Professor Kurt Fischer worked with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics to create 42 brief videos on learning, teaching, and the brain. Featured in several, Fischer is joined by HGSE alumni and other notable scientists in the videos, which range in topics from the history of neuroscience to personal accounts of autism.
“We had an opportunity to work with a dozen media specialists to create the videos and the result is [a set] really useful tools for high school and college courses on the brain,” Fischer says.
Fischer and a group of other educational neuroscientists spent a year working with the Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Brain and Creativity Institute and Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California on the project.
The videos are part of a project on the Annenberg Learner website called Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections, which brings together researchers and educators to provide materials for teachers interested in teaching about the brain. Designed as a video course for grades K–12 teachers, school counselors, and college teachers, the 42 videos vary in length and often are accompanied by online text and other resources.
Fischer says navigating the field of misinformation about the function of the brain can be a challenge for teachers. “This is a tool for education that describes both major neuroscience methods and case studies to provide materials to clarify important messages about neuroscience and learning,” he explains.
Fischer says he plans to use many of the videos in Mind, Brain, and Education courses in the future.