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Embodied Cognition & Education Talks at AERA

I’ll be giving just one talk at AERA this year, and hosting a symposium session. Both are related to the applications of embodied cognition research and enactivism to education. Embodied and Enactive Approaches to Instruction: Implications and Innovations. SIG-Learning Sciences.

Posted in conferences, embodiment, learning sciences, theory, Uncategorized

Teaching IS Technology: A Little Philosophy of Technology & Media Theory

There often seems to be a tension between teachers and new technologies. It helps me to step back and think about technology more broadly. Almost 20 years ago I first ran across a book by Don Ihde, philosopher of technology,

Posted in computers, edtech, embodiment, learning sciences, teaching, technology, theory

Reconsidering Cognitive Load Theory

Another item has been added to the debate between cognitive load theory, direct instruction, and worked examples on one side, and inquiry learning, problem-based learning, and game-based learning on the other (which I have covered before here and here). Wolfgang

Posted in learning sciences, research, simulations, theory

Conference on Embodied Cognition

I’m excited to be able to participate at a conference this October entitled: Cognition: Embodied, Embedded, Enactive, Extended. The title of my paper/talk is “Embodiment and the Learning Sciences: Taking the body seriously when designing learning environments and technologies.” Some

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Some quotes related to computers and learning

Here are some quotes I’ve collected. The first are related to computers and programming, and the second ones are more related to learning or other general issues. Computers are good at following instructions, but not at reading your mind. Donald

Posted in programming, theory

Dramatic example of discovery learning

Here is a rather dramatic example of unguided (or self-guided) discovery learning. See also this PBS video feature on the same story. A man in India put a computer with net access in a wall next to an alley so

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Links + direct instruction vs. discovery learning

Here’s a post at IGN about the use of videogames in education. Abdulaziz Ghuloum has written a tutorial about writing your own compiler. The difference is that it is a progressive tutorial rather than incremental. You don’t have to wait

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