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Smartphones, videogames, webcasts, wikis, blogs, texting, emoticons. What does the rapidly changing digital landscape mean for classroom teaching? How has technology affected the brain development of students? How does it relate to what we know about learning styles, memory, and multiple intelligences? How can teachers close the digital divide that separates many of them from their students?
In Brain-Based Teaching in the Digital Age, Marilee Sprenger answers these and other questions with research-based information and practical advice gained from her years as a classroom teacher and a consultant on brain-based teaching. As she puts it, "it's time to meet the 'digital brain.' We need to use the technology tools, learn the digital dialogue, and understand and relate better to our students." At the same time, she emphasizes the importance of educating the whole child by including exercise, music, and art in the classroom and helping students develop their social-emotional intelligence. Creativity, empathy, and the ability to synthesize material are 21st century skills that can't be ignored in the digital age.
Readers will find easy-to-understand information about the digital brain and how it works, "high-tech" and "low-tech" strategies for everyday teaching and learning, and inspiration for creating classroom environments that will entice and encourage students at all grade levels. With this book as a guide, educators can move confidently across the digital divide to a world of new possibilities-for themselves and their students.
Part 1 Digital Technology and the Brain 1
1 iPod + iPhone + iVideo + Internet = iBrain 3
2 Recent Research on the Brain: We Need Low Tech, Too 17
3 Do Brain-Based Principles Apply in the Digital Age? 26
Part 2 Desk Space, MySpace, My Style 41
4 Environments for Learning 43
5 Social Networking Through Teams 57
6 Understanding Learning Styles 70
7 The Digital Native and Intelligence 81
Part 3 Music, Mind Maps, and Memory 89
8 The Digital Brain and Music 91
9 Visual Tools 101
10 Flash Blubs and Flash Drives: Understanding How Memory Works 110
Part 4 Balancing Digital Desires with Digital Natives' Needs 127
11 The Balancing Act 129
12 The Present and the Future of Learning 141
Appendix A How the Brain Works 151
Appendix B How Tech Savvy Are You? 161
Appendix C Glossary of Digital Terms 163
About the Author 177
Posted April 16, 2012
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