Two Blogs: About the brain and learning

When searching for two online sites that deal with learning and the brain, I was pleasantly pleased to find two blogs that deal with this, as well as, how technology is incorporated into it.  I figured since we were learning about the blogs for most of this class they would be perfect examples to use. 

The first blog is titled Neurons Firing – Found at http://neurons.wordpress.com/

Laurie’s blog has a wide variety of posts including, brain, learning, yoga and as she puts it occasional sidetracks.  Laurie teaches technology in schools and her interests “revolve around the brain, graphic design, organizing and creating professional development for faculty, and changing education to make it more relevant, interesting and experiential for all involved.” (http://neurons.wordpress.com/about/)

Neurons Firing has a lot of useful information about the brain, especially in her section called Brain101.  She has stats about the brain, as well as, how different parts function with a huge amount of links to dive further in each subject.  I found her “left or right” post very intriging because it was spot on with the course readings from this past week.  She agreed that Ormrod, Schunk, & Gredler (2009) explain, “yet contrary to popular myth, people rarely if ever think exclusively in one hemisphere; there is no such thing as left-brain or right-brain thinking” (p. 35).  Overall, I found her blog, interesting, fun and very creative.  What amazed me the most was how curious she was with so many different things that deal with learning and how the brain works.  I am now subscribed to her blog and look forward to her future posts. 

 

Reference

Ormrod, J., Schunk, D., & Gredler, M. (2009). Learning theories and instruction (Laureate custom edition). New York: Pearson.

 

The second blog I found is created by Dr. Pamela Rutledge.

Her blog can be found at http://mprcenter.org/blog/

Dr. Rutledge is the director of Media Psychology and Research Center.  She is a media psychologist that looks at the intersection between behavior and technology.  Dr. Rutledge helps people and organizations understand how psychology is used to create effective media messaging and experience.  (http://mprcenter.org/blog/pamela-rutledge/)

Her recent post was really interesting to me, especially since I deal with teenagers daily and all the social media they use.  The post is titled Social Media and Relationships: 7 myths.

Here are the 7 myths:

1.  Social media are destroying our social skills and replacing offline relationships.

(This is something that teachers talk about all the time.  I can’t wait to show this during our next meeting)

2.  You have to be on all social networks – they’re basically all the same. 

(Trying telling my students that, they believe popularity comes by how many friends you have on facebook or how many followers you have on twitter)

3.  You don’t have to be on social media at all to have a full and happy life. 

(She brings up a good point with – If you’re a professional, people expect a web presence.  It is a method of validation.  No presence is what looks sketchy now. People want to get to know you before they work with you.)

4.  People don’t tell the truth on social media

(I like the comment about how you present yourself depending on the situation.  She offers that you don’t dress or act the same at a business meeting compared to a tailgate party for your favorite NFL team.  That’s not fake.  That’s context-appropriate behavior.)

5.  You can’t control your social media presence

(She brings up a good point about learning the privacy settings of each platform)

6.  Online relationships aren’t “real”

(This one is obvious to me.  Why would a site like http://www.match.com still be alive today if it didn’t work)

7.  Social media don’t do any good

(Granted they have some negative aspects, but so do a lot of things that are useful in life.  For me, the ability to stay connected with my family all across the U.S. is amazing and in such a fast way)

Information above gathered from http://mprcenter.org/blog/2013/05/07/social-media-relationship-7-myths/

Reference

Rutledge, P. (2013) Social Media & Relationship: 7 Myths. The Media Psychology Blog.  Retrieved from http://mprcenter.org/blog/2013/05/07/social-media-relationship-7-myths/

 

Overall, these two blogs show how the brain works in different ways.  They achieve a lot of things about this weeks course content but also show how technology is wrapped up in it all.  Please take a look.

Thanks

Jake

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