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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Scientists Say Child’s Play Helps Build A Better Brain

NPR – Jon Hamilton

“”The experience of play changes the connections of the neurons at the front end of your brain,” says Sergio Pellis, a researcher at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. “And without play experience, those neurons aren’t changed,” he says…But to produce this sort of brain development, children need to engage in plenty of so-called free play, Pellis says.” (more)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

TV Background Noise Harms Children’s Development; Some Educational Programs OK

Medical Daily – Matthew Mientka

“Yet another study shows that background television noise may harm a child’s learning and development, as electronic screens continue to proliferate in the home.” (more)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Autism Remains a Mystery, but Help May Be on the Horizon

The American Association for the Advancement of Science – Earl Lane

“Researchers have not been able to pinpoint the causes of autism, although both genetics and environment likely play a role. The search for a single gene that causes autism has turned up instead dozens of genes associated with the disorder…” (more)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Double Dose of Math Has Diminishing Returns, Study Finds

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“Doubling up on math classes for a year may help middle school students in the short term, but the benefits of doing so depreciate over time—and are likely not worth the price of missing out on instruction in other subjects, according to a new study…” (more)

Friday, July 25, 2014

The amazing benefits of learning a new language

A Healthier Michigan – Staff Writer

“It’s been proven that speaking multiple languages growing up can have an impact on your life that goes way beyond being able to order food in foreign countries. For instance, those who speak two languages every day throughout their lives can delay the onset of dementia by up to four years.” (more)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

A Comprehensive Checklist of the 21st Century Learning and Work Skills

Educational Technology & Mobile Learning – Med Kharbach

“While searching for some resources on a paper and writing on the 21st century learning skills I came across this skills checklist created by the university of UToledo…Below is a round-up of the 9 most important skills which I selected from the entire list.” (more)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Playtime May Be More Important to Development Than Parents Thought

Education News – Grace Smith

“Professor Yuko Munakata of the University of Colorado…created a study to start the ball rolling toward an understanding of whether structured time or flexible time for children has an impact on their ability to “manage themselves”…When the children were evaluated…the results showed that the more time spent in unstructured activities, the better they were at executive functioning.” (more)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Thousands of Young Historians Convene for National Competition

Education Week – Liana Heitin

“At the annual National History Day (NHD) competition held this week, 3,000 middle and high school students showcased original historical research, presenting and defending their exhibits, papers, performances, websites, and documentaries before panels of judges…A 2011 evaluation of NHD found a variety of positive effects for participants, including better performance on high-stakes tests, improved writing skills, and increased confidence and capability in doing research.” (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Watching violence on TV may alter your brain

Business Standard – Staff Writer

“Young adult men who watch more violence on television show indications of less mature brain development and poorer executive functioning, according to a new study.” (more)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Reading Experience May Change the Brains of Dyslexic Students

The New York Times – Annie Murphy Paul

“Among the many challenges faced by children with dyslexia (and by their parents and teachers) is the nagging fear that their difficulties with reading are entirely hard-wired: predetermined by their genes and impossible to change. Recent research offers a balm for that fear. It suggests that experience plays a big role in dyslexia, both in exacerbating reading problems and, potentially, in easing them.” (more)