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Learn New Skills Faster by Taking Short Breaks

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 11, 2021 at 1:22 PM

Peter Barnes

It is fairly well understood that a good night’s sleep helps us learn better.

Now scientists have discovered people who take short breaks while learning a new skill make more gains than after a night's sleep.

In a Study at the USA National Institutes of Health 33 right-handed volunteers were shown a five-digit code "41234" on a screen and asked to type it out with their left hands as many times as possible for 10 seconds and then take a 10 second break. Subjects were asked to repeat this cycle of alternating practice and rest sessions a total of 35 times.

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Topics: Memory, Learning Capacity

Simple Yet Effective Ways To Keep Kids Interested In Learning

Posted by Jane Shearer on June 9, 2021 at 4:53 PM

Australian kids are more than halfway through the school term, and it's likely that most of them are already tired and stressed over homework and revising for exams. According to a recent survey, over 30 percent of students said that their homework workload is their biggest source of stress, while more than 25 percent said that tests like NAPLAN are causing them anxiety in school.

Being worried over grades and performance can cause a child to lose interest in their school work. This is why parents should take active steps to ensure that their kids stay engaged during the school year, and have a love for learning that goes beyond the classroom.

Here are some simple yet effective ways to keep kids interested in learning.

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Topics: Learning Capacity

The Changing Face of Education In A Post-Covid World

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 12, 2021 at 2:40 PM

There is no denying that the Covid-19 global pandemic has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives, including our children’s education. By the end of March 2020, interruptions were experienced at schools in every state. Although the extent and timeline of the closures differed from one region to the next, the Australian education system as a whole was impacted greatly.

Even now, a year later, great uncertainty still remains, with lockdowns being enforced and lifted without much forewarning. Although Australia has managed to avoid much of the large-scale devastation the pandemic caused elsewhere in the world, the country’s education system remains vulnerable.

There are actually a number of ways in which the pandemic is changing education across the world. 

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Topics: School, Learning Capacity

Artificial Intelligence & Learning (a dummy’s guide)

Posted by Moya Gibb-Smith on March 16, 2021 at 3:51 PM

Speaking almost sixty six years ago Professor John McCarthy, one of the founding fathers of AI said at the Dartmouth University conference 1956 , “Every aspect of learning... can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it.” 

Stephen Hawking, the famous theoretical physicist, said “Every aspect of our lives will be transformed by AI” and it could be “the biggest event in the history of our civilisation”.

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Topics: School, Learning Capacity, Artificial Intelligence

40 years research in 5 hours: the “value of improving attention”

Posted by David Stanley on March 9, 2021 at 2:08 PM

David Stanley

Are you time poor and would like to quickly cover 40 years of research into:

  • attention, 
  • neurofeedback, 
  • neuroscience and 
  • how this is being used in schools, sport and business? 

You can access just the “nuggets of gold” on the above topics in 5 x 1 hour sessions delivered by 5 industry experts, each of whom is passionate about their subject.

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Topics: Attention, Learning Capacity

Top Brain Games that Improve a Student’s Focus and Attention

Posted by Gabe Nelson on January 18, 2021 at 2:51 PM

Being a student can be a full-time job, and pupils from kindergarten all the way to higher education have the daunting task of keeping themselves focused and their full attention on their studies to absorb the broad range of information and knowledge day by day.  

One of the best ways for students to improve their focus and attention is to play fun and engaging brain games!

Playing games designed to activate different parts of the brain is the perfect way for younger and older students to work on their attention span and sharpen their minds!

Luckily, there are hundreds of interesting and entertaining brain games for all ages to keep students busy. Everything from basic jigsaw puzzles to online brain games can help them grow their minds for their future academic endeavours!

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Topics: Attention, Learning Capacity

Building Student Learning Capacity - The Missing Link in Education

Posted by Peter Barnes on August 6, 2020 at 10:43 AM

Peter Barnes

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if all the students you teach would pay attention and more easily “get” what you are teaching them?

That’s impossible, you might say. Perhaps it is, but it’s not impossible to improve the attention and ability to learn for every one of your students. Listen to this podcast “Student Learning Capacity – The Missing Link in Education” to find out how.

Welcome to the concept of being able to change the learning capacity of students

How often do some of your students:

  • Find it hard to pay attention to your teaching?

  • Struggle to remember what you taught?

  • Seem to be unable to keep up with the pace of your instructions or the classroom discussions?

How much more could you enjoy teaching if these were less of an issue?

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Topics: Learning Capacity, For Principals

Help Your Kids Learn Key Life Skills Through Games And Role Play

Posted by Jane Shearer on July 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM

With millions of Australian kids back in school, learning has been kicked into high gear as the country’s children try to make up for any lost time in the classroom. While experts have reiterated the importance of classroom learning in a child’s education, there is also plenty of learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting.

For years, studies have shown the benefits of play to a child’s development and provide a great platform for encouraging learning and bonding at home. From developing their financial skills at home to encouraging the growth of their social skills, here is how parents can use role play and games to teach their child key life skills and support their classroom learning.

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Topics: Attention, Social Skills, Learning Capacity, Maths, Social & Emotional Learning

Tips to Help Your Family Learn More About The Environment During COVID

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 27, 2020 at 9:32 AM

Australians are world leaders when it comes to spending time with children, reports The Australian Research Alliance for Children.

Prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, parents were averaging around four hours a day with their little ones. Owing to the current pandemic, many parents who are now working from home are finding that time saved on commuting to work, meetings and office talk has allowed them to explore fascinating topics with their kids - including environmental sustainability.

What environmental issues can you learn more about as a family, and how can you make it as fun and engrossing as possible?

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Topics: Learning Capacity

Coroni Village: How 4 Kids are Coping Differently with School-at-Home

Posted by Peter Barnes on April 9, 2020 at 11:49 AM

Peter Barnes

Coroni Village.  That’s what my 5 year old granddaughter calls the world outside her family’s Sydney apartment, where they have been confined since the COVID-19 shutdown started.

I have no idea how she came up with that expression. No doubt it has to do with the number of times she has heard about Coronavirus. Both she and her older sister are doing school-at-home. So are their two cousins. 

“School-at-home” is a better description than “home schooling” for the situation most students are in now, with their schools shut or their parents deciding to keep them at home. That’s because “home schooling” is a deliberate choice by parents who take on the role of teachers. The “school-at-home” parents did not make that choice.

The vast majority of parents managing “school-at-home” are not teachers. They have no teaching expertise and are feeling uncomfortable being thrust into this role, even with the best remote learning support and resources from their kids’ schools. Plus, many parents are doing their regular work at home as well.

That sounds pretty tough – for the parents and the kids.

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Topics: School, Learning Capacity, Teaching

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