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Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conference Series expands to Asia

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 6, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Peter Barnes

The premier educational neuroscience conference in Australia & New Zealand, ENS2017, is expanding to Asia following well attended events in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland in August this year. 

Principals, school administrators, teachers and other education leaders from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand will be able to attend the Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conference Asia (ENS2017 ASIA) in November.

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, Learning Capacity, Educational Neuroscience, Teaching, Fast ForWord123, Conferences, ENS2017 ASIA

Can Practice Improve Attention? A New Method to Train Attention Skills

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 19, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Peter Barnes

Dr David Rabiner, Research Professor at Duke University, USA is a world recognised expert on attention and ADHD.

He has developed a new approach to attention training called Nervanix Insight.  It uses neurofeedback (also known as EEG Biofeedback) to monitor and train attention skills.

According to scientific research, neurofeedback is the nonmedical approach for developing attention skills that has the strongest evidence for its effectiveness.

Traditional neurofeedback approaches generally use game-like activities that don’t have much resemblance to academic tasks that students need to focus on.

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Topics: Attention, Learning Enhancement, Brain Science, Learning, Nervanix Attention Technology

Educator Simon Brooks: Student or Teacher Centred Learning?

Posted by Colin Klupiec on May 20, 2016 at 12:41 PM

Colin Klupiec

Teacher centred vs student centred learning is one of the debates that’s receiving a lot of attention around the world in modern education. And what about self directed learning? Are all students capable of being self directed, or does a student need a certain aptitude to make it work.

I discussed these issues on the Learning Capacity podcast with Simon Brooks.  Simon works with schools in the change management process as they consider new frameworks and ideas for education. He has worked extensively with the Project Zero team at Harvard University, and is a specialist in developing Cultures of Thinking.

In this episode, Simon shares how his experiences influence his ideas on this debate.

Listen to the podcast.

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, Learning, Podcasts, Cultures of Thinking

Creating Cultures of Thinking: Dr Ron Ritchhart - Harvard University

Posted by Colin Klupiec on April 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Colin Klupiec

Dr Ron Ritchhart’s work on Creating Cultures of Thinking has helped transform the process of learning in classrooms around the world.

Creating Cultures of Thinking has developed from Ron Ritchhart's work as a part of Project Zero at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education.

Project Zero is a 50 year old organisation that began with just a few researchers, and now has over 30 employees.

Ron spoke with The Learning Capacity podcast and talked about his book, Creating Cultures of Thinking: the 8 forces we must master to truly transform our schools. It’s challenging, and in some places confronting, but the stories he tells are quite compelling.

Listen to this Learning Capacity podcast episode:

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, School, Learning, Podcasts, Cultures of Thinking, For Principals

Teacher Cameron Paterson: Using Cultures of Thinking in the Classroom

Posted by Colin Klupiec on April 2, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Colin Klupiec

Cameron Paterson is a teacher at a private school in Sydney, Australia. He first came across Harvard University's Project Zero a little over 10 years ago.

The ideas resonated with Cameron. He was attracted by the progressive nature of the thinking in the Project Zero team. Since then he’s studied learning and teaching at Harvard University and has completed a Masters degree. 

He’s worked extensively with Dr Ron Ritchhart and Mark Church in Creating Cultures of Thinking within his own school.

For Cameron, creating cultures of thinking is not just a passing idea or educational fad. It's backed by research and case studies from around the world.

The Learning Capacity Podcast spoke with Cameron who shared his experience using thinking routines in the classroom, and how he’s made it real and successful.

Listen to this Learning Capacity podcast episode:

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, School, Learning, Podcasts, Cultures of Thinking

iPads are Good for Early Learning: Numbers, Language & Self-Regulation

Posted by Peter Barnes on July 28, 2015 at 4:04 PM

Peter Barnes

iPads can be useful learning tools for younger children – aged 2 to 6. This is the conclusion of a study, iPlay, iLearn, iGrow,  just published by Dr Nicola Yelland, Professor of Education at Victoria University in Melbourne.

Professor Yelland’s study looked at 61 apps suitable for children aged 2 to 6 years.  She and her research team assessed the Apps in 4 categories:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Creative
  • Skills
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Topics: eLearning, Learning Enhancement, Social Skills

Accelerated Literacy Skills Even More Important in High-Tech World

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 16, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Peter Barnes

Educators have always considered the development of strong literacy skills for their students as one of the primary goals of schooling.

But in the last couple of decades, as the world of electronic communication has exploded with new capabilities, some parents and teachers have wondered if literacy skills are becoming less important. After all, the world that today's students will enter after school provides many ways to communicate without highly developed literacy skills.

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, Reading, Learning Capacity

The Dalai Lama & Fast ForWord founder, Dr Merzenich, talk neuroscience

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Peter Barnes

Dr Norman Doidge, author of "The Brain That Changes Itself" moderated a discussion about neuroscience and brain plasticity between the Dalai Lama and two of the world's most eminent neuroscientists at the University of Alabama in October (2014).

The scientists were Dr Michael Merzenich and Dr Edward Taub.

Dr Merzenich is co-founder of Fast ForWord (brain training & reading development software for students) and Brain HQ (brain training for adults).

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, Brain Science, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity

The Arrowsmith Program and Fast ForWord

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 2, 2014 at 5:16 PM

Peter Barnes

The 60 Minutes program on Channel 9 (Australia) on Sunday June 1, 2014 included a segment about the Arrowsmith School, and featured some children from the 35 Australian families currently at the school in Canada. 

The Arrowsmith program was developed by Barbara Arrowsmith- Young and uses the principles of brain plasticity to improve the learning abilities of children with a range of learning disabilities including dyslexia.

Families who have gone to the Arrowsmith School report very significant improvements in their children. If your child has a severe learning problem, they may be able to be helped by the Arrowsmith program.

Right now it is necessary for them to go to Canada because there are very few places in Australia and New Zealand where the program is available. Of course this involves considerable cost/financial sacrifice and potential disruption to their families as one parent usually accompanies the child to Canada.

An alternative for families contemplating relocating to Canada for the duration of their child’s attendance at the Arrowsmith School is to consider Fast ForWord, a brain plasticity program that improves learning capacity for all students, including those with severe learning difficulties.

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Fast ForWord, Cogmed, Arrowsmith program

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