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Becoming Creative Super Learners at USM!



Imagine if you could read a 200-page book in 20 minutes? In today’s information overloaded disruptive world driven increasingly by innovation, we are required more than ever to transform the way we ...

Imagine if you could read a 200-page book in 20 minutes? In today’s information overloaded disruptive world driven increasingly by innovation, we are required more than ever to transform the way we learn and think in terms of speed and creativity.

In this half-day interactive crash course, we will explore some of the things that we can do to stimulate and empower our brains and senses to be more focused, learn faster, and think more creatively. It fuses the latest in neuroscience about how the brain learns, technology, and instructional design to awaken and empower educators to design more effective and engaging learning content and environments.

The most important message is that our brains can be rewired to be ‘Creative Super Learners’ at any age.



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Becoming Creative Super Learners at USM! Becoming Creative Super Learners at USM! Presentation Transcript

  • Future Learning Methods? Learn While Sleeping! Massive Open Sleeping Courses! Super Delta Brain Wave Learning!
  • Learning Uploads/Chips! Future Learning Methods? Learning Pills! Learning Implants, Uploads & Super Learning Neurons!
  • Talk: Website: Book: UPLOADING a University Degree within Minutes…
  • Creative Super Learners are… “Always exploring new ways to LEARN, SHARE and COLLABORATE more Efficiently (Speed), Effectively (Impact) and Creatively (Style).”
  • Curt Bonk Source: 21st Century is the LEARNING CENTURY!
  • READY? Curt Bonk His website:
  • “LIVE as if you were to die tomorrow. LEARN as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi
  • How does our BRAIN LEARN? ATTENTION - We don't pay attention to boring things. WIRING - Every brain is wired differently. GENDER - Male and female brains are different. MEMORY - Repeat to remember. SENSORY INTEGRATION - Stimulate more of the senses. VISION - Vision trumps all other senses. STRESS - Stressed brains don't learn the same way. SLEEP - Sleep well, think well. EXERCISE - Exercise boosts brain power. EXPLORATION - We are powerful and natural explorers. Summary: Dr. John Medina
  • Brain-Targeted Teaching: Rules: Explore Brain-Designed Learning… Minute Rule …to Stimulate the Brain and Maximize the Students’ Potential. 10
  • Research shows us that each learning style uses different parts of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, we remember more of what we learn. Learning Choices: Diagram adapted from: LEARNING STYLES Learning Styles
  • The Learning retention percentages are fake: Engage Students to Learn! Average retention rate 5% 10% 20% 30% 50% 75% Lecture Reading Audiovisual Demonstration Discussion Group Practice by Doing TEACHING OTHERS 90%
  • Video: Super Brain Yoga (research report: Super Brain Yoga (SlideShare): Instructions:
  • Image (4 persons): Alternate Nostril Breathing to Activate… Your Whole Brain! Article: 3-5 Minutes a Day!
  • Five Categories of Brainwaves
  • FOCUS! “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs "Focusing is about saying NO" Video: To Facebook Or NOT to
  • 2. Set a timer for 3 minutes and start to read a book, article, etc. 3. When you experience a distraction: Make a note (tick). 4. Each time you’re distracted, read point 1 silently to yourself. 5. Then start reading again. 6. When the timer goes off, count the number of distractions. Once reached 0 distractions, increase the timer 5,7,9, etc. minutes. Albert Einstein's Distraction Index Drill A method to empower 99.9% FOCUS and CONCENTRATION! Detailed Instruction: 1. Write "l won't be distracted by that anymore.“ on a piece of paper. My Record? 42 Minutes
  • Optimizing Your Mind & Body for Learning? 1. Define your targets! 2. Do Super Brain Yoga! 3. Breath to relax! 4. Visualize that you will succeed! 5. Choose brain stimulating places to study! 6. Use natural light whenever possible! 7. Take Power Naps to reenergize the brain! 8. Eat healthy and light to stay alert! 9. Mix with People that are hungry to learn! 10. You can learn anything! Yes, you can!
  • 3 reading
  • “Seeking knowledge is obligatory upon every Muslim.” - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
  • The Rate of Medical Knowledge is… “…doubling every three years currently and projected to be doubling every 73 DAYS by 2020…”
  • Infographic: Superman reads (image):
  • How do you read…? 1 52 43 6 7
  • More Time For…  Prayers  Family  Life  Quality  Creativity  Play  Sleep  Etc. Benefits of Speed Reading: If only I could SPEED READ!
  • Speed Reading Test Alternative 2 (No quiz):
  • Your Speed Reading Level? Speed-reading diagram: *WPM: Words Per Minute WPM Status < 120 Poor, slow 121 – 180 Below average 181 – 250 Average 251 – 350 College Level 351 – 450 Post-Graduate 451 – 800 Superior 801 – 1,500+ Speed Reader > 1,500+ Genius
  • Meaning Occipital Lobe Internal Speech 150 – 250 WPM Bad Reading Habits? Image (Reading speeds): 1. Sub-vocalization (Internal Speech) 2. Regression 3. Fixation (word-by-word) 4. Inefficient eye motion 5. Poor concentration
  • Speed Reading Mission Adapted from: RETENTION How much do you remember? SPEED How many words per minute (WPM)? COMPREHENSION How much do you understand?
  • Speed Reading Tips 1. Focus (Mindset) 2. Reduce/Distract Sub-vocalization 3. Use a Guide 4. Reduce Fixation Points 5. Increase Peripheral Vision (span) 6. Minimize Regression Image (Reading speeds): a Guide Video (finger or pen): Meaning Occipital Lobe Internal Speech 150 – 250 WPM X
  • “…When people read they spend about 80% of the time moving their eyes from word to word but only 20% processing meaning.” Rapid Serial Visual Presentation (RSVP)
  • Let’s Practice Speed Reading! Spreed: SPREED
  • SQ3R mind map: Comprehension?
  • More Speed Reading Tips… 12 Speed Reading Tips: To be revealed during the Seminar!
  • Photo Reading VIdeo: Beyond Speed Reading? Quick Overview:
  • Anyone with average intelligence can learn to read at astounding speeds up to 2,000,000 WPM with increased comprehension. A 16 year old dyslexic boy Mentally photographed at 606,000WPM (in 1976). Mental Photography Quick Overview: Beyond Photo Reading? Demo: *WPM - Words per minute. Richard Welch
  • Quantum Reading Beyond Mental Photography? Video:
  • Recommended Speed Reading Tools? 8 More Speed Reading Tools: Acceleread: QuickReader:
  • ReadSpeeder:
  • Free Speed Reading Tutorials? CRASH COURSE!
  • More Free Tutorials?
  • 4 MEMORY
  • FASTEST Way to Remember All Your Students’ Names? Source:
  • BUY _______! Images:
  • “Study without DESIRE spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci
  • Memorize on an Empty Stomach… Source: *Yale University study (2006) “…We are more alert and keyed up to both remember and recall more readily when stressed by hunger.” - Stephen Bloom Wise to revise for and sit exams on an empty stomach as hunger can help with the creation and retrieval of memories.
  • He is known for his ability to draw from memory a landscape after seeing it just once. The Human Camera Stephen Wiltshire His website: Video:
  • Source: Juggling has been shown to increase both GREY and WHITE matter in the brain! Did You Know? Empowers us to: FOCUS BETTER THINK FASTER IMPROVED COORDINATION ENHANCED PERIPHERAL VISION AWAKEN THE KID IN US!
  • Adapted from: ` Memory Processing Model FORGETTING Attention Encoding Retrieval REMEMBERINGI N P U T Sensory Memory Short-Term Memory Long-Term Memory
  • Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve Source:
  • Study Smart! Source: Brooke Thio The Learning Power of Spaced Repetition!
  • Primacy & Recency Effect Diagram source: When asked to recall a list of items in any order (free recall), people tend to begin recall with the end of the list, recalling those items best (the recency effect). Among earlier list items, the first few items are recalled more frequently than the middle items (the primacy effect).
  • Mind Maps Mind Map Guidelines: Mind Maps in Medicine: Mind maps help learners comprehend, see the big picture, create new ideas, and build connections. iMindMap: Mind Mapping Tools:
  • Mnemonics Med Mnemonics SODA: Mnemonics: Mnemonics are learning memory techniques that help learners recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, phases, etc.
  • The Method of Loci (Memory Palace) is a method of memorizing information by placing each item to be remembered at a point along an imaginary journey. The information can then be recalled in a specific order by retracing the same route through the imaginary journey. Memory Palace: of Loci: MEMORY PALACE
  • More Super Memory Tips… How to Develop Super Memory:
  • “Education without application is just entertainment.” — Tim Sanders
  • CURATING? How do you FIND what you are looking for online? Curating refers to the process of COLLECTING, ORGANIZING and SHARING resources relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.
  • Other Tools?
  • Connect, Network & Discover Using… Article:
  • Use Social/Intelligent Curation Tools… To Pull, Discover, Filter, Organize & Share!
  • To Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share your Research Sources! Social Citations/Referencing Tools... Zotero: End Note: OneNote:
  • Abbott and Costello 13 X 7 is 28: 13 x 7 = 28 Agree?
  • Is This You? OPEN MINDED about other people’s views? HONEST to yourself (or others) when you are wrong? COURAGE and PASSION to take initiative and confront challenges? AWARE of your own biases and preconceptions? WELCOME CRITICISM from other people? INDEPENDENT opinions and not afraid to disagree?
  • Thinking Tools empower us to use our minds more systematically and effectively to generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions and be more innovative. Hexagon Modelling Fishbone Diagram Five Ws and H Disney Creativity StrategyF-R-E-E-Writing Gap Analysis Six Thinking Hats Snowball Technique SuperHeroes Systematic Inventive Thinking Think Tank Why Why Why SWOT Analysis TRIZ Visual Brainstorming Lateral Thinking NLP Delphi Force-Field Analysis Blue Ocean Strategy
  • Two Examples..Ga Ga?
  • "If you can dream it, you can do it." - Walt Disney
  • THE DREAMER  What are you trying to make or achieve?  What excites and inspires you about it?  If you could wave a magic wand and do anything you like – what would you create? How would it look? What could you do with it? How would that make you feel? THE REALIST  What resources do you need to make this happen – people, money, materials and technology?  What’s your plan?  What obstacles will you face? How will you get round them? THE CRITIC At critical stages of the project, step back from your work and ask yourself:  How does this look? What about the big picture? And the fine detail? How do I feel when I examine it?  How would it look to a customer? A user? A member of the audience? The client? An expert in this field?  Is this the best I/we can do? What would make it better? Disney's Creative Thinking Strategy Article:
  • Edward de Bono “The six thinking hats is a method for doing one sort of thinking at a time.”
  • Creative Positive Objective Feelings Negative Process
  • Benefits of Using 6 Thinking Hats  Role-playing (Put the hat on, take the hat off, switch hats, and signal your thinking)  Encourage creative, parallel and lateral thinking  Improve communication  Speed up decision making  Avoid debate  Detaching the Ego  Occasional Use (Single Hat)  Sequence Use
  • White Hat - Objective Facts, Figures, Data and Information Questions:  What information do we have here?  What information is missing?  What information would we like to have?  How are we going to get the information?
  • Red Hat – Feelings Feelings, Intuition, Emotions and Hunches No need to justify the feelings. How do I feel about this right now? Examples:  My gut-feeling is that this will not work.  I don't like the way this is being done.  This proposal is terrible.  My intuition tells me that prices will fall soon.
  • Black Hat - Negative Caution, Difficulty, Judgment and Assessment Questions:  Is this true?  Will it work?  What are the weaknesses?  What is wrong with it? Critical Thinking Hat!
  • Yellow Hat - Positive Benefits, Feasibility and Optimism Questions:  Why is this worth doing?  What are the benefits?  Why can it be done?  Why will it work?
  • Green Hat - Creative Creative Ideas, Alternatives, Suggestions, and Proposals Questions:  Are there any additional alternatives?  Could we do this in a different way?  Could there be another explanation?  What are some possible solutions and courses of action? Creative Thinking Hat!
  • Blue Hat - Process Sums up what is learned. Organization of thinking. Thinking about the thinking process (Reflection). Examples:  Set the agenda.  Suggest the next steps.  Ask for other hats.  Ask for summaries, conclusions, and decisions. Meta-Cognition Hat!
  • Sequence Use – Seeking an Idea White Gather available information. Green Explore and generate alternatives. Yellow Assess the benefits and feasibility of each alternative. Black Assess the weaknesses of each alternative. Green Further develop the most promising alternatives and make a choice. Blue Summarize and assess what has been achieved so far. Black Make the final judgment on the chosen alternative. Red Find out the feelings on the outcome.
  • Sequence Use – Reacting to a Presented Idea Red Find out the existing feelings about the idea. Yellow Find out the benefits in the idea. Black Point out the weaknesses, problems and dangers in the idea. Green See if the idea can be modified to strengthen the yellow- hat benefits and to overcome the black-hat problems. White See if available information can help in modifying the idea to make it more acceptable. Green Develop the final suggestion. Black Judge the final suggestion. Red Find out the feeling on the outcome.
  • Sequence Use – Short Sequences  Yellow/Black/Red: Quick assessment (idea)  White/Green: Generate ideas  Black/Green: Improve an existing idea  Blue/Green: Summarize & suggest alternatives  Blue/Yellow: Any benefits? (e.g. the idea)  Etc… “...Be open-minded and creative about the sequence use, too!”
  • 7 MOVING Forward
  • “Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” - Albert Einstein
  • Start Rewiring Your Brain NOW!  Explore how the BRAIN learns.  Optimize your MIND and senses for super learning.  Learn how to speed READ with comprehension and retention.  Apply various remembering techniques to awaken and empower your super MEMORY.  Use social CURATION tools to make sense of information overload.  Use tools to empower critical, creative and innovative THINKING.
  • “Our brains can be rewired to become ‘Creative Super Learners’ at any age.” - Zaid Ali Alsagoff
  • Have a ZaidLearn! Finally, You Might Want To…
  • Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning Manager E-mail : Blog : Slides : Twitter: IMU : DID : +603-2731 7327 Ext. : 3115