Genius Hour #1 SUbject: How are people able to learn new languages from the T.V.

Posts:

1st post: 2/24/17 This is my first post. :) I have officially started my Adobe Spark blog. My goal was to create a blog, which I have already done. There were a few obstacles, such as setting up the glide show and getting the perfect picture. I soon overcame those obstacles with the help of YouTube! I watched a tutorial on how to set up a page and it provided great tips!

2nd post: 3/2/17 Thursday-My goal for today is to find the answer to my first question: At what age is it easy to learn a new language? ... I have completed my goal and the answer to that question is under the age of 14 years old. The preferable time to learn a new language is under 14 years old. That is because of the growth of the brain. At a young age, the brain is growing and absorbing information, so the preferable time to learn a new language is under 14 years old. Adults can learn a new language too, but it requires more brain power to do so. My goal for next week is to answer my second question: How does the brain absorb information?

3rd post: 3/8/17 The answer to my last blog question is long, so this is the simplified version. The brain can absorb information because of the inhibitory and excitatory neurons. The excitatory neurons let the brain process sensory and cognitive information.Their risk neuron (inhibitory neuron) doesn't activate as much because if you experience different events, then the brain absorbs information like a sponge. This information mainly came from websites (listed down below #2-4). The most interesting information I found was about the inhibitory neuron. I didn't realize that lowering your risk detector would allow you to learn more. Next week, I plan to answer this question: Do people remember information better when watching T.V. than in person?

The brain must be a sponge in order to soak up information.

4th post: 3/17/17 I had a bit of trouble finding the answer to my last week's question. The question itself was an opinion answer. It was very challenging to find the answer to the question because there were hardly any statistics. Luckily, I found two websites that had statistics. The latest one-taken in 2014- (5.) said that 50% fall into kinaesthetic, 40% in visual, and 10% in auditory. A late one-taken in 2006-(6.) said that 65% are visual learners, 30% are auditory, and 5% are kinesthetic. The bright side was that I found a website that had a statistic. Next week, I plan to take a survey of how many people are visual, kinaesthetic, and auditory learners to see if the statistic are true.

5th post: 3/24/17 The survey is still going on because I don't have enough data for my needs. I am extending the deadline for the survey two weeks from now so I can gather enough data. This will technically not be an accurate survey but it will fit my needs. I didn't accomplish my goal/plan from last week, but I have a new one, to answer this question: how do memories become long term? This will help me because information we know is long term. So far, I know that there are short and long term memories. What I am going to find out is how short term memories become long term memories. Eleven people have currently taken my survey. What surprised me is that there is a higher percentage of visual learners than kinesthetic, which is different than the latest survey. The outcome could change, but that information suprised me.

6th post: 3/31/17 Twenty two people have currently participated in my survey. Unlike, the official survey, visual learning is currently in the lead. The answer to my last week's post was very difficult to understand. There were lots of scientific words that I didn't understand and had to search up. There wasn't a direct answer to the question either. This was one of the obstacles, trying to find a direct and final answer. Unfortunately I didn't find any direct answer. When I searched my question up, a bunch of theories about it came up. The most direct and simplest answer I got was this, when you remember a certain thing or event constantly, it strengthens that memory and then becomes a long term memory. The good thing was that I learned a new and interesting information from researching last week's question. I learned that there were three ways to store memories: sensory stage, short term memory, and long term memory. The sensory stage is when you are experiencing that even right then and there. It then becomes a short term memory. To stop a flood of information, the brain filters out old and unhelpful information out. This is similar to the movie Inside Out.

Post 7: 4/14/17 I learned that most of my information can come from watching the Disney movie Inside Out. My survey has twenty three people and the results are still the same. This week, I have researched on the pros and cons of learning a language from the T.V. Benefits include: learning the way people talk in that language, having fun, and being more motivated to learn that language. The cons really interested me because there are some I have never thought of before. The cons are you're not focused, you're not interacting, and you aren't in the mood to learn. All these information came from: http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/watching-movies-for-language-learning. Next week I plan to start on my website for the final presentation.

Post 8: 4/21/17 I have started on my website for my final presentation, which means I have accomplished last week's goal. I am having a bit of trouble on my website because it has limited resources. For example, I can't have a table of content tables that leads you to a section. I have managed to pick a suitable background for my website though. Next week, I plan to be half way done with my website.

Post 9: 4/28/17 I am half way done with my website, which means I have accomplished my goal from last week. Some obstacles was trying to minimize the sizes of the video and pictures. Adobe doesn't allow you to enlarge or minimize the sizes of things. The good thing is that you can combine photos together to make it look nice. There is nothing more to say.

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Sources:

  1. http://brainblogger.com/2016/02/29/how-do-we-learn-languages/
  2. https://www.illumine.co.uk/2011/05/how-the-brain-absorbs-information/
  3. http://www.cmu.edu/homepage/health/2013/fall/absorbing-information.shtml
  4. http://www.riggsinst.org/brainpower.aspx
  5. http://www.wizelearning.org/2014/05/kinaesthetic-auditory-visual-learning-styles-for-children/
  6. https://www.lssu.edu/parents/articles/may2006/learningstyle.php
  7. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/experts-short-term-memory-to-long-term/
  8. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/human-memory2.htm
  9. http://www.iwillteachyoualanguage.com/watching-movies-for-language-learning/

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