27 May 2019 – PRETORIA – The second annual workshop in Africa on Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE), kicks off today in Pretoria. The two-day workshop, targeted at teachers, lecturers and educators, will explore the latest findings on neuroscience research and its relation to education, and will ask the question: “How do people learn and what can we do to improve learning?”
Mind, Brain, and Education refers to the relationship between how our brains develop (biologically) and how we learn. The human brain is a unique and dynamic organ that never stops developing. Recent discoveries in cognitive science have revealed that the human brain physically changes when it learns, and that after practicing certain skills, it becomes increasingly easier to continue learning and improving those skills. This has a significant effect on how schools and teachers should be designing their teaching plans and how learners should be taught.
Over these two days, we will explore the science of learning. Through an interactive and highly personalised approach, this workshop will equip educators not only with a deeper understanding of learning and students, but also practical applications to take back to their schools or organisations.
Day one of the programme will focus on the essentials regarding Mind, Brain, and Education, exploring mindsets, knowledge and research to classroom translation skills. Mind, Brain, and Education Power Strategies for educators will be made concrete through interactive sessions within groups.
Day two will focus on how educators can translate and align MBE to the design of their schools, classrooms and work with students. The workshop will conclude with practical advice on the next steps as an MBE Educator.
• Dr Daisy Pellant is the Director of the Peter Clark Center (PCC) for Mind, Brain, and Education at Breck School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The PCC faculty works to reach every student with the goal of creating confident lifelong learners. Students are supported to understand learning, and themselves as learners. Families are engaged in supporting their children as learners, while the faculty aspires to develop expertise in pedagogy aligned with current neuroscience. Dr Pellant holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and master’s degrees in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as a Ph.D. in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard University where she taught alongside Dr Kurt Fisher, founder of the international MBE Society.
• Dr Lieb Liebenberg is a Research Fellow at the Department of Informatics at the University of Pretoria and has been the CEO of ITSI since 2006. He has been involved in learning research and development since 2006 and has delivered academic papers on e-learning as well as published on the subject in peer-reviewed journals. His current focus is on technology and the learning brain.
ITSI is proud to announce Teach360, part of the FutureLearn Group, as the Platinum Sponsor for 2019. The Teach360 team has been in the education industry for many years, and the company’s focus is on developing comprehensive and efficient CAPS-aligned resources for learners, teachers and schools.
Other sponsors include:
• The Answer Series (Silver sponsor)
• Amaniyah Publishers
• Berlut Books
• Oxford University Press South Africa
• Via Afrika
• Wamark Publishers
• Vega School
MBEafrica19, is hosted by ITSI – the pioneering provider of educational tools based on established research in the field of educational neurosciences – and is endorsed by SACE. Attendees will receive 15 CPTD points whilst walking away from the event with a ready-to-implement action plan.
Research from the sciences of learning has advanced significantly in recent times and these insights are at the heart of the ITSI Solution. As a research-informed company, ITSI develops solutions that are in line with these developments, enabling schools to deliver any educational content via an interactive digital platform for both educators and students.
A key aspect of the ITSI success story is the unrivalled training, professional development and support to lecturers, teachers and students – ensuring they are ready for the 4th industrial revolution.
ITSI brings the futures of education to schools – delivering an exceptional tailored learning experience to any educator and any student with any content, anytime.