Welcome to the March 2019 Learning Brain News.

This month you can read about the upcoming Autism Awareness month in April, with links to activities in six countries. And there is an article from Dr Marty Burns on how teachers change their students brains.

Plus much, much more as always.

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Devon Barnes
Learning Brain News


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Time parents spend with children key to academic success

A study of over 700,000 children in Israel concluded academic success is not just determined by genetics (smart parents having smart kids), but is strongly influenced by the amount of time parents spend with their children. Read more.

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Here’s How Teachers Change Kids’ Brains - Dr Marty Burns

Teachers often don’t think of themselves as brain changers, But they have an enormous impact on students’ cognitive development when they teach. Recent advances in educational neuroscience are helping educators understand the critical role they play in building brain capacities important to students’ learning and self-control. Read more.

What's On?

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2 and April is Autism Awareness Month. Events include autism-friendly educational activities, and hundreds of thousands of landmarks, buildings, homes and communities around the world, being lit up in light blue to recognise people living with autism.

See what’s on in your part of the world: Australia, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore.

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Do girls have some biological protection from autism?

Autism brain differencesThe findings of two new studies of same-sex twins in Sweden support the idea of a ‘female protective effect,’ which posits that girls are biologically protected from autism. Autism brain differences.

Girls with autism or autism traits show structural differences in 11 brain regions compared with an unaffected twin sister. In boys, autism traits are associated with differences in only two brain regions. Read more.


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Too much TV might dull the ageing brain

In a new study, middle-aged people who watched television for more than 3.5 hours a day experienced a decline in their ability to remember words and language over the next six years. What's worse, it appears that the more TV you watch, the more your verbal memory will deteriorate, researchers said.

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4 Year Old's First School Assignment: Make a Video & Post It Online

How the world changes...my granddaughter’s first school assignment was making a video!

Like all the other children in her kindergarten class in her local state primary school she had to make a video about her family and upload it to a password protected website for all to share.

At just four years old, she’s using technology to communicate with others and express herself. It’s a 21st century show & tell. Read more.

Free Download

Literacy2Building young children's literacy through early exposure to language

Most educators and many parents know that talking to children from infancy is key to building language skills.

This free eBook explains why "Baby Talk" is important, why reading with expression matters and offers simple ideas to help build young children's literacy through early exposure to language.

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Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It

The award-winning book Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It (JoAnn Deak) inspires young readers to learn and grow through an understanding of how the brain works. Buy on Amazon.

Showbie appApp of the Month


This free app helps teachers distribute assignments, handouts, links, etc. and allows students to submit their work to their teacher. Both teachers and students can leave voice notes with assignments. Download it here.

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