Brain and Learning Related Websites (Autres liens)

 

Disclaimer:  The selected website links on this page are provided to point our readers to useful information about the brain and learning.  We are not however, responsible for the content of these external sites, and they do not necessarily express the opinions or aims of the OECD Brain and Learning Project.

Scientific Institutions
(Institutions scientifiques)

Foundations
(Fondations)

Scientifically developed brain-based learning
(Méthodes d'apprentissage dévelopées à partir du fontionnement du cerveau)

  • Cognitive Tutor® Carnegie Learning's Cognitive Tutors are based on more than 20 years of scientific research into how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The system is built on cognitive models, which represent the knowledge a student might possess about a given subject. The software assesses each student's prior mathematical knowledge on a step-by-step basis and presents curricula tailored to his or her individual skill level.
  • The Dutch Rekennet project (mathnet) supports primary school teachers in their task to teach realistic mathematics. It consists of two components: a social rekennetwork where primary school teachers can meet and talk about mathematics, and a website. which contains an ever increasing number of computer games for children, printable activity sheets for teachers to use in the classroom, practical suggestions etc. This website (including the games) is available in English.
  • Puppetools.com is a dynamic didactical website which promotes the science of play through the medium of puppets, and is currently exploring the impact of puppet play on the brain through brain imaging research. The Workshop area includes a growing community of innovators, education leaders and classroom trailblazers who are bringing the power of play into their work by using the visual and symbolic language of "Puppetools".
  • The Brain Store, an educational publisher that specializes in books and materials about brain-compatible learning and teaching.

Information Sites
(Information)

  • In the middle 1800s, the "science" of phrenology was at its peak. Phrenologists believed that the shape and bumps on a person's skull were accurate measures of the person's abilities and skills.  Dr. John van Wyhe, a science historian at the University of Cambridge, has created "The History of Phrenology on the Web" to document this the old practice.
  • The Harvard The Mind, Brain, and Education Program's (MBE) is to train students in the new field of mind, brain, and education. The immediate target audience is students and teachers with background in one of these fields who want to join biology, cognitive science, and education. The broad target audience is educators, school personnel, and researchers in general, who need to know how to integrate the new biology and cognitive science into education and to base educational practice on relevant research.
  • Neuroscience for Kids has been created for all students and teachers who would like to learn about the nervous system.
  • Brain, Neurosciences and Education,  A special interest group of the American Educational Research Association, their purpose being to promote an understanding of neuroscience research within the educational community, by promoting neuroscience research that has implications for educational practice, and by providing a forum for the issues and controversies connecting these two fields.
  • Learning Lab Denmark is a practice-oriented research organisation that focuses on learning, competence development and knowledge creation for individuals, organisations, and society in general.
  • The Society for Neuroscience is a nonprofit membership organization of basic scientists and physicians who study the brain and nervous system. Neuroscience includes the study of brain development, sensation and perception, learning and memory, movement, sleep, stress, aging and neurological and psychiatric disorders. It also includes the molecules, cells and genes responsible for nervous system functioning.
  • The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives is a nonprofit organization of more than 200 pre-eminent neuroscientists, including 10 Nobel laureates, dedicated to advancing education about the brain.  The Dana.org website serves as a gateway to brain information where you can find the latest news and validated sites about the brain and brain disorders.
  • The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics in California, is a non-profit organisation which is dedicated to protecting and advancing freedom of thought in the modern world of accelerating neurotechnologies, and to fostering the unlimited potential of the human mind and to protect freedom of thought.
  • The University of Delaware Children's Math Project is an exciting longitudinal study that is currently underway in several elementary schools in Delaware, there are many useful links to websites that might be interesting to teachers, parents, and reasearchers.
  • The University of Western Ontario (Canada)'s Department of Physiology and Pharmacology has an interactive web site "The Physiology of the Senses: Transformations for Perception and Action" for students to learn about the senses.  The site is divided into 12 topics: The Eye, The Visual Cortex, Visual Perception of Objects, Visual Perception of Motion, Association Cortex, Streams for Visually Guided Actions, Touch, Muscle Sense, Hearing, Balance, Eye Movements and Memory.  Each topic can be explored through FLASH animations, PDF files that can be printed, interactive problems and questions and links to other web sites.
  • Adults Learning Mathematics, ALM is an international research forum bringing together researchers and practitioners in adult mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the learning of mathematics by adults. ALM encourages research into adults learning mathematics and promotes and shares knowledge, awareness and understanding of adults learning mathematics. This website contains information about ALM's activities including events, news, networking and publications.
  • The Brain from top to bottom is a website designed to popularize scientific information about the brain and human behaviours and aimed at all public audiences by McGill University.  It is available in both English and French.
  • The BBC Radio 4 program's "All in the Mind" web site allows you to listen to these radio shows dating back to 2002.  The show is hosted by the psychiatrist Dr. Raj Persaud who examines the brain and mind by interviewing experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, neurology and psychiatry.  To hear the programs, you must have the free  "Real Player" plug-in for your computer.
  • The Secret Life of the Brain: A 5-part series on the brain on PBS media channel shown in winter of 2002 whose coverage includes language acquisition and language disorders.
  • Meeting of Minds.   This is a European Citizens’ Deliberation on Brain Science led by a European panel of 126 citizens. The overall objective of the Meeting of Minds initiative is to involve European citizens in assessing and publicly discussing the issue of brain science with relevant research, policy and ethics experts, various stakeholders as well as representatives of European decision-making organisations.
  • The Children’s Mathematics Network is an International, non-profit-making organisation for teachers, practitioners, students, researchers and teacher educators working with children in the birth – 8 year age range. The Network focuses on children’s mathematical graphics and the meanings children make
  • Personal website of Katia Chedid oriented to parents and teachers interested in Education and Neuroscience. The site contains papers written by Katia Chedid, news on neuroscience related to education and activities that can be used in classes (note this website is in Portuguese).
  • The website of  Attention Deficit Disorder Resources has  articles written by national ADHD authorities as well as adults with ADHD.  Plenty of information for parents too, plus links to ADHD-related websites.  
  • IPEimage (Image Processing Engine): The Accelerated Learning course contains memory enhancing techniques beneficial to children as well as adults who are able to naturally develop their imagination and at the same time develop both sides of the brain. 

Brain Maps

(Coupes de cerveau)

  • The Whole Brain Atlas (WBA) consists of a library of images of normal and abnormal human brains created by Keith A. Johnson and J. Alex Becker and sponsored by the Departments of Radiology and Neurology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, the Countway Library of Medicine, and the American Academy of Neurology. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) techniques, the developers of this site have created a catalog of human brain images.
  • The Lundbeck Institute in Denmark which is an international forum for education and interaction for CNS professionals, has a very complete Brain Atlas website
  • The Society for Neuroscience website has a good section on Brain Backgrounders, complete with brain maps.
  • Take a virtual tour of  the Brain - The World Inside Your Head, an interactive exhibit on the brain designed by Pfizer.
  • The Virtual Hospital has a section with clear images of dissections of the human brain.

 

 

 

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