PREACHING & TEACHING: Interleaving different media (e.g. video, music, drawing, computer screen, etc.) into your sermon increases retention. From a memory standpoint it’s best to alternate topics, circling back to previously exposed material rather than working straight through each topic one at a time.

Michelle D. Miller. (2014). Minds Online : Teaching Effectively with Technology. Harvard University Press.

Like spacing, interleaving has to do with how we organize our study sessions over time. We interleave material whenever we alternate between different topics, categories, skills, and the like, rather than just working with one at a time. To illustrate, participants in one line of research were assigned to learn to identify visual examples, such as different kinds of birds or paintings by different artists. Researchers found that mixing up the exposure to different examples across sessions— different artists, different classes of birds— improved learning.35 So from a memory standpoint it’s best to alternate topics, circling back to previously exposed material rather than working straight through each topic one at a time.

35 M. S. Birnbaum, N. Kornell, E. Bjork, and R. A. Bjork (2013), Why in-terleaving enhances inductive learning: The roles of discrimination and re-trieval, Memory & Cognition 41(3): 392– 402, doi:10.3758/s13421- 012- 0272- 7; N. Kornell and R. A. Bjork (2008), Learning concepts and categories: Is spac-ing the “enemy of induction”? Psychological Science (Wiley- Blackwell) 19(6): 585– 592, doi:10.1111/j.1467- 9280.2008.02127.x. 36. D. Rohrer (2012), Interleaving helps stud

COMMUNICATION & Lou Gehrig’s speech, recited by the first baseman of every team (#video)

Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: “This is a good example of how to use multiple voices and multiple contexts to communicate a message. Church leaders should consider using multiple voices from varying cultures and contexts to read the Scriptures on Sunday morning. Since I believe the Scriptures are inspired by God to communicate with people of every culture, using communicators from these varying cultures can help us see the supernatural applicability and power of the Good News.”

by Kevin Roderick, 7/2/14

“July 4 is the 75th anniversary of the day in 1939 when Lou Gehrig, just 36 years old, made his final public appearance — a retirement speech on the field at Yankee Stadium with his teammates standing around him trying not to cry. “Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got,” the New York first baseman began. “Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth…”

Gehrig, of course, was forced to leave the game in his prime by Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, the disease that ever since has been shorthanded to his name. He died less than two years later. As a fundraiser for ALS, MLB.com produced this video of all 30 major league starting first basemen — plus Yankees captain Derek Jeter — reciting Gehrig’s words.

The video was played this afternoon on the scoreboard at Yankee Stadium.”

Read more at http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2014/07/lou_gehrigs_speech_recite.php