Welcome to the September 2016 edition of The Learning Brain.

Have you every wanted to understand more about neuroplasticity, but struggled to find an explanation that's easy to understand? Well this month you can learn a lot from a new infographic that presents the information in a clear, engaging way - see Want to Understand Neuroplasticity?

And the newsletter is packed with give-aways this month. As well as the monthly maths sheets update you will see two special offers for schools: a free licence for Kiko’s Thinking Time for Term 4, and savings on Cogmed Working Memory for 2017.

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PS: See Latest Research for a reminder about how important sleep is for learning.

The ENS 2016 Conference

The 2016 Educating with Neuroscience Conference was held in Melbourne last month. Feedback included:

  • “How relevant it was to all schools”
  • “Insight to good teaching strategies with engaging, research based information”
  • “Great initiative and conference - perhaps too much in one day, thank you”

Besides the professional development and networking, everyone who attended received thousands of dollars of bonuses, including for free the Nervanix wearable technology for studying.

Dr Steve Miller has committed to presenting the latest in neuroscience research again next year. Many teachers have already locked in the discounted price by pre-registering for the 2017 conferences to be held in Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne.

What’s New?

70 Schools Can Qualify for Free Kiko Early Learning Program

kiko_ipad2.pngChildren from 3 or 4 year old pre-readers up to 6 or 7 year olds can make a great start on their lifelong learning journey by using Kiko’s Thinking Time to develop skills like reasoning, memory, inhibition and focus.

To celebrate his 70th birthday, LearnFast’s Chief Learning Innovator, Peter Barnes, is gifting a Kiko Term 4 licence for up to 10 students to the first 70 Australian and New Zealand schools/preschools who register.

cogmedlogo.jpgAttention Schools: Save on the Cogmed Working Memory Program – Order Now for 2017

If your school is a current Cogmed site, you can save up to $500 by placing your order for 2017 licences this month.  Learn more.

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Sleep Makes Relearning Faster and Longer Lasting

Getting some sleep in between study sessions may make it easier to recall what you studied and relearn what you’ve forgotten, even 6 months later, according to new findings from Psychological Science. Learn more.



Want to Understand Neuroplasticity?

See this great infographic. The reality of neuroplasticity was established by Dr Michael Merzenich, the “father of neuroscience” and publicised by Dr Norman Doidge in his book “The Brain That Changes Itself”.

If you want to know more about it and how it can help improve learning & education, physical rehabilitation, mental illnesses and addiction, then you should look at this great infographic.
Learning Capacity Podcast

The Learning Capacity Podcast

Should we stop Spoon Feeding School Students? 

Spoon feeding students is a controversial topic that often gets talked about with a negative vibe. Teachers complain about having to do it sometimes to get results. But it also seems that our education systems are trying to stamp it out. Why is that? Online learning specialist Richard Andrew explains why on The Learning Capacity Podcast.

Free Download

Maths Skills Booster – September Worksheets

Thanks again for sending through your Maths Skills Booster feedback. It is always great to see how students are benefiting from this simple tool. Here are a few of the comments we received last month:

  • brain_pulses.jpgIt's been great seeing my son boost his time table recall and gain more confidence. He is so pleased with himself for cracking the 4 minute mark!
  • It has given my daughter more confidence with her maths both at school and home.
  • Students enjoy them as a variation on our normal worksheets. They enjoy the challenge and time themselves to see improvement.
  • Improves times tables in a fun, challenging way.

Ready for your new set of Maths Skills Booster Worksheets? You can download the September worksheets here.

Did you miss out on the original Maths Skills Booster? You can get it here.

Big History Project - A Free Online Course for Teachers & Students

history1.jpgThe Big History Project (BHP) examines our past, explains our present and imagines our future. It’s 13.8 Billion Years of History. Free. Online.

Co-created by teachers, students and curriculum experts, BHP was inspired by the work of David Christian and supported by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
It’s a course that ready for the classroom. And it’s completely free for everyone, everywhere. For free. Well worth a look!


brilliant_blunders.jpgBook of the Month

Brilliant Blunders

In this 300+ page book, astrophysicist Mario Livio draws on the lives of five scientists (Charles Darwin, Lord Kelvin, Linus Pauling, Fred Hoyle, and Albert Einstein) to show how great progress often comes in the wake of “colossal mistakes.”

This is a great resource book for high school science teachers who want to infuse their classes with stories about how setbacks can set the stage for progress - if we let them. Learn more.

Photomath.jpgApp of the Month

Photomath - Camera Calculator

Photomath reads and solves mathematical problems by using the camera of your mobile device in real-time. It makes maths easy and simple by educating users on how to solve maths problems. Learn more.

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Thinking for Learning Course - Sydney, 14 & 30 November

Educational consultant Simon Brooks is presenting a two-day course for K-12 school teachers and leaders keen to transform students' achievement and engagement by nurturing a culture of critical and creative thinking.

Discover how to build learning cultures where children delight in their learning, develop deep understanding, and become critical and creative thinkers. Learn more.