February 10, 2014 7:00am Pacific
We all like a good story, right? Well, your brain likes a good story
too. Research has shown that our brains wilt faster than a hot lettuce
leaf when presented with a bunch of slides containing bullet points.
(You probably already suspected that on some level, but as it turns out
it really is true!) The language processing part of our brains is the
only part that is active when we are experiencing death by PowerPoint.
It’s tough to learn with a wilted brain.
On the other hand, when we are listening to a story our brains light
up like a pinball machine. Our brains are not just sitting there
decoding language, but instead are fully engaged and experiencing the
events of the story. This is what makes storytelling such a great
learning tool. Come find out how you can use storytelling in all of your
classes whether they're virtual, face-to-face or computer-based!