Fat May Help Build Bone Mass in Girls

Fat mass plays an important role in building bone mass in teenage girls and having too little may increase their risk of osteoporosis later in life, new research has found.

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Johnny Depp Discusses Mad Hatter in New Alice in Wonderland Video

Tim Burton’s new adaptation of Alice in Wonderland opens in theaters and IMAX 3D on March 5th, and Disney has added another breadcrumb to the trail.

Johnny Depp talks about his experience playing the Mad Hatter in a brief, but fun look behind the scenes. In the new video, we get to hear how Depp approached the zany character, as well as see some of the shenanigans we’ll get on the big screen this March.

Take a look at the video below, and don’t forget to visit our Alice in Wonderland picturesgallery for a closer look at Depp in character!

Books on parenting – Sex, Poop and Outdoor play

From Library Journal:

Just like life with children, some months in publishing are better than others. This column has some excellent offerings, and libraries can’t go wrong with any of the starred selections below. Sex is on the brain, and adolescent titles continue to get big play. more » » »

Improving School Communications – free Webinar

Date: Thursday, Jan 28, 2010
Time: 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 pm PT
Duration: One hour (15 mins for Q&A)

We invite you to join a free live webcast on Improving School Communications, featuring experts from the award-winning Los Alamitos Unified School District in California.

In today’s 21st century learning environment, the ability to communicate the right information to the right people at the right time is essential. Schools have to be able to reach every student, parent and staff member in the district, efficiently and economically, and often at short notice. Yet many schools are using costly mass notification services, or still relying on aging auto-dialers, labor-intensive manual calls, and expensive printed communications, with little or no standardization within the district.

Los Alamitos USD has been recognized multiple times for academic achievement, including the National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence award and the California Distinguished Schools award. In this webcast, you’ll learn how they addressed the challenges of school communication with a centralized district-wide notification system, featuring:

  • Automatic calls for absentee notification, general announcements, emergency situations, homework and test information
  • Instant translation to more than 30 languages
  • Integrated paging, bells, alarms, and text alerts/messages
  • Simultaneous broadcast of audio streams and text messages to IP phones, IP speakers, desktops, and overhead paging systems
  • Surveys and interactive messages to obtain parent feedback and build community support

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Kids Nutrition program

Getting kids to eat healthy can be a struggle sometimes. But, as Kimberly Van Scoy reports, a local program is getting them excited about nutrition.

Kids Nutrition program

Enter this competition to win a book

If you could spend your summer holiday anywhere, any time, in the known or unknown universe, where would it be? The moon? A tropical island? 19th Century London? The Jurassic era?

Let us know to win a copy of French Milk by Lucy Knisley. 

And you can find the link here in Pivotal Magazine

When Roles Reverse: A Guide to Parenting Your Parents

roles_reverseby Jim Comer

With a huge segment of the population facing the dilemma of how to care for
an aging parent, Jim Comer has provided a timely and invaluable resource.
Written with humor and compassion, When Roles Reverse is both a compelling
memoir and an indispensable “how to.” It answers the questions no one wants
to face, offers support for those who fear making life-altering decisions,
and provides essential guidance on where to find information and
assistance. One especially nice thing about the book is that it addresses the emotional dimension of caring for parents and does a good job of capturing what it’s like to parent your parents. If you need a crash course in parenting parents, go straight to Chapter 23: Fifty Questions That Will Save You Time, Money, and Tears. You’ll find you haven’t even thought of many of these questions and don’t know the answers to most of them.

Learning in 3-D:

Three-dimensional video is coming soon to education; here’s what you should know about this emerging trend.
Read this FREE special report and you’ll:
• Realize that 3-D technology is becoming more and more affordable
• Learn about Texas Instruments “DLP 3-D Classroom Ecosystem”
• Discover how 3-D technology can help students better grasp spatially related concepts
• Find out more about immersive virtual-reality environments

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The automobile, moving pictures, personal computers, cell phones, and social networks-all of these technologies, once considered frivolous, have made such a huge impact on our culture that our daily lives would change dramatically without them.
Could 3-D video be next?
Owing to rapid advances in technology, 3-D video already is taking cinema by storm—and mainstream use of 3-D video in the home and elsewhere isn’t far off. What’s more, advocates of 3-D video say it has the potential to revolutionize the way students learn.
Thanks to support from Texas Instruments this special report is available now to all educators at eSchool News Online.

Find out more about what 3-D technology is doing for education. Visit our special report available for FREE now at: http://www.eschoolnews.com/news/special-reports/special-reports-articles/index.cfm?i=61574

Decade in Preview: The Youthful Vision

These experts, most under 13, consult their imaginations to foretell the 20-teens.

Sure, the last decade didn’t get such a great rap; recessions, wars, and massive unemployment tend to do that. The question remains, though: What can we expect in the next 10 years? Instead of asking the usual experts, we wanted the dirt from those with the best imaginations – young people (that’s anyone born after 1985). We recently e-mailed queries to parents and teachers asking what their charges predicted. Some forecasts were quite gloomy. But at least we’ll finally have money trees. … Read the predictions