Creating Brain Compatible Classrooms Through Authentic Learning

What defines a “brain compatible” versus a “brain antagonistic” classroom?  Central to creating brain compatible classrooms is providing students with meaningful and relevant challenges that engage them in using the skills and knowledge acquired to solve problems or create products.  During this workshop, Garfield will explore how the use of authentic inputs and outputs can create rich brain compatible learning opportunities for all students with a focus on how students are smart rather than how smart students are.

Audience: All levels



  • Locating & Selecting Resources
    Gapminder – Visualization software for animation of statistics
    Wolfram Alpha– Computational knowledge engine
    Dogpile– Search engine– Information on films, TV shows, and video games
    Flocabulary– Educational songs and videos for students
    Google Earth– Virtual globe and map
    Newseum – Front pages from around the world
  • Accessing Ideas
    Google Docs– Site to create and share work online
    Yolink– Search technology that looks through links and documents for information
    Edublogs– Education blogging site
    Blogger– Blogging site
    WorldVuze– Site where students learn from other students around the world
    Wikispaces– Wiki
    Wordle– Generating “word clouds”
  • Uncovering & Interpreting Ideas
    Mindjet– Generating ideas and organizing information
    Smart Ideas– Visual aid creating software
    Popplet– Organizing ideas
    Inspiration– Creating visual maps, outlines, and presentations
    LinoIt– Creating visual collaborations
    Diigo– Personal knowledge managing site
    Weebly– Aid in making websites
  • Representing Learning
    Pagemaker– Page layout program
    Premiere Elements– Video editing software
    GarageBand- Music creation software
    Photoshop– Photo editing software
    Photo Story– Photo presentation software
    Capzles- Multimedia creation software
    Movie Maker– Movie making software– Comic (cartoon) creating program
    iMovie– Movie making software
    Canva– Graphic design program
    Comic Life– Comic (digital photo) creating program
    Weebly– Aid in making websites
    Voice Thread– Online collaborative communication tool
    Glogster– Creating Posters
    Smore – online flyers

Related OTF Connects sessions:
Creating Brain Compatible Classrooms
Developing a Cascading Curriculum