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Geekend: Want To Be Smarter? Draw, Sing, Teach
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nasimson
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nasimson,
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9/29/2014 | 10:12:11 PM
Re: Artist learning
@David:

> I think mainly you just stick kids in front of stuff and they'll roll with it.

I've found this to be working for my kids. But what is even better is that when I start to use it. They just want to do it own their own then. Works like car ignition. You just have to use they key once and then the car goes on its own.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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9/2/2014 | 11:48:46 AM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
@tzubair- I know hard core gamification would work for me. If there was such a thing as a Star Trek holodeck I'd be in i for hours on end because of the real experience of running around a world (or maybe simulating being in an NFL game ore something) would be more fun. I personally don't like the treadmill as much as the real world. 

that said, I see gyms give pts for workouts and other gamefication techniques that don't work. I think the most important thing is that the game is fun. 
SaneIT
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SaneIT,
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9/2/2014 | 7:26:36 AM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
It's kind of funny when I run into other guys who lift competitively and we sit around talking about coding or tech.  The whole meathead stereotype is lost on us I guess.  I do think it has to do with having such a brain heavy job and you want the down time but I also think the analytical skills carry over to competitive lifting because the techie guys have an easier time programing training, diet and technique.
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tzubair,
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8/31/2014 | 10:57:16 AM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
@David: Do you not think gamification can be a way to make people work out and head to the gym? How about an app like Temple Run which can get attached to your treadmill and you have to physically run to play the game and score points?
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impactnow,
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8/30/2014 | 11:15:29 PM
Re: Artist learning
Dave I thInk stream is a great add, reading is a foundational skill that influences mastering so many other disciplines.
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8/30/2014 | 1:32:12 AM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
SaneIT

"One thing that I've found very odd though is the number of tech guys who are heavily involved in lifting heavy things. It would seem that the process of strength training is something that tech guys can get into easily."

Yeah that's a nice way to prepare a tech guy to face challenges. But (having dual meaning) tech guys must only pickup those weights that their body can tolerate or shouldn't let users do things which forces tech guys to lift weights they aren't qualified/capable to lift.
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8/29/2014 | 3:40:53 PM
Re: different kinds of intellegence
@ David.  you really explained in a great way.    I know people that are really booksmart, but their personal life is a mess.  At other times,   I think of bill gates or Steve jobs whom wheren't good at school, but they were smart business men.  They were sure able to use their intelligence in a great way.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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8/29/2014 | 11:54:40 AM
Re: Want To Be Smarter?
@zerox203- Right. There's nothing here that can be totally 100% prescriptive. I can't tell anyone how to be truly smart. What I can say is that certain skills can be honed through certain actions that you wouldn't notice have a direct connection. And that's cool.
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David Wagner,
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8/29/2014 | 11:52:42 AM
Re: You teach better what you need to learn
@SaneIT- I hadn't noticed that. But I'm guessing the reason is that when you do a job that uses almost entirely your brain, it is nice to find a hobby that does the opposite. My nearby gym now has one of those giant tractor tires people flip to workout with. I doubt I could flip it right now, but I'm really tempted to join the gym just so I can. 
zerox203
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8/29/2014 | 8:40:20 AM
Re: Want To Be Smarter?
Thanks for this, Dave. I think this is an idea most of us have heard about now and again, or thought about intrinsically - being creative is good for your intellect - but it's nice to have some research, facts, and specifity attached to it for a change. After all, it's sort of the case here that people can use their personal beliefs to enact a self-fulfilling prophecy. "I'm smart because I'm creative, and I'm creative because I'm smart." That doesn't really tell us all that much, does it? A real study with some real (re: failable) criteria attached to it is a different beast entirely - and I am glad to see that creativity scored pretty highly in the end.

Still, I wonder how great of advice this is on it's own, especially to someone specifically going into a STEM field. As others have pointed out, each of these three studies individually doesn't necessarily tell us much that isn't obvious. Likewise, it's tricky to correlate any one of them to one specific benefit - the example you give about underpriviliged children needing to study in noisy places is a good thought, but scientifically seems a little spotty. I think the value here is the three combined, and what they mean together - building any of these skills (or, lots of other creative ones not listed here) makes a solid foundation for students... and now we have the science to prove it.
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