Crafts is a healthy industry

Want to know why at Curious Mondo we always bring online courses related to arts and crafts? Because it is a growing industry and can offer people a great side business, offers stay-at-home moms a way to bring home some extra cash or create a healthy business for her family

Here are a few facts:

According to the Craft Yarn Council, which estimates that $1 billion is spent on yarn in the United States alone each year. That amount is expected to grow along with the do-it-yourself Renaissance that has folks brewing, beekeeping, canning, spinning, gardening and knitting with vigor.

People are also seeking in unprecedented numbers to make a livelihood from their crafting passions, experts say. Last year, 1.6 million people sold $2.39 billion in goods on Etsy.

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Teaching Millennials

According to some predictions, by 2020 half of all classes will be taken online.

Firstly, eLearning engages students into personally relevant experiences. Moreover, it encourages development of essential skills for the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, meaningful collaboration.

Finally, it enables simulation. In other words, eLearning creates authentic atmosphere and deepens the understanding of real-world issues by fully engaging students.
More so, this is the way Millennials want to learn

 

How we learn

Let’s take a look how our brain processes information and how we learn:

  1. Our brains do not have the capacity to multitask. For years, multitasking has been considered an all-important skill.
    However, research has found that our brains don’t actually have the power to multitask.
    According to a 2009 study that was conducted in Paris, the participants’ brains actually worked at half capacity when they were asked to multitask.
    In essence, one hemisphere concentrated on one task, while the other focused on completing the secondary task.
    As such, it typically takes the brain twice as long to complete an assignment or task, and your error rate goes up by about 50%. This is because we aren’t “multitasking” at all, but “context switching”.
  2. Multimedia tools improve our brain’s memory power.
    It’s been proven through multiple research studies and surveys that multimedia in eLearning, such as images and video, not only engage the learners but also help them to actually remember what they’ve learned.
    Research cited in a report by Michelle Chau cites a number of examples of how interactive learning tools, such as ebooks, lead to improved knowledge retention. According to research, students who used ebooks that contained sound effects, music, audio narration, and images were able to retain and recite more information than those who were simply given traditional textbooks.
    Utilizing these ebooks also led to group collaboration and peer interaction, as the students did not have to sit quietly on their own and privately read the text.
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  3. Our brains work best at certain times of the day.
    Giving learners the ability to learn anytime, anywhere with eLearning courses has its own unique set of advantages. One of the most significant advantages is the opportunity to tap into the power of our brains at times of peak efficiency, such as just after taking a nap or when first waking up in the morning.
    A study conducted by German researchers found that quick naps could allow a learner’s brain to acquire and retain information more effectively.
    During the study two groups of participants memorized cards that contained illustrations. Then, they asked the first group to take a nap, and the second to remain awake during a 40 minute break.After the 40 minutes had passed, they had the participants memorize another set of illustrated cards. Those who took a nap during the break remembered roughly 85% of the images and patterns, while those who stayed awake only recalled 60%. It is believed that napping allows information to be moved to the brain’s long-term memory storage centers, leading to improved data retention.
  4. Game play helps to exercise (and motivate) our mental muscles.
    Believe it or not, playing games is actually good for your brain. Not only does it help to engage learners in the eLearning process itself, but it also serves to remedy the boredom that so often leads to unsuccessful learning experiences. A report that was released by Leicha Bragg of Deakin University details a study that was conducted in three different schools, which involved 240 students.
    According to the research, students were more motivated to learn mathematics when the information was presented in a gaming format. Even their attitude toward the subject changed, as did their confidence regarding the various concepts involved. The students were also more motivated to learn the information, which improved their overall success and alleviated the boredom that is often associated with repetition (especially relating to problem solving).
  5. Our brain prefers images over text.
    Adding visual elements to eLearning courses enhances knowledge retention. According to neuroscience research that is referenced in John Medina’s book “Brain Rules”, participants in studies only remember about 10% of information presented orally when they are tested 72 hours after instruction. However, that number jumps by about 65% when an image is added to the learning process. The basis of this idea lies in the “Pictorial Superiority Effect”, which suggests that visual input is more likely to be recognized and remembered.

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Source: Elearningindustry.com

How adults learn

As adults we need to keep learning, sharpening our saw. Not only to stay competitive, in the market but also for health reasons.

Here is an infographics giving some insights on how adults learn.

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Now, do I need to tell you Curious Mondo offers the best e-learning platform for adults?
Don’t forget to check our upcoming classes that you can watch for free and our on-demand courses.

The Curious Mondo Awesome Team

Delivering live online courses not only requires quite a bit of equipment but also a lot of people involved. Besides being able to perform well during classes in order to create an awesome product, the team also needs to work in synchronicity. It is really a team effort.

The team at Curious Mondo knows how to achieve the right balance and without them the courses would not happen.

We want to show you and allow you to get to know these amazing people. In this video, you will get to know part of our team. We also have Mary our assistant, Petar, our film editor and Lisa Henry.

Say hi!

 

Curious Mondo: Bringing a New Approach to ELearning to a “Curious World.” Press Release

Salt Lake City, Utah. April 2nd 2016. Mother and daughter team Shahar and Nashlah Boyayan have been working with business owners and entrepreneurs for most of their lives. They know how important it is to keep current on what’s new in the world of business education. This is what prompted them to establish Curious Mondo, the Curious World an e-learning company focusing on an interactive and informal way to bring knowledge to and increase skills of the viewer through live streaming.
These live streaming courses are interactive and at no cost. Experts in their fields of business, the arts, and technology present topics to the worldwide viewing audience. Viewers are motivated to interact throughout the course with their questions to the instructors through the Curious Mondo chat group or through social media on the Curiuos Mondo Facebook page.
“Knowledge can make a business grow and empower people to start a new journey in their lives”, said Shahar Boyayan, co-founder along with her daughter Nashlah of Curious Mondo. “How many of us would benefit from learning a new skill and turning it into a secondary income? This is a large part of the reason why we founded Curious Mondo, so that those viewing will gain information that is relevant to their specific situations, apply what they have learned, and begin to realize results right away.”
Both Shahar and Nashlah are self-made business professionals, launching their first business, Buzzboosters, a marketing consulting company that specializes in Brain Based Marketing for Small Businesses in 1999, shortly after arriving in the United States from Brazil with no more than a “suitcase and a teddy bear.”
“We want people to have open doors to achieve their dream, to conquer new possibilities, and not have to struggle in the way we did. We believe Curious Mondo provides that gateway for people through this type of learning opportunity,” said Nashlah.
The Boyayans are firm believers that “learning is an adventure” and should be fun and interactive. They have recruited the best instructors in their fields on a wide array of topics to meet the demands of the “new world learner.” During these live events, participants are encouraged to ask questions and communicate their doubts that are addressed by the experts. At the end of every course completed by the viewer and where the activities are implemented, they will receive an electronic certificate of course completion.
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Online Videos Bring More Business

Is online video consumption really growing?

Do people really have time to watch videos online?

Should I use videos to market my business?

Here are a few points brought by Robert Kyncl, the Chief Business Officer at YouTube at CES 2016:

Right now, watching video—whether on TV or online—is the single most important media activity for people.

75 percent of all video will come over the internet by 2020.

More than five hours a day are spent watching video, and those hours fuel a $200 Billion economy, with the majority of that money coming from Pay TV subscriptions.

Only 2 other things people spend more time than watching videos: Sleeping and working.

New research conducted with Nielsen shows that the time 18 to 34 year old spent on TV fell nine percent last year. Meanwhile, this same audience spent 48% more time on YouTube, with mobile viewing making up the largest source of growth.

And on YouTube, the average time people spend watching video on their mobile device is forty minutes, a gain of 50 percent year-on-year.

This is just a tiny slice of what is happening out there related to videos. There is also streaming videos from the couch. Consumers spent 42.5 billion hours streaming on Netflix during 2015, up from 29.1 billion hours in 2014. They spent 12 billion hours streaming in the last quarter alone, up from 8 billion a year ago.

Roku, a streaming solution for content creators and info marketers has now 8% of the market in the US and it is present in several countries.

Video is by far one of the best opportunities for business owners, content creators and info-marketers.

By creating a simple video and adding it to your home page 3 things will happen:

1. Conversion on your website tends to increase by 35%.

2. The video will show on YouTube when people are searching for a solution to a problem.

3. The same video will most likely also appear on Google in higher places than your website, generating leads and traffic. The same video… one effort, multiple results.

Consider that this video will also inform and educate your prospects and buyers.

Creating a video can be as simple as getting your cel phone out of your pocket, you just need to make sure that the video will bring results.

Why are we talking about videos? To bring home the fact that learning with videos and live streaming is the way to go.

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Online videos

Millennials Don’t Watch Live TV

When behavior changes the only option for the market and business owners is to adapt. There is no coming back. Our behavior in the way we consumer information, media and knowledge is changing despite our age.

Millennials are driving this change and here are some facts:

Advertisers looking to target Millennials – and that includes just about everyone these days – take note: Live TV is not the place to find them.

Anecdotally, this has long appeared to be true. Ratings for the adults 18-34 demo have been on the decline for some time, and a quick look around a college campus tells you that young people these days are glued to their mobile screens.

A new report confirms this digital tipping point. Millennials spend more time with digital now than they do watching live TV, according to a cross-platform study by comScore.

But what’s perhaps just as interesting is that not only have Millennials transitioned fully to digital, but the older Generation X is poised to join them.

“There’s a clear trend showing that as demographic segments get younger, those consumers are more likely to spend time on their mobile device and less likely to spend time watching live TV,” notes the report.

“It’s possible that digital share of time spent among 35-54 year-olds might also soon surpass live TV.”

The study finds that among total digital and TV time, Millennials devote 40 percent of their time to mobile and 14 percent to desktop web usage.

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That leaves just under 50 percent for live TV, and it’s a number comScore anticipates will fall quickly, based on its crossplatform measurement for fourth quarter of last year.

Interestingly, 35-54s weren’t too far behind in digital usage. Though they tend more toward desktop (21 percent) than Millennials, they total 43 percent of time with digital and 57 percent with live TV.

That’s in contrast to Boomers over 55, who spend 70 percent of time with live TV.

Overall, the generations do share one thing in common – an increasing dependence on smartphones. Usage is up 78 percent since 2013.

We at Curious Mondo pay a lot of attention to this type of information. That is why our courses can be watched from any platform.

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millennials watching tv

Training Millenials

A study conducted by Price water house Coopers revealed that by 2020, millennials will form 50% of the world’s manpower. They behave in a different way than Baby boomers for example and want to learn in a different way as well.

Being able to interact, learn anywhere, have extremely updated information and find mentors rather than teachers are a few points important to them.

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Of course, here at Curious Mondo they find all that!!!!!

Improve your sales skills

This week we have a great course on sales skills with consultant Clay Neves: Personal Sales Dynamics: Winning the Infinite Game of Profitable Business Relationships

You will not only improve your sales skills but your approach to sales

Reserve your seat for this free online course

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Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

Learning A New Skill Works Best To Keep Your Brain Sharp

Brain training is big business, with computerized brain games touted as a way to help prevent memory loss. But new research shows you might be better off picking up a challenging new hobby.

To test this theory, Dr. Denise Park, a neuroscientist at the University of Texas at Dallas, randomly assigned 200 older people to different activities. Some learned digital photography. Another group took up quilting.

Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.i
Quilting, which requires measuring and calculating, also helped improve participants’ memory.
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“Quilting may not seem like a mentally challenging task,” Park says. “But if you’re a novice and you’re cutting out all these abstract shapes, it’s a very demanding and complex task.”

The groups spent 15 hours a week for three months learning their new skills. They were then given memory tests and compared with several control groups.

“Rather than just comparing them to people who did nothing, we compared them to a group of people who had fun but weren’t mentally challenged as much,” Park says.

That “social group” did things like watch movies or reminisce about past vacations. Another control group worked quietly at home, listening to the radio or classical music or playing easy games and puzzles.

Park’s research, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, showed that not all activities are created equal. Only people who learned a new skill had significant gains.

“We found quite an improvement in memory, and we found that when we tested our participants a year later, that was maintained,” Park says.

Study participants were trained in practical reasoning skills like managing medications.
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The greatest improvement was for the people who learned digital photography and Photoshop — perhaps, Park says, because it was the most difficult.

Jimmy Wilson, 82, agreed to learn to use a computer, a camera and Photoshop for the trial. “That was really quite a challenge for me when I got into the photo class,” Wilson says, “because it involved a computer and I had never even touched a computer.”

Wilson is motivated to fight dementia, in part because he saw what the disease did to his wife toward the end of her life.

“When my wife died,” he says, “it would have been real easy to just become a total recluse.” Instead, Wilson embraced being socially and mentally active. He’s a member of the choir at his church, and when he’s not reading current events and books on his Kindle, he gets together with family for Mexican food.

A photo taken by a participant in the UT Dallas trial.i
A photo taken by a participant in the UT Dallas trial.
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Since Wilson participated in the trial, he says, he has noticed improvement in his memory, although he says it still isn’t perfect. He admits it can be frustrating learning to use new technology, but he knows it’s good for his brain.

So how does learning a new skill help ward off dementia? By strengthening the connections between parts of your brain, says cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman. While brain games improve a limited aspect of short-term memory, Kaufman says, challenging activities strengthen entire networks in the brain.

“It really is strengthening the connectivity between these team players of these large-scale brain networks,” he says.

Denise Park likens it to an orchestra.

“Players come in and players go out,” she says. “Sometimes when something is really demanding, the whole orchestra is playing, but they’re not playing harmoniously.”

The goal is to keep each individual player in best form, and make sure there’s coordination. And improving your own coordination, through quilting or learning to play bridge, may be a way to maintain your memory, and have a bit of fun, too.

“We hope that by maintaining a very active brain, you could defer cognitive aging by a couple of years,” Park says.

There’s one more important thing you can do to ward off memory loss: exercise. Art Kramer, a neuroscientist at the University of Illinois, studies the impact of exercise on the brain.

In one study, he found that just 45 minutes of exercise three days a week actually increased the volume of the brain. Even for people who have been very sedentary, Kramer says, exercise “improves cognition and helps people perform better on things like planning, scheduling, multitasking and working memory.”

So if you’re looking to boost memory, there’s reason to challenge both your body and your mind.

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