How to improve learning

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A short presentation on education reform. How a small changing in our teaching can have a profound impact on how much our students learn

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How to improve learning

  1. 1. HOW DO WE IMPROVE LEARNING? Educating about education Friday, October 30, 2009
  2. 2. TRADITIONAL EDUCATION What’s wrong with it? Friday, October 30, 2009
  3. 3. Putting kids and books in proximity and hoping for osmosis It’s just not very effective Friday, October 30, 2009
  4. 4. THE PROBLEM? We need to learn ideas Ideas are hard to study Friday, October 30, 2009
  5. 5. WHY IS THAT HARD? We seem to learn ideas by solving problems Using information to solve specific problems Friday, October 30, 2009
  6. 6. QUESTION + INFORMATION = ANSWER + IDEA Friday, October 30, 2009
  7. 7. THE SOLUTION? Don’t I know that formulae from somewhere? Friday, October 30, 2009
  8. 8. It is remarkably similar to fictional mystery stories Like a Dan Brown book Friday, October 30, 2009
  9. 9. CAN WE USE IT TO TEACH? Yes If we just restructure the narrative of teaching Friday, October 30, 2009
  10. 10. Old style: information = lesson (learn information, not ideas) New style: information + mystery or problem = lesson (get a problem and some information, solve it to learn) Friday, October 30, 2009
  11. 11. WHY IS THAT BETTER? Friday, October 30, 2009
  12. 12. NEW NARRATIVE EXAMPLE How the clouds can tell us if it’s going to rain (information about clouds; 3 basic groups of clouds, look different because of their height) Which cloud will bring rain? (Clues to the answer in the information) Friday, October 30, 2009
  13. 13. THE RESULT? Used information to solve a problem To solve the problem understanding about the idea must have occurred Friday, October 30, 2009
  14. 14. WHY IS THIS BETTER? Ideas are easier to remember then facts (Cognitive science has arrived at the understanding that semantic memory is a lot more effective then data memory) Therefore: Students will learn more, and remember it for longer Friday, October 30, 2009
  15. 15. JESPER BYLUND Is an interaction and human centric designer Find/follow me at: www.jesperbylund.com mail@jesperbylund.com twitter.com/JesperBylund Friday, October 30, 2009

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