CLASS is a great platform to help students be more comfortable with how they learn in a classroom. Our Periodic Table Of Learning Methods helps people to identify their learning style and corresponding learning methods. Additionally the Spin Wheel we have created displays these learning styles and methods in a easy to understand format. Together our solution improves the learning experience for students in a classroom environment!
We are team 480 Nano Ninjas, an all girls, 7-membered team, consisting of 6th and 7th graders. Our Project Question for the 2014-15 World Class Challenge is “How do we improve the learning experience for students in a classroom environment?”. After several months of brainstorming and research we came up with our solution CLASS, or Crowdsourced Learning Academic Scholastic System, based off of our Periodic Table of Learning Methods and Spinner of Learning Methods.
Our team began our research with the brain. We discovered that there were two main divisions, or hemispheres. The right hemisphere controlled creativity,artisticness, and deeper emotions, while the left brain controls your more logical and mathematical aspects. We further learned that the brain was further subdivided into more parts called “lobes”, which is how we came across the different lobes connected with the different learning styles. For example, the occipital lobe is connected with visual processing, and therefore the visual learning style. We were really interested with these learning styles so we conducted more research and looked into the Dunn & Dunn model, particularly in the Physiological Domain and the Perceptual Element. Here we found the four main learning styles: visual, aural, kinesthetic, and tactile (VAKT), although this could be then be expanded into the 7 we used (visual, physical, logical, verbal, aural, social, and solitary).
Our Project Solution, CLASS (Crowdsourced Learning Academic Scholastic System), is an online platform where contributors such as professors, scholars, teachers, and other trustable sources translate lesson plans into different learning styles. The teacher can then choose his/her needed lesson plan according to the grade, skill, and task for the students and send it to the students through a private network.The students can use their mobile device, computer, iPad etc. to view the lesson plan in their most comfortable learning style using the CLASS application. All the applications are managed by the teacher with the same classroom code so he or she has control over what assignments and lessons are given to the students. For the contributors of CLASS to know what methods to use for each learning style we have created a Periodic Table of Learning Methods where we have grouped over 100 learning methods according to their learning style, in a similar format as to Dr. Dmitri Mendeleev the inventor of the Periodic Table of Elements in 1869. We also sorted the learning methods by their complexity and popularity.
For the students to know what learning style they are most comfortable with we have created a Spinner of Learning Methods, which is a tool that uses the most common learning methods in each learning style and displays it for students to either find which learning style they should use according to the current methods they use or vise versa.
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We have done extensive research starting with the brain. We discovered that different parts of the brain are connected with different learning styles , from there we looked into the current models that organized the learning styles such as the Dunn&Dunn model, in which we found 4 main learning styles but expanded that to 7 all of which contained several learning methods. While our research was going on we made several designs for solutions such as the Learning Pill, the Learning Board but we finalized on CLASS (Crowdsourced Learning and Academic Scholastic Solution). We have organized all the learning styles into the periodic Table of Learning methods which is a base for the contributors to CLASS.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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