Battle of the Titans!
28th April 2017
Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!
Battle of the Titans! Which video is better?
Barb is featured in each video, but the final edited version is very different. You decide!
- Here’s Inc Magazine’s version: How to Have the Most Productive 25 Minutes of Your Life.
- And here’s Big Think’s version: Learn How to Learn Better with the Pomodoro Technique (also YouTube | Facebook)
Watch both of the (very short) videos and then go to the discussion forum here and tell us which video you think is better, and why. You can compare and discuss your answers with other Learning How to Learners.
Read Science! Mindshift and Learning Edition
Joanne Manaster is a professor who, along with her co-host Jeff Schaumeyer, interviews authors of exciting science-oriented books. Barb will be live today Friday, April 28, at 12:30 pm Eastern time–just follow this link to listen. (Note that we’d inadvertently had the wrong time zone in our mention last week.)
Book of the Week
The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman, is highly recommended by pediatrician Rosie Oakley (yes, Barb’s daughter!). Rosie says “What I love about the book is that it so beautifully communicates the cultural clashes that can occur between physicians and their patients’ families in a non-biased and non-judgmental way. Despite being a layperson, Ms. Fadiman uses descriptive language in a way only the most talented physicians can. She pulls the reader into the world of the physicians caring for a little girl with epilepsy, and the rich cultural heritage of her family. Even if you have zero interest in epilepsy, the book will engross you from page one.”
Barb Gets to Finally Meet “Benny the Irish Polyglot!”
While in New York, Barb was finally able to meet famed linguist Benny “the Irish Polyglot” Lewis. They sat down and talked in a “diner,” which was actually the set of the YouTube studios. (The studio was super cool—Benny even used an 8K camera to do the videotaping!) Benny is as genuine and nice in real life as he is on screen. Watch Benny and Barb as they have fun together in this wide-ranging interview: “Chat about ‘Mindshift’ interest changes & better learning.”
We also follow Benny on Quora—here, for example, is one of his intriguing posts: “In which language do polyglots (people who know multiple languages) think?” If you’re at all interested in language learning, you may wish to follow Benny, also.
Be sure to subscribe to Benny’s YouTube channel for loads of encouraging language learning videos, and to join his frequent live Q&As. You can also get Benny’s e best free tips by joining his”Speak in a week” free email course here.
The Science of Success
How Coding is Changing the Job Market
Here is an interesting article by Tynker™ Coding for Kids on how coding is changing the job market–even lawyers and biologists are realizing that training in coding is critical. [Hat tip Gerard Meester]
That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!
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