Reinventing the wheel of learning- Educational Reform

the brainThe learning process is not as easy as it appears to be. This is why philosophers and researchers have been trying to figure out for years how the human brain works. Educators and learners alike also seek to find miracle cure that will one day help eradicate these literacy problems.  I recently, read some articles, which focused on the theme ‘No Child Left behind’ campaign slogan. These articles had one thing in common – how to reinlearnin process 2vent the wheel of learning by utilizing technological tools to enhance the learning experience. I figure why not help spread the word; after all, learning is not limited to just chalk and talk. As a future instructional designer, I am motivated to learn as much as I can to ensure that no learner is left behind. Therefore, I welcome educators to join me on my quest as I continue to explore different ways to meet the needs of learners. As Oliver Holmes once said “ A man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”

  • 3 Simple Techniques to Guide Your Learner’s Attention 

(http://blogs.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/3-simple-techniques-to-guide-your-learners-attention/) In this article Tom Kuhlmann explores the art of captivating learner’s attention. He pointed out the importance of structuring and present your content to impact how individuals learn and gain their understanding. I was fascinated by this article because I have come to realize how differently the mind articulates information. Since first impress last, it is therefore crucial that as instructional designers (teachers) we learn how to create lasting memory.

  • 50 Resources to Use Animation as a Teaching Tool

(http://classroom-aid.com/2014/01/22/50-resources-to-use-animation-as-a-teaching-tool/) Tess Pajaron encourages instructors to use animation as a tool to add more creativity to their presentation.  She offers a  list of free reliable resources that can be easily incorporated into presentation content. She believe these tools can also enrich the students’ creativity by bringing  their work to life.

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Posted on May 12, 2015, in Instructional Design, LEARNING AND THE BRAIN. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have given much thought to how people learn since I started developing graduate level courses for online programs. This week I have thought about this even further. I think a major issue with teaching a group of students in a traditional classroom is that we are forced to teach to the average, while the average does not really exist. We can estimate the average age, IQ, and social skills for 4th graders and have done so to establish classroom curriculum for decades, but is any 4th grader truly average. I think that the increase in understanding of how the brain works and the subsequent introduction of technology to individualize and enhance opportunities is very exciting. What a great time to be involved in teaching. Your thoughts?

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    • Well Diane definitely something to ponder on. When we consider the fact that by today’s standard of learning and how the brain processes information we can assume for argument sake, that not all 4th graders are expected to process information the same way. I believe this is why theorist have studied the brain with the hope to discover how the manipulate the human brain to work for us. Not only that, what strategies can be used to transform the way we learn especially in an ever changing world. As the world evolves the mind or the brain follows because it has to adapt to the changes just depends on the stimuli within that environment for e.g. usage of advance technology-we no longer encourage students to physically write anything anymore instead they text or type their thoughts.

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