How to clean up an oil spill – Critical thinking skills and citizenship

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico offers a forum for students to apply critical thinking skills, as well as a focal point for discussions on the pillar of Citizenship.

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Some educators question if whiteboards, other high-tech tools raise achievement

Under enormous pressure to reform, the nation’s public schools are spending millions of dollars each year on gadgets from text-messaging devices to interactive whiteboards that technology companies promise can raise student performance.

Finding a cure for ‘copy and paste’

It’s not surprising that time-starved language students reach for the web to copy other people’s work, but introducing more creative writing tasks can help them rely on their own skills and avoid the copy-and-paste function

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The Smurfs Movie

First official teaser for The Smurfs Movie — Raja Gosnell’s live-action/CGI adaptation of the beloved children’s cartoon.

The film, which features the voice acting talents of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen, John Oliver, Paul Reubens, B. J. Novak, and Kenan Thompson, alongside the acting talents of Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria (as Gargamel), is slated to open August 3, 2011.

Let’s focus on realistic education in the 21st century

From Diane Mufson:

With changes in industry and technology, education has become the means to advance in our society. We now emphasize the importance of a high school education for all, but in recent decades have expanded that idea to encourage college degrees for everybody. The 21st Century requires both quality and realistic educational programs.

A few thoughts on education in the future include:

Helping our Children Become the Leaders of Tomorrow

What if you could give a child the tools, strategies and technologies to become a leader in all areas of their life?

The nonprofit Anthony Robbins Foundation’s Global Youth Leadership Summit is a five-day program designed to boost young adults into leadership roles that will change their lives and that of their community.

Taking place July 17th – July 22, 2010 in San Diego, CA the summit gives kids aged 14-17 the tools they need to enter into a world of community leadership and service. Through group discussions, leadership games, team building, guest speakers from around the world, simulations and exercises, the summit participants will identify their own particular leadership strengths, create their personal goals and develop a commitment to community service.

The summit is taking applications to participate now, if you have a child aged 14-17 (or know someone who does you can forward this to), or are interested in volunteering to work with these future leaders please click on the link below now – help change a young persons life forever!

Learn more about the program and get an application here.

“[Global Youth Leadership Summit] helped me get rid of my shyness and insecurity. I needed to let go of my fears of being judged. When I did, I gained an abundance of friends, along with courage and confidence. My grades have improved and I joined the soccer team and the cheerleading squad, which I would never have done before.”

Sarah VanDeusen,
High School Student
Clinton, NY

Thought for the Day

The important thing is not so much
that every child should be taught,
as that every child should be given the wish to learn.

John Lubbock

Help develop your child’s emotional intelligence with five bedtime stories on CD

Your 5 to 7-year-old can learn to deal with life’s challenges through these gentle hypnotic tales.

The next best thing to reading one-on-one with your child, Five Funny Critters will soothingly help your child learn valuable life skills through the power of story.

In today’s complex, busy world, it’s not easy to find the time and the right words to help your child deal with issues that he or she faces each day.

Your child (and maybe you, too) will enjoy:

Celebrating individuality
Dealing with differences
Interacting with others in a healthy way
Overcoming reluctance
Finding a new sense of optimism
Facing fears with confidence
Sleeping naturally
Learning new things

Your child will love Five Funny Critters and will be unaware that he or she is learning valuable skills that will serve him or her for years to come. Dr. John Dyckman’s engaging style combined with his original music creates a series that is sure to be listened to over and over again.

Your child will benefit by learning new age-appropriate skills. And you will benefit because your child is sure to relax and fall asleep!!!

Build multiplication skills with the Space Race game

Space Race is a multi-player racing game for multiplication. Students race against each other in space answering multiplication problems. How quickly the student correctly answers the multiplication problem determines how quickly the spaceship will go. The student with the fastest rate of correct answers will win the race. Hits and misses are recorded and displayed at the end of the game, along with the student’s rate. 1-4 players can play at once.

Play Space Race