Thursday, November 12, 2009

Interactive Techniques to Facilitate Evaluation Learning

This was an interesting session that I attended at the American Evaluation Association's Annual Conference. It had some great tidbits. Here are a few things I wanted to share from the session:

The presenter discussed what portion of things people learn, and how they learn them. This is what she shared:
- People remember... 10% of what they read (book, handout)
- 20% of what they hear (head a lecture, podcast)
- 30% of what they see (look at displays, diagrams, exhibits)
- 50% of what they head AND see (live demonstration, video, site visit)
- 70% of what they say OR write (worksheet, discussion)
- 90% of what they do (practice, teach)

Manipulatives help learning!
- Manipulatives are objects that engage the learning in touching, feeling, and manipulation
- Stimulate brain either as part of the learning experience or provide opportunities for movement
- Examples: basket of strange feeling objects, pipe cleaners, clay, cards, paper table covers that people can doodle on

Current research establishes a link between movement and learning!
- Can use brain breaks, energizers to get people moving
- Example of energizer: when asking questions use movement "Raise your hand/clap if you use Twitter"

See posts about other sessions I attended at this year's AEA: "American Evaluation Conference Summary Post"