Saturday, September 18, 2010

Getting "brainy" with ID

This week I have spent a lot of time learning about the brain and the role it plays in teaching and learning. After my readings I perused a lot of sites and online journals looking for some good information to convey to others.

One of the main theories to think about when thinking about thinking is the IP Theory (Information Processing theory). George A. Miller laid the foundation for IP with two different theories. One was "chunking" and the other was the idea that the human mind is much like that of a computer. This is where the three different kinds of memory (Sensory resisters, short term and long term memory) are considered. I am not saying that all of his theories should be taken as law, but they are a great place to start your own personal journey through the mind and the way it thinks. If you want to know a little more check out this Information Processing Theory site. The links in the actual writing didn't work for me, but at the bottom of the page you will find some interesting ones that will give you more information on IP. This is great information to consider when creating lessons for people that you want to make sure "stick".

On a more personal note, I have often wondered about how I will handle working with adults as opposed to my cute little cherub faces tyrants. I know how to walk a child through the steps of problem solving, but with adults there are so many more levels to finding a solution. But I found this problem solving skills site that breaks down a lot of the different elements that go into adult problem solving. It even offers printable tables for you to use to gain a better understanding how skilled you are at problem solving. As I encounter different aged "students" I will be able to use this information to help me get a handle on how to get them to solve problems in order to learn from all that I am offering.

If you want to know about Brian-Based learning check out this  learning site. It offers everything from the core principles, to three instructional techniques and a host of other information. This is my favorite of all my offerings in this week's post. It gives so much information that I can use in my current classroom and in the future. This page is filled with great information for any kind of teacher. Just to give you an idea of what the creators of this site are all about I am posting a few lines from the page. Being a teacher, these few lines made me nod in full agreement at the computer screen. And as a future ID professional, it is a reality I need to embrace and hold onto throughout my career.

"Designers of educational tools must be artistic in their creation of brain-friendly environments. Instructors need to realize that the best way to learn is not through lecture, but by participation in realistic environments that let learners try new things safely." (Funderstanding, 1998-2008 )

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Getting a little clarity !

Welcome to my blog. I am currently a second grade teacher getting her Masters in Instructional Design and Technology and have no real experience in this field. As I began to scour the internet looking for information about Instructional Design  I wished for  a simple blog that answered some of my questions in a way that gave me the information I needed and links to other blogs that offered up relevant information  . .

Well since I didn’t find that blog I wished for (and I am required to create a blog for my class) I will do my best to grant my own wish and hopefully help others in my same or similar situations. Since I do not have that much information to convey from my own experiences, I will start a few links to blogs that have really helped me   not only gain some clarity but fueled my excitement about getting into ID.

The first step for me to gain a better understanding was to look at a job description for an ID position.  If you go to Arron's tech blog  you will find a very comprehensive description of an Instructional Design job along with duties, required skills and education. There are also a handful of links at the bottom of the page to currently listed jobs, that can give you an even clearer understanding of what employers are looking for. I like to go back to this page when I have read far too much and begin to feel overwhelmed. It is like my little touchstone of sanity when the  information on this "superhighway" leaves me looking like roadkill. 

Another blog that really offers up a plethora of information on books, personal stories and educational choices in Instructional Design is Cammy Bean's blog. She has been in the field since the late 1990s and started in the classroom (like me). Cammy's blog offers links to several other great blogs as well. She is also a writer and has a page all about books on the topic if you are interested in additional reading. I just found her blog so I have yet to order/read any of the books. But if you have read any feel free to let me know in a post. I think this is a good site to keep because it is filled with so many different kinds of resources that can be used while in school and as a professional. So, even if you are chuckling to your self as you read my blog because you have already masterfully navigated your way through this field into a considerably successful career, I still think you could find some useful resources on this page. 

My final blog that I will recommend is by far the most informative of them all. I have already spent a great deal of time reading it and linking to the other blogs listed on it. Christy Tucker's blog has an entire series on Instructional Design basics. The series offers up all types of information. It talks about what goes into doing the job, how people get into the field, different skills to have, career options and so much more. She keeps the writings short and filled with information. This site is perfect for the novice, like myself. It is full of so much information but not too many links or words, for that matter. It is very useful because it is so clear and concise. There is even a wealth of information in the posts people leave on this page. 

Well that is all I have thus far. As time goes on we shall see where this journey takes me. Fell free to offer any navigational help. I am constantly looking for information and resources as I transition from my little classroom to one without walls.