Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Productivity | 7 comments

Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Your hobbies can make you smarter.

Want to make yourself smarter? Master a new hobby.

Some people enjoy playing the guitar in their free time. Others enjoy studying foreign languages. Others like to play tennis or cook gourmet meals or paint watercolor landscapes. Whatever hobby you seriously pursue, you are teaching yourself a new set of skills that you will be able to use across every area of your life.

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10 Free Foreign Language Learning Resources

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Education, Foreign Language | 10 comments

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Start Learning A Foreign Language Today.

Looking for a way to boost your brain power? Why not learn a foreign language?

Research from the National Education Association shows that speaking a foreign language enhances knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary, sharpens memory, strengthens listening skills, and improves reading comprehension. One study found that students scored significantly higher in math and language arts after one semester of foreign language study 90 minutes per week.

In this post, I’ve compiled 10 of the best free online language learning resources that you can use to kick off your foreign language studies.

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7 Ways To Unplug From Technology & Increase Your Creativity

Posted by on Apr 26, 2013 in Creativity, Productivity | 2 comments

7 Ways To Unplug From Technology

Could you disconnect from the Internet for 10 days?

Tony Schwartz, the CEO of the Energy Project, decided to disconnect from the Internet for ten days.

This wasn’t the casual ‘I’m turning off Facebook for the next ten days, but I’m still checking Twitter and Tumblr and Pinterest and text messages and email every twenty minutes.’  No. Schwartz felt overworked and began planning a much needed vacation.

He decided to leave his laptop, iPad, and cell phone at home.

What did Schwartz think of his ten days away from Internet civilization?

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Margaret Thatcher’s 5 Steps To Achieving Greatness

Posted by on Apr 8, 2013 in Inspiration | 4 comments

Margaret Thatcher's 5 Steps to Achieving Greatness

Baroness Margaret Thatcher
1925 – 2013

I was saddened to hear of Margaret Thatcher’s passing.

The first woman elected to lead a major Western democracy, Thatcher served as the British Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Whether you agree with her politics or not, the Iron Lady was an influential leader and a staunch champion of freedom and democracy during the Cold War.

Do you want to achieve greatness? The life of Margaret Thatcher provides five steps to becoming a leader who can inspire others and change the world.

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Discuss: Is Technology Changing How We Learn?

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Ask the Readers, Education | 25 comments

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Technology in the Classroom.
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Today marks the first day of spring classes at the Academy! And we’re kicking off the semester with a special Ask the Readers blog post.

We want to hear from you! What’s your opinion on technology in the classroom?

If you are an educator in a brick and mortar school or even a homeschool, how do you use technology in the classroom? If you are a student, how do you think technology can be used more innovatively?

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