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6 Fun Science Activities For Toddlers & Up

Moms – Anupama Subramaniyam

“A growing child is always curious. Which is why they are constantly asking us questions. Thanks to quarantine, questions are mostly limited to things we see at home. So now with movements being limited, it’s time to bring the curious mind home. What better way to do it than with fun science experiments? If your kids think science isn’t fun, these projects are going to change their minds. So grab your kids and toddlers and choose which experiment you want to do (or you could do them all, what’s stopping you?).” (more)

How to Coach Parents Who Are Teaching at Home

Edutopia – Ben Johnson

“Covid-19 affected schools that had to adjust in unanticipated ways. Teachers at my school felt pressure to keep students learning at the same pace as before, yet they knew that they could not teach or assess in the same way. When they gave assignments, it was difficult to know if the students were doing the work or just going through the motions. Some teachers sent detailed daily schedules, while others sent lists of assignments.” (more)

Healthier school food and physical activity environments matter for childhood obesity

Medical X-Press – Staff Writer

“Almost one in five children and adolescents in the United States are obese. Since children eat up to two meals per day and can get 40 percent of their daily physical activity at schools, schools play a major role in obesity-related behaviors. Although recent policies and programs, such as the National School Lunch Program, have focused on promoting healthier school environments, there is little evidence of the consequences for children’s weight.” (more)

Parental factors and home environment found to play a role in student math abilities

Medical X-Press – Bob Yirka

“A pair of researchers at the University of Sussex has found that the kind of relationship a child has with his or her parents can have a major impact on how well they do in learning math at school. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Danielle Evans and Andy Field describe their study of data from an ongoing research effort aimed at learning about how children grow up in the U.K. and what they learned from it.” (more)

Empowering Teaching and Learning with Interoperability

Ed Tech Magazine – Doug Konopelko and Tim Clark

“A quick search of the words “interoperability” and “education” yields over 21 million results. Considering this massive volume, this combination of topics is clearly on the hearts and minds of teachers and students. However, a quick survey would show that this is not the case. Other than those who are quick with their affixes and root words, there is barely a soul outside of an IT role who can give you a close definition.” (more)

AI-Assisted Learning And Its Impact On Education

Forbes – Sameer Maskey

“Learning is a multifaceted, multidimensional and dynamic experience made of intricate layers that include reading, writing, listening, watching, thinking, testing and more. These layers weave together to make learning an experience that is personal and relative to every person. There is power in understanding the elements that shape the way we learn. That knowledge, when partnered with artificial intelligence (AI), can enable us to create learning experiences that are supportive to all learners. A learning experience that is adaptive and enhances our natural style of learning with machine intelligence can be thought of as AI-assisted learning (AIAL). ” (more)

3 Ways to Reduce Stress and Build Connections During Distance Learning

Edutopia – Sarah Gonser

“When people experience stress, the hormone cortisol is released in the body, producing the fight, flight, or freeze impulse. Some stress may be useful in preparing kids for challenging tasks like tests and performances. “This is the limbic system in the brain at work—attention, concentration, focus, memory, preparation,” writes Cantor. But persistently high levels of stress can become toxic, affecting attention and memory. The hormone oxytocin, however, can help protect children from these harmful effects. “Relationships that are strong and positive cause oxytocin’s release, which helps produce feelings of trust, love, attachment, and safety,” Cantor writes. “This not only helps children manage stress, but also offsets the damaging effects of cortisol and produces resilience to future stress.” As students head back to school this fall with the possibility of hybrid learning models and rolling school closures, educators and parents will play an important role in helping to “inoculate us against the intolerable stress of the scary, uncertain world we now live in,” she writes. Cantor suggests adults focus on a new take on the “Three Rs”: relationships, routines, and resilience.” (more)

Why going camping could be the answer to your lockdown holiday woes

The Conversation – Carol Southwall

“Many families incorporate outdoor activity in green space into their holiday plans as a way of improving wellbeing and mental health. Active pursuits in the outdoors can also bring families together to enjoy themselves. Camping, more than most forms of holiday, involves family members doing more together and encourages a more active, back-to-nature lifestyle. And, according to research from the University of Plymouth, children who go camping do better at school and are healthier and happier. So it’s a win-win.” (more)

An Educator’s View: A Curriculum That Builds Deep Knowledge Is a Critical Tool for Equity, Both for Learning in School and Online

The 74 Million – Nadine Moulta-Ali

“Washington, D.C., is my home, and as an educator, I’m proud of that. Here’s a glimpse into why: Just before District of Columbia Public Schools closed in March, I observed a class of fourth-graders joyfully adding fractions on a number line as I coached their teachers. Each student was engaged and could talk about fractions with ease and confidence. Shifting instruction to teach students in a way that shows them why a process works increases their achievement. What’s more, the kids loved doing the math.” (more)

Schwartz & Kerr: To Help Guide Decisions About COVID, Schools and Students, Researchers Are Compiling Decades of Data in Easy-to-Read Briefs. Here’s Some of What They’ve Found

The 74 Million – Nate Schwartz and Sara Kerr

“In recent months, as schools nationwide scrambled to respond to the challenges posed by COVID-19, state and local education leaders have reached out to ask us: What does research say about how to prevent learning loss? About how to prepare teachers for distance learning? About how to address the mental health and other needs of students and educators during a crisis? About how to reduce the impact of budget cuts?” (more)