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SURPRISING RESEARCH FINDINGS ABOUT THE BRAIN AND LEARNING

BY JASON LODGE AND SHELLEY KINASH

What is education technology? A basic

Lodge, a psychological scientist, and

definition is the tools we use to learn

Shelley Kinash, a learning and teaching

and teach. Using this definition, then

director. Together, they transformed the

the brain is our ultimate educational

interview into an article about the brain

tool. How far have scientists come

and learning.

in understanding our brains and how

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to enable and enhance what goes

What is Learning?

on inside our brains to maximise the

The term learning is used to mean

impact of education? Human brains

both a process (e.g. I am learning

are still, as far as we know, the most

a theory) and an outcome (e.g. for

complicated pieces of machinery in

me, your perspective was a new

the known universe. Brains can do all

learning). Learning is fundamentally

sorts of things that we have absolutely

about development and change.

no idea how to code into a computer

Learning means that we come to know

system or a set of algorithms. This

something that we did not previously

difference is going to become more

understand, to gain a skill that we were

and more important as we discover

not able to do, and/or to adapt and

more about artificial intelligence

take on personal attributes that were

and smart computing, particularly

not previously part of our make-up.

with generations of students who

University learning is about all three

have never known education without

of these types of learning. Learning is

computers. This article was derived

the work of students that is contributed

out of an interview between Jason

to by the work of academics, which

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