Learning Begins With Wonder - Teaching with magic

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Keeping students motivated and engaged in learning is not an easy task to achieve. The purpose of this presentation is to present magic effects and illusions as an innovative student engagement strategy and the benefits they offer when integrated in the teaching/learning process.

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Learning Begins With Wonder - Teaching with magic

  1. 1. THANOS HATZIAPOSTOLOUSenior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science
  2. 2. ENGAGEMENT, MOTIVATION, LEARNING Research shows that motivation and engagement are essential for effective learning. Keeping students motivated and engaged in learning is not an easy task to achieve. Many teaching and learning conditions can play a role on student motivation. Just to name a few: active student-centered learning, formal and informal interaction, well-structured course, meaningful assessment, detailed feedback LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 2
  3. 3. ROLE OF LEARNING CONDITIONS Learning and teaching conditions are critical since they: may promote motivation and engagement or may trigger negative moods, anxiety, disengagement and boredom The challenge for educators lies in not only sparking the fire of engagement but keeping the fire burning. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 3
  4. 4. MAGIC AS AN ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY One important learning condition is the teaching style of the educator. Educators are constantly trying to find methods to provide content in a way that will be remembered and keep students engaged in learning. Examples of such strategies include using humor, using real-life examples, using technology etc. A very innovative way to maximize the chances for strong and lasting engagement and motivation of students is to use MAGIC. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 4
  5. 5. DEFINITION OF MAGIC MAGIC is the performing art or skill of producing baffling effects or seemingly impossible illusions by sleight of hand or apparatus. There are many categories of magic effects such as vanishing, transformation, penetration, teleportation, prediction etc. Being able to perform magic and illusions for teaching purposes is undoubtedly an exciting, fun, and uncommon engagement strategy which has a strong effect on learners regardless of age, gender or race. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 5
  6. 6. 10 YEARS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC The purpose of this presentation is: to present the benefits of integrating magic effects and illusions in the teaching/learning process after ten years of: giving lectures, presentations, seminars and speeches in various topics (technology, computing, business, innovation, entrepreneurship and many others) to audiences from ten years old to fifty years old LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 6
  7. 7. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC MAGIC can be used to illustrate many academic concepts regardless of the level (primary, secondary or tertiary education) and regardless of the discipline (physics, psychology, computer science, economics, law etc) LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 7
  8. 8. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC Lecturers emphasize key points in a lecture. Some use anecdotes to illustrate main points, others use real- life examples. MAGIC can be a fun method to clarify, visualize and emphasize key points. Students, ask themselves: “What does this magic effect teach me?” LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 8
  9. 9. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC Many studies reveal that a percentage of students thinks lectures are monotonous and sometimes even boring. MAGIC effects and illusions injected with humor can break the monotony of a lecture, make students more receptive and engage them in active learning. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 9
  10. 10. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC A magician understands human assumptions. He makes us follow certain assumptions (misdirection) which lead us away from the secret of the magic effect. In our every day lives we operate and make decisions based on such subconscious assumptions. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 10
  11. 11. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC If we challenge our subconscious assumptions, we may find other paths or solutions that we never thought were possible. Trying to understand MAGIC effects and illusions greatly demonstrates this concept. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 11
  12. 12. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC Challenging our assumptions leads us to think differently. Just like when trying understand a MAGIC effect: the obvious things (our assumptions about what is going on) are never correct LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 12
  13. 13. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC Innovation and creativity skills are very important in today’s world. The use of MAGIC effects and illusions in the classroom can foster an innovative environment in which students exercise their creativity skills, pursue innovation, and become more comfortable with intellectual risk-taking. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 13
  14. 14. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC MAGIC can trigger students’ intellectual curiosity and imagination. This is due to the inherent nature of mystification and puzzlement that surrounds MAGIC effects and illusions. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 14
  15. 15. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC It is very important to keep students engaged and motivated in learning Being both visual and auditory, MAGIC effects give a feeling of wonder, fun and excitement. Properly connected with taught material, MAGIC can keep students engaged and motivated. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 15
  16. 16. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC MAGIC effects and illusions can spark and sustain students’ energy, excitement, and love of learning, and cultivate a thriving and passionate community of learners LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 16
  17. 17. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC The first impression of the teacher and the material to be presented are very important. Learning is more fun when the environment isn’t too rigid. MAGIC effects can break the ice and set the appropriate atmosphere for each class. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 17
  18. 18. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC Student/teacher rapport is an essential element for effective teaching since positive rapport seems to facilitate both student motivation for learning and their enjoyment of the course. MAGIC illusions related to class material can greatly enhance student/teacher rapport. LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 18
  19. 19. BENEFITS OF TEACHING WITH MAGIC LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 19
  20. 20. TEACHING WITH MAGIC. THE COST? Teaching through Magic Effects and Illusions does require time, effort and a lot of practice! Not only to learn to perform magic effects and illusions but also to find the proper ways to effectively and efficiently integrate magic in the learning and teaching process. BUT IT’S WORTH THE RESULT! LEARNING BEGINS WITH WONDER - TEACHING WITH MAGIC 20
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  22. 22. THANOS HATZIAPOSTOLOUSenior Lecturer, Computer Science DepartmentCITY COLLEGE - Int. Faculty of the University of SheffieldEmail: hatziapostolou@city.academic.grWebsite: http://www.city.academic.gr/csd/hatziapostolou/Magician email: emagus.gr@gmail.comMagician Website: http://www.facebook.com/eMagus.gr

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