Hundreds of educators and other professionals enjoyed learning at the Educating with Neuroscience 2017- Asia conferences in Jakarta, Manila and Bangkok last month.
LearnFast was asked to extend the events to educators in Asia, following the success of the ENS 2017 conferences in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland earlier in the year, Some of the takeaways reported by those who attended:
“Sleep affects everything”
"The use of technology in studying brain activities that would help the students perform better in school and be a life-long learner”
"The importance of physical activities to improve cognition”
"I’m very touched by the generosity of information. The speakers’ passion for education and learning is inspiring"
Each day’s sessions started with:
- "The Future of Accelerated Learning - How Biotechnology Can Double Learning Speed” by keynote speaker, Dr Steve Miller, Executive VP – Innovation with the Platypus Institute, a scientific research organization that leverages neuroscience to optimize human performance.
- Later in the day, Dr Miller shared some of the research he has been involved with over the last two decades into how the brain learns: "Language and Reading Intervention for ELLs and Struggling Readers - Why Does It Help Some but Not All"
Educators were treated to two very engaging sessions with Cheryl Chia, founder of the BrainFit network. We learnt about the connection between the body and the brain and how it impacts attention and the way students learn. Teachers received practical tips to help their students strengthen attention and focus in the classroom:
- "Understanding the Attention Brain”
- "Building a Brain-Based Classroom"
LearnFast’s David Stanley, fresh from collaborating with the Platypus Institute scientists on an elite performance neuroscience project with the Kangaroos (the Australian rugby league team), presented the session:
- "Learning Success, Number Confidence and Neuroscience”.
This was a practical session for teachers on how to help students have conversations about their learning successes and gain confidence in learning. Teachers used a simple-to-implement numeracy exercise to see how the F.A.S.T. principles of educational neuroscience (Frequency, Adaptability, Simultaneous development and Timely feedback & rewards) can be applied with pen, paper and encouragement.
Attendees also received a copy of David's book “Make Learning Maths Easier – Maths Success in 10 minutes a day” which formed the basis of the working notes for teachers to take away and use.
While in Bangkok, the speakers were fortunate to be able to visit one of the Ekamai International School's campuses and see the multiple 50-student Fast ForWord123 labs. Over the last 10 years thousands of primary and secondary students at Ekamai have benefited from the neuroscience based Fast ForWord123 to build English language, learning and reading skills.
Approximately 100 teachers from the school and nearby campuses came together to have some personalised PD from Dr Miller (one of the four founding developers of Fast ForWord) and Cheryl Chia.