Monday, June 27, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Irealized that every time when I was studying about any learning theory I had one of those moments of "aha" and related to my way of learning. During the first weeks we learned about behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism and discuss about how we personally learn in relation to those three theories. I posted in the classroom discussion board that I was using multiple ways to learn from behaviorism to constructivism.
ometimes I used the cognitivism theory encoding information and related to previous information to store it and use it when need it. I learned that sometimes is easier for me to organize information in chunks, and that the more senses I use to learn then it will be easier for me to retrieve information.
"Constructivism"Many times I find myself talking with peers about any specific topic and helping each other to construct our ideas using our past knowledge and discussing how to use and implement the new information. Sometimes I construct my knowledge using the information that I know with the one provided by the instructor to understand better the new information.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Friday, June 3, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
If you want to see and hear about how the human nervous system works, and how the connections happen inside the human brain please watch the following video.
The next page that explains "the twelve principles for brain-based learning," followed by "the information processing approach to cognition."
Sonoma County Department of Education
- Principle One: The brain is a parallel processor
- Principle Two: Learning engages the entire physiology
- Principle Three: The search for meaning is innate
- Principle Four: The search for meaning occurs through "patterning"
- Principle Five: Emotions are critical to patterning
- Principle Six: Every brain simultaneously perceives and creates parts and wholes
- Principle Seven: Learning involves both focused attention and peripheral perception
- Principle Eight: Learning always involves conscious and unconscious processes
- Principle Nine: We have at least two types of memory -- a spatial memory system and a set of systems for rote learning
- Principle Ten: The brain understand and remembers best when facts and skills are embedded in natural spatial memory
- Principle Eleven: Learning is enhanced by challenge and inhibited by threat
- Principle Twelve: Each brain is unique
The Information Processing Approach to Cognition
There you will find information about the levels of processing, parallel distributed processing, and connectionistic. You will also find information about how to use the information processing approach in the classroom.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
I also found the PsyBlog by Jeremy Dean, that is helpful to understanding the mind. The post that got my attention was the one about the unusual thinking styles increase creativity. This provides psychological research that reveals how rational versus intuitive thinking can inspire new ideas. According to this blog incentives can work only if the goal is creativity and not for completing the task.
I found the creativity and innovation link very helpful to find posts about ways to capture our good ideas and how to get others to approve them. Other categories that this blog offer are events, professional development, research studies and service design among others.
Instructional Design Sites & Organizations Instructional Design Central, is a blog that provides resources and community services to instructional design professionals, educators and students. This blog also provides links to ID jobs, ID degrees, ID conferences, ID sites, and ID forums.
What I like about this blog is that it not only provides you with resources and community services, but you can also observe the history and timeline of instructional design. I was surprised knowing that the foundation of instructional design was placed in World War II. The United States of America required that its soldiers were trained in large numbers. You will also find how the theories of Behaviorism and Operant Conditioning from Skinner fit in this field.
I found very helpful the instructional design sites and organizations that this blog provided as well. Two of the sites that got my special attention were the American Society for Training and Development. ASTD provides special resources such as magazines, newsletters, job posting services, etc. ASTD also provides the learning and performance community with multiple state division organizations throughout the United States of America who provide the local instructional design community.