The way that our brains absorb and retain information most efficiently and the way that our students are taught in classrooms are often not the same; in fact according to the science some widely practiced methods are actually counterproductive to learning. Our understanding of the human brain, how it works and how we process new information is getting better all the time. Neuroscientists continue to advance our understanding of the brain and its impact on behavior and cognitive functions which in turn impact our ability to learn and master new tasks.
In AISC 2018, we are honored to have Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, a world leading educational neuroscientist to look at the science of the brain and translate this into practical learning situations where small changes can often result in big improvements in learning and knowledge retention. – Learning is a skill that everyone can master and with our brain’s remarkable ability to gain new skills we can open up a whole new world of possibilities.
I don’t fancy myself as a baker. In fact, I can’t remember ever having opened the oven in my life. With that said, If you were to give me a step-by-step recipe to bake a cake, I’m fairly certain I’d be able to follow those instructions and pump out a decent dessert.
Here’s the problem: I will be forever tied to that recipe. If, for whatever, reason, I didn’t have a specific ingredient or was missing a specific kitchen utensil, I’d be totally derailed and unable to bake the cake.
If, however,someone were to teach me WHY that recipe works (What role does each ingredient play? How to the flavors come together? What role does each step in the process play?), then I would no longer be tied to that individual recipe. Once I understand the why, I can substitute ingredients as I see fit, tweak proportions to suit my taste, innovate and create my own recipes.
This is the power of the Science of Learning, and this is why I love it.
The last couple decades have seen tremendous growth in the our understanding of how Human Beings think and learn. From neuroscience to psychology to Artificial Intelligence: scientists and practitioners from dozens of disciplines are making incredible strides towards unraveling the cognitive machine – and this knowledge serves as the underlying WHY behind many of the methods, techniques, and tools we utilize in education.
It’s just as with the baking example above, once you understand the WHY of learning, then you can begin to adapt, tweak, and personalize strategies that have been discussed and debated for decades. Once you understand the WHY of learning, you can begin to organize and align practices to different circumstances. Once you understand the WHY of learning, you can begin to recognize and characterize student behaviors in a more coherent manner.
Register now to learn how to situate the ‘Science of Learning’ and research within classroom practice. Early-Bird Registration is now Extended until 26 October 2018! This Early Bird rate offers exceptional value as the 2 day pass includes access to conference sessions, conference material, coffee breaks, lunches and access to the expo hall. Reserve your seat now!
Date: 12 – 13 December 2018
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Admission: School registration HKD 4,000 /USD 515; Non-school registration HKD 12,000 / USD 1,500 (Two-Day Full Programme)