Engaging the Rewired Brain: How to Connect With Today's Students

Engaging the Rewired Brain: How to Connect With Today's Students

by David A. Sousa

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Learn how technology impacts students' brains & see how teachers can prepare them for an increasingly high-tech future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941112878
Publisher: Learning Sciences International
Publication date: 12/09/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 164
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Dr. David A. Sousa is an international educational consultant and author of more than a dozen books that suggest ways that educators and parents can translate current brain research into strategies to improve learning. A member of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, he has conducted workshops in hundreds of school districts on brain research, instructional skills, and science education at the pre-K-12 and university levels. He has made presentations to more than 200,000 educators at national conventions of educational organizations and to regional and local school districts across the US, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Dr. Sousa has a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in science from Harvard University, and a doctorate from Rutgers University. His teaching experience covers all levels. He has taught senior high school science and has served as a K-12 director of science, a supervisor of instruction, and a district superintendent in New Jersey schools. He was an adjunct professor of education at Seton Hall University for 10 years and a visiting lecturer at Rutgers University.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

About the Author xi

Introduction 1

About This Book 2

Questions This Book Will Answer 2

Chapter Contents 3

Other Helpful Tools 4

Who Should Use This Book 4

A Note About Effect Sizes 5

What's Coming 5

Chapter 1 Where We Are 7

Views and Status of Technology in Schools 7

How Technology Is Changing Schools 9

How Technology Is Changing Teachers 11

Does Technology Improve Student Achievement? 13

Measuring the Value of Technology 14

What Is Student Engagement? 17

Levels of Student Engagement 17

Types of Authentic Student Engagement 18

What Should Teachers Be Able to Do With Technology? 21

What's Coming 22

Chapter 2 Wiring the Young Brain 23

Getting the Brain Wired 25

Wiring for Spoken Language 26

Impact of Technology on Spatial and Language Development 27

The Addiction of Electronic Engagement 29

The Distress of Disconnecting From Technology 30

Technology Distractions and Student Achievement 31

Summary: Wired to Rewired Brain 32

What Kind of Classroom Will Engage the Rewired Brain? 33

An Academic Component 34

A Conceptual Component 34

A Differentiation Component 34

An Exploratory Component 34

A Flipped Classroom 34

Humor Is Included 35

Games Are Allowed 35

A Loosely Structured Classroom 35

Project-Based Learning 35

Technology Is an Important Tool 35

Mastery-Based Culture 35

What's Coming 36

Chapter 3 Engaging Attention 37

The Complexities of Attention 37

Attention Span 39

Do Some Instructional Models Discourage Attention 41

The Value of Novelty 42

Is Attention Span Getting Shorter? 44

What's Coming 46

Chapter 4 Engaging Memory 47

Memory Systems 47

Working Memory 48

Is Capacity of Working Memory Changing? 48

Retention During a Learning Episode 50

Getting Information Into Long-Term Memory 53

The Power of Closure 60

From Sense and Meaning to Practice 61

Does Practice Make Perfect? 61

Conditions for Successful Practice 62

Guided Practice, Independent Practice, and Feedback 63

Factors That Increase Retention 64

When Does Encoding Into Long-Term Memory Occur? 65

Checking What Is in Long-Term Memory 66

Self-Monitoring and Self-Regulation 68

Deciding What Is Worth Remembering 71

What's Coming 73

Chapter 5 Engaging Thinking 75

Technology and Thinking: Friends or Foes? 76

Effects of Television on Children's Thinking 76

Information Overload Affects Decision Making 77

Thinking and Learning 78

Are We Losing Our Desire to Think Critically? 80

Engaging Students With the Flipped Classroom 84

Improving Thinking by Integrating the Arts Into Other Subject Areas 87

The Case for Educational Video Games 90

Promoting Critical Thinking 95

Is Direct Instruction Dead? 97

What's Coming 98

Chapter 6 Engaging Social Behavior 99

Building the Social Brain 99

How Much Are Teenagers Using Technology? 102

Effects of Technology on Rewiring Social Behavior 103

Finding the Right Mix 112

What's Coming 112

Chapter 7 Where We Are Going 113

Are Educators Embracing Technology? 113

Other Opportunities for Student Engagement With Technology 114

Increasing Differentiated Instruction 115

Multiple Intelligences Model-Still Meaningful? 117

Creating a Workspace for Makers 121

Encouraging Online Learning 121

Teaching About Digital Ethics and Netiquette 122

Rewiring Teachers' Brains Through Professional Development in Digital Literacy 123

Training Versus Professional Development 124

Components of a Digital Literacy Professional Development Program 125

Will Technology Replace Teachers? 128

What's Coming 129

Glossary 131

References 135

Resources 149

Index 151

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