Category: Resources


Understanding in depth functions of the brain is implicitly important when approaching any type of education, as a teacher or as a learner.  Here is a useful resource that discusses real world applications for the relationship between the brain and learning.

http://brainconnection.positscience.com/

The site is developed and maintained by 22 professionals from the field.  Articles, blogs, games, images, and reviews and more can be found at the site.

I played one of the children games where the user clicks on the frog, a letter is voiced through audio, and the user must click on the correct letter out of five.  A full description and rationale on what is happening through this exercise is also explained.

Next I went to the image gallery to find illustrated explanations of how the brain and learning work together.  I found an illustration that explains what part of the brain is at work when a sound is heard and the hearer is attempting to determine direction of the sound.

When developing rationale for instruction this site is full of resources.

I ran into a resourceful website today that provides a description, diagrham, and links about information processing theory.

http://www.istheory.yorku.ca/informationprocessingtheory.htm

The site is a collection of information about the theory from other sites where others are able to submit and discuss the content.

The description is summarized in a concise way that enables quick understanding.

The site is well referenced with links to available resources that describe the theory more in depth.  There is also a list of articles that reference the theory.  Enjoy.

Still on the path to find the holy grail of Instructional Design I feel that I came one step closer today.



http://itcilo.wordpress.com/

Another great resource developed by the people of ITC (International Training Center), to enlighten individuals about practical applications and steps to developing Instructional Design Materials.  In five minutes I was discovering the reasons why a certain Instruction Design approach has flaws, and then I was given a step by step remedy to effectively design my own lessons.

As I continue my career, a constant group of individuals that model and share their knowledge of the field will be extremely valuable.

Again on the search for new content resources for Instructional Design, I ran into a very useful blog.

http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/

The site is managed by Tom, who has 15 years experience in the field and has worked for big names like Captial One, Washington Mutual, and Weyerhauser.

The thing that sticks out to me the most if the graphic design Tom uses throughout his posts.  They are interesting because of his comical overlay of ideas, but they maintain a focus on the learning objective.  Reading his posts have been informational and personally enjoyable.

The site provides tips developing e-learning tools through examples.  I read a post that provided a free powerpoint e-Learning template, which as a noobie of the field provides real-world insight on organization of materials.

Today I stumbled upon a very helpful instructional design website.  Myra, the author, is an Instructional Designer and Adjunct Professor.

http://shetakesnote.wordpress.com/

The site appears to be built with her students in mind, and therefore has many useful tutorials to guide specific actions within programs.

Myra constantly posts useful information about the field and specifically the types of tools that she is using or is excited about.

The first post that caught my eye had a video of the usefulness of using Live for a free 25gb storage space.  Along with the space capacity comes free web-versions of the main office applications; word, excel, powerpoint, and onenote.  The web-versions are not fully functional, but they get the basics done.  I have been a Google fan for a long time, but it seems that Windows is getting back on track.

Being an infant of the Instructional Design field this blog will continually introduce me to new techniques and resources for eLearning.