PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning
, is committed to finding ways to better reach students and maximize their learning. Having worked as a teacher for more than 20 years, he has seen the changes that have come to education. He has participated in helping to develop curriculum and increase science and engineering education. A recent article
in NY1 reveals even more changes occurring to how students are taught math and science.
Texas Instruments has released its latest technological development for education. To help better engage students in learning math and science concepts, they have integrated zombies into the equation. While these characters are often seen the movies, they will now help students to understand science. "Zombies" is the first Hollywood theme to launch, but they are also in the process of developing programs featuring superheroes and space. The program, created in collaboration with the National Academy of Sciences, is called "STEM Behind Hollywood." They all revolve around current Hollywood themes that students are interested in.
But why zombies? Zombies can actually teach students a lot about the way the body works and functions. Steven Schlozman, a Harvard Medical School professor, has studied zombies as if they were real and helped with the development of the program. He explains the benefits of the program saying, "If we look at them we would say, 'Hey, they're not walking well,' so there's something wrong with their cerebellum, because that provides balance. They're hungry, which is odd, because they're sick, and when you're sick, you're usually not hungry. Well, the hypothalamus is involved in telling you that you've eaten enough and that must be off or else they'd stop eating. So, you can sort of watch their behavior, and from that discern what regions of the brain aren't working right, and sort of reverse engineer your zombie back to human."
These are things that they are hoping will capture the interest of students and help them to better learn more complex concepts. It gives them a way to relate what they are seeing to what they are learning in a way that is interesting and makes sense. Math comes into play as they explore how the pandemic spreads and its logarithmic growth. They are then challenged to come up with a solution to stop it from spreading and create a vaccine to cure the zombies and turn them human again.
Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning, believes that it is a step in the right direction toward improving science and math education. "MOOCs are part of the answer," he says, "but the best answer is the assessment capability from the teacher's view point, and from the students' view point, assessments must begin with collaborative assignments. Perhaps the collaboration becomes part of the assessment. I think that it should be a part and a requirement for teachers. Certainly any innovations in eLearning that are 'take-offs' from the popular tweens, teens, high school and college/university as well as the Gen-Xrs are immediately attracting with the possibility of going viral in the key market segmentations." Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning, is committed to finding innovative ways to implement eLearning and improve student success.
Doug Lauffer, The Master of eLearning
, has extensive experience in the information technology and educational fields. For the past 20 years he has worked as an associate professor at Community College Beaver County. He has impacted the lives of more than 1,500 students. He values education and holds an associate degree, two bachelor's degrees, and two master's degrees. He is currently in the process of creating his own eLearning company that combines classroom and Internet learning to educate students as a whole. It focuses not only on academic growth but personal growth as well.