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Jane Shearer

Jane Shearer is a freelance writer. While volunteering with a charity at college, she fell in love with the power of art to help all kinds of people. For most of the last decade, she's worked as a counsellor using art for this very purpose though since becoming a mom for the second time, Jane has taken a step back to share her philosophy through writing instead.

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How to Teach Kids about Money Management in a Practical Way

Posted by Jane Shearer on October 16, 2019 at 5:00 AM

Around a fifth of 15-year-olds in Australia do not have basic financial literacy, according to a new financial literacy assessment results report.

While in no way is debt solely dependent on poor money management, it can certainly be exacerbated by it and it is never too early to learn about the importance of sound financial strategy. Follow these tips and ensure the process is as fun as it is informative!

Money Talks

Money somehow seems to be a slightly taboo subject in many homes, with few parents discussing money matters with their children.

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Topics: Learning, Teaching

How to Learn From YouTube: For Your Studies, Hobbies and Work

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 8, 2019 at 4:16 PM

How to learn from YouTube

YouTube is the most popular online video sharing platform now in the world, there are millions of interesting videos on a wide range of different topics, many of which can actually be very educational.   Students on YouTube learning something new

There is something for everyone and there are many opportunities for learning. This article will look at how you can use YouTube for learning new things, as well as developing existing knowledge.

The YouTube Learning channel

Besides being able to search for topics of interest and choosing from the highest-ranking videos, there is actually a dedicated You Tube Learning channel full of videos on a wide range of different topics designed to help people learn new things, develop their knowledge in areas of interest, pick up new skills and maybe even find new hobbies. 

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Topics: eLearning, Learning

How to Make Online Learning Accessible for People with Special Needs

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 29, 2019 at 9:06 AM

Making online learning accessible  to people with a range of special needs has become increasingly important in the technological age. Online learners with disabilities have their own set of challenges, so it’s important to be aware of and remove any possible obstacles to online learning so that no-one has to be limited by their disability.
 
This article will look at some of the main challenges that online learners with disabilities face and tips for how to overcome them.

Removing obstacles to focus for people with ADD or ADHD

Online learners with the above conditions can have an impaired attention span and may be easily distracted. This can pose problems if for example the online learning requires completing a simulation in a busy and noisy environment or participating in forums or online discussion groups with the intention of providing peer-based support. 

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Topics: eLearning

Can Meditation and Mindfulness Improve Your Learning?

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 10, 2019 at 2:12 PM

There has been a surge of interest in meditation in recent years due to mounting scientific evidence and research that links regular meditation with improved physical and mental health and well-being.   

Meditation has a great deal of brain boosting effect also, including improved memory, attention span and learning capabilities. This article will explore the ways in which meditation can improve learning.

Improved problem-solving abilities

Studies show that practicing meditation can help us become more creative and flexible in our thinking. This in turn improves our ability to problem-solve and conceive of novel or original ideas.

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Topics: Learning

How Art Can Help Kids on the Autism Spectrum

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 6, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Art therapy is thought to naturally complement the autistic mind as studies show that many autistic people think in pictures.

The world can be quite a scary and confusing place for people with autism, especially children.

Art therapy can help provide them with an important opportunity to be able to process and understand the world in a way that they can relate to.                          

This article will look at some of the different ways in which art therapy can benefit children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

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Topics: Autism

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