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?

Learning sciences offer tools and frameworks that educators can use to intentionally design, implement and assess instruction and learning. The learning sciences can help us think critically about our own interactions, our behavior, our learning habits and preferences, and our choice of resource, be it a printed textbook or a digital tool.

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.


Launch into Learning Sciences now live

Learn key principles, big ideas and classroom applications of the learning sciences through our new Launch into Learning Sciences course at ISTE U. This professional learning experience focuses on the practical application the 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.

Learning sciences in practice

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

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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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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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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Policy Recommendations

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