My posts for this week:
I read the Brain Rules book a few months ago and have so many of the pages dog-eared. It's definitely worth a read. The videos very briefly illustrate some of the main points of the book; however, if you're looking for a summer read, I definitely recommend the book because of all the anecdotes about people who have had brain injuries or who have brain anomalies - such as the guy who played something like 50 games of chess at once -- blindfolded -- and won all but one or two matches!
Anyway, the videos are interesting, too. These are the three that I watched with the important point(s) and implications for us as teachers:
Basically, we need two-hour intervals of repetition of new information. Therefore, when students are given homework, two hours have passed from the time of learning, so the homework in not really a review - students are having to learn the content again. The brain can hold 7 pieces of factual information for about 30 seconds (that's why phone numbers are only 7 numbers - I learned this not from the book/videos, but this video confirms it). If the new information is not repeated, it will disappear. If the information is repeated within 30 seconds, the brain will keep the information for 1 - 2 hours. If the information is not repeated again, it will go away permanently.
The video provides some information about an experiment detailed in the book in which wine tasting experts were given white wine dyed red and were fooled. The point is that vision is very powerful. The brain sees letters in words as tiny pictures, so that transference is cumbersome, but humans are great at remembering visuals. I don't know if any of you have ever heard of the Learning Pyramid (see ), but the information in the video -- that when we hear something, three days later we remember 10% whereas if a picture is added, we remember 65% -- reminded me of it. Our sense of vision is so strong because we have relied on it to survive and thrive.
For sure we all learned about this in our teacher training: activate schemata. The video demonstrates how understanding and thus memory can be impeded without activating schema. As the video shows (you have to see it to understand the demo), a simple introduction such as "This is all about X" before a talk / lecture / lesson can really boost comprehension. Prior knowledge has a strong effect ("can disturbingly shape") on memory and retention. If schema is triggered near the moment of learning, that learning has a greater tendancy to be more permanent.
To conclude this post, watch these videos if you can't buy the book! Great tips! One that is in the book that I plan to try this summer is with the sense of smell. You know how when we experience a certain aroma, it can take us back in time to a specific memory? The book suggests spraying a scent in your classroom on the day when you are going to teach a really challenging topic. Then, when reviewing and on "test" day, spray the same scent and see what happens. The author of the book, John Medina, said he tried it with Brut, the men's cologne. I'm going to try it with some Glade vanilla... Anything to help students succeed! :)
Students can be grouped into classes, and you can view students’ results.
It reminds me a bit of but it’s more versatile and has more features. It’s also similar to , which has most of the same features for free but with all features unlocked with a paid subscription.
I don’t know that I’d use Edueto much, though, because my CMS links quiz results with its built-in gradebook.
(Student Involved Assessment)
(Using Games for Assessment)
(Using Rubrics for Assessment)
Does Assessment Hinder Learning?
(What does riding a bicycle backwards have to do with learning?)
Very basic information on
1. Six Tips Brain Based Learning Guide
2. Brain Rules Videos
Kahoot-(requires a mobile device) to make games: ----- to play games, students go to () Be sure to check out the public kahoots.
Socrative: http://socrative.com--Socrative () is an assessment tool that is free for educators. I love using it because students can put the app on their phone and it becomes an Instant Student Assessment system. There are no ads and it is easy to use. Be sure to check out the Socrative Garden at
Classtools.net: (many many different tools for making quizzes, timers, etc--It is easy to spend the rest of your life here there are so many tools. Pick one only due to time.)