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How do humans learn?

Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn. It is part of +YouTube Edu. #youtubeedu

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This is an amazing presentation. I'm intrigued enough to want to read the book now :-)
 
As a teacher, now what I need are some practical ways to carry out the abstract ideas suggested in this presentation.
 
Seriously, are we just making stuff up now? Einstein changed schools at 15. He didn't walk out either, but persuaded his parents to let him transfer. He matriculated when he was 17 from his new school and went on to study at higher level.

So, what did we learn today?
 
Yeah, actually, +Paul Melrose , this video is pretty dumb. My students are able to concentrate and focus on one thing if they try. Not all of traditional education, or even modern education, is useless.
 
I don't think the video is dumb... It's just a different perspective and I think it has its place in education much like many different tactics do.

There is a TED talk on a similar topic that when I saw this, I thought back to that immediately. http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html

I am a teacher myself and it's an odd thing to think about relinquishing the learning to the students, but it really is an amazing thing when you see them create and connect their own way.

The educational system, the way it is does not really allow for this. Standardized testing, state and national standards must be met, etc. etc. The classroom that we have been brought up in has been the same for way too long. For us to progress we need to guide students to their own learning. Being the guide on the side rather than the sage on stage which is commonly what is done in the classroom.

+Noah Beacom, If you would like to talk more about classroom ideas and such I would love to talk more about this.
 
+Alex Larson - I know the Ken Robinson video, and I agree with you that we must shift responsibilities to our students (I'm a teacher too).

My problem is that this video is slap-shot lazy in how it gathers its supporting facts, and it offers no solutions.
 
Perhaps 'dumb' was an overstatement, +Alex Larson , but I do think the video oversimplified our educational situation. I agree that turning the learning over to the students can be very rewarding though I do find it requires a LOT of teacher preparation on the front end.

Modalities like task-based and project-based learning; authentic and/or performance assessment; and most forms of collaborative learning speak well to the community our students are raised in and the job market they eventually enter.
 
We have to know since before we have not limit to accomplish own goals.
The teacher should also help to studens show them the way.
 
I agree, it does take a lot of front end prep work. There is a time and place for all different methods, not all students will work well in each type of environment. I think videos like this are good to get people to think outside of the box, but at the same time it can be very misleading, it comes off that this is the only way to go. For those who are non educators they might think that this is the be all end all silver bullet for education, which as teachers know does not exist. Each student needs different support and learning methods.
 
I agree, the video is very simplistic. Piaget and vygotsky were on to this kind of thing a fair while ago. But simplicity is often the key. I always tell my students that if you can explain a concept simplistically then you generally have a good grasp of the concept. Constructivist and socio-constructivist educational theory resonate with me. I agree with the content presented in this video. 
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