How to Improve your 1st Grader’s Reading Skills
(A note from our good friend and ambassador, Fred Lewis:) What I’ve learned from my ten years of volunteering in school computer labs: The MOST important grade for increasing efficiency and reading skills in school is FIRST GRADE. And first graders can definitely learn to touch-type. No matter what...
The Learning and the Brain Conference
I just attended and made a presentation at the 25th Learning & the Brain conference in San Francisco—USING BRAIN RESEARCH TO RAISE IQ AND ACHIEVEMENT.  My presentation was in a section titled How Will New Brain Technologies for Cognition and Memory Change Education, Learning and Aging? I talked...
Travel as Education
Travel can be one of the most educational experiences imaginable.  Even short trips that require hearing a new language, or seeing a new culture, or living in a new way (like camping) can make big changes in a child’s life. In 1970, my husband and I took our two children, Matthew (13) and Melissa...
Writing with a pencil is difficult…
Writing with a pencil is difficult…… You have to remember what the letters look like…. You have to draw the letters…. You  have to erase… You have to copy over… Writing with a computer can make it easier… You don’t have to draw the letters….just...
A Story to Explain Brain Research About Reading
A Typical Day in a Brain Research Lab The machine was familiar to her now, but it was still amazing to think that it could take a picture of her son’s brain while he was reading!  Johnny was lying down inside the machine, and she could hear him answering questions that the doctor was asking. Ann sat...
Message to Parents: Your kids only learn to read once!
Your child will only learn to read and write once! Don’t miss it! Sometimes it happens in the space of a few short months. You can play a vital role, and it may be one of the most significant things you and your child ever do together. Reading and writing are the most important skills children learn...
Your First Grader Can Write!
First graders can write!  And what’s more they WANT to write!  The story below by Kasey, age 6, is a marvelous example, (produced in the Read, Write & Type lab at her school in Los Altos, California). Writing is a way to learn how to think.  As E.M. Forester once said “How can I know what...