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Neuroscience researchers, education technology experts, and literacy experts recently converged at AIM just outside of Philadelphia to discuss the Future of Education at the AIM IGNITE Center Summer Institute.

AIM consists of AIM Academy, a first through 12th grade school for children with language-based learning differences, and the AIM Institute for Learning & Research, an international, multidisciplinary institute forging partnerships with researchers and providing educational training opportunities to parents, teachers, and professionals in the areas of literacy and language-based learning differences.

Participants at this inaugural The IGNITE (Implementing Global Neuroscience in Technology and Education) Center event, which was sponsored in part by an ADVIS – Edward E. Ford Transformative Models for Independent School Sustainability grant, included representatives from a variety of educational learning institutions from several states. In-depth activities featured team problem-solving sessions and hands-on learning with new technologies, including an in-school EEG research lab demonstration, a future-ready student profile human-centered design thinking workshop, virtual-reality, wearable devices, a global portal, and more.

Speakers included: Dr. Kenneth Pugh, Director of Haskins Laboratories, Yale University; Dr. Nicole Landi, Assistant Professor of Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology, Yale Study Center, Director of EEG Research, Haskins Labs; Dr. Justin Aglio, Director of Academic Achievement & District Innovation, Montour School District (Pittsburgh); Mr. Al Chiaradonna, Vice-President, SEI Investments; Dr. John Sabatini, Principle Research Scientist, Research and Development Division, Global Assessment Center, Educational Testing Service; and Dr. Arno Klein, Director of Innovative Technologies, Child Mind Institute.

“Having such a powerful group of speakers bring together the topics of neuroscience, technology, and literacy was an exceptional opportunity for our attendees as well as for our school,” said AIM Head of School Chris Herman. “The reality is that many schools do not yet recognize the importance of working at the neuro level for all students nor do they see how possible it all is. The event gave us the chance to make the case for research-informed teaching and for a future focused mindset in schools. It was very exciting to be a part of it all.”

Read the full article here, source: Exploring the Future of Education through Neuroscience, EdTech and Literacy | Getting Smart

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