I am currently not in a classroom and with my current work situation may not use my education in a traditional classroom but rather in a training type of classroom where I will be training employees of the company I work for on a specific and special type of information that will allow them to grow their own sales business within the company. Although I may not be in a traditional classroom I have always imagined myself in a classroom and how I would want the classroom to be set up and run. Incorporating the information from this course inspires me to look at everything in a different way.
There is so much that we have learned in the past few weeks of this course (The Cognitive Science of Teaching and Learning) that has sparked an interest for me and has me thinking about the future of education. Artificial intelligence is something that we see all over. When we call a company where an automated system picks up and you are directed or even helped without talking to a real person or when you use SIRI on your IPhone to help you with directions or find something on the internet, it is all over! I see AI in the classrooms even more then it is today. There was is a tutor AI program being developed where students can go on the computer and receive tutoring to help them with their studies. “Companies like Pearson have begun to examine the subject; the company recently released a pamphlet called Intelligence Unleashed: An argument for AI in Education that argues software may soon be able to provide instant and deeper feedback regarding student progress, eliminating traditional standardized testing.” (McIntyre, 2016) This type of technology could change the way students learn. Although it will be a robot and not a real person teaching the assisting the student, I don’t feel as though it will take personalization out of the learning process. When I have my own classroom I would welcome this type of learning if it truly was a better form of learning for the students.
Using Logic, rules and concepts are important when we are teaching. We need to make sure that the students are able to have these three items in their learning process in order for them to be able to really understand the subject matter. Logic is something that we use all the time. For example, we read about a window being broken with a feather. We now know a window can be broken with a feather. Although it is a silly example it shows what logic is. “Logic may be defined as the science of reasoning.” (Hardegree, 1994) Rules are related to the if-then process. We can see an example of this using this scenario: If I get good grades in this class, I will be one step closer to getting my Masters Degree. If this happens then this will be the result, basically. There are many sets of rules we follow everyday such as punctuation rules and the rules of the road when we drive. We can relate these types of rules to the process of thought. Concepts can be best described as “concept that symbolizes a category of items or occurrences or their traits.” (MP. P., Unknown). When I think if concepts I related it to grass is green. Whenever I think about grass I am always thinking about the concept of green being grass.
How we learn is an incredible process. The video link here is a great, mini video about how we learn. https://youtu.be/falHoOEUFz0. There are different types of learning process. After taking the Index of Learning Styles Questionnaire (which can be found here: http://www.engr.ncsu.edu/learningstyles/ilsweb.html) I was not surprised that my learning style of being a visual learner as well as a tactile learner was my result. When I am learning something I prefer to have visuals and handouts to read so that I can process the information before I start on the task I need to do. I can’t just jump right into a project or answering a question before I have properly read everything and understood what I need to do. I also learn better in a subject when there is a hands on approach. This way I can better understand the subject because I have touched it or made something which can help me directly understand it. There are many people who are verbal learners and only need to be told what to do without having visuals to guide them. There are three main types of learning styles which include audio, visual and tactile. Tactile learning is “There are some people that learn better by completing the actual.” We are all different in our learning and we may have a combination of each one of these in our process. Which ever style we have knowing it is a good thing. When we know what type of style we learn better with we can focus more on it and make sure that when we are learning something that we have what we need to learn better and more efficient. I thought this short article was a great article to sum up the learning styles with: http://www.brighthubeducation.com/teaching-methods-tips/128391-different-types-of-learning-styles/.
There was so much interesting information within the last few weeks in which can be very useful to a teacher going in or already in a classroom. The way we teach our future students will need to be a well thought out process in which all of these subjects will need to be touched upon to make a classroom well rounded. Most importantly here I think the learning processes is something to focus on because we want to make sure we fully understand how our students will be learning. It is a learning process all around!
Hardegree, G. (1994) Basic Concepts of Logic, Retrieved on May 21, 2016 from http://courses.umass.edu/phil110-gmh/text/c01_3-99.pdf
McIntyre, E. (2016) Using Artificial Intelligence in the Classroom, Retrieved on May 20, 2016 from http://www.educationdive.com/news/using-artificial-intelligence-in-the-classroom/415864/
M.G.. P., (Unknown) What is CONCEPT? Retrieved on May 12, 2016 from http://psychologydictionary.org/concept/
Unknown, (2009) Types of Learning Styles, Retrieved on May 22, 2016 from http://www.learningguide.org/learningstyles.htm