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This course is for teachers who are about to implement Fast ForWord in their schools, or who simply want to understand more about the programs and how they could assist their students. The course will cover the neuroscience principles behind the Fast ForWord programs by beginning with language development and its connection to reading and learning. The organisation, sequencing and implementation of the Fast ForWord programs will be explained. The course will also cover how to manage and enrol students and track their progress.
The course is delivered by video and printable resources. The videos are lectures given by Devon Barnes, clinical director at LearnFast Australia. Devon brings over 40 years of experience in helping struggling learners with language and learning difficulties. The course is administered by the Fast ForWord team at LearnFast Australia, who have been successfully helping learners with this great program since 1999.
The course should take you about 5 hours to complete, which includes time for watching the videos, reading the supporting material, and completing your course evaluation. If you wish to go deeper in your understanding of the Fast ForWord programs and the science involved, then please feel free to explore the recommended further readings given throughout the course.
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|Section 1: How this Course Works|
What you need to do...
|Section 2: Essential - The Fast ForWord Programs|
Success Story - how Brodie's life was changed!Preview
Why Fast ForWord?Preview
Fast ForWord Organisation
|Section 3: Essential - Who Fast ForWord Helps, Sequencing & Effectiveness|
Who Fast ForWord HelpsPreview
Recommended Further Reading
|Section 4: Essential - The Science Behind Fast ForWord|
Introduction to the Science Behind Fast ForWord
|Section 5: Essential - Language Development and Reading|
Language and its Connection to Reading
The Neural Basis of Language
How We Learn Language
Giving Meaning to Sounds by Reinforcement
Sequential Language Development
Components of Language
Recommended Further Reading
Optional Extra Video - Improve Your Child's Literacy
Optional Extra Video - Auditory Processing Disorder and Dyslexia
Optional Extra Video - Adult Learning Development
|Section 6: Essential - Managing and Enrolling Students|
Accessing Staff Login
Enrolling a Student - Individually and/or in a Group
Selecting Auto Assign and Reading Progress Indicator Settings (RPI)
Assign a Program to a Student
Enrolling More Students
|Section 7: Recommended - Watch Language v2 Demonstration Videos|
Overview of the Demonstration Videos
Sky Gym demo video
Sky Gym Screen Explained
Skills Trained in Moon Ranch
In this exercise, students are listening for a change of the sound. They indicate they heard it by clicking the chicken. When three correct answers are given in a row, the chicken moves to the next stump. If one is missed it returns to the first of the three and present them again.
Moon Ranch Screen Explained
Robo Dog demo video
Robo Dog Screen Explained
Ele-bot demo video
Ele-bot Screen Explained
Space Commander demo video
Space Commander Screen Explained
Hoop Nut demo video
Hoop Nut Screen Explained
Whalien Match demo video
Whalien Match Screen Explained
|Section 8: Recommended - Practise Your Fast ForWord Programs|
Ensure you have the right web browser on your computer
Access the Fast ForWord Demo Website
|Section 9: Recommended - Progress Reports|
Guide to Progress Reports
|Section 10: Recommended - Support|
How You Get Support
|Section 11: Essential - Course Evaluation|
Complete Your Course Evaluation
Let us know you've finished!
Peter Barnes has a broad background and experience that ranges from adult education & training in a human resources context, through learning & business innovation, to the leadership of large organisations. He has also worked in finance journalism, accountancy, and digital marketing.
Peter has been involved with the LearnFast Group since 2003, when he joined his wife, Devon, to help her manage the growth in the numbers of schools and individuals using LearnFast’s educational software programs to address language and literacy challenges for learners of all ages. These programs are now delivered throughout southeast Australia and New Zealand.
Peter is a passionate snow skier and has a wide range of interests – from mirror neurons, to American politics (and many others!). Peter has a vision for improving the education of future generations through the innovative and creative use of emerging technologies.