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Fast ForWord123 rated highly by techlearning.com

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 29, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Peter Barnes

The neuroscience-based language & learning improvement program, Fast ForWord123 (including the Fast ForWord cognitive, language and reading development modules plus Reading Assistant, the online reading coach) was recently rated by techlearning.com.

Here is a summary of the techlearning.com rating:

OVERALL RATING:

Unique features and technology, sophisticated reporting, real-time feedback, interactive resources, and a broad range of reading passages in an intuitive and easy-to-use program all help teachers understand when and where students are struggling and help students gain the skills they need to be successful readers.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment: 

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Topics: Fast ForWord, For Principals, Fast ForWord123

250 Research Studies Published on Fast ForWord & Reading Assistant

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 28, 2017 at 3:41 PM

Peter Barnes

How do you usually make decisions when you are thinking about an important purchase such as a car or a large household item like a refrigerator or washing machine?

Do you base your decisions on:

  1. How you feel (“I really like it”)?
  2. What others say about it?
  3. Comparisons of facts and data (fuel consumption, energy efficiency, reports by independent consumer organisations)?
  4. A combination of all of these.

Decisions about educational software

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Topics: English Language Learners, Fast ForWord, For Principals

Macquarie Uni’s MUSEC Briefing # 28: Academic vs Real World Evidence

Posted by David Stanley on February 21, 2017 at 4:12 PM

David Stanley

If you are considering a product to help your brain or improve academic performance, what evidence would you rely on?

Many people don't want to read research and thus seek a trusted advisor. Sadly, they are often unaware of potential conflicts of interest.

A case in point is the Macquarie University's Special Education Centre (MUSEC) brief discussed herein, where Macquarie University crudely used one meta-analysis to support their commercial initiative.

Can you rely on MUSEC for an independent, impartial and unbiased opinion?

What about the practical, real world gold standard evidence: 20+ years of product validation by millions of users around the world:

In 1996 four world leaders in neuroscience, after 25 years of ground-breaking research, formed a company (Scientific Learning Corporation). Their core product - Fast ForWord® translates neuroplasticity-based training research into educational programs to develop learning capacity and reading skills. It has been continually revised and enhanced ever since.

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Topics: Fast ForWord, For Principals

Brain HQ Beats other Adult Brain Fitness Programs: WA Uni Study

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 2, 2017 at 10:32 AM

Peter Barnes

A research team from Curtin University and University of Western Australia has just published a Study that looked at the number and quality of studies (in healthy aging) of commercially available adult brain fitness programs.

They looked at 18 programs, and reported that 11 had zero studies meeting their inclusion criteria.

Of the remaining seven, Posit Science’s BrainHQ adult brain fitness program was the clear leader in efficacy, with eight times as many “high quality” studies as any other program.

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Topics: For Principals, Adult Brain Fitness

Education – Australia’s Leaning Tower of PISA?

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 13, 2016 at 2:02 PM

Peter Barnes

The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy got its famous lean because the architects and engineers messed up back in the 14th century.

They didn’t build the foundations correctly.

In the 600 years since it was built the tower has turned into a tourist attraction. That’s lucky, because a tower with a lean isn’t much good for anything else.

From recent comments in the media about the latest PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) results an impartial observer could be forgiven for thinking that Australian education may be going the way of the Leaning Tower of Pisa -  interesting, but possibly not really doing the job it was built for.

The latest PISA results have shown that Australian students are continuing to fall behind other countries in maths and literacy. In the last 10 years Australia dropped from 6th to 12th in reading and from 9th to 20th in maths on this global comparison.

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Topics: Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity, Learning, For Principals

Double " teaching as usual" reading gain - 146 NSW primary students

Posted by Peter Barnes on December 5, 2016 at 1:51 PM

Peter Barnes

Here is how a primary school achieved double the reading gain one would normally expect.

Picture this:  Following a half day professional development session, "Glasses for the Ears" where the teachers discovered how their students could become better learners by using neuroscience, students of all abilities from Grades 2 to 6 were enrolled in the Fast ForWord neuroscience-based program.

The teachers who volunteered to implement the program received more detailed ongoing training and support.

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Topics: Reading, Fast ForWord, For Principals

How Poverty & Disadvantage Impacts Learning for 730,000 Children

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 18, 2016 at 4:43 PM

Peter Barnes

More than 730,000 children in Australia are living below the poverty line.

These disadvantaged children are at risk of having their learning compromised.

The Poverty in Australia 2016 Report, released last week, found the number of children living in poverty is increasing.

The report was written by the Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) in collaboration with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales.

Find out how poverty and disadvantage can disrupt learning – see this infographic (courtesy of We Are Teachers and Scientific Learning Corporation).

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Topics: Latest Research, Learning Difficulties, Learning, For Principals

Uni of California Neuroscience: New Insights Into How Brains Develop

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 14, 2016 at 5:30 PM

Peter Barnes

Human Neurons Continue to Migrate After Birth.

Scientistis used to think that neurons in the human brain were pretty much set in place before birth.

In 2011, The University of California, San Francisco researchers found a few small groups of neurons still migrating after birth.

Now, new research has uncovered a mass migration that continues up to 3 months after birth.

These neurons are migrating to the cerebral cortex, the part of the brain responsible for advanced cognition.

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Topics: Brain Science, For Principals

What is Neuroplasticity & How Does It Impact Education?  (Infographic)

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 5, 2016 at 3:05 PM

Peter Barnes

“Everything having to do with human training and education has to be re-examined in light of neuroplasticity". (Norman Doidge, author of "The Brain That Changes Itself”)

What is neuroplasticity? It is the understanding that experiences are able to change our brains, and that our brain’s structure and capacity are not fixed. The eminent neuroscientist, Dr Michael Merzenich, widely known as “the father of neuroplasticity”, recently shared the $1million Kavli Prize for his contribution to this understanding.

Neuroplasticity offers the prospect of new ways to improve learning and education, physical rehabilitation, mental illnesses and addiction.

An excellent infographic explaining neuroplasticity has been produced by Alta Mira, a San Francisco rehabilitation and recovery centre.  

 The infographic includes this comment about education:

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Topics: Educational Neuroscience, For Principals

How Important are Student-Teacher Interactions? Simon Brooks

Posted by Colin Klupiec on August 4, 2016 at 8:01 PM

Colin Klupiec

Cultures of Thinking is an educational framework that emerged from the work of Ron Ritchhart and the Project Zero team at Harvard University.

In a series of interviews with Educator, Simon Brooks, on The Learning Capacity Podcast I have been delving into each of the 8 cultural forces that, according to Ron Ritchhart, we must master in order to truly transform our schools.

Simon Brooks, who spent years implementing cultures of thinking into his classrooms, now helps teachers introduce the framework in their schools. 

This is Part 7 of the 8 part series with Simon Brooks about implementing cultures of thinking in our schools.

Listen to the podcast:

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Topics: Podcasts, For Principals

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