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Active Learning

Thought this was an interesting article.....certainly makes a case for active learning at all levels. http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/08/06/336361277/scientists-say-childs-play-helps-build-a-better-brain
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Brain Research on Language Acquisition

Toddler brain scan gives language insight BBC Health Website From the site: "The brain has a critical window for language development between the ages of two and four, brain scans suggest. Environmental influences have their biggest impact before the age of four, as the brain's wiring develops to process new words, say UK and US scientists. The research in The Journal of Neuroscience suggests disorders causing language delay should be tackled early. It also explains why young children are good at learning two languages." By Helen Briggs BBC News  
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Early Childhood Brain Development Presentation Aids

Early Childhood Brain Development – Presentation Aids  ReadyNation, a business-early childhood partnerships, and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University collaborated to develop a range of tools to help non-scientists present information on early brain development and the importance of investing in early childhood programs. The Brain Science of Early Childhood tools include annotated PowerPoint, videos, and one-page information briefs.
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Neuroscience and Writing

While preparing a workshop on writing by students with visual impairments, I found a general education web site about writing.  This was the National Writing Project at www.nwp.org One of the articles at this web site was about how writing can impact the brain.  That article is “Writing and the Brain: Neuroscience Shows the Pathways to Learning” at http://www.nwp.org/cs/public/print/resource/3555 As I read the article, I thought about the need for students with visual impairments to write more and to write as part of a collaborative effort.  Logistics may make that harder for students who use Braille but I think it behooves us as teachers of students with visual impairments to think of ways to make that happen. Jim Durkel APH Materials Coordinator
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Learning and the Brain

I heard this story from National Public Radio (NPR) on the morning of August 29.  Here is the link. http://www.npr.org/think-youre-an-auditory-or-visual-learner-scientists-say-its-unlikely? The version you can listen to is different from what you can read.  And that is the point of the story. In summary, the idea of learning styles- auditory, visual, kinesthetic-turns out to have no scientific basis.  And learning is stronger when the same information is given in a variety of ways.  It helps with attention and retention. In my mind, I am trying to see the difference between “learning style” and “learning media”.  Students with visual impairment may have limited access to a variety of media.  However, teaching only to a student’s strongest media may limit their learning.  For example, giving a student everything auditorially because that is their strongest learning media, may impact their ability to pay attention and retain information.  Ensuring that students who primarily use auditory information...
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