Welcome to the December 2019 Learning Brain News.
This is the last Learning Brain News for 2019. You will see the next edition in February.
As always, this month’s edition brings you a wide range of interesting (and I hope some useful) information about learning, teaching and our brains. Read about social-emotional learning, gender differences in maths ability (there’s none), memory, ADHD and learning during the holidays.
Learning Brain News
PS: Check out the item about Artificial Intelligence in education - how will it impact students, teachers and learning?
How did the 6,000 languages of the world come into being? Researchers have tried to simulate the process of developing a new communication system -- with surprising results: even preschool children can spontaneously develop communication systems that exhibit core properties of natural language. Read more.
There are no gender differences in the brain when it comes to maths processing ability, a new study has confirmed.
This could be a step towards finally laying to rest long-standing prejudices that girls can't do sums as well as boys. Read more.
Positive Impact of Social-Emotional Learning and Neuroscience-Based Approaches
Join Dr. Martha Burns as she reviews the latest research on the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences brain maturation and learning. She also discusses research on how Positive Childhood Experiences are associated with positive educational outcomes.
The webinar concludes with suggestions for individualised instruction combined with technology to build academic skills, as well as the confidence to achieve.
The Australian and New Zealand summer holidays are almost here!
Choose from four unique learning programs for the upcoming holidays to help your children improve social skills, reading or their learning ability. Also prepare those starting school in 2020 to get off to a positive beginning.
Check out the programs below. Limited places remaining
It’s a question many neurotypicals have, but it’s not always easy for people with autism to answer. After all, how do you explain something when that’s all you know? And how can you explain the autism experience when it’s so diverse? Read more.
How Old Memories Fade Away
If you got beaten up by a bully on your walk home from school every day, you would probably become very afraid of the spot where you usually met him. However, if the bully moved out of town, you would gradually cease to fear that area.
A new study reveals a gene that is critical to the process of memory extinction.
The 2019 gift guide for adults & children with ADHD
Courtesy of ADDitude, a guide for finding creative, useful, appreciated gifts for children and adults with ADHD. Learn more.
What's Happening with Artificial Intelligence in Education & Learning?
What's artificial intelligence got to do with learning and education? Perhaps now more than you think, and in the future it may have an even bigger impact on how teachers teach and how students learn.
Hear how educator Moya Gibb Smith gave a presentation about the role of artificial intelligence (or AI as its generally known) in education and learning and how it's going to affect students, teachers, and tutors.
Holidays offer many benefits and they don’t have to be expensive or exotic to teach kids a thing or two.
There's no reason you can’t make learning a priority on your next family break or trip. Learn more.
Careers Guidance for Secondary Students
Do you know any recent school leavers who are waiting for their results? Are they hoping for a university offer?
It’s early December and it won’t be long before the first university offers for recent school leavers are made. Here are some points that will help them with their next steps.
Free Resource Centre - Checklists, Tips & Tools for Learning
Have you visited our library of free resources lately? Topics covered include: learning enhancement, learning difficulties, child development, reading and the latest in educational neuroscience. Make sure you bookmark this page and check back soon, because new resources are constantly added.
The Rosie Project
A good read for the holidays, this clever, funny, and moving book is about being comfortable with who you are and what you're good at.
The Rosie Project is about a brilliant, emotionally challenged geneticist on the autism spectrum who's determined to find a suitable wife with the help of a carefully designed questionnaire, and the unsuitable woman who keeps distracting him from his search.
Autistic Hero Comic Book
The Mighty League, Vol. 2: The Horrible Hug is an interactive digital comic that can be read on any Apple or Android device. It teaches children about autism, friendship, self-acceptance and acceptance of others.
Horrible Hug is an entertaining story with an autistic main character. It helps others connect to the autism experience and discover that there are more similarities than differences.