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During this weeks research assignment, I discovered two websites on the topic learning and the brain. I was able to gather more information in regards to the implementation of the various learning methods currently being explored by educators world over. The first on the agenda as to do with ‘The Brain’s Executive Functions’ written by Dr. Donna Wilson and her colleagues.

  •      BRAIN Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions 

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/strategies-strengthening-brains-executive-functions-donna-wilson-marcus-conyers

In this article Dr. Wilson and her colleagues explored the cognitive, metacognitive, and executive functioning  of the brain in classrooms around the world. The primary focus centers around the executive function as she explain what it is and how learns are able to make connections by incorporating instruction on executive functions into content lessons. She further offers unique yet informative strategies that instructors can use to help facilitate these learning outcome.

  • How Learning Works : Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart How Learning WorksTeaching

    ://site.ebrary.com/lib/waldenu/reader.action?docID=10385881

“The book entitled “How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching”, is the latest advancement in the continuing task of applying the science of learning to education—particularly, college teaching. The authors are experts in helping college teachers understand how research in the science of learning can improve their teaching. If you are interested in what research in the science of learning and instruction has to say for you as a college teacher, then this book is for you.” Explore and learn new teaching techniques. It’s available for download – makes for an interesting yet educational read.
Ambrose, Susan A., Bridges, Michael W., and DiPietro, Michele. How Learning Works : Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. Hoboken, NJ, USA: Jossey-Bass, 2010. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 18 May 2015.
Copyright © 2010. Jossey-Bass. All rights reserved.

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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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