• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • Dokkio Sidebar (from the makers of PBworks) is a Chrome extension that eliminates the need for endless browser tabs. You can search all your online stuff without any extra effort. And Sidebar was #1 on Product Hunt! Check out what people are saying by clicking here.



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PaperPort Notes for the iPad is a coordinated effort (Nuance and Noterize) to do almost everything. It has an incredibly powerful speech-to-text synthesizer (simple tap and record), drawing, keyboarding.  As if that wasn't enough, it includes the ability to insert images, sticky notes, and web-clippings. Options for saving include Dropbox, Box, GoogleDocs,...  Definitely a handy app to have in the toolkit.  Only problem-needs access to wireless. 





SNAPSHOT of our BC GROUP'S WORK with Fast ForWord:

Thanks to Urs Ribary whose forward thinking with John Hopkins' help, we have a bit of snapshot of what's been happening with our groups overall.  Click on the image (or here) to download the ppt (version 2007).  This really speaks to our teachers and districts hard work in providing opportunities that make a difference in the lives of our students.  This is only the beginning.... your ideas and comments are needed to help us all learn and grow.  Keep them coming in whatever form you feel comfortable in sharing. (...Janet)



RSC-Scotland has released version 3 of MyStudyBar for those of you who are looking for floating set of apps that support writing/reading/organization needs of students.  For more information see my post:  http://blogs.sd41.bc.ca/fastforword  




SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN:   By Andrea Kuszewski | Mar 7, 2011

     You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential





MARCH 9, April 27 - Virtual Brain Seminar (Register here)

  •  Sherelle Walker (CEO, Scientific) and Martha Burns (Speech & Language Pathologist) - This duo session includes concrete, useful strategies for integrating Brain Fitness into district instructional plans as well as the latest in neuroscience and development.


MARCH 18, 2011  - Our Changing Education Landscape  (10:00-11:00) (Register on Scilearn site) 

  • Bill Daggett will describe these challenges and their impact on schools. He will also provide suggestions on how to be proactive in dealing successfully with them.


April 12, 2011 -  Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning  (10:00-11:00) (Register on Scilearn site)

  • Alan November states a powerful new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning is emerging. Access to more timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students.



- Click here for site

lots of good stuff here including vids on Learning, Brain Plasticity, Temporal Processing and Autism. 

    (warning: these are Youtube so may be blocked by school filters)



  January, 2011 - A new look!


Much has happened since we started as a group some four years ago. As we launch into the next ten years of the 21st century, I am tweaking the term "resolution" to "intention".  The word 'intention' starts with a hope, a wish, and then an action. In view of this, I invite all of you to think about - "what are your intentions for Fast ForWord in 2011?" (You may wish to add your intentions here by clicking on Edit tab.)

  • to increase this wiki as a collaborative learning place - all of us have knowledge and questions to share together
  • to clarify processes in reading, assessment 
  • connect what we currently know with what is in research


   Jan. 20, 2011:

Sometimes post holiday sidewalk sales aren't just in malls.   Some of you have been using Kurzweil 3000 and are finding great benefits in how the students are able to be fully engaged with class materials.  For those of you who have been waiting or saving up your pennies, SET BC/PSAP has launched a discount to May 31st.  Kurzweil 3000 (ver 12) regularly priced at $300 is now $240!!


And for those looking at Boardmaker Plus. You're not forgotten - you can pick this up for $352.  (ends May 31st)




2009.10.23:  First Canadian Regional Circle of Learning Conference (October 23, 2009) 

  Hosts:  Burnaby School District and Scientific Learning 

  Location:  Byrne Creek Secondary, Burnaby, B.C. 

  More than 110 participants came from all over BC (Sunshine Coast, Vanc Island, Kelowna, Penticton, Boundary, Prince George) and Alberta to explore Fast ForWord, increase their understanding with Progress Tracker and listen to two keynote addresses. Sherrelle Walker from Scientific Learning shared insights on gaining success with Fast ForWord and Tony Herdman (SFU) shared what his work entailed in the area of brain imaging neuroscience. 

The workshops had a component of hands-on as well as sharing of information.  A panel discussion with a question period provided the audience with the various ways of implementation and stories out in the schools. 


All keynote addresses and powerpoint presentations have been loaded to the Burnaby Fast ForWord website (http://bbyfastforword.wordpress.com/  



 TED Talks - Michael Merzenich's talk on Re-wiring the brain. Click:**http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/michael_merzenich_on_the_elastic_brain.html**


Thurs. Dec 4th 10pm on David Suzuki's Nature of Things - documentary on Norman Doidge's book - Brain that Changes Itself. Was aired earlier last week and was very good.

See link to article in National Post:


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