Good afternoon, We just wrapped up and it was GREAT! Alan Wiener and his crew were awesome. The interaction between the students and the host was great. The staff enjoyed it just as much as the students, I think. I am working with another school that is interested in bringing the show there sometime this… Read more »
- Vicky Knisley-Henry – Miami County Public Health
Mr. John, The GHSO/ThinkFast Interactive program was absolutely awesome!!! The students loved it, the teachers were bragging about it, and I am thoroughly impressed. I do life safety education like this as a full-time job, and this is one of the coolest programs for high school students I have seen. Alan was explaining that you… Read more »
- Brandon Smith – Public Safety Coordinator
Hello Mr. John, I want to thank you for making it possible for IB World School’s 8th graders to witness, experience, learn, and participate in one of the best interactive learning activities I’ve seen in my thirty-nine years of teaching. The ThinkFast Interactive Assembly was simply exceptional! The most exciting part was the fact that… Read more »
I was really impressed by your ThinkFast Interactive production and its ability to motivate, engage, and provide awareness to the students of Gibbs High School in Knoxville Tennessee.
Some things I think you will be pleased to know your program is doing from a theoretical perspective:
Provide students with “memory hooks” The process of memory retrieval: the number one way to elicit or trigger recall is by association.
Provide a clue or stimulus that triggers EMOTION.Visual games involve limbic functioning as well as visual memory
These types of learning activities are the mental counterpart to memory and make learning a fun, enthusiastic and challenging experience.
Multiple Intelligence Theory
1. Verbal-Linguistic (word smart) through retrieval of statistical information 2. Logical-Mathematical (logic smart) 3. Visual-Spatial (picture smart) 4. Bodily-Kinesthetic (body smart) 5. Musical-Rhythmic (music smart) 6. Interpersonal (people smart) countries (self smart) 8. Naturalist (environment smart) 9. Existential (pondering the questions of existence)
I believe your program engages all of these different intelligence’s for all the many different types of learners that exist.
I saw kids being creative through talent sharing, thinking analytically while answering statistical questions individually on keypads, students were engaged through the music and visual integration of popular culture, interacting and collaborating in small groups of peers, they were able to move their bodies freely, they had to respond quickly to their environment, and question their own actions in relation to the concept risky driving habits, and drug and alcohol use/abuse.
I was most impressed with the way the slides and questions moved between a “hook” or question that related to popular culture, and then while it had the student’s interest, shifted to a slide that got them thinking about the information or objective of what they wanted them to retain through the ThinkFast Interactive program.
I believe this program creates a unique and unforgettable experience that the students will always remember! If they cannot remember all of it they may remember some “good” sensation or aspect and then relate that to the intended association recreated through the program, the desire for them to not text while driving, or use drugs or alcohol in an abusive or harmful way.