Allow me to introduce…

This weekend marks another round of the Learning and the Brain conference in Cambridge, MA. For the second time, I have the delight of introducing some of the speakers at Saturday afternoon’s sessions. I am looking forward to hearing all three speakers, and was tickled that they were all part of the same strand, Digital Brains, Technology & Learning. Here are the introductions.

David H. Rose, EdD

In 1984 – before his favorite application, Google Earth, was even imagined, and before IT folks began providing general support for assistive technologies – David Rose cofounded CAST, the Center for Applied Special Technology. Both David’s and CAST’s focus is Universal Design for Learning. With the celebration of kids diversity as the backdrop, UDL aims to improve the accessibility of curriculum and materials for all types of learners.

David is on the faculty of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and has coauthored several books, including the forthcoming Learning in the Digital Age, which I eagerly await, and this one, Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age, which was the impetus for my school’s opening professional development this past fall.

Please join me in welcoming Dr David Rose for his talk Searching with Google: New Directions in Universal Design for Online Learning.

Kenneth S. Kosik, MD

If you’ve attended this conference in the past, you may already associate Ken Kosik, as I do, with illuminating talks about Alzheimer’s. He is the Harriman Professor of Neuroscience Research, and Co-Director of the Neuroscience Research Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In his spare time, he is the Executive Director of the Center for Cognitive Fitness and Innovative Therapies, also in Santa Barbara, the mission of which is to help people with cognitive decline be able to age gracefully and live fully.

Students and teachers at my school make extensive use of wikis, so I am particularly eager to hear Ken talk about the wikification of knowledge.

And in the spirit of collaborative wikis, please collaborate with me on welcoming Dr Ken Kosik.

Kurt W. Fischer, PhD

The Mind, Brain and Education figure prominently in Kurt Fischer’s world. In addition to being the Charles Bigelow Professor of Education at Harvard, he is the Director of the Mind, Brain & Education program at the Graduate School of Education, the editor or co-editor of numerous Mind, Brain & Education publications, and the Director of the International Mind, Brain and Education Society.

In his capacity as Director of this society, Kurt is leading the movement to connect biology and cognitive science to education.

Please join me in welcoming Dr Kurt Fischer for his talk about Mind, Brain & Emerging Technology to Improve Robust Learning.


2 thoughts on “Allow me to introduce…

  1. synapsesensations Post author

    Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your comment and for reminding me about the series of Brain Institutes. Perhaps one of these days I will make it to New Mexico! Meanwhile, I will visit vicariously by thinking about how nice the climate must be, especially during our New York winters, which can range from sunny and near 60 (thoroughly odd but that’s what we had today) to close to zero with snow (we need some of these for snow days!)

    In any case, yesterday’s post included the Albuquerque Academy Brain Institute 🙂


  2. Lisa Rhodes

    Hi Laurie,

    It’s amazing to see how much your site has grown since I first discovered it. We are preparing to host our fourth annual brain institute in Albuquerque at Albuquerque Academy on July 22 and 23, 2010. As you may recall, we partner with Dr. Bob Greenleaf to create the conference. Please take a look at the web site, to read about the incredible speakers we are brining in this summer. Several presentations will focus on how technology affects the brain and performance. We will also have wonderful presentations about current research and trends in neuroscience. As always, we would love to have join us!! Our event is an economical way to experience nationally and internationally recognized presenters, on par with larger national conferences – and visiting NM (Santa Fe, Taos) isn’t too shabby either.

    Most Sincerely,


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