Brain Training is it a fad

Brain Training: advice from an expert

May 2017


Just as our world becomes more focused on physical fitness, it makes sense that we are all interested in making the most of our brains. We’d all love a no-fuss way to double our brains’ capacities, but when you look at the science of neuroplasticity, it’s not such an easy task.

We talked to Dr Nicola Gates, a Clinical Neuropsychologist to understand more about brain training.

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Latest Articles

5 thought-leading educators to follow on Twitter

5 thought-leading educators to follow

May 2017


We’ve pulled together five “movers and shakers”. Their Twitter feeds keep you connected to the current happenings of the education world. 
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7 traits of star students

7 traits of star students

May 2017


Dr Rachel Hogg, a Lecturer at Charles Sturt University in the School of Psychology, shares her insights into the qualities that set the best learners apart and the ways educators can encourage them in all students.

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Mathematics - a language of its own

Mathematics - a language of its own

Jan 2017


Students learn in different ways and teachers must adapt. 

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5 tips for getting your child out of holiday mode

5 tips for getting your child out of holiday mode

April 2017


Mimma Mason, Cognitive Scientist, believes there are many things parents can do during the holidays to help make back-to-school a happy and exciting time for children. 

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Greg Whitby

Transforming the way we go about schooling

Interview with Greg Whitby, April 2017


In addition to his keynote at the two-day Mind Brain Conference 2017, Greg Whitby joined David Watters for a sit-down session, to talk about the current discourse around learning practices and pedagogy. Whitby makes a staunch observation that “the current teaching model has had its day”. 

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Defining-positivity

Defining positive psychology

Interview with Dr Lea Waters, March 2017


We recently caught up with Professor Lea Waters, psychologist and research psychologist from The University of Melbourne to discuss the role of wellbeing in schools, The Visible Wellbeing approach and its relation to positive education, as well as the role of teachers and parents when it comes to wellbeing.

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Cyberbullying

Tackling cyberbullying in schools

Interview with Lucy Thomas, Jan 2017


We caught up with anti-bullying advocate and co-founder of Project Rockit, Lucy Thomas, on what she has learnt from young people around Australia when it comes to being proactive to prevent cyberbullying.

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Educator Effectiveness Survey

Educator Effectiveness Survey

Interview with Dr. Katherine McKnight, Dec 2016


We chat to Dr. Katherine McKnight, Senior Research Scientist at RTI International, about interesting findings from the recent Educator Effectiveness Survey, and what they mean to Australian educators.     

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Empowering Teachers on World Teacher Day

World Teacher's Day

Interview with 5 educational thought leaders, Oct 2016


2016 marks the 50th anniversary of World Teacher's Day. It’s a day dedicated to acknowledging, appreciating and raising awareness of teachers, in particular their contributions across the country. 

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Popular Articles

John Hattie - politics of distraction

Professor John Hattie - The Politics of Distraction, Part 1

Interview with Professor John Hattie, Dec 2015


Professor John Hattie explores the importance of collaboration, impact and expertise.

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John Hattie - politics of distraction

Professor John Hattie - The Politics of Distraction, Part 2

Interview with Professor John Hattie, Dec 2015


Professor John Hattie explores the importance of testing in schools, the impact of technology and social media, and teacher education.    

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Judy-Willis-science of learning

Theoretical and Practical Insights on the Science of Learning

Interview with Dr. Judy Willis, May 2015


We chat with renowned neurologist and neuroeducation consultant Dr. Judy Willis on the brain's role in improving learning outcomes. 

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Keith-McDougall-science of learning

Theoretical and Practical Insights on the Science of Learning

Interview with Keith McDougall, May 2015


We speak to Keith McDougall, Principal of Broadmeadows Primary School, about personalised education and nurturing children to reach their full potential.

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Articles Archive

VicSRC Recognition Awards Event

VicSRC Recognition Awards Event < 2016

Interview with Zack Pretlove, Sonya Gregorio & Kristie Satilmis, Sept 2016

 

We chatted to the 3 finalists of the Pearson Australia Teacher of the Year Award at the VicSRC Recognition Awards event about the importance of empowering students to be leaders within their school.   

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Celebrating literacy with Indigenous communities

Celebrating literacy with Indigenous communities

Interview with Alice McNamara, Sept 2016

 

We're celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day by chatting to Alice McNamara about her work with the Indigenous Literacy Fund (ILF), and her recent trip to Warburton. 

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Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Australian Education

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Australian Education

Interview with 5 educational thought leaders, Aug 2016

 

David Barnett, Sonia Sharp, Dr Marcia Mardis, and Taj Pabari spend an evening discussing the current state of Australian education, and what today’s students need to be tomorrow’s innovators and entrepreneurs.

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Kate Torney Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Kate Torney: Libraries and Lifelong Learning

Interview with Kate Torney, July 2016

 

Student Roving Reporter Vanessa Gillam chats to Kate Torney, CEO State Library of Victoria, about why libraries are still a hub of learning and curiosity for people of all ages.

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How Artificial Intelligence can put educators in the driving seat towards our future economy

How Artificial Intelligence can put educators in the driving seat

Interview with David Barnett, June 2016

 

David Barnett, Managing Director of Pearson Australia, explores the huge possibilities AIEd can bring to learners of all ages and stages.

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The Power of the Student Voice

The Power of the Student Voice

Interview with Roghayeh Sadeghi & Ash Pike, May 2016

 

Roghayeh Sadeghi and Ash Pike discuss the power of the student voice and its effect on student wellbeing both in school and beyond.

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Kimberley Sutton - Making and creating: The Maker Movement in the classroom

Kimberley Sutton - Making and creating: The Maker Movement in the classroom

Interview with Kimberley Sutton, Nov 2015


Kimberley Sutton discusses the impact of the Maker Movement on her students, and how creating in the classroom changes mindsets on success and learning.

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Super Awesome Sylvia - Making and creating: The Maker Movement and education

Super Awesome Sylvia - Making and creating: The Maker Movement and education

Interview with Sylvia Todd, Nov 2015


Sylvia Todd discusses the Maker Movement, educating millenials, and her passion for creating and tinkering.  

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Dr Pip Wright - Life after a PhD

Dr. Pip Wright - Life after a PhD: is it all smooth sailing?

Interview with Dr. Pip Wright, Sept 2015

 

Dr. Pip Wright shares her experience - limitations, expectations and observations - of life after a PhD. 

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The teaching landscape of higher education

The teaching landscape of higher education

Interview with Dr. Inger Mewburn, Sept 2015

 

Dr. Inger Mewburn shares her insights into the world of higher education, PhDs, and academic research and teaching.

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Understanding learner needs

David Barnett - Understanding learner needs

Interview with David Barnett, Sept 2015

 

David Barnett presented a speech about the importance of understanding the learner's needs, at the Global Mindset Conference.

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How can we create classrooms full of engaged and actively learning students? - Eric Mazur

How can we create classrooms full of engaged and actively learning students? - Eric Mazur

Interview with Eric Mazur, July 2015

 

Eric discusses the improved learning outcomes observed in students, stemming from his original theories and teaching models of Peer to Peer Learning and Learning Catalytics. 

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Eric Mazur on transforming education outcomes and beyond

Eric Mazur on transforming education outcomes and beyond

Interview with Eric Mazur, July 2015

 

Part 2 continues Eric's conversation on how we need to change our learning spaces.

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The importance of partnerships in Education - David Barnett

The importance of partnerships in Education - David Barnett

Interview with David Barnett, June 2015

 

David discusses the importance of partnerships, and the founding principles of Pearson's partnership with Monash University.

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Understanding the impact that Personal Learning Networks can have on the teaching strategies of educators

Understanding the impact that Personal Learning Networks can have on the teaching strategies of educators

Interview with Jenny Luca, June 2015


Jenny discusses the impact that Personal Learning Networks can have on the teaching strategies of educators, as well as the positive effect that it can have on the students grades and attitude to learning.

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Delving into the world of Personal Learning Networks and examining how they can be applied in practice

Delving into the world of Personal Learning Networks and examining how they can be applied in practice

Interview with Jenny Luca, June 2015


We interviewed Jenny Luca, director of ICT and eLearning at Toorak College, who shared her knowledge of Personal Learning Networks, drawing from years of experience as an educator, extensive research and involvement as a digital citizen and content creator. 

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