CAIS Tech Retreat

One week from today I will be in the Berkshire Mountains, participating in the CAIS (Connecticut Association of Independent Schools) Academic Tech Retreat at the Trinity Conference Center. I have the pleasure of speaking Thursday morning, and it seems a most fitting way to celebrate two years, to the month, of Neurons Firing! [Update May 15: The CAIS wiki includes a summary of the Retreat, as well as some additional links.]

I could tell you the topic of my session, but how much better if you try and figure it out from the list of resources below. After all, that’s a much better way to get your neurons firing!

Brain Bits
Exercise grows neurons
• Ongoing learning strengthens memory
Novelty fosters synapses and creativity
Communities stimulate thinking

Videos
• Ben Zander – Davos Annual Meeting 2008 closing talk
• TED Talks – Tim Brown: The powerful link between creativity and play
• TED Talks – Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?
• TED Talks – Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight
• main page for all the amazing TED Talks

References
Building Online Learning Communities by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt
Teaching with the brain in mind by Eric Jensen
Learning & Memory: The Brain in Action by Marilee Sprenger
Achieving Optimal Memory by Aaron P. Nelson with Susan Gilbert
Brain Rules by John Medina, plus the website
Neuroscience for Kids, perhaps the BEST site about the brain, and it’s not just for kids!
SPARK, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John Ratey with Eric Hagerman
The Neuroscience of Adult Learning edited by Sandra Johnson and Kathleen Taylor
The Art of Changing the Brain by James Zull

Staying Sharp Pamphlets, produced by The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and NRTA: AARP’s Educator Community
• Your Brain at Work: Making the Science of Cognitive Fitness Work for You, 2008 (produced by the DANA Alliance and The Conference Board–Mature Workforce Initiative)
• Learning Throughout Life, 2006
• Memory Loss and Aging, 2006

National Center for Learning Disabilities
Executive Function Fact Sheet
Executive Function: A Quick Look

SharpBrains articles
The brain virtues of physical exercise
interview with Dr. Elkhonon Goldberg
• interview with Yaakov Stern – Build Your Cognitive Reserve
5 Tips on Lifelong Learning & the Adult Brain

Conferences
Learning and the Brain conference, which takes place three times a year – February in San Francisco, May in Washington, D.C., and November in Cambridge, MA
The Brain, Learning and Applications: CAIS Summer Institute, which takes place in August

Activities
Writing Exercise
• sketching comes from the Tim Brown TED Talk (see above)
• all other activities provided by Candy, Middle School Learning Specialist

Thanks
• Dulcie, for patient tutelage
• Candy, for mentoring
• F and R, for listening, looking and suggesting
• Justine, for asking in the first place!

The slides for this presentation are available here, on SlideShare.

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