I originally wrote what became one of the most popular posts to ever appear on Free Technology for Teachers, 30+ Alternatives to YouTube. That post is now fourteen months old and I’ve come across more alternatives in that time. Also in that time span some of the resources on the list have shut down. So it’s time to update the list. Read more…

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Stanford Magazine: You Say Up, I Say Yesterday

October 4th, 2010 No comments

English speakers tend to see time on a horizontal plane: The best years are ahead; he puts his past behind him. Speakers of Mandarin tend to see new events emerging like a spring of water, with the past above and the future below.

Can language shape how we think? A Stanford researcher says yes, and her work speaks volumes about what makes people tick.

By Joan O’C. Hamilton

Lera Boroditsky’s journey to answer one of psychology’s most intriguing and fractious questions has been a curious one. She’s spent hours showing Spanish-speakers videos of balloons popping, eggs cracking and paper ripping. She’s scoured Stanford and MIT’s math and computer science departments for Russian speakers willing to spend an hour sorting shades of blue. She’s even traipsed to a remote aboriginal village in Australia where small children shook their heads at what they considered her pitiable sense of direction and took her hand to show her how to avoid being gobbled by a crocodile. Yet she needs little more than a teacup on her office coffee table to explain the essence of her research.

“In English,” she says, moving her hand toward the cup, “if I knock this cup off the table, even accidentally, you would likely say, ‘She broke the cup.'” However, in Japanese or Spanish, she explains, intent matters.

NYT: Does Your Language Shape How You Think?

October 4th, 2010 No comments
By GUY DEUTSCHER  Published: August 26, 2010

Guy Deutscher is an honorary research fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures at the University of Manchester. His new book, from which this article is adapted, is “Through the Language Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages,” to be published this month by Metropolitan Books.

Seventy years ago, in 1940, a popular science magazine published a short article that set in motion one of the trendiest intellectual fads of the 20th century. At first glance, there seemed little about the article to augur its subsequent celebrity. Neither the title, “Science and Linguistics,” nor the magazine, M.I.T.’s Technology Review, was most people’s idea of glamour. And the author, a chemical engineer who worked for an insurance company and moonlighted as an anthropology lecturer at Yale University, was an unlikely candidate for international superstardom. And yet Benjamin Lee Whorf let loose an alluring idea about language’s power over the mind, and his stirring prose seduced a whole generation into believing that our mother tongue restricts what we are able to think.

Newsweek: Language may shape our thoughts

October 4th, 2010 No comments

When the Viaduct de Millau opened in the south of France in 2004, this tallest bridge in the world won worldwide accolades. German newspapers described how it “floated above the clouds” with “elegance and lightness” and “breathtaking” beauty. In France, papers praised the “immense” “concrete giant.” Was it mere coincidence that the Germans saw beauty where the French saw heft and power? Lera Boroditsky thinks not.

A psychologist at Stanford University, she has long been intrigued by an age-old question whose modern form dates to 1956, when linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf asked whether the language we speak shapes the way we think and see the world. If so, then language is not merely a means of expressing thought, but a constraint on it, too. Although philosophers, anthropologists, and others have weighed in, with most concluding that language does not shape thought in any significant way, the field has been notable for a distressing lack of empiricism—as in testable hypotheses and actual data.


October 2nd, 2010 No comments




BBC: 英国的独生子女问题

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Learning Chinese Online Resources

October 2nd, 2010 No comments
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