Info Tech Embraces Holistic Learning Concepts: Movement helps learning
I came across this article 'Bringing the Body to Digital Learning' today and felt encouraged that researchers and information technology designers and developers are getting to grips with something so obvious yet necessary.
"Treating mind and body as separate is an old and powerful idea in Western culture, dating to Descartes and before. But this venerable trope is facing down a challenge from a generation of researchers-in cognitive science, psychology, neuro science, even philosophy-who claim that we think with and through our bodies."
I am heartened that
'embodied cognition' is starting to become noticed and used as a "lens through which to look at educational technology" and how it can be used not only with children but adults too. The article goes on to say that even subtle movements can improve learning outcomes and I remembered my youngest child's animated retelling of the story and what he did in the computer game he'd been playing - he couldn't stand still, moving his whole body as he shared the action and his thoughts and feelings about it to me. Children live and learn and express their understanding of life through their whole bodies - and this needs to be encouraged and allowed and space and time made for it.
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