Screens, The Brain… And The Child

Have you ever stopped and wondered how we have gotten to the point where video is as important as other forms of media when it comes to teaching?

The combination has long been a part of classrooms but there has never been a tighter integration as today.

Still, not all information presented on the screen is equal.

Ask yourself whether you need to both see and hear to understand what is happening on a screen, understanding is often more than one sense. Think of it as a trip to the cinema. How you can see in 3D in cinema? Through your other senses. When we are given the chance to see and hear and it can be a wonderful help when learning. Yet, as wonderful as it is if the information we are processing is not ideal it can do the opposite. Information that distracts or helps to focus, assess our perception of time according to contexts, allows us to discover how to communicate emotions from a distance, create helpful tricks, and observe the brain are all aspects of teach and learning. Their exploration is needed to understand how we can best serve students.

Video aided learning is nothing new, it is a hot topic of study in our digital world. Computers have become synonymous with learning and education as a whole for decades.

But how does it work?

The brain has long fascinated us, ever since the antique, and step by step we have gained more knowledge on how it works and what works when learning. From the simple question of departure, through the various steps needed to accompany students in their reflection on the knowledge they have received, until they are able to reach the desired conclusion.

Different models are possible, producing the same links that are explicitly made with the expected skills forming a common basis for the student.

The main themes are:

  • Temporal perception
    • Attention
  • Emotions
    • Coexistence
  • The perception of time
    • Sleep
  • Memory
    • Imagination
  • Voluntary movements
    • Brain patterns

This understanding on how students learn has allowed us to learn how to think better, providing teachers with tips and tricks to help students manage their learning process more efficiently and offer different ways to help with learning. A crucial skill for any teacher. Helping a child who does not understand something requires that you have sought to find out what can hinder their understanding in a given area and understand how to give them the tools they require to learn it.

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