Cognitive Science Strand

Cognitive science research has the ability to transform education and accelerate learning. The implications and applications range from primary, secondary, further and higher education, as well as mentoring and staff development. This strand, curated in partnership with InnerDrive, gathers together a range of experts that will explore the possibilities, challenges and limitations of cognitive science.

Human Memory and Its Impact in the Classroom

This session will focus on cognition and human memory processing and how this impacts student learning. After a brief introduction to Atkinson and Shiffrin’s Multi-Store Memory Model, teachers will participate in several demonstrations to better understand how this influences learning and a discussion of how both classroom environment and instruction should be structured to work within what we know about human memory.

Blake Harvard

Teacher

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

Using Better Questions  to Accelerate Learning

Questions have the ability to enhance learning. They are probably the most effective tools teachers have to accelerate embedding information into long-term memory. But what does the research actually say about the different types of questions we can ask, the timing of them, and most importantly, how do we get high quality answers from our students. As well covering seminal research, this sesison will also give practical tips and suggestions

Edward Watson

Director, InnerDrive

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

The Science of Learning

This highly interactive and engaging session will explore the latest and greatest research into how students actually learn. We will explore the limitations of working memory, as well as covering what the evidence suggests are the most effective ways to help students learn. As a bonus, it will also cover what popular learning and studying strategies that students choose that actually tend not to be all that helpful.

Bradley Busch

Psychologist, InnerDrive

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

The Art and Science of Explaining Stuff

While there is a long history in education of diminishing the importance of “teacher talk”, the time-honored method of explaining stuff persists as an invaluable asset in the classroom. In this session, the presenter will dive into some of the key research studies and practical insights behind the art of “breaking it down” so that even the most complex concepts become accessible to all learners.

Zach Groshell

Instructional Coach

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.

In The Room Where it Happened

It’s time to rise up to the learning revolution! Robust research shows us how to maximize learning in our classrooms. Don’t throw away your shot in teaching your students how to learn. Patrice Bain will show you the strategies that will enable you and your students to be in the room where learning happens.

Patrice Bain

Author, Consultant, Teacher

Session location and time will be published via the Festival App in late September.