Given the nature of modern technological advancements for learning, it is almost remarkable that trainers and educators are still using dated tools in a way that is no longer effectual when compared to more modern methods. While some methods are “tried and true,” the landscape has shifted significantly and a lot has changed about our understanding of education.

Intelligence is no longer viewed as a fixed, genetic nature, but can flex according to environment and external influence. For example, treating children as though they are smart can increase their IQ score approximately 5 points. The opposite is also true: teachers who were told that a child was not a “good student” ignored that student more frequently, and the child’s overall IQ went down a few points.

The rise of findings in neuroplasticity (the changes in the brain over the course of one’s life) now point to solutions that were previously thought impossible, such as stroke recovery or the diminishing impact of dyslexia. However, popular opinion gets stuck in dated thinking; how many millennials dismiss learning a new language because they believe it to be pointless after the age of 10?

Jean Marrapodi, the Chief Learning Architect for Applestar Productions, joins us to talk about increasing learning potential with simple (and often free) tools to help engage learners, improve retention of information, and reinforce training. Learning is cemented when the student becomes the teacher, and using tools to enhance their teaching presentation can expedite the learning process. It can also help build context around the training, so learners are immediately reminded of the “why” behind the training and how the target knowledge ties into their lives and jobs.

Here are some of the resources mentioned in the video:

SmartDraw
Lucidchart
Puzzlemaker

If you are interested in the science behind neuroplasticity and would like to learn more, please check out the following book titles:

The Brain That Changes Itself

Intelligence and How to Get It

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior

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