Web Connected Minds: Promo

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Take an inside look at highly effective education programs that blend online and offline learning while incorporating the latest brain research and instructional methodology.

For more than two decades, Yvonne Marie Andres has been a leader in integrating technology and content-driven collaboration to improve student achievement. This session will showcase highly effective education programs from around the globe that are blending online and offline learning, while incorporating the latest neuroplasticity findings and Constructivist Learning methodology.

Brain plasticity or neuroplasticity refers to the brain's unique ability to constantly change, grow and remap itself over the course of a lifetime. Neuroscience is finding that digital media and our connectedness are affecting the brains of people of all ages, altering our attention, communication, socialization and learning. Brain imaging studies and cognitive neuroscience continue to give a clearer picture of how individuals respond to sensory stimuli and perform cognitive tasks. This has allowed for a better understanding of the brain's neural systems and how they relate to focus, learning, memory, and creative problem solving. Brain plasticity has significant implications for our entire education system, but, especially for those with learning disabilities and for aging citizens.
How do we translate this knowledge of neuroplasticity into success for all learners?

Technology is enabling a new form of connectedness that has greatly impacted the way we learn and the way we communicate. Individuals can no longer independently learn all they need to know and in a globally connected world, there is enormous value in using online tools to collaboratively connect and learn with others. How can we help teachers transition from traditional learning to new learning tools and experiences (e.g. Flexbooks, blended learning environments, collaborative projects, co-created content, global exhibitions and competitions, and virtual field trips) -- and move to the next level of online use the collaborations, people connections, and social interactions become as important as the information resources?

Constructivist Learning theory finds that people learn best when they are involved in the construction of their own knowledge, when they create artifacts that serve as evidence of what they have learned, when they share those artifacts with an audience and they receive peer feedback. How important is media literacy, as students become content creators?

Presenter will describe several innovative programs being implemented by schools around world that:

• Improve student engagement
• Incorporate 21 century skills, global awareness and workforce preparedness
• Employ brain-friendly strategies to improve student achievement
• Maximize and maintain student attention and focus
• Promote executive function development and organizational skills
• Tie instruction to future learning and creat

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  • I know that my message is not going to be popular with vendors and gadget lovers. I am NOT here to tell you about the next best thing…. The latest, greatest, ground-breaking, innovative technology that is going to transform learning.I am here to tell you about the BEST thing that has been around for at least 30 years…. Global SchoolNet,which was started by teachers to help low achieving students, has a 30 year success record of offering schools project-driven collaborative learning opportunities - which support constructivist learning methodology, future thinking strategies, global education and career development -- with strong links to leadership and project management principles.Our message and methodology I believe that misuse of technology in schools is worse than no technology at all.
  • This is the typical brain
  • Attributes listed not in order of importanceThe factors that are mostclosely aligned with the growth of new neurons are stimulation, novelty, close relationships, apositive attitude, and exercise (Quartz and Sejnowski, 2002, pp. 242-250)Brain researchfinds that when one is focused on vision, that portion of the brain activates. It also reduces theactivity in regions of the brain responsible for other senses. In addition, attention may beimportant for helping new connections take hold in the brain by repeatedly firing a set ofsynapses so that they become stronger.
  • What is meant by Connectedness, Constructivist Learning & Brain Plasticity? Why are these things important and how are they impacting education?
  • Web Connected Minds: Promo

    1. 1. ISTE 2012
    2. 2. Looking forthe Next Best Thing?It’s Not What You Think!
    3. 3. Your Brain Before MySession
    4. 4. After My Session
    5. 5. Brain Friendly Learning Attributes• Attitude• Focused Attention, Cognitive Engagement, Mindfulness• Emotional Engagement• Physical Engagement• Repetition (10,000 hours rule)• Memories Vs Memorization• Novelty (Brain Snacks)• Social Feedback
    6. 6. Constructivist Learning Connectedness Brain Plasticity
    7. 7. Digitally Altered BrainsQ. Is Google makingus stupid?A. We remain largelyignorant of how theinternet is changing us.
    8. 8. ISTE 2012

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