My chosen parallel session this afternoon is by John Stein, Prof of Physiology, Chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust.
What do we know about learning?
This feels like it's going to be one of those sessions you couldn't get anywhere else. Food for the brain (which sums up two of Professor Stein's areas of interest - oh, and he's Rick's brother, or so says the conference programme).
- Strength - human brain's adaptability
- Weakness - dependence on environment
- Opportunity - intelligent and imaginative use of IT
- Threats - toxic childhood and toxic adulthood, isolation, poor nutrition, too much passive IT, not enough sleep
- Too protected
- Reduced risks and imagination
- Reduced active play
- Reduced sports
- CAL - not as good as a real flesh and blood teacher
- IT revolution carries the risk of human isolation and passitivity
- Potentially, the visuospatial renaissance and a new era for brain / computer symbiosis.