Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Apr 15, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Handwriting is better than typing for note taking

The Wall Street Journal recently published an excellent article, “Can Handwriting Make You Smarter,” summarizing recent research which shows that handwriting is much better than typing when you are taking notes. Also, we’re big fans of Harvard cognitive psychologist Michael Friedman’s work on note taking—you can see his helpful paper here.

Recommended MOOC Specialization of the Week—And some great learning games

Our friend Dhawal Shah of the MOOC analysis site Class Central highly recommends the new Machine Learning specialization on Coursera—in part because he finds the courses are highly practical. On another topic, Dhawal’s associate Anuar Andres Lequerica has developed a listing of great games for learning—these games are very useful for teachers.

This week’s highly recommended books

We had a chance to chat yesterday with Kat Arney, a science writer and the author of Herding Hemingway’s Cats: Understanding How Our Genes Work. Kat is really quite something—she’s asked some of the smartest questions we’ve ever been asked on an interview. Her book has gotten rave reviews from media outlets like Nature. Mark Stevenson, (the author of An Optimist’s Tour of the Future: One Curious Man Sets Out to Answer “What’s Next?”) wrote: “Herding Hemingway’s Cats will instantly turn you into the most interesting guest at any party—it’s a joy to read and a masterclass in making the complex story of life accessible, entertaining and relevant.” We can hardly wait to get our copy, but meanwhile, feel free to beat us to the punch in reading Kat’s book!

Oh yes, and if you’d like another great book recommendation on intriguing topics, try Jon Ronson’s outstanding So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. If you’ve ever wondered how people’s lives can suddenly be destroyed with a moment’s thoughtless posting—and how these lives are sometimes put back to rights—this book is for you.

Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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