There’s so much to read in this month’s edition. New autism research to help early diagnosis, preschooler apps, career planning for high school students, research about super stressed teachers, advice to beat screen addiction and some good news for adults’ brains.
Plus, Richard Branson’s 3 tips for dyslexic students.
Learning Brain News
PS: Take a look at the new online course about social & emotional learning. You can get it for only $5 until 15 June.
Social & Emotional Learning
“Growing Socially Successful Students” PD Course.
The course shows you a 21st century social learning curriculum and takes you on a tour of the offline resources which support the 100+ interactive webisode lessons.
EEGs Accurately Predict Autism as Early as 3 Months
Autism is challenging to diagnose, especially early in life.
A new study in the journal Scientific Reports shows that inexpensive EEGs, which measure brain electrical activity, accurately predict or rule out autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in infants, even in some as young as 3 months. Read more.
How to Choose Apps for Preschoolers
Apps for kids that encourage interactions between parents and their children can offer the same benefits to developing minds as analog toys do, according to new studies.
Ideally you should choose apps that include a role for parents or carers and that do not have “auto-play” features which tempt children to extend their time on the device. Read more.
You are probably thinking that’s not new. And of course you are correct.
But what is new is that recent research suggests 9 out of every 10 primary school teachers in the USA feel highly stressed. Is this level of teacher stress similar in other countries like Australia, New Zealand, UK and Canada?
A new study demonstrates that an exercise, known as “Double Decision”, in the BrainHQ adult brain-training program improves both thinking and behaviour.
“Double Decision” not only boosts cognitive function but it also leads to improvements in daily life, including driving safety, health-related quality of life, balance, and confidence. Read more.
The Learning Success Blog
Sally Wilcox noticed that her son Mac was becoming increasingly frustrated with writing and spelling when he was in grade 5. Mac hated writing.
Sally recalled the early markers were already appearing in grade 1 when Mac had difficulty following instructions. Mac was later diagnosed with auditory processing disorder. Sally was told he would grow out of it. But the problems persisted and Sally knew that something else needed to happen. Read more.
Career Planning in Secondary School: Start Early & Keep Options Open
If you have a Year 10 student or a senior secondary student, how do they figure out what to do after school?
Early planning pays, but keep your options open, says Career Advisor, Gordon Doyle. He says to start with the most important question: what do I want to do? In this article he tells what to do next. Read more.
10 Ways to Help your Child Develop a 'Reading Brain'The reading skills of phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary and comprehension as well as cognitive skills of memory, attention, processing and sequencing are critical to reading fluently. Use these pointers to help your child develop these skills.
The Genius Within - Discovering the Intelligence of Every Living Thing
In The Genius Within Dr. Frank Vertosick discovers and illustrates the profound intelligence of every living thing, from the smallest virus to the entire ecosystem.
Read how something as common as the immune system works with a savvy and devious cleverness. Find out how some cancer cells outwit our finest medical techniques, and gain a profound respect for life itself. Read more.
App of the Month
Students have the chance to contribute to real ecological research by taking photos of New South Wales amazing plants and wildlife on a new app.
This interactive educational tool combines nature and technology to help teachers deliver exciting lessons in and out of the classroom. Get it here: wilderquest.nsw.gov.au/features/ranger-vision.