CompassLearning design based on brain research

CompassLearning published an interesting piece explaining how the design of its curriculum aligns to brain-based research.  The key points:

  • Kids learn better when they are having fun.  (Don’t adults too?)  “Feeling good releases dopamine, which stimulates memory centers. Feeling pleasure also releases an attention-focusing neurotransmitter, acetylcholine.”  In CompassLearning, as students “…complete enjoyable activities, students receive information and coaching delivered in the context of mistakes — a highly effective method of teaching.”
  • The visual cortex is much more engaged in children than in adults.  Therefore, CompassLearning integrates strong visual clues throughout the curriculum.
  • Kids, digital natives, “…are parallel processors much more than they are linear thinkers, and shorter attention spans often accompany this propensity.”  This translates into succinct activities and the use of humor and surprise to keep students engaged.
  • Kids are social.  CompassLearning utilizes a conversational style with characters as learning coaches to make learning more social.

To read the entire piece, click here.