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How The Brain Works

How The Brain Works


In this DVD, physical activity and quality sleep are both vital for healthy bodies. A stoplight is used as a symbol to represent activity, boredom, and sleep.

1. Green Light = Go! Physical activity turns your brain on to learn. Our bodies need movement to stay healthy, but so do our brains!

2. Red Light = Stop! Sleep is vital for your child. How much do they need and why?

3. Yellow Light = Slow down! Doing "nothing", and even being bored, is actually very important to how we process the world around us, and studies suggest, it is vital to creativity! So how can you give your kids good boredom? And why doesn't watching TV count as this "down time"?

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 20 minutes

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Our brains are wired to perceive patterns and structure in the world around us. Young children especially need structure to feel secure and be ready to learn. Yet our brains also are continually seeking something new! Too much of the same things causes our brains to get bored - and too many new things can cause confusion or chaos! Discover how to give young children the structure that they need to set up a strong foundation for learning, and how to add new activities and ideas in ways that nurture their hunger for learning.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2011 / (Grades 7-Adult.) / 20 minutes

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Learning is a lifelong activity. Without realising it, adults continually learn throughout their lives in an informal way. However as the population ages, and the nature of jobs and work change, we need to address the perceived barriers faced by many adult learners in more formal situations. In this program we introduce the key principles of adult learning, including learning styles and some specific difficulties faced by older individuals. By understanding the barriers adult learners face, facilitators can help unlock potential advantages, decrease barriers to adult learning, and take advantage of the methods available to best engage and support adults in their on-going education.

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DVD / 2010 / 17 minutes

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Learning is a part of life. We learn many different things in a variety of ways. For educators, it's all about finding the most effective learning styles for each individual to achieve success in the teaching environment. This program describes three main learning styles - visual, auditory and kinaesthetic - and the four personality types that all individuals display. It provides concrete examples of the main styles and encourages all educators to learn more about the composition of their classes. By making the effort to cater for different styles of individual adult learners and varying teaching techniques, teachers and students can experience successful learning outcomes.

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DVD / 2010 / 17 minutes

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In the face of ever increasing levels of diversity, educators are grappling to create and maintain inclusive learning cultures and environments. As facilitators of learning we must develop awareness of, and respond to, the diversity of our learners. This program provides an essential introduction to inclusive learning by exploring strategies that promote diversity and support inclusion. We also discover how organisations can improve the workplace through encouraging a positive learning culture and adopting inclusive learning practices. Through implementing inclusive learning practices, educators and trainers can provide learning and assessment that embraces and encourages diversity in the learning environment.

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DVD / 2010 / 16 minutes

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The human brain is fascinating - every movement we make, everything conscious or unconscious stems from our brains. The most critical time for brain development is from birth to age five. What can parents and caregivers of children do to help give those developing brains the best chance for success? Discover how the basic workings of the brain influence our memory and how we learn and what can be done to encourage healthy brain development in children.

The Brain: Developing Memory in Developing Brains includes:
  • Review main parts of the brain: medulla, cerebellum, thalamus, and amygdala and their functions
  • Explore the difference between short and long term memory
  • Discuss practical things parents and caregivers can do to promote learning, such as finger plays, action songs, baby massage, and more
  • Examine the importance of multi-sensory learning and repetition
  • Encourage a child's self-confidence through positive affirmations, secure environments, and more
  • Create a joy of learning by making learning fun

    DVD / 2010 / 21 minutes

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    With Brian Knutson, Ph.D.

    Emotions color our everyday individual existence and shape all aspects of our interpersonal and intellectual experiences. In this film, animations and MRI images introduce students to what we now know about the sub-cortical emotional circuits in the brain and chemical processes that produce our emotional responses and contribute to our decision making and mental health.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2009 / 33 minutes

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    With Dale Purves, Ph.D.

    For thousands of years, humans have asked if we perceive the world accurately through our senses. Because seeing is so important for our functioning in the world, efforts to understand how perceptions are generated have most often focused on vision. Based on current research in cognitive neuroscience, this film explores the challenge of explaining visual perception. The production includes an overview of the human visual system, illustrated with animated graphics and live action footage, and it describes, using a series of engaging optical demonstrations, the profound technical and philosophical challenges scientists face in attempting to explain perception. The film ends with a thought provoking discussion of the essential role of human experience in determining what we perceive.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2008 / 37 minutes

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    With Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.

    Using the resources of the UCLA Brain Mapping Center, this film illustrates the development of neuroscience from its classical reliance on information from brain injuries and autopsies through the new insights discovered with electronic microscopes, EEG equipment, PET scans and MRI machines. Examples of current research that utilize these tools are presented including a study on the role of mirror neurons in autism and the mapping of a woman's several language centers before surgery for a brain tumor. Animations and graphics review the gross anatomy of the brain and the actions of its neurons.

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / 29 minutes

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    With Helen Neville, Ph.D.

    The fascinating interplay of genetic predispositions and experience in the development of the brain after birth is demonstrated in this film produced at the Brain Development Laboratory at the University of Oregon. Three profiles of plasticity are depicted with compelling film sequences of behavioral, MRI and EEG research into the development of visual perception and language acquisition from infancy through old age. A congenitally deaf young woman, hearing university students and lively preschool children participate in controlled studies that illustrate both how neuroscience research is conducted and also how all brains change over time and circumstance. Practical advice for the utilization of sensitive periods and optimal specialization of brain areas make the learning of these concepts meaningful to students

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2007 / 27 minutes

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    Meet children of all ages as they experience the social, emotional, physical and intellectual milestones of typical early childhood development.

    Filmed in a child care center, this documentary is packed full of information and features, entertaining footage of children, parents, caregivers, archival film footage, and a teen childcare worker who pulls it all together.

  • "Teens will relate to important information that is presented in an entertaining format." - School Library Journal, August 2006

  • 2006 Telly Award

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / (Grades 7-Adult) / 17 minutes

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    Look at the genetic, biochemical and environmental processes responsible for the differences and similarities among the same species and examine the history and basic rules of genetic studies. Then, explain chromosomes, mitosis, meiosis, sex determination, genes, DNA and RNA. Material is presented in an innovative, interactive format designed to enhance learning by combining discussion and evaluation into the subject matter.

    DVD / 2004 / 37 minutes

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    This program explores the brain and nervous system, using the analogy of computers and the Internet. Topics discussed include electrical impulses and how nerve messages travel; parts of the brain and their functions; how the brain and spinal cord are protected; the senses; and diseases, drugs, and their effects on the brain and nervous system.

  • Recommended by Science Books & Films.

    DVD / 1998 / 31 minutes

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    Using animation and jargon-free narration, this charming film summarizes what is currently known about learning from brain research, cognitive development research and contemporary educational practice. Designed to be used as an introduction to discussion of school and teaching practices, this film also serves as an introduction to the study of learning in introductory education and psychology classes.

    Animation depicts the firing of synapses, the growth of dendrites and the concept of the brain plasticity, making the point that learning is as basic a human activity as breathing or eating. Factors that lead to school success are presented in a model that reflects the work of Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky without mentioning them by name. This video can thus serve as a starting point for a range of audiences interested in educational matters but leery of jargon-filled expositions

    DVD (Closed Captioned) / 1997 / 23 minutes

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    The set explores the mental development of children. Vol. 1 studies how they develop an adult's ability to discern the feelings of others and lie for both good and bad reasons. Vol. 2 focuses on developing mental independence that examines the abstract thought of toddlers, the memory capacity of preschoolers, and the force of childhood tantrums. Vol. 3 looks at children in relation to the existential questions of birth and death.

    3 DVDs (Region 1)

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    By Steven Pinker

    First, Steven Pinker illuminated the human Language Instinct with unprecedented wit and wisdom. Now, he takes your students on an intellectual journey to the core of How the Mind Works.

    In this exclusive presentation for the classroom, Pinker presents his definitive treatise on what the mind is, how it evolved, and how it allows us to see, think, and feel.

    With three key ideas -- Computation, Evolution, and Specialization -- Pinker unlocks the mysteries of the human brain through reverse engineering.

    From how the Computational Theory of Mind defines intelligence and accounts for behaviour, to how we have evolved intuitive theories about biology, physics, and psychology, Pinker paints a radical new picture of why we do what we do, think what we think, and feel what we feel.

    Why is the thought of eating worms disgusting? Why do people believe in ghosts and spirits? How do we see? Why is a face with make-up more attractive? Why do we crave junk food? Why do fools fall in love?

    As entertaining as he is provocative, Steven Pinker draws on everything from movie dialogue and science fiction, to optical illusions, religion, and the mathematical theory of games. On that canvas, he paints a sweeping synthesis of cognitive science and evolutionary biology, with insights ranging from neuroscience to economics to social psychology.

    This extraordinary and challenging presentation will inspire your students to discuss, debate, and rethink the nature of How the Mind Works.

  • Alters completely the way one thinks about thinking. -- New York Times

    DVD / Approx. 50 minutes

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    By Noam Chomsky

    One of the most gifted thinkers of our time, Noam Chomsky has revolutionized our understanding of language, its use and its acquisition. Now, Language & Mind brings Chomsky into your classroom, where he takes your students on a guided tour through his epoch-making ideas.

    The theories of Noam Chomsky propose that the human brain is endowed with an innate "language faculty" and that part of this biological endowment is a set of principles common to all languages--otherwise known as the "theory of Universal Grammar."

    From Aristotle to Gallileo to Descartes to Hume--to the cognitive revolution of the 1950s and the most recent work in clinical and developmental psychology--Chomsky charts the history of philisophical inquiry in the nature of Language & Mind.

    A foundational and essential presentation for curricula in linguistics, psychology, or philosophy, this provocative presentation will inspire your students to discuss, debate, and rethink the nature of Language & Mind.

    DVD / Approx. 50 minutes

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    By Howard Gardner

    In Five Minds for the Future, Howard Gardner examines how contemporary trends-globalization, the biological and digital revolutions, and lifelong learning- will affect education and human thought; he also puts forth his theory of the five minds that should be valorized in our time ("disciplined," "synthesizing," "creating," "respectful," and "ethical"). He shares the research findings of the GoodWork Project and looks ahead to how we might nurture and cultivate ethics and good work in the years ahead.

    Part 1. Megatrends
    Part 2. Five Minds: The Cognitive Sphere
    Part 3. The Sphere of Human Relations
    Part 4. The "Triple Helix" of Good Work
    Part 5. Minds in a Digital Age

    DVD / Approx. 1 hour

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    By Howard Gardner

    Howard Gardner introduces his theory of Multiple Intelligences; explores the theory's claims, implications, and common myths; and examines the question of assessment as well as how our thinking about intelligences may evolve.

    Part 1. Intelligence & Intelligences
    Part 2. MI: The Analogy of 8 Computers
    Part 3. Claims & Implications
    Part 4. Myths & Reality
    Part 5. Assessment
    Part 6. Intelligences in the Future

    DVD / Approx. 1 hour

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    By Howard Gardner

    In Understanding, Howard Gardner delves into notions of understanding, the meaning of the scholarly disciplines, and the possibilities and challenges of interdisciplinary thinking. He explores how the disciplines (including their knowledge, skills, concepts, and methods) are applied in new situations to understand phenomena both familiar and strange.

    Part 1. Disciplines, Performances, & Understanding
    Part 2. The Unschooled Mind
    Part 3. The Disciplined Mind
    Part 4. MI Meets Understanding
    Part 5. What Disciplinary Thinking is Not
    Part 6. Interdisciplinary Thinking
    Part 7. Understanding in the Digital Age

    DVD / Approx. 1 hour

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    By Howard Gardner

    Multiple Intelligences theory: The singular revolution in cognitive science and education that is changing how we think about intelligence and the human mind. Now, in this dynamic presentation for the classroom, Howard Gardner presents MI theory and reveals what is at stake--for learning, understanding, and assessment.

    Setting his presentation within a sweeping history of changing ideas about the human brain and the nature of 'mental representations', Gardner powerfully contrasts new views in two critical area of thought: 'intelligence' and 'understanding'.

    From the first I.Q. test to B.F. Skinner, from psychometric testing to the recent publication of The Bell curve, Gardner illustrates how outmoded views of the human mind continue to dominate our ideas about learning, teaching, and intelligence.

    Gardner proposes techniques to 'teach for understanding', and explains the role of 'understanding-performances' in learning assessment. He wraps this extraordinary presentation with a stirring call for the appropriate matching of technologies and MI perspectives with the differing needs and intelligences of children.

  • Engaging. An extremely valuable resource. Gardner ties it all together--the science, the theory, and the diverse implications. -- Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D., Author, Lecturer, Filmmak

    DVD / Approx. 50 minutes

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    By Howard Gardner

    Noam Chomsky revolutionized our understanding of language, cognition, and the nature of the human mind. Now, for the first time on DVD for the classroom, join host Howard Gardner (Multiple Intelligences theory) as he leads your students on a fascinating journey through the life and mind of Noam Chomsky.

    From an epiphany on a 1953 boating trip, to a radical break with behaviorism and structural linguistics, Noam Chomsky's fascinating story charts the course of a sweeping intellectual adventure. It is a story that plots decades of insights and breakthroughs that would ultimately crystallize in the theory of Generative Grammar -- Chomsky's definitive treatise on the principles of language and the nature of mind.

    From why the obscure field of linguistics captured his interest 50 years ago, to his critique of scientific "objectivism," Chomsky reveals why language must be viewed as a "biological system," and what makes it a "species property." In turn, he demonstrates how language is both a model for other aspects of cognition, and at the core of human nature, and evolution.

    On a sweeping canvas of human history, Chomsky performs a "thought experiment" and argues how the biologically endowed language organ was responsible for the sudden burst of human creativity, artistic production, and migration 75,000 years ago -- and why this language faculty must have preceded communication itself.

    From his seminal contributions to the cognitive revolution, to systematic scientific approaches to language, and even politics, Chomsky takes your students on a fascinating tour: from psychology to physics, from evolution to international affairs, and from the meaning of science itself to the very nature of man.

    Enlightening and terrifically entertaining, THE MIND OF NOAM CHOMSKY will inspire your students to rethink, to question, and to understand language, cognition, and the mind in entirely new ways.THE MIND OF NOAM CHOMSKY is an essential presentation for curricula in psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and the cognitive sciences.

    DVD / Approx. 60 minutes

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    A child at play is having fun-and learning core cognitive, language, social-emotional, and motor skills at the same time. The Play Power video training DVD shows adults how to encourage and support children's play for meaningful learning. Intended for adults who work with children ages 1?-6 years.

    1, Child's Play, shows how children at play continually experiment, discover, and stretch to learn more.

    2, Time Together, teaches how to join play, keep children involved, and encourage the natural process of learning that's part of every play experience.

    DVD (With CD-ROM, Viewer's and Facilitator's Guides) / 43 minutes

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