Power the art of teaching with the learning sciences

Make learning with edtech more meaningful by bringing together the learning sciences and your own teaching experience. 

What are the learning sciences?

The learning sciences refer to a body of research focused on how the learning environment, instructional design, teaching practice and learner characteristics — particularly their cognition, motivation and behavior — come together to shape the learning experience in different contexts. In other words, the learning sciences describe how we learn and how our learning is affected by the world around us, including our relationships, environment and resources.

Empowered educators

Turbocharge your teaching by building on existing practices to make learning more impactful.

Education leaders

Explore how learning sciences can improve instruction, edtech procurement and student learning outcomes.


Discover how state and local policy can increase educational impact and allocate funds for professional development and edtech.

Dive Into the learning sciences

Learn key principles, big ideas and classroom applications of the learning sciences through our course. This professional learning experience focuses on the practical application of learning sciences, and how you can use edtech to amplify the impact of your teaching in transformative ways. 

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Research is a continuous process and it can be difficult to stay current. Check out what the learning sciences tell us about the best evidence-based practices today.

  • Myth #1

    Learners all have their own learning styles (e.g. visual, aural, kinetic), and teachers should adapt their teaching to each student’s individual learning style.

  • Learning Fact #1

    Repeated studies show no evidence that students have a specific learning style. Educators should instead focus on using a mix of visual, aural and kinetic methods, chosen based on learning goals and topics. 

  • Myth #2

    Learners are either left-brain or right-brain dominant. The left side of the brain is the logical, analytical half while the right side of the brain is the creative and emotional half.

  • Learning Fact #2

    fMRI scans reveal that we use both sides of our brain to carry out most tasks. People generally don’t show dominance of one or the other side of the brain.

  • Myth #3

    Environments rich in stimuli improve learning of preschool children.

  • Learning Fact #3

    While some stimulation is good, too much stimuli can distract learners and make it difficult for them to focus on the central message of the learning experience.

Policy Recommendations

Strategically introduce learning sciences in your state or district to improve learning outcomes and edtech purchasing.

Make a difference

Why ISTE cares about learning sciences

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When educators are empowered by the why and how of learning, they can make student learning more impactful, efficient and inclusive, and make better decisions about how to use technology effectively. 

Learning sciences in practice

The Course of Mind has produced a podcast series and several blog posts focused on applying learning sciences.

MAY 17, 2019
Course of Mind: ISTE's learning sciences initiative

Get answers to your questions. What are the learning sciences? What is the Course of Mind? How do I get involved?

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MAY 17, 2019
The learning sciences — a toolkit to learn and understand

How can you use the learning sciences to learn, and better yet, to understand your experiences? Read Kripa Sundar’s story on how she did just that.

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MAY 24, 2019
How do I set my students up for success?

"How do my students learn?" is the question that drove Patrice Bain to the learning sciences. Read her experience of growing from an educator to one empowered by the learning sciences.

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What makes learning happen?

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