The Learning Scientists Podcast
By Megan Sumeracki & Yana Weinstein
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A podcast for teachers, students, and parents about evidence based practice and learning.
||CleanEpisode 32 - Attention, Learning, and Memory with Althea Kaminske||In this episode, Megan interviews Dr. Althea Kaminske, the newest member of the Learning Scientists and Assistant Professor at St. Bonaventure University in New York.||12/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 31 - Bite-Size Research on Retrieval Practice and Complex Content||This is a bite-size research episode, where we briefly describe research findings on a specific topic. This week, Yana talks research findings about the benefits of retrieval practice when learning complex materials.||11/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 30 - Learning and Applying Medical Knowledge with MD PhD student Alexander Chamessian||In this episode, Yana interviews Alexander Chamessian, an MD PhD student who has been consistently utilizing evidence-based learning strategies.||11/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 29 - Developments in Brain Imaging to Foster Learning with Julien Mercier||In this episode, we interview Julien Mercier at the EARLI conference in London about his work with brain imaging and Education.||10/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 28 - Technology and the Brain with Miriam Reiner||In this episode, we interview Miriam Reiner at the EARLI conference in London about her work with technology and the brain. Miriam is the head of the Virtual-Reality & NeuroCognition at the Israel institute of Technology.||10/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 27 - Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dyspraxia with Jane Emerson||In this episode, we interview Jane Emerson at the EARLI conference in London about her work with those who suffer from dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dyspraxia. Jane is the founder of Emerson House, a teaching center helping children who need extra help with literacy and numbers.||9/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 26 - Classroom Noise and Learning with Jessica Massonnié||In this episode, we interview Jessica Massonnié at the EARLI conference in London about her research on noise in the classroom, and how noise affects student learning and creativity.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 25 - An Interview with Two Teachers||In this episode, we interview two teachers at the EARLI conference in London about their teacher learning and student learning communities.||8/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 24 - The Golden Spiral of Lifelong Learning with Ignatius Gous||In this episode, we interview Ignatius Gous at the EARLI conference in London about his framework to assist in lifelong learning.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 23 - Executive Function and Computational Thinking with Rina Lai||In this episode we interview Rina Lai in London!||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 22 - Attention and the Classroom with Michael Hobbiss||The Learning Scientists Podcast is funded by The Wellcome Trust, and supporters like you. For more details, please see our Patreon page. In today's episode, we feature one of our patrons, Bob Reuter. Listening on the web? You can subscribe to our podcast to get new episodes each month! Go to our show on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts. RSS feed: http://www.learningscientists.org/learning-scientists-podcast/?format=rss Show Notes:This is the second episode in a series recorded in London! In June 2018 we attended the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction conference (or, more simply, EARLI) for the special interest group on Neuroscience and Education (@EarliSIG22). While there, we recorded live interviews with teachers and researchers. This episode features Michael Hobbiss. (Check out Episode 21 for our first interview with Dr. Emma Blakey!) Please excuse any issues with sound quality. We were quite literally recording on the fly! Michael Hobbiss started his career as a teacher for 8 years, teaching psychology and biology in the UK and abroad. He is now back in the UK, pursuing his PhD with Dr. Nilli Lavie at University College London. His focus is on attention, distraction, and cognitive control in adolescents. Mike tweets at @mikehobbiss and blogs at The Hobbolog. In the beginning of the episode, Mike describes the two main ways attention is captured: Bottom-up: the object or stimulus itself Top-down: your prior knowledge, interest, motivation Both of these processes are prone to distraction. But surprisingly, Mike says, we don't know all that much about how students get distracted during learning. We do know that attention is related to important educational outcomes: for example, teacher ratings of children's attention at age 5 correlate with the children's later academic success (although, teacher ratings are not always reliable and tend to vary between cultures). We also know that inattention can be related to being unhappy. For his PhD, Michael has set out to investigate attention processes in adolescents. The irrelevant distractor taskMike uses the "irrelevant distractor" task in his research. In this task, participants have to pick a particular object out of a visual display. For example, they might have to pick out the letter O from an array of Xs. This would be an easy task - one with low "perceptual load", because the other letters (Xs) do not look similar to the target letter (O). In a high perceptual load version of this task, participants would need to pick out the letter X from, say, letters like K or M, which are more similar. At the same time, during this task, random irrelevant distractors such as Sponge Bob will pop up on the screen. Image from a presentation by Dr. Sophie Forster Typically, when the task has higher perceptual load, people are less likely to notice and be distracted (in other words, slowed down) by the irrelevant distractor (1). However, Mike didn't find this pattern in his research with adolescents - in the episode he describes a very different pattern of results that involved adolescents' accuracy as well as speed. Interestingly, Mike found a relationship between students' self-reported level of distraction during class and their performance on this task. While these results are exciting, Mike warns against acting on these findings immediately in the classroom - we need to understand a lot more about how distraction varies within and between children before we build interventions to address it. The big takeawayWe tend to thi||7/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 21 - Executive Function Development with Emma Blakey||In this episode, we interview Emma Blakey at the EARLI conference in London about executive function development in young children.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 20 - Sleep, Learning, and Self Care||In this Episode, we discuss the importance of sleep for learning and self care, and talk about tips for bed time.||6/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 19 - Bite-Size Research on Benefits of Retrieval with Medical Residents||This is a bite-size research episode, where we briefly describe research findings on a specific topic. This week, Megan talks research findings showing that medical residents benefit from retrieval practice after didactic conferences.||5/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 18 - Effective Studying in Medical School with Alyssa Smith||Alyssa Smith, a 3rd year medical student at Chicago Medical School, talks about using evidence-based learning strategies.||5/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 17 - For Parents Interested in Student Learning Part 2||In this episode for parents, we first briefly review spaced practice, interleaving, and retrieval practice. We then talk about elaboration, concrete examples, and dual coding. We talk about what parents might see their children doing if their teachers or schools are encouraging these effective learning strategies. We also talk about ways parents can help their kids use these effective learning strategies.||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 16 - For Parents Interested in Student Learning Part 1||In this episode for parents, we cover spaced practice, a little bit about interleaving, and retrieval practice. We talk about what parents might see their children doing if their teachers or schools are encouraging these effective learning strategies. We also talk about ways parents can help their kids use these effective learning strategies.||4/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 15 - How Students Can Use Interleaving, Elaboration, Dual Coding, and Concrete Examples||In this episode for students, we briefly recap how students can use spacing and retrieval practice. Then, we shift into explaining how students might use other effective study strategies, interleaving, elaboration, dual coding, and concrete examples, to make study sessions more effective and efficient.||3/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 14 - How Students Can Use Spacing and Retrieval Practice||In this episode for students, we explain how to use spacing and retrieval practice to make study sessions more effective and efficient.||3/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 13 - Bite-Size Research on Dual Coding vs Learning Styles||Combining visuals with words||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 12 - Dual Coding||One of the six strategies for effective learning||2/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 11 - Bite-Size Research on Providing Multiple Concrete Examples||One of the six strategies for effective learning||1/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 10 - Concrete Examples||One of the six strategies for effective learning||1/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 9 - Bite-Size Research on Interleaving Categories||One of the six strategies for effective learning||12/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 8 - Interleaving||One of the 6 strategies for effective learning||12/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 7 - Bite-Size Research on Elaborative Interrogation||Using elaborative interrogation to improve learning of science facts in middle school||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 6 - Elaborative Interrogation||One of the 6 strategies for effective learning||11/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 5 - Bite-Size Research on Spaced Retrieval||The benefits of combining spacing with retrieval practive.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4 - Spaced Practice||One of the 6 strategies for effective learning||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3 - Bite-Size Research on Retrieval Practice Formats||Does the format of retrieval practice matter for learning?||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2 - Retrieval Practice||One of the 6 strategies for effective learning||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1 - Welcome to the Learning Scientists Podcast!||A podcast for teachers, students, and parents about evidence-based practice and learning||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fabulous for Teachers
I learned about the Learning Scientists through Cult of Pedagogy and I absolutely fell in love with it. The learning strategies they discuss make so much sense. They ring true as a teacher. As I learn more about the strategies, it helps me sift through the less effective practices and activities out there and pick things that will actually help kids learn. It has helped to justify some of my practices such as putting old curriculum as one station in math rotations or having kids do retrieval on whiteboards as a warm up activity. I love listening to stuff like this, and I think any educator could benefit from hearing these ideas if only to strengthen their understanding of what they already know to be true.
I LOVE this podcast!
As an academic coach who teaches study skills to students, this podcast is an invaluable resource. I was thrilled to interview the Learning Scientists on my own podcast, and I will be an avid listener here on out.
The LSs have revolutionised my teaching
...and these podcasts are clear and enjoyable with plenty of concrete examples and anecdotes. Required listening for teachers, parents and students.