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  • General

    Brain Research and Learning

    Part one of this two-part series discusses the latest in brain research and education, including the effects of fear on the brain (2 Tim. 1:7) and how movement affects learning. Part two discusses the effects of humor and laughter on the brain and how incorporating humor in teaching aids the learning process. Learn how these tips can improve teaching and learning in your class.

    • Seminar Overview

      Seminar Overview

      Welcome! This seminar consists of two presentations that can be viewed at any time. 

      Proceed by:

      1. Downloading the student notes
      2. Watching the presentations

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      • Part 1

        Seminar Presentation - Brain Research and Leadership Part 1: "6 Tips for Brain-Based Learning"

        This seminar was recorded at the 2013 National Conference at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina.  

        The content for this seminar is offered as a video presentation. (Length: 56 min) This presentation discusses the latest in brain research and education, including the effects of fear (2 Tim. 1:7) on the brain and how movement affects learning.  Top teachers will want to learn the latest in brain-based education and how these tips can improve teaching and learning from God's Word.

        You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace. Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested. 

        Notes are available as a PDF file.  Click on the link below to download and print them.  Read through them.  Then take additional notes as you watch the presentation.

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      • Part 2

        Seminar Presentation - Brain Research and Leadership Part 2: "Make 'Em Laugh"

        This seminar was recorded at the 2013 National Conference at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

        The content for this seminar is offered as a video presentation. (Length: 40 min) This presentation discusses the effects of humor and laughter (Psalm 126:2; Proverbs 15:13; 17:22) on the brain and overall health as well as how incorporating humor in teaching aids the learning process. Learning God's Word can be FUN! and increased attention span and learning will result when you incorporate these tips in your teaching!

        You will find a link below to access the presentation. Feel free to use the controls to move through the presentation at your own pace. Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested.

        Notes are available as a PDF file. Click on the link below to download and print them. Read through them. Then take additional notes as you watch the presentation.

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      • Final Thoughts

        Final Thoughts

        We hope this seminar has provided valuable information for you and that you can implement what you have learned right away!

        Feel free to watch these presentations as many times as you would like. If you know of others that would benefit from this information, be sure to send them here as well!

        Thanks for your participation and be sure to check out the other training available from CMI Online.

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        • Frequently Asked Questions

          Seminar FAQs / Help Desk Instructions

          I can't open the student notes. What should I do?

          The student notes require Adobe Acrobat Reader software in order to view them. You can download this software for free online. Follow the instructions to download and install the software. After this process is complete, try to open the file again.

          I can't find the student notes I downloaded to print. What should I do?

          Click on the student notes link again in the course. A dialog box should come up that asks if you want to "Open" or "Save" the file. If you click "Open", the file will open and you can then print the notes directly from there. If you click "Save", a dialog box will open asking you where to save it. Browse your computer's files to locate a folder you can easily access. You can also save the file to the desktop so that it can be found easily. Once you have saved it to the chosen location, browse your computer's files to locate the saved file. Open the file and print it from there.

          The presentation file won't load. What should I do?

          Be sure the play button in the control bar at the bottom of the presentation screen has been pressed to begin the presentation.

          Depending on the number of students online at a given time, the file may take longer to load. You will know that the presentation is loading by the bar that extends through the middle of the control bar. A shading will progress across this bar showing to what extent the presentation has loaded. Allow several minutes for the presentation to load and try pressing the play button again. (You do not need to wait until the entire presentation has loaded.)

          The presentation file requires the Flash Player plug-in to work correctly. Make sure that you have downloaded this plug-in. Follow the instructions to download and install the software. After this process is complete, try to open the file again. (Free Download Click this link and then click "Agree and install now" in the yellow box.) (Note: If you already have this plug-in, you may at times be prompted to upgrade to a new version of Flash. If prompted to do so, allow the plug-in to update so that it will continue to play the presentation files in the future.)

          Due to the streaming audio and video presentations that will be used to deliver content, a dial-up connection is not suggested. If you are using a dial-up connection, the presentation could take a significant amount of time to load before it will begin to play at all. Allow 10 minutes or longer for the file to load before trying to play it.

          I receive a message "Navigation to the webpage was canceled". What should I do?

          You may have seen a box that says something like this: "Do you want to view only the webpage content that was delivered securely? This webpage contains content that will not be delivered using a secure HTTPS connection which could compromise the security of the entire webpage." The answer on this page should be No. The videos do not need to this kind of secure connection as they do not contain any personal or financial information. The pages that contain personal or financial information are the only pages that need this kind of secure connection. When you chose "Yes" on this page, it blocked the videos. It may also have said “This page contains both secure and nonsecure items. Do you want to display the nonsecure items? The answer here should be 'Yes'". If you said, “No”, then it would block the videos as well. The message may have been a little different based on your version of IE, but the main thing is that you don't want to block nonsecure content as that content does not need that kind of secure connection.


          The presentation is not streaming smoothly. It is skipping and is hard to follow and understand. What should I do?

          Sometimes a file requires longer to download depending on its size and how many users are online and accessing the file. Press the pause button of the control bar located at the bottom left of the presentaton screen. Wait a few minutes for the file to download and buffer. You will notice a bar moving across from left to right as this takes place. Once the bar advances a good length, play the presentation and it will stream smoothly.

          NOTE: If the presentation catches up to the end of the bar, you might experience the same thing again. If this happens, pause the presentation again and allow the file to download and buffer again.

          The presentation is playing but there is no sound. What should I do?

          The presentation player has a volume control as well as a mute button. Make sure the mute button is off and the volume slide is all the way to the right. If you have external speakers, make sure the speakers are plugged in and turned on with the volume turned up. Computers that have internal speakers like laptops may have a mute button and a volume control to adjust. You can also check your volume control program to make sure the slides are up and the mute is not checked.

          If you are unable to resolve the problem you are experiencing with the above tips, please contact our IT Help Desk. When you contact IT, you should send them the following information.

          • Your name and contact information (phone number and e-mail address).
          • Detailed description of what the problem is, including what you were doing and where.
          • If possible, copy and paste any error message that may appear.
          • Indicate the browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer) and the version you are using.
          • Indicate the operating system(Windows 2000, NT, ME, Vista or Mac OS X).

          The IT Help Desk will try to resolve the issue if possible within four hours during regular business hours (Mon - Fri 7:30-3:30 CST). They will notify you via email or phone of the resolution. If resolution cannot take place, you will be contacted by the CMI Online Administrator to discuss the situation.

          Use the link at the top right of this page under the "Help Desk" block to contact the IT Help Desk.

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