An international lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of more than 155 publications including 14 books, Dr. Flexer is a past president of the Educational Audiology Association, the American Academy of Audiology, and the AG Bell Academy for Listening and Spoken Language. For her research and advocacy for children with hearing loss, Dr. Flexer has received four prestigious awards; two from The Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing -- the Volta Award and Professional of the Year Award, one from the American Academy of Audiology; the 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award., and one from Kent State University, The EHHS Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award, 2015.
Masterclass @ 08:30
LISTENING IN LEARNING SPACES: A BRAIN-BASED PERSPECTIVELearn how the auditory environment in all forms, sizes and uses, profiles a child’s ability to listen to and process auditory information received from: the teacher, other students, media sources, and even from the student.
- Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology, The University of Akron (USA)
- International lecturer in pediatric and educational audiology and author of 14 books
- Teaches how young brains thrive when we respect the transmission and reception of
- auditory information
There is a groundswell of interest in the brain-basis of learning. Have you ever wondered how:
- infant neurological development shapes the child’s future cognitive potential?
- the physical environment influences a child’s ability to listen, talk, read and make friends?
- noise interferes with a child’s development of executive functions?
- auditory information can be offered evenly to everyone in the room -- teachers and children -- to ensure that all students are able to access critical information and attain mastery of priority skills and knowledge?
This course is designed to address these questions, and to discuss how a fresh and evidenced-based understanding of auditory learning can improve educational outcomes and learning space functionality. WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
- Educators and Technology Leaders of all year levels seeking to improve their understanding of auditory brain access
- ICT Integrators/Facilitators/learning Coordinators looking for ways to support their colleagues to increase student achievement in all cultural and linguistic backgrounds
- Principals and Curriculum Coordinators responsible for strategic planning of learning spaces that includes access to the auditory curriculum relevant to whole group and differentiated learning
- Future-focused educators/curriculum leads/head of department that are interested in how children listen and learn
- Architects, business managers and project managers looking to raise their awareness of learning spaces that feature equitable delivery of auditory information for traditional and agile learning spaces
Overall Learning Outcomes: Delegates attending this class will learn about the sounds of teaching and learning, featuring:
WHAT TO BRING?
- The Big Picture about the development of listening from a neurophysiological perspective
- Universal design, highlighting the value of making all learning spaces better listening spaces
- The role of the listening brain on a child’s literacy and psycho-social development
- Basic classroom acoustics and speech perception from an audiology perspective
Laptop, tablet, smart phone, or even pen and paper. Internet access not required.
Day 2 @ 09:00
09:00 - 10:30
Choose between a wide variety of specific topics to discuss and debate with your peers. This is a completely open forum where you have the chance to split into smaller groups, and attend 3 x 25-minute discussion roundtables to swap ideas and leverage the knowledge and experiences of your peers.
Acoustic accessibility to optimize learning
Day 2 @ 11:30
The acoustics of learning
Dr. Carol Flexer is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Audiology, and international thought leader in discussing how young brains thrive when we respect the transmission and reception of auditory information. She will share insight into how the auditory environment in all forms, sizes and uses, shapes a child’s ability to listen to and process auditory information. Attendees will learn how a fresh and evidenced-based understanding of auditory learning can improve educational outcomes and learning space functionality.