How often do you actually pick up a pen to jot something down, instead of just typing it into your note app on your phone or tablet? Do you find yourself typing more than you are writing?
It’s obvious that technology has taken over many aspects of our daily lives. Schools have transformed to teach with tablets, or even cell phones, jobs communicate through email more than face to face, and writers are now typing rather than taking a pen to paper.
Science shows that your brain works differently when literally writing something, and recent studies, provided here by ReadWrite, show that students learn more effectively when actually forming words with a pen or pencil. So while technology does a great job at enhancing our crazy packed schedules, it is just as important to pick up a pen and write things done, especially when it comes to your studies.
Have you ever seen a really awesome video and thought to yourself, “hey, I want to do that” or even “hey, I can do that!”
Have you ever thought about what might go into making that awesome video?
Stop motion animation may seem like a quick, easy, and painless thing to do. But from the opinion of anybody who has ever gone through the trials and tribulations of making one of these videos, it is none of those things. Making a stop motion video takes time, dedication, motivation, and maybe even a little blood, sweat, and tears.
Rogier Wieland had all these things, along with an abundance of Moleskine notebooks, a camera dolly, a green screen, and a team of equally dedicated workers to make “A Year in Full Colour”, below.
Are you thinking about designing a new business card, but don’t know which design choices to make? Lifehacker brings us the psychology behind business cards by UPrinting. Between whitespace and typography choices, this article covers the very basic decisions that can make or break your business card.
Whitespace not only looks cleaner, but it is also associated with sophistication. Not having appropriate whitespace on your business card can lead a viewer to think it is cheaply, and quickly, designed. The font you choose often times boils down to the persona you are trying to present. Choose what feels right, and matches the design of your document. Use these psychological tips to your advantage when designing your next business card!
As someone who travels by bicycle nearly everywhere across MSU’s large campus, it’s been interesting to see how the public opinion on biking has changed over the past few years. Recently, Inside Higher Ed published an article about the evolving culture of biking.
According to their article, “a growing number of scholars, many of whom are younger and more plugged in to biking culture, are looking at bicycling through a sociological or anthropological lens.” Researchers are starting to look at biking not only for its impact on a person’s health, but the larger effect it can be having as a cultural movement.
Sarah McCullough, a graduate student at the University of California at Davis, has found that “it’s not necessarily enough in many communities just to put in a bike lane. You also have to create a culture where people feel comfortable using it.”
The issue goes deeper than just the physical additions of things like bike lanes. Luis Vivanco is the director of the Global and Regional Studies Program at the University of Vermont, and currently teaches a course on bicycles, globalization and sustainability. As an environmental anthropologist, Vivanco has conducted field research on how people think about bikes, as well as developing courses on the social science of bicycles.
“No one is really talking about the culture of the bicycle and the cultural impacts of bicycles on people’s lives,” said Vivanco. “You do see it around the edges. You see it in cities that are maybe more progressive politically, environmentally conscious. When a city like New York starts getting serious about it, I think New York universities are going to start asking questions.”
Perhaps this is a question we should be asking ourselves here at Michigan State University as well. With a campus that stretches over 5,200 acres, what sort of bicycle culture are we developing here?
Writing teachers (like me and perhaps like you) have been caught in a tight spot for some time now. On the one hand, computing technologies have radically transformed the meaning of “writing.” On the other hand, high stakes assessments and their impact on teaching have limited what counts as writing in school.
While we all know Bill Cosby as the lovable dad of the Huxtable family, he is equally talented in other aspects, such as education and reading. Having been involved in many different projects which teach and encourage effective reading, Cosby brings us three strategies to use in order to read faster.
Previewing is used for reading long and difficult documents, skimming is used for short and simple readings, and the cluster technique is the third strategy, used to increase both speed and comprehension. Along with providing these three techniques, Cosby walks you through how to do them, and provides helpful images to further enhance learning.
What if students didn’t start school until they were 7 years old? How would society change if teachers were as revered as doctors and lawyers? If you live in Finland, these changes are a reality. As of 40 years ago, this country’s educational system was entirely reorganized, and these are but a few of the different ideas that have been incorporated. What is even more interesting to note is that since this reform was implemented, Finnish students have consistently been at the top of international rankings.
Read the full article here to discover the other unique parts to their educational system.
The most telling sign that marks a life-changing educator is when his/her students still remember their professor years after the class ends. Suzanne McConnell was a student of Kurt Vonnegut’s in 1965, and was so profoundly impacted by his teaching style that she held onto one of his assignments all these decades.
McConnell recalls that he “wrote his course assignments in the form of letters, as a way of speaking personally to each member of the class.” This one in particular was for a term paper in their “Form of Fiction” course.
In describing his requirements, Vonnegut stated, “I want you to adore the Universe, to be easily delighted, but to be prompt as well with impatience with those artists who offend your own deep notions of what the Universe is or should be.” What is important about education, then, is to help guide students’ ability to be aware of the world and the part they play in it. The professor’s role is about presenting details of life, and then teaching students how to ask questions, and to make their own conclusions.
An additional part to his assignment was for his students to give a letter grade to the short stories read in class. “The grades should be childishly selfish and impudent measures of your own joy or lack of it,” Vonnegut wrote. “I don’t care what grades you give. I do insist that you like some stories better than others.”
And this is the key to this teaching philosophy: it’s not the letter grade that ultimately matters, but rather the opinions—and the knowledge of how to intelligently form them—that carries students throughout their lives. The professors who teach in this manner are the ones who will not be forgotten.