Evaluating and Identifying Online Resources

Using any search engine and the Walden Library databases, locate at least two resources (Web sites and/or online journals) on this week’s topics: the brain and learning, information processing theory, and problem-solving methods during the learning process. Write a new blog entry that cites the websites and/or online journals, and comment on the value of these resources.  This was the easiest part.  I love to do research and discovery projects.  I found numerous impressive websites, articles and blogs related to the information of brain and learning and information processing theory, specifically.  One of the most impressive websites I discovered is “Serendip” located at http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/education/brain.html, funded and supported by Bryn Mawr College and Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  This individual website contains a plethora of information on the brain and learning in categories such as brain and behavior, biology, science education, complex systems, and science culture.  Further, the website provides numerous resources regarding brain and education through links to commentaries, webtalks, blogs, articles, on-line forums, programs and foundations all relating to the brain, neuroscience and education.  Upon entering the site readers are confronted with this message:

“Are studies of the brain relevant to educational practices? And educational experiences relevant to further advances in understanding of the brain? Are “brain-based education”, “neuroscience and education”, and “neuroeducation” simply fads, or the beginnings of new and useful understandings, relevant in the classroom and beyond? If the brain is indeed “the repository of all that it is to be, and to experience being, human” then we are in some sense all both users and investigators of the brain – and a bridge, properly built, between neuroscience/cognitive science and education is obviously of potential benefit to both. The materials here are intended to provide resources for the continuing development of such a bridge” (Grobstein, 2007, p. 1).

Another valuable website providing tons of information regarding the brain, education and learning is “Teacher Tap: Professional Development Resources for Educators and Librarians” located at http://eduscapes.com/tap/topic70.htm.  This website provides information in the categories of “Tech & Learning,” “Internet Resources,” “Libraries & Literacy,” and “Tech Tools.”  The website was developed by Annette Lamb and Larry Johnson as a project through eduscapes.com, with contributions from the University of Toledo and Indiana Department of Education – Office of Learning Resources Technology Grant Project for the primary purpose of being a “free, professional development resource that helps educators address common technology integration questions by providing practical, online resources and activities” (Lamb & Johnson, n.d., p. 1).

There are many, many websites I could list, but in favor of balance, I wanted to provide a link to an online text “How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School” located at http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6160&page=123.  The book is available to be read online and the chapters most relevant to this class include, Chapter 3 “Learning and Transfer,” Chapter 5 “Mind and Learning,” Chapter 6 “The Design of Learning Environments” and Chapter 9 “Technology to Support Learning” (Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education [CBASSE], 1999).

 

References

Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. (1999). How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School.  Retrieved from http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=6160&page=R1

Grobstein, P. (2007). untitled. Retrieved from http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_edu/education/brain.html

Knight, C. T. (2010, November 9, 2010). Why instructional designers need to know adult development theories [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://cthomasknight.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/why-instructional-designers-need-to-know-adult-development-theories/

Lamb, A., & Johnson, L. (n.d.). overview. Retrieved from http://eduscapes.com/tap/overview.htm

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