Retrieval Practice with First Graders (6-7 years)
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by Megan Sumeracki
1d ago
Cover image by Prawny from Pixabay By Megan Sumeracki The great thing about effective learning strategies is that they tend to work well for a lot of different people, as long as they are modified in appropriate ways when needed. One individual difference between people that often comes up in learning research is developmental age or stage. Our bodies and minds do change across the lifespan, and so there are some differences in cognitive processes between developmental stages across the lifespan. We need “individual differences” research in cognitive psychology for many reasons, but one of tho ..read more
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Learning From Videos
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by Althea Need Kaminske
2w ago
By Althea Need Kaminske Cover Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay If you, like me, follow author, vlogger, and Indianapolis resident, John Green, you’ve heard a lot about tuberculosis (and about the many charms of my home town). Last month he released a Crash Course lecture about tuberculosis that is interesting, well-structured, and I highly recommend watching it. As I watched it, it struck me that it bears only a loose resemblance to the video lectures that I am able to produce as an instructor. Crash Course has a history of making high-quality educational videos that I am incredibly jealou ..read more
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Effects of Drawing on Memory
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by Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel
3w ago
By Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel We have looked at the benefits of combining text and visuals for memory and learning – see dual coding – in many previous posts. A new series of experiments has investigated the effects of drawing specifically and whether drawing improves memory for the to-be-learned material compared to other strategies (1). The research is so new that it is currently only available as a preprint and in the process of being submitted for publication. The upside of this is that the paper is already available publicly and that you can provide the authors with feedback on it. The resea ..read more
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GUEST POST: Interview with a Leader for Behavior Interventions in Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
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by Learning Scientists
1M ago
Cover photo of BIST Conference provided by Guest Interviewee Marty Huitt is a seasoned educator and visionary leader dedicated to revolutionizing how schools support children struggling with behavioral and academic challenges. For over two decades, Marty has served as the Director of the Behavior Intervention Support Team (BIST) program in Kansas City, Missouri, shaping the landscape of educational intervention and support in more than 330 schools in nine states across the country. With a steadfast commitment to fostering environments of empathy and understanding, Marty has trained over 4,000 ..read more
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Retrieval Practice in Undergraduate Medical Education
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by Cindy Nebel
1M ago
by Cindy Nebel  (Cover photo by Bruno on Pixabay) About eight months ago, I took a career change and started a new role as Director of Learning Services for a medical school. In the first few weeks on the job, I happily told the students about spacing, retrieval practice, concrete examples, and dual coding as often as they would listen. Their eyes glazed over, they smiled and nodded, thanked me for my time, but it was very clear to me that I wasn’t having much of an impact. Eight months later, I’ve learned so much about the tools, language, and strategies that medical students use and how ..read more
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Guest Post: Interview with a Founder of an Environmental Education Company
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by Althea Need Kaminske
2M ago
Cover Image by Rick Brown from Pixabay Crystal DiMiceli is the founder of Forces for Nature, LLC, an environmental education company that utilizes educational programming and podcast production to teach people how to incorporate sustainability into their everyday lives.  Learn more about her offers at www.forcesfornature.com! 1)    Tell us about your work I help teachers who are looking to incorporate sustainability education into their curriculum by providing programming designed to take your students beyond just learning the facts and figures of climate change to answeri ..read more
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Digest #173: Responsible Use of AI in Education
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by Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel
2M ago
By Carolina Kuepper-Tetzel A recent guest post on “The Benefits and Risks of ChatGPT for Education” provided a balanced view on the use of AI in education by highlighting some of the pitfalls and opportunities to support various aspects of teaching and learning. Generative AI is not going anywhere and so it is vital for educators to reflect on how to best use it and to instruct their students on how to navigate this new development responsibly. In today’s digest, I have put together some resources that encourage responsible use of AI in education.   1.       ..read more
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How Does Retrieval Improve New Learning?
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by Althea Need Kaminske
2M ago
Cover image by Dharmendra Rai from Pixabay By Althea Need Kaminske While we talk about the benefits of retrieval practice a lot here at the Learning Scientists, we usually talk about the benefits of retrieval practice for already learned information. However, retrieval practice has also been shown to be beneficial for learning new information. That is, retrieving already-learned material not only helps you to remember that material (1), it also helps you to learn new material (2). While this effect (called the forward testing effect or test potentiated learning or retrieval potentiated learnin ..read more
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Yerkes-Dodson: Lore, not Law
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by Cindy Nebel
2M ago
Cover image by Fathromi Ramdlon on Pixabay By Cindy Nebel In 1908, Robert Yerkes and John Dillingham Dodson published a study that would change our understanding of the complex relationship between stress/arousal and performance (1). Commonly referred to as the Yerkes-Dodson law, what they found was that as stress increases, so does performance, but only up to a point. If stress becomes too high, performance begins to decrease. Image source: Diamond D.M., et al. (2007). "The Temporal Dynamics Model of Emotional Memory Processing: A Synthesis on the Neurobiological Basis of Stress-Induced Amne ..read more
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Questions in Class, Covert Retrieval, and Cold Calling
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by Megan Sumeracki
3M ago
By Megan Sumeracki Cover image by 정수 이 from Pixabay In a previous blog post about retrieval practice, Cindy asked, is asking questions in class enough? She covered an experiment by Magdalena Abel and Henry Roediger (1) in which students studied Swahili vocabulary in a few different conditions. In one of those conditions, students graded another student’s retrieval practice, indicating whether the other student was accurate or not. The student practicing retrieval would see a Swahili word (like mashua) and would need to retrieve the English translation (boat). Then, the student who was grading ..read more
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