Welcome to the July 2019 Learning Brain News.

Could the pleasure hit children get from using computer games and social media have a silver lining - less drug addiction?  See what the author of “Teen Brain” thinks in this month’s Book of the Month.

And take a look at What’s On for an 8 week reading-aloud course. It comes with unlimited virtual coaching using voice recognition technology.

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Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News

PS: The reading-aloud course is based on the book “Anne Threw a Streamer”. Read about the book in this month's Learning Brain News.

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Scientists closer to unraveling mechanisms of speech processing in the brain 

A new study which sheds light on how the brain processes language could lead to a better understanding of autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia and other neurodevelopmental conditions. Read more.


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Brain Activity Measures Whether Students Have Grasped a Concept

Educators has traditionally used oral or written tests to measure how well students grasp a new concept. 

Dartmouth University researchers have developed an alternative: a machine learning algorithm, which uses the student's brain activity to determine their level of understanding. Read more.

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Build Better Writers - Without Picking Up a Pen

Watch & listen to teacher-turned-researcher, Dr. Beth Rogowsky, explain how a computer-based instruction intended to improve cognitive skills transferred to improvement in year 6 students’ writing skills. Based on the results of a randomised control field trial.


Anne Threw a StreamerOnline Course

Reading Fluency & Comprehension

8 Weeks Reading Aloud Coaching for less than $10 per week

This at-home online course offers unlimited reading aloud practice with a voice recognition enabled reading coach. Your student can read 19 selections from “Anne Threw a Streamer”, a children’s book based on the experiences of a Gallipoli nurse in World
War 1.  Get the course here.

For the story background read the Learning Capacity Podcast item below: Anne Threw a Streamer .

The Learning Capacity Podcast

Jan Leder & Mitch MitchellAnne Threw a Streamer by Anne Donnell: Gallipoli Nurse’s Story on New Guided-Reading Technology

A 100 year old set of diaries written by a World War 1 Australian nurse, Anne Donnell has become the basis of 19 lessons using e-Book technology designed to help young readers improve their reading fluency and comprehension.

Authors, Jan and Mitch explain their family connection to Anne Donnell and how their book includes themes of Australian and World history, feminism, racism, compassion and sacrifice amid terrible suffering.

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Exploring perceptions of touch in people with autism

For many people, simple sensations such as the gentle caress of a loved one or walking barefoot through the grass feel pleasant. For individuals with autism, the feeling of light pressure on the skin may be perceived as very unpleasant.

Researchers are exploring how touch perception differs in those on the autism spectrum. Read more.


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Teacher Tina Morse used a neuroscience-based program to help her son. He was struggling with auditory processing and language impairment issues.

She was so impressed she introduced the program to her primary school.  Read how students with dyslexia and other reading challenges made rapid gains. Read more.

Checklist-Free Download

Are you a concerned parent wondering if your child may have a working memory problem? Could they be having trouble holding information in their mind and then use it when thinking?

Complete this simple 11 question checklist to see if your child may have a weak working memory.

Book of the Month

How the iPhone rewrote the teenage brain

Teen Brain David Gillespie bookLawyer and social researcher David Gillespie has been delving into the complex business of the teenage brain.

In his book “Teen Brain” Gillespie says the usual teenage compulsions like smoking, drinking and drug taking are in steep decline, as teenagers are now more likely to seek a pleasure hit from their screens.

But the games and social media apps they use are deliberately engineered to be addictive.

Unlike drugs and cigarettes, their devices are supported by schools and parents, with few restrictions on their use. 

SmoresUp - Best Chores AppApp of the Month

S'moresUp - Best Chores App 

The application ‘S’moresUp – Best Chores App’ is a modern-tool for modern-day parenting. The application offers features that enable parents to manage everyday activities such as chores, family calendars, rewards, a playdate planner, goals and more.

Solutions to Learning Challenges