Turbocharged Teaching: Cognitive Science, HITS and Technology

Presented by: Andrew Douch

Event Information: 6 PD Hours 

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The findings of cognitive science can give teachers insights into how students learn most effectively, and inform lesson structuring and classroom teaching style, but ‘best practice’ in this area is not common practice in schools because it is counter-intuitive, disconcerting for students and requires teachers to be more organised in their planning and more intentional in their delivery.

On the contrary, most teachers teach in ways that ‘come naturally’ and do help students achieve short-term performance on tests, but do so at the expense of long-term proficiency. Once the test is over, they forget what they learned!

In this workshop, Andrew Douch will lead an exploration of some of the surprising findings of cognitive science, draw parallels between those findings and some High Impact Teaching Strategies (including differentiation, structuring lessons and multiple exposures) and suggest practical ideas, using simple technologies, for leveraging our understanding of how students process information, so we can turbocharge their capacity to:

  • Solve problems innovatively.
  • Think critically about new information.
  • Store knowledge in long-term memory, and retrieve it when needed.

In the workshop you will learn to:

  • Structure a lesson sequence that helps students build long-term memory.
  • Create PowerPoint presentations that enhance learning (whereas most teachers’ PowerPoints suck!).
  • Help students to better use working memory for problem-solving tasks.
  • Improve your questioning/testing approach to build learning strength.

BRING WITH YOU: A computer (Mac or Windows) AND any other mobile devices you use (smartphone, tablet, etc).

Event Details:


Wednesday 6th November, 2019

  9.30am - 3.30pm (Reg. from 8.30am)

Saxon's Training Facilities

Level 6, 500 Collins Street, Melbourne

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Target Audience: All Secondary School Teachers.

  $299.00 + GST

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About the Presenter:

Andrew Douch is an independent education consultant and a teacher with 22 years classroom experience. His use of educational technology, including those used to flip his classes , has won him numerous awards, including an Australian Government Award for Quality Schooling, the Victorian Education Excellence Award for Curriculum Innovation, the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Teacher of the Year and an IMS Global Learning Impact Leadership Award.His mantra is “You don’t need to be very good with technology to do very good things with technology”. Rather teachers need a willingness to question their 20th Century paradigms and rethink their roles as educators in a world where information is available on-demand and communication is instantaneous.


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