Your Brain Map: Strategies for Accelerated Learning is an interactive infographic of a brain, highlighted by areas and explanations of what that area is known to do. It's 3D and you can swivel it around using your mouse to explore it. You can click on specific parts of the brain to get more information. You also can zoom in on the limbic system.
Created by Open Colleges, the interactive maps out different regions of the brain, like the prefrontal cortex or the temporal lobes, what processes they deal with, and how those regions impact learning. Indeed, the interactive was created to help us understand how we learn using our brain.
You can choose from three different views to explore the interactive:
- Cerebral Cortex—the outer layer of the brain involved in a whole host of functions like sensory perception, motor control, and learning
- Limbic System—a group of structures that deals with emotion and behavior
- Neuron—the individual cells that transmit chemical messages throughout the nervous system
Use this interactive in your classroom to help supplement any lessons or units you do on human learning and the brain. This interactive can help students understand how the brain is a three-dimensional object that can be viewed from different perspectives. It also can help them understand that the brain is highly interconnected and how each region is linked to learning.
You could encourage your students to explore this interactive on their own or in groups of students. They also could use it as the starting point for research projects on human learning and the brain.