In this week’s blog entry, I was asked to research websites or online journals that dealt with various topics including the brain and learning and Problem-Solving methods during the learning process.The class studied the brain and different learning methods. I found a You Tube Video that explains in a unique way on how the brain functions as we learned. “The Learning Brain” and can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgLYkV689s4. I really like the way that this video was made by using a notebook and simple interactive illustrations to describe a complicated concept.According to Ormrod, Schunk,& Gredler (2009),”the human brain is incredibly complex mechanism and research have a long way to go in understanding how it works and why it doesn’t always work as well as it should” (p.28). During my research, I found several websites and articles on various learning styles and how and why the brain works. This was very interesting information that was valuable to me as I continue with my course work in Instructional Design.
Journal: Mind, Brain& Education: Found While searching and using the Walden library education ERIC database. Article from March 2011 issue, Translating Facts into Knowledge & S. Umewaka.
Soraya Umewaka (2011) discusses why using” nonscientific research on how we learn, students can be vegetated to seek knowledge” (p.27). I found this article interesting and can be very useful in instructional design. Soraya Umewaka discusses how important it is for student to be engaged and involved in learning and by taking a proactive approach rather than a reactive approach. Students are more apt to be active participators in the seeking of new knowledge and learning. I found this to be very interesting while reading “the human brain is elastic and interconnected and so should the way that students examine their tasks” (Umewaka, 2011, p.27)
How the Brain Learn Best
This article was feature in Scholastic magazine written by Dr. Bruce D. Perry where he discusses how the brain learns. He discusses how the neural system work, making the reader aware of the different areas of the brain and how the neural system experiences fatigue quickly. Learners need some sort of entertainment with their lesson so that they can focus. When boredom strikes the neural system is fatigued and learners will tend to lose focus on other stimuli within their environment. Dr. Perry understands that learners learn differently, and encourages teachers to take advantage as the “novelty seeking property” to facilitate teaching instruction to learners. (Perry, n.d.).
Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction. (Laureate Custom edition).
Perry. (n.d.). How the brain learns best. Scholastic .Retrieved July 9, 2012.
The Learning Pod, (2010). The learning brain. [Video]. Retrieved from http://www.You tube.com/watch=CgLYkV68954July 9, 2012.
Umekwaka, S. (2011). Translating Facts into Knowledge. Mind, Brain & Education, 5910, 27-28.