Middle-school children who consume heavily sweetened energy drinks are 66% more likely to be at risk for hyperactivity and inattention symptoms, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health has found.
The finding has implications for school success and lends support to existing recommendations to limit the amount of sweetened beverages schoolchildren drink. The authors also recommend that children avoid energy drinks, which in addition to high levels of sugar also often contain caffeine. The study is published in the journal Academic Pediatrics.
The research team — led by professor Jeannette Ickovics, director of CARE (Community Alliance for Research and Engagement) at the School of Public Health — surveyed 1,649 middle-school students randomly selected from a single urban school district in Connecticut. Read More
It’s Minecraft’s world, and we’re just all living in it.
Newzoo released a list of the top 20 most popular games according to views received on YouTube videos. Newzoo got the info by continuously tracking over 4 million gaming-related YouTube channels. As you can see in the chart below, Minecraft was way ahead with 2.395 billion views in January.
This list contains a lot of popular franchises, so it doesn’t have many surprises. Clash of Clans, however, at No. 9 is the only game on the list that only exists on mobile platforms, although Angry Birds at No. 8 is primarily known as a mobile brand. Read More
An army descended upon my house and most of them weren’t even there to see the football game. They were interested in seeing something much more exciting. My preschooler and I were hosting a party for Disney Imagicademy‘s debut app, Mickey’s Magical Math World.
In this awesome app, kids are invited to join Mickey and his pals on a fun-filled Space Adventure that explores math concepts with their favorite Disney characters in a variety of playgrounds. But before we got to the app, we had to get our creative juices flowing. Read More
Presentation platform Prezi has launched its first standalone app and it’s got nothing to do with wowing your bosses. Nutshell is an iPhone app that turns your photos into mini-movies.
If you’ve used Prezi, you’ll know that it’s got knack for applying effects to what might otherwise be stultifying slideshows. It’s applied the same approach to the new app. Read More
After testing 10 different apps in the classroom for several weeks, I can confidently endorse Operation Math, Free Graphing Calculator, and DragonBox Algebra 5+ as the best math fluency apps for iOS and Android. These apps were more useful, more engaging, and more educational than their competitors. Read on to learn how each of the three apps uniquely facilitates or improves students’ math abilities. Read More
Something magical happens when you combine NASA and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). First of all, you can solve most of your basic word puzzles on Wheel of Fortune, but you also get an educational and entertaining mix of space, science, and, considering this concoction is being mixed on Disney Junior, a healthy dose of that wonderful Disney storytelling. As an added bonus, your kids will love it.
Miles from Tomorrowland is a new Disney Junior series full of non-stop excitement that premiers on Friday, February 6 (check local listings). It stars the voice talents of Olivia Munn (The Newsroom), Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants), Fiona Bishop (Sofia the First), and Cullen McCarthy (Mr. Peabody & Sherman) as the Callisto family, a tight-knit bunch working for the Tomorrowland Transit Authority, as they travel through space and endless adventure. Read More
Too many American, Australian, New Zealand—in fact kids all over the world—are not getting a good enough education. This will have negative economic consequences on a personal and national scale: standards of living will slip away from people as a fact and a promise.
If Woodhead and Oakeshott are right it also means we are selling our children short. A full education is humanising (however, we might understand it). We can work on getting better teachers or affecting better teaching; we can look at ways to increase our kids’ motivation to learn; but we should also try to glean what it is about some cultures that make them so successful educationally, and learn from them. Read More
When it comes to writing essays, no one can say that the work can be done easily. Some students have natural talent in written expression, but even they have to spend many hours in research and writing before they come up with captivating content that would get them an A. However, you shouldn’t despair and think “I could never write my essay like my professor wants to”.
If you manage to go through the following 10 stages of essay writing and practice regularly, your professor will definitely start appreciating your effort more than usual. Read More