Thought for the Day

“An expert is someone who has succeeded in making decisions and judgments simpler through knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore.” Edward de Bono

Great website for kids – great links out and be able to organise everything

Middlespot promises a better way to visually discover, collect, and organize what you like.
With a mashtab you can collect webpages, images, music, videos, web widgets, files, documents, code, and more in one central spot.
Go to “my start page” and click … and one option is “Kid Launch'”. You can play there and explore all the options.
The site provides links to Funbrain, EdHeads, Lego,Sheppard Software, Fact Monster, IXL Math Practice, Help Kidz Learn, Dance Mat Typing, Britannica Online for Kids, and InfoPlease Homework Helper

Why Use Web 2.0 Tools when Teaching Science or Math?

The following is a common question heard around teacher workrooms, teacher lunchrooms, faculty meetings, and science or math conferences.

“Why use web 2.0 tools when teaching science or math?”

The answer is both simple and complex at the same time. The answer to this question is: http://bit.ly/dlJvoI

Puzzle for kids: Calendar Confusion

Frank showed up for work on Monday only to discover that his delivery truck was in the shop for repairs. He was told that it would be ready two days after the day before the day after tomorrow. On what day can Frank expect the truck to be back on the road?

Find the answer here

The future of reading …

From Wired.com

Margaret Noble’s 12th-grade class at High Tech High Media Arts in San Diego. Noble assigned her class to create interactive artworks around the theme of children’s books of the future, and the results are amazing — see the video below

Six technologies soon to affect education

Several important technologies are becoming more relevant to K-12 education.

Several important technologies are becoming more relevant to K-12 education.

Cloud computing and collaborative learning environments are set to take hold in K-12 schools in the very near future, with mobile devices, game-based learning, and other education technologies to follow suit in the next few years, according to the 2010 Horizon Report’s K-12 Edition, released by the New Media Consortium (NMC).

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Causes and Correlates of Girls’ Delinquency

By Margaret A. Zahn, Robert Agnew, Diana Fishbein, Shari Miller, Donna-Marie Winn, Gayle Dakoff, Candace Kruttschnitt, Peggy Giordano, Denise C. Gottfredson, Allison A. Payne, Barry C. Feld, and Meda Chesney-Lind

According to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from 1991 to 2000,
arrests of girls increased more (or decreased less) than arrests of boys for most types
of offenses. By 2004, girls accounted for 30 percent of all juvenile arrests. However,
questions remain about whether these trends reflect an actual increase in girls’
delinquency or changes in societal responses to girls’ behavior. To find answers to
these questions, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention convened the
Girls Study Group to establish a theoretical and empirical foundation to guide the development,
testing, and dissemination of strategies to reduce or prevent girls’ involvement
in delinquency and violence.

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Celebrate Earth Day, Dr. Seuss Style

Just in time for Earth Day, Oceanhouse Media has released two special iPhone and iPad apps based around Dr. Seuss’s classic book, The Lorax. First published in 1971, The Lorax was written by Dr. Seuss to teach children about the value of caring about the environment. Read more …

Are teens just a bunch of selfish slackers?

Teens are no more egotistical than previous generations, new research shows, despite previous studies that described today’s youth as self-centered and antisocial.

In a scientific analysis of nearly a half-million high-school seniors spread over three decades, Michigan State University psychology Brent Donnellan and Kali Trzesniewski of the University of Western Ontario argue teens today are just as happy and satisfied as their parents’ generation. The study appears in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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