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Brain Stimulation to Longevity – Keeping the Brain Active Till Death

Old age is characterized by so many body defects that people get worried as the clock turns towards old age. One of the most common defects that affect so many people as they get old is the loss of memory. Your mind is very vital in enhancing a steady memory even as your years get numbered. Brain stimulation to longevity is not an easy task and requires commitment from you if at all you want your brain to be functional till the last minute of your life. When talking of addition of years to life and addition of life to years, activities such as cardiovascular exercise, flexibility, balance exercises and strength training among other related activities come to mind. Most people concentrate on physical fitness forgetting that their brain is the most vital organ that coordinates all body functions including the physical exercises.
Brain stimulation to longevity requires you to address brain fitness. Some people will not even listen if you talk of brain fitness because they believe that there is absolutely nothing that can be done to improve the functioning of the brain. What they believe is that the functioning of their brain is bound to decline as they get old. Brain stimulation to longevity is possible. The fact that the brain is not a muscle does not make its response to activity different. Similar to body muscles, more use of the brain improves its functioning while its underutilization only serves to deteriorate it. This explains why most innovations were results of minds that worked day and night. The more the brain is engaged, the more it becomes sharper to counter the pressure.
However, brain stimulation to longevity requires slightly different techniques than those used in physical fitness. That explains the development of brainwave entrainment technology which serves not only to improve the mind power, but also to lengthen its functioning period. There are many aspects enhanced by this technology which include:
1. Learning new things. Think of an interesting topic that you know so little about. Visiting the library to learn more about the topic or searching for information about the topic on the internet will stimulate your brain. After gaining the information, behave as if you are an expert informing others of what you have learned. Teach them the little you know about the topic. After that, search for another topic. This activates the mind in an unbelievable way. You can also use other brainwave equipment such as CDs which have been produced specifically for learning purposes.
2. Watching educational programs on TV. Television programs such as documentary shows will make you discover things that you were ignorant about and step up your reasoning capacity. Try to analyze the characters in such documentaries. This will go a long way in stimulating your brain.
3. Play games that are stimulating such as crossword puzzles, card games, Sudoku, and other similar games. Such games sharpen your mind because they require critical thinking for you to make any wins.
With the development of brainwave entrainment technology, your mind can remain as fresh as ever as long as you live.…

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Engaging Today’s Students in Active Learning (Part 4)

In Part 2 of this series we discussed barriers to active learning – various causes that impact students’ ability or willingness to learn. In Part 3 we looked at strategies to grab students’ interest and get them involved in their own learning. Now we’ll examine teacher behaviors that impact learning.
Excellence in the Classroom: Modeling excellence increases the likelihood of teachers receiving excellence from their students. This generation of students displays a heightened sense of intolerance for mediocrity. They possess a greater ability than previous generations to discern genuine concern and ability (in other words, they are hyper-sensitive to phonies). Many teachers perpetuate a double standard; they expect more from students than they exhibit in the classroom themselves. Students take offense at this behavior and ultimately demand more of teachers. In fact, this inconsistency is rarely forgotten, and most often becomes a rift in the trust relationship between student and teacher. Students need to see teachers perform in the classroom to the same high standard students are expected to perform. By the same token, teachers are not expected to be experts in every subject; in fact, students respond well in reverse-mentoring situations where teachers learn from students-providing a reciprocal relationship. Teacher attitudes significantly affect their relationship with students.
The current student culture demonstrates short attention spans, a powerful need for immediate gratification, and a thirst for technology. Boring rooms lead to bored students. Teachers are tasked with stimulating energy and enthusiasm in even the most mundane subjects and students are very conscious of the effort teachers exhibit-or more often, did not exhibit.
One of the most challenging yet exciting additions to curriculum in today’s culture is multimedia technology. Teachers and administration are called upon to manage change amidst the turmoil of adolescence, while they maintain standardized test scores, as well as classroom composure.
The use of computers demonstrates an increase in student motivation to learn. Both teachers and students report a greater interest and motivation by the students when multimedia is incorporated into the curriculum. Research shows that students are able to remain on task longer when technology is involved in the learning process. Furthermore, the use of technology increases students’ skills in note taking, information gathering, collaboration, documentation, and presentation design. It appears that from a behavioral perspective, today’s students are often expected to perform in the same manner as students 30 years ago rather than as students of the current technological era.
Through the use of computers, this generation’s students are able to achieve greater quantity and quality in a day’s study. When students and teachers both have a basic grasp of technology, students show greater motivation through interest and time spent engaged in learning activities, as well as students’ ability to maintain and incorporate what they learn.
Students of this generation already embrace technology. Greater than 90 percent of the teen population (ages 9 to 17) access the internet; approximately 84 percent of those log into social media. Although the current trend in the work place is moving toward social media use on the job, it is more the younger crowd that embraces the technology. Teachers and students benefit through the use of social media since teachers could control when they log onto a service (better control than students having the teachers’ phone numbers) and students experience a deeper sense of trust and genuine concern from the teachers. Students are able to request extra help or gain a deeper explanation to an assignment without the added social consequences of their peers’ observation. However, the majority of school districts prohibit teachers and students from connecting through social media at any time; in fact, teachers caught in such situations are immediately fired.
Allowing students to email assignments as an alternative to handing in a hard copy reduces their need for printers, paper, and ink cartridges. Adding email as an option eliminates or reduces many excuses for late assignments.
Regularly posting and updating class web pages allows students to be independent and proactive about double-checking assignments, reviewing class notes or syllabi, and preparing for upcoming classes. Students feel more satisfied with their learning experience when they can participate through technology. Some theorists believe that students will not develop responsibility if assignments are posted on the school website where they can easily be retrieved; however, such a practice is far more consistent with this generation’s use of technology to access assignments, information, research, and other tools via the web than any previous generation. Social media, internet use, email, and other forms of technology are part of this generation’s toolbox. Their skilled use of these tools is essential to their future success. Teachers who guide this current generation would be wise to accept their unique abilities and guide them in using those abilities in a productive way.
When teachers show a concerted …