There are unique learning opportunities for educators and students alike as our understanding of how the brain works as a learning organ meets up with our abilities to produce learning technologies which exercise all the senses. I firmly believe that we are currently undergoing a new Learning Renaissance in which the dominance of the written word will be challenged as the core medium through which learning will be developed. Of course, educators, being inherently conservative at the institutional level will be sceptical!
Tom MacDonald’s blog posts break down some of the key ideas really effectively:
Learning requires attention. And attention is mediated by specific parts of the brain. Yet, neural systems fatigue quickly, actually within minutes. With three to five minutes of sustained activity, neurons become ‘less responsive’; they need a rest (not unlike your muscles when you lift weights).
Read more: Brain Development Basics – A Teacher’s Guide.