The most entertaining and educational session from eLearning Africa 2015 was Donald Clark‘s mind-blowing tech presentation. Here is what I learned in 4 slides:
- Problem: we basically forget most of everything we are told. Our retention rate is very low (he had a cool graph but I didn’t get a pic. of it). Solution: be aware of cognitive overload and practice spaced practice, meaning repeating small chunks of content often and frequently is a much better strategy for increasing retention. Think along the lines of linking today’s lesson to yesterday’s, spiral curriculum, find common linkages, etc. Blogging and twitter are powerful tools for re-mixing content so we can make our own meaning and not forget – (which is the principal reason I am blogging about it).
- Tech can do certain things that we can’t. Leverage its strength.
- Links between learning theory and technology. The possibilities for virtual learning and gamification are what I find most interesting. Imagine visiting a rain forest by being immersed in it, or the laws of physics by “being” an astronaut. Coming soon to a classroom near you … maybe
- Feeling overwhelmed by tech? … all been said before