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Communicating from Complex to Simple: Dr Judy Ford

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 12, 2018 at 8:04 PM

Peter Barnes

How do you communicate complex information in a way that people unfamiliar with the subject's jargon can understand it? 

How do teams of experts from different disciplines communicate with each other? 

Dr Judy Ford, retired genetics expert and now a communications specialist, spoke to The Learning Capacity Podcast about ways to overcome these challenges.

She has been working with PhD students to help them navigate through their PhDs, and this includes how to communicate in writing and especially speaking.  

In the Podcast she talks about the Three Minute Thesis Competition in which students have only three minutes to communicate the ideas that are important in their PhDs.

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Topics: Podcasts, Learning, Writing

How Rapid Trait Profiling Helps Improve Communication & Relationships

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 18, 2018 at 5:29 PM

Peter Barnes

Can teachers use students' facial features to understand them and their learning styles better?

International profiling and communication specialist, Alan Stevens, says yes they can.  Alan has developed a process he calls rapid trait profiling which enables people to make a fast personality and character assessment of others. He says large companies and organisations such as Disney Films have seen the benefits of clearer communication and understanding between people. 

Alan spoke to The Learning Capacity Podcast about how rapid trait profiling is being used in many areas of life including education and parenting. He also discusses learnings from Australian Aboriginal lore, and taking up free fall Skydiving at the age of 50.

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Topics: Podcasts, Social & Emotional Learning

Remedial Reading on Steroids - A Learning Support Teacher's Story

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 28, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Peter Barnes

Learning support teacher, Moya Gibb-Smith has used most of the well-known remedial reading programs to help her  students who were struggling to learn to read.

While she said they all had merit, there was one program that stood out for her.  "It was like doing it on steroids. It was just so much quicker, so much more effective".

Moya described her journey from a young "reluctant teacher" to a passionate remedial reading teacher in an episode on The Learning Capacity Podcast. Listen to the podcast, or read the transcript of her story, which includes how her husband  was "going a bit blue-mouldy" on the way.

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Topics: Reading Difficulties, Podcasts, Fast ForWord, Learning Difficulties, Reading

How to Make Career Decisions at the End of Secondary School

Posted by Gordon Doyle on September 24, 2018 at 5:11 PM

Gordon Doyle

Many senior secondary students around Australia are under considerable duress at this time of year. The Trials for the HSC, VCE and other State based credentials are over and students have received their results. 

It is often the case that results are not as good as the students hope.   

As a result, they sometimes feel dejected.  It can be difficult to get motivated in these circumstances, but they have little or no choice.  There is nothing they can do to change the past. 

Pressures ......

There are other pressures.  Schools, parents, peers, siblings, the media all bang on endlessly about “what course (and that invariably means what university course) are you going to do after you finish school?” 

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Topics: Careers

The 5 Biggest Challenges to Learning a Language

Posted by Christina Comben on September 19, 2018 at 3:11 PM

Christina Comben

It takes a lot of guts, curiosity, time and effort to learn a language as an adult.  

So, if you find yourself in this position, then hats off to you. Sometimes we have to learn a second language out of necessity.

For much of the non-English speaking world, that need is pretty clear. If you want to exist in the labor force just about anywhere these days, you’ll need to get comfortable with the Oxford English dictionary.

On other occasions, our desire to learn the lingo is born out of a desire to learn about the country, culture, or person we’re falling in love with.

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Topics: English Language Learning Challenges

How to Use Strengths & Positive Psychology in Teaching - Penny Nesbitt

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 12, 2018 at 7:27 AM

Peter Barnes

Should we concentrate our teaching on trying to improve where students are performing badly, or focus more attention on helping them build on their existing strengths?

It shouldn't be an either /or choice. But according to positive psychology expert, Penny Nesbitt, working on a student's natural strengths will be more rewarding for both the student and their teacher.

Penny spoke to The Learning Capacity Podcast about the movement to positive education and how the strengths approach is being used in classrooms around the world.  She also spoke about the power to two little words:  "NOT YET".

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Social & Emotional Learning, Podcasts, Positive Psychology & Strengths

Are Robots Coming to a Classroom Near You?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 9, 2018 at 5:07 PM

Peter Barnes

Maybe not soon.

robot

But it’s highly likely robots will be used to assist human teachers in the not too distant future.

That’s according to a research study by scientists from universities in USA, Japan and Europe.

The study involved a review of more than 100 published articles, which have shown robots to be effective at increasing learning outcomes.

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Topics: Neurotech Programs

Are You as Smart as a First Grade Student?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 5, 2018 at 8:40 PM

Peter Barnes

Here is an interesting exercise that shows how an earlier reader will perceive a text differently (and in this case more accurately) than many experienced, competent readers.

You may have already seen it as it has been around for quite a while. It came to my attention when one of the Fast ForWord founding scientists published it recently.

Read the sentence below and see how you compare to a year one student: 

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Topics: Reading Assistant, Fast ForWord123

Dr Marianela Diaz - Innovative Early, Bilingual Education in Panama

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 30, 2018 at 4:12 PM

Peter Barnes

Psychologist and Educator, Dr Marianela Diaz searched the world for best practices in early learning before establishing the first Cleverest Education learning centre in Panama.  

She discovered Singapore leads in many aspects of early education and spoke about her experiences in a conversation on the Learning Capacity Podcast.

Dr Diaz says, "Since I am a psychologist and I'm into education, I know that the most important years are the very early on, the first five years is where you make your neuron connections. So, that's why we decided to go into early education". 

"I also wanted to do something that would actually coexist with cognitive learning and emotional learning".

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Topics: Podcasts, Early Learners

10 New Fast ForWord Features Teachers & Parents Love

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 21, 2018 at 2:12 PM

Peter Barnes

More than 2.8 million students around the world have improved their learning and reading with the Fast ForWord123 neuroscience-based programs.

The scientists behind this evidence-based learning enhancement technology have been busy recently making it even more effective with improvements based on the usage data of all these students.  The result is Fast ForWord Foundations I, the flagship of the new Fast ForWord. 

Thanks to Logan De Ley, from Scientific Learning Corporation for the following list of the top ten big wins for students and educators.

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