This week in CEP 812 our task was to choose a special learning need of relevance to our professional context, explore its implications on learning and instruction, and identify a technology that could support the learning challenge. In a paper (available here) exposing current research on executive function and self-regulation skills, I reveal how this learning need affects young children and what adults can do to intervene.
Executive function is often described as the skills required by an air traffic controller managing the arrival and departure of planes at a busy airport. These higher-order cognitive abilities are not only important for difficult and complex jobs, but also for normal functioning in society. Through my research, I identified one piece of technology that can aid in the development of executive function, particularly skills such as memory, attention, and problem solving. Lumosity is a unique, personalized tool that allow students to develop cognitive skills through challenging and engaging games. In addition to the description of the Lumosity provided in my paper, I have included below a short video demonstration of the tool.