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10 Lessons from the Swarm

I recently finished reading Peter Miller’s The Smart Swarm, and I highly recommend it.  In it, Miller provides a fascinating overview of how various types of animals – ants, honeybees, termites,

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Learning and Absorption: An Alternative to Happiness How-Tos

This is a guest post contributed by Angelita Williams. If you are a frequent reader of Mission to Learn, you probably share the ideal that learning is an activity in which we engage throughout our entire

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5 Ways of Not Knowing

Five ways of not knowing Innocently not knowing. Simply being unaware of the existence of or need for particular knowledge. Receptively not knowing. Open to learning what you know you don’t know. Willfully

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10 Reasons to Abolish Brick and Mortar Colleges

Carrie Oakley contacted me recently about guest posting here on Mission to Learn, and given her focus on online colleges, I challenged her to write something about why we should get rid of placed-based

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Game Mechanics, Bwah Hah Hah!

I hadn’t intended to follow my long dry spell on writing about games with two game-related posts (or two TED videos) in a row, but the Marketing Over Coffee guys mentioned the following video with

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What if schools had to make kids happy?

Here’s a simple (though perhaps not easy) proposition: Let’s value schools based on their ability to help produce happy adults. Not adults who can pass certain tests, or display mastery of those

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Prepare to Be Assimilated – The Summer of the Big Brain

Could it be that, in some sense, the point of evolution has been to create these social brains, and maybe even to weave them into a giant, loosely organized planetary brain? Once upon a time, the idea

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Some Wise Learning Insights From a 12-Year Old

I’ve been focused more and more lately on how we learn. This has led me to re-read Stephen Pinker’s How the Mind Works, which – whether you ultimately agree with Pinker’s views

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