What an amazing response to our first newsletter!  THANK YOU to everyone who sent in comments and suggestions for future news.  A warm welcome to our many new Facebook LIKES!

So many questions are unanswered about the Gonski School funding reforms.  Will the Gonski report recommendations be implemented?  Will the billions in extra funding actually materialize?  When?  Will it be spent on the things that have the biggest impact on education outcomes?

Will it be allocated equitably – public vs private schools, disadvantaged vs other students, primary vs secondary?

We don’t know the answers to these and many other related questions.  But we have no doubt that teachers and involved parents will continue to focus on getting the best education outcomes for their students and children, regardless of how the Gonski funding finally evolves.  At LearnFast we certainly will do so as well.

Warm regards,

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100 Australian schools to experience award winning Reading Assistant Program

Commencing Term 2, 100 Australian schools will be offered the opportunity to experience Reading Assistant, the award winning online guided reading program, at no charge. Register your school’s interest now.

Latest Research

Teachers who use gestures may have unique effect on learning

A study of 184 second, third, and fourth graders learning maths provides evidence that gesturing may have a unique effect on learning. It is the first to show that gestures can help students transfer learning to new contexts.

“Gesturing can be a very beneficial tool that is completely free and easily employed in classrooms,” says Kimberly Fenn, study co-author and assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. “And I think it can have long-lasting effects.”  Read more

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It is so difficult to choose great Apps from all the ‘not-so-great’ Apps on the iPad. This is particularly true when you browse the ‘educational’ category.

Winner of the Parents Choice® Silver Medal, the PTPA Media Seal of Approval, Apple Staff Favorite and Education New and Noteworthy comes Eddy’s Number Party – from the creators of Fast ForWord.

Combining the latest research on how the brain learns with best practices for age-appropriate, educational, and engaging apps for preschool kids. This App is learning disguised as fun.
Kids love it . . . and so do we!

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Online Educator Training

Learn about the Fast ForWord program through our Online Educator Training for an Introductory price of $90 plus GST and get certification for your training.  Learn More

LearnFastEDU May Seminars

LearnFastEDU is an endorsed provider of NSW Institute of Teachers Registered Professional Development.  LearnFastEDU will hold the following events in May at the Mantra Chatswood. Limited places remaining.  Learn More 

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What Else is On?

LearnFast is exhibiting at the Mindd International Forum in Sydney in May and the Positive Schools Conferencein Melbourne in June.  Please be sure to drop by our stand and say hello.

Question Answer

Do you have questions about your child or students? Email us

Question: “I saw your ‘call to action’ on Facebook about Auditory Processing. I have a child who suffers from this and wondered if you could explain how Fast ForWord helps?”

Answer: That particular Facebook post ranked as the most clicked on post ever on our page – so the problem is clearly very common. It’s important to know you are not alone in your struggle and we look forward to receiving videos from people in our community and sharing them with you.

Fast ForWord retrains the auditory system through intensive repetition so that it can process language efficiently. It builds phonological skills and strengthens auditory working memory. When all of these cognitive functions are ‘automatic’ and work together, it is like adding RAM to your computer—you gain speed and efficiency to concentrate on other tasks like comprehension, problem solving and ‘outside the box’ thinking.