Welcome to the September 2017 edition of The Learning Brain.

As usual the newsletter is packed with lots of informative and news for you.

This month you can take a look at the latest research on the positives and negatives of video games and read 11 tips to help speed up learning.

The Educating with Neuroscience conferences, held in Australia and New Zealand last month, are expanding to Asia in November - see What's On.


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PS: There's a new section this month - Home Schooling - which will bring you insights about this educational trend.

What's On?

The Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conference expands to Asia in November

ENS Asia 2017 logo.pngThe premier educational neuroscience conference in Australia & New Zealand, ENS2017, is expanding to Asia in November following well attended events in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland last month.

Principals, school administrators, teachers and other education leaders from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand will be able to attend the Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conference Asia (ENS2017 ASIA) in three cities.

ENS2017 ASIA will be held in Jakarta (Nov 13), Manila (Nov 15) and Bangkok (Nov 18). Learn more and get your super early bird tickets here.





How to Reach Your Most Vulnerable Students

Young boy concentrating on his schoolwork sitting at his desk in the classroom with his head in his hands reading his class notes-2-903166-edited.jpegAs educators, we're always on a quest for the best ways to help our most vulnerable learners.

Learn about the latest research on children of poverty, English language learners, and those with learning disabilities.

Find out which traits these students share, and how this predicts the amount of progress they'll make this year. Listen to the Webinar now.

Latest Research

video games.jpgLatest Research How Video Games Change the Brain

Scientists have collected and summarised studies looking at how video games can shape our brains and behaviour.

Research suggests playing video games can change the brain regions responsible for attention and visuospatial skills and make them more efficient.

The researchers also looked at studies exploring brain regions associated with the reward system, and how these are related to video game addiction. Read more.


breathing study.jpgBreathing is not just for oxygen; it’s linked to brain function and behaviour

Scientists have discovered for the first time that the rhythm of breathing creates electrical activity in the human brain which enhances emotional judgments and memory recall.

These effects on behaviour depend critically on whether you inhale or exhale and whether you breathe through the nose or mouth. Read more.


What's New

How do educators make decisions?

Online Survey on Green Puzzle on White Background..jpegFind out from The Educator Evidence-based Decisions Survey.

Interested in feedback from Australian and New Zealand educators on how they make decisions about education program or interventions?

Just complete the short survey by 30 September and tell us where to email your copy of the results.



autism spectrum australia.jpgSupermarket Launches 'Quiet Hour' To Help Shoppers With Autism

Coles supermarkets and Autism Spectrum Australia launched the trial program 'Quiet Hour', at the Coles Ringwood and Balwyn East stores in Victoria to create a 'low sensory shopping experience' for people on the autism spectrum.

Home Schooling

Mother helping her children to do their homework in a living room.jpegHome Schooling Home schooling and ‘un-schooling’ on the rise in Australia

The face of home schooling in Australia is changing. It is estimated that between 25,000 to 55,000 children are now being home schooled around Australia.

Read whysome parents have made this decision.

The Learning Success Blog

How You Can Spot Weak Cognitive Skills in Your Classroom

MAPS_brain01.jpgWhat’s happening in your students’ brains when they can’t follow your classroom instructions? What if a student doesn’t want to answer your question? And why do some students struggle to tell a story?

These are all signs that a student may have a weakness in one or more key cognitive skills. Skills essential for learning. Read more.

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:

  • Intelligent group of young school children all raising their hands in the air to answer a question posed by the female teacher, view from behind.jpeg"Activities to reinforce with students in my classroom who struggle with times tables learning"
  • "Improvement in speed and accuracy for the whole family".
  • "I have noticed an increased interest in the activities and also noticed faster processing of basic facts.."

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.


Understanding Dyslexia - 5 Ways to End the Homework Struggle eBook

Dyslexia_homework_struggle_cover.jpgMany parents find themselves feeling exhausted and frustrated being their child’s homework enforcer and personal tutor.

It’s even harder for parents to give homework support to a child with dyslexia or reading difficulties.

This free eBook offers some strategies parents can use to create a cooperative and healthy homework relationship with their child.

Book of the Month

thestrenghtswitch-3d_3.jpgThe Strength Switch

How the New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish

The Strength Switch shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses.

Dr Lea Waters demonstrates how to discover strengths and talents in our children, how to use positive emotions as a resource, how to build strong brains and even how to deal with problem behaviours and talk about difficult situations and emotions.

App of the Month


Emergency +’ is an app developed by Australia's emergency services, helping people call the right number at the right time, anywhere in Australia.

The app uses a mobile phone's GPS function to provide emergency call-takers with the callers location. ‘Emergency+’ also includes SES and Police Assistance Line numbers as options, so non-emergency calls are made to the most appropriate number.