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Smart growth community living increases physical activity in children

Smart growth community living increases physical activity in children | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

"Smart growth" neighborhoods show a 46% increase of physical activity in kids Physical inactivity is a leading cause of death and disease globally.


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Do Early Outdoor Experiences Help Build Healthier Brains?

Do Early Outdoor Experiences Help Build Healthier Brains? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

More natural environment can soften the blow of toxic stress in early childhood.

 

A growing body of primarily correlative evidence suggests that, even in the densest urban neighborhoods, negative stress, obesity and other health problems are reduced and psychological and physical health improved when children and adults experience more nature in their everyday lives. These studies suggest that nearby nature can also stimulate learning abilities and reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and we know that therapies using gardening or animal companions do improve psychological health. We also know that parks with the richest biodiversity appear to have a positive impact on psychological well-being and social bonding among humans.

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KARE Givers: We lose our dreams, and that's a bad thing...

KARE Givers: We lose our dreams, and that's a bad thing... | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

What are the circumstances that create the child's dream state of mind? I think it's actually the child's state of mind that creates the circumstances. Children live in a visceral and fascinating world inside their heads that allows them to see the world they believe; not believe the world they see... the world of their dreams, and I think there is tremendous possibility in extending this perspective beyond childhood along the growth spectrum; even into adulthood. At some point we lose our dreams, and that's just profoundly sad because losing our dreams in adult terms is synonymous with lost purpose and possibility.


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What Can Children Tell Us About Growing Up Poor?

What Can Children Tell Us About Growing Up Poor? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

In Frontline's latest documentary, Poor Kids, children are all too aware of their family's financial situation. With one in five children living below the poverty line, Poor Kids explores daily life of living hand to mouth and not having enough, through the eyes of children. We spoke with the film's writer, producer and director, Jezza Neumann. (...)


The tragedy here is that they're all too well aware that this isn't good. So, what you see is children who know this isn't the way it should be, but have no way of changing it for themselves. (...)


With a subject like poverty, it's a really difficult subject to get people to listen to and to get people to care about. Also, people have a lot of stigmas attached to it and a lot of misconceptions. And in turn, people often feel stigmatized about being poor. They don't want to talk about it. Because, then quite often people will want to judge.


BY: KELLY CHEN

20 Nov 2012

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DVICE: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction

DVICE: Ethiopian kids hack OLPCs in 5 months with zero instruction | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.


Here's how it went down, as related by OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte at MIT Technology Review's EmTech conference last week:


"We left the boxes in the village. Closed. Taped shut. No instruction, no human being. I thought, the kids will play with the boxes! Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, but found the on/off switch. He'd never seen an on/off switch. He powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs [in English] in the village. And within five months, they had hacked Android. Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera! And they figured out it had a camera, and they hacked Android."

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Oh, those telling eyes!

Oh, those telling eyes! | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

And the stories behind them…


They come in various sizes and attitudes – dressed, buttoned, tied, and tucked with hopeful fingers – walking to school on barefoot paths. Children from the townships in South Africa live in extraordinarily challenging environments, yet they convert those challenges into creativity wrapped in endless smiles. Each has the raw potential given any child at birth. Every face confirms that potential, building a world out of whatever they have – able to play and laugh and dream without limits. Their imaginations surpass their realities.


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What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain?

What Is This App Doing To My Kid’s Brain? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

The amount of digital media exposure we’re getting, even among the tiniest infants, just keeps growing. Half of all children under the age of 8 have access to a touch-screen device, whether smartphone or tablet, at home, and half of infants under 1 year watch TV or videos--an average of almost two hours a day. The educational app field is seeing massive growth with 80% of educational apps in the iPad store targeted to young children. But research, says one expert, is lagging far behind practice.


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Children of immigrants are coming out ahead of their peers, U.S. study finds

Children of immigrants are outperforming children whose family trees have deeper roots in the United States, learning more in school and then making smoother transitions into adulthood, according to sociologists.

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A Child Was Here!

A Child Was Here! | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Do you remember how time disappears when you get lost in your work? Watch children on a playground – digging, building, drawing in the dirt. They are lost in the moment, following their imagination, building a creative base for their tomorrows.


The little stick in just the right place today becomes the I-beam exactly placed in the future. The trail scratched into the sand promises a future road builder. Words carved into the soil with a stick hints of a philosopher (in this case, a researcher). The hand builds the brain through engagement with the world.


There is so much power in a spot of dirt, sand, rocks, or debris for a child. It is as large a space for their minds as the world is to ours. How free they are to explore, manipulate, design, and build impacts their developing brain. It is their moment, their learning, their tomorrow they are building.


Give them space to become who they are!


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Exploring the Nature Pyramid | The Nature of Cities

Exploring the Nature Pyramid | The Nature of Cities | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

How much exposure to nature and outdoor natural environments is necessary, though, to ensure healthy child development and a healthy adult life? We don't know for sure but it might be that we need to start examining what is necessary. Are there such things as minimum daily requirements of nature? And what do we make of the different ways we experience nature and the different types of nature that we experience? Is there a good way to begin to think about this?


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Want Kids to Be More Altruistic? Give Them Arts Education

Want Kids to Be More Altruistic? Give Them Arts Education | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Earlier this year Secretary of Education Arne Duncan voiced his support for dance, music, theater, and visual arts programs, calling them "essential to preparing our nation's young people for a global economy fueled by innovation and creativity." A new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago points to an equally important reason we need to make sure every school has a robust arts program: People who engage in the arts or watch others do so are more likely to be civically engaged, socially tolerant, and altruistic.


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Healthy Happy Meals with toys steer kids from junk food

Healthy Happy Meals with toys steer kids from junk food | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
What part of a McDonald's Happy Meal puts a smile on kids' faces? The toys, according to a new Ontario study, which found youngsters would pick nutritional fare if playthings are included, compared to junk foods with no toys.
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Compass Green: Sustainability Classroom on Wheels

Compass Green: Sustainability Classroom on Wheels | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
Compass Green is a mobile greenhouse that, in its year of operation, has been responsible for approximately 3,000 students trained in sustainable and organic agriculture, all around the country.
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Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy

Learning to Connect the Dots: Developing Children’s Systems Literacy | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

How can can adults nurture children’s capacity to “connect the dots” through everyday conversations and activities? How can educators build an environment that leads children to see the patterns that make a difference? In this article, educator and writer Linda Booth Sweeney points out that thinking about systems means paying attention to the interrelationships, patterns, and dynamics that surround us – and that children are naturally attuned to this. In cultivating systems literacy, you build upon this natural understanding to help promote this integrated way of thinking for the children in your life.


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How can can adults nurture children’s capacity to “connect the dots” through everyday conversations and activities? How can educators build an environment that leads children to see the patterns that make a difference? In this article, educator and writer Linda Booth Sweeney points out that thinking about systems means paying attention to the interrelationships, patterns, and dynamics that surround us – and that children are naturally attuned to this. In cultivating systems literacy, you build upon this natural understanding to help promote this integrated way of thinking for the children in your life.

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Green Roofs Help Brighten Up Hospital Stays

Green Roofs Help Brighten Up Hospital Stays | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Two hospitals recently transformed their roofs into living gardens, reducing their carbon footprint while also providing a healing green space for patients.


Last fall, Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital in Hershey, Pa., and Aultman Hospital in Canton, Ohio, became the latest medical facilities to add green roofs to their buildings, not only for aesthetic reasons but also to provide better insulation and stormwater management. Both hospitals used the modular LiveRoof hybrid system (...)


“Views of natural landscapes have a positive effect on emotional and mental health,” said Ryan Jones, vice president of support services at Aultman Hospital. “Some studies have even shown that patients who have a view of green space have lower levels of stress and anxiety and recover more quickly.”


The green roofs at both hospitals also provide environmental benefits, including the ability to absorb rainwater and reduce runoff. The plants and soil also shield the underlying structural roof from UV radiation and reduce temperature extremes, which can help extend the service life of the roof.


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A hospital in Ohio has found a way of reducing its carbon footprint by creating garden roofs, which I think is very smart but can be expensive at the same time. However it does save the environment and better the health of the patients.

 

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The 14 Most Inspirational Kids of 2012

The 14 Most Inspirational Kids of 2012 | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Meet 14 inspirational young people who have already accomplished huge feats this year, and it's only the beginning of their careers.


One young activist prompted a major American magazine to ban heavily airbrushed photos. Another young Californian boy crafted an elaborate cardboard cut-out arcade and sparked the imaginations of hundreds of kids around the world.


These young innovators are set to discover a cure for cancer, save lives by pinpointing abandoned landmines and generally inspire the world to do better.

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Apopka Family Learning Center

Apopka Family Learning Center is an inclusive community where children and families of all races, cultures, and walks of life are welcomed. We believe that family and community offer the best support system for healthy social, academic, civic, and ethical development. By offering educational opportunities to the entire family, we create families who value education, self-reliance, and community service.


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Investigation into Copenhagen's Play Yards

Investigation into Copenhagen's Play Yards | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

How does Denmark’s capital city meet its children’s need for outdoor play – and what can other nations learn from its approach? For a well-researched, gloriously detailed, beautifully presented answer, look no further than a new report from Australian architect Tanya Vincent.


Her report is one of the most useful of its kind that I have ever read. It is full of insights into the design, management and ethos of the settings. It is also hard-hitting, making some powerful points about the nature of childhood in Australia and the urgent need for better places for children to play. All in just over 40 pages, plus an appendix with superbly designed spreads giving site-by-site descriptions. There is even a site map for the Copenhagen projects.

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KARE Givers: Thinking, feeling and being in schools... by @graingered

... we need to look through a more empathic lens in attempting to understand not how people (kids) feel, but rather why what they feel (or not feel) makes them do the debilitating things they do. When teachers look through this altered lens they stop blaming the child for the problem, and start looking for other social and environmental factors that can erode empathy, including neglect and abuse.

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The Creativity Crisis

The Creativity Crisis | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

From fourth grade on, creativity no longer occurs in a vacuum; researching and studying become an integral part of coming up with useful solutions. But this transition isn’t easy. As school stuffs more complex information into their heads, kids get overloaded, and creativity suffers. When creative children have a supportive teacher—someone tolerant of unconventional answers, occasional disruptions, or detours of curiosity—they tend to excel.


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To Raise A Generation Of Creative Kids, Let Them Make Their Own Stories

To Raise A Generation Of Creative Kids, Let Them Make Their Own Stories | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

For years, stories have been predominately linear push communications. Elite storytelling auteurs would weave their masterful tales. The great stories were devoured page-by-page, scene-by-scene by an engrossed, yet passive audience. However, kids growing up now will never know this purely passive form of content consumption.


Parents and the media industry need to stimulate a new form of storytelling. We need stories that invite participation, remixing, mashing-up, playing, and creating. These types of stories are a great way to help kids find and understand their place in the world. As kids play with their stories, the more they discover themselves. Through triggering key capabilities like role playing and imagination, kids can more clearly see their place in the society around them.


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Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture?

Do Early Experiences in the Natural World Help Shape Children’s Brain Architecture? | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

A growing body of primarily correlative evidence suggests that, even in the densest urban neighborhoods, negative stress, obesity and other health problems are reduced and psychological and physical health improved when children and adults experience more nature in their everyday lives. These studies suggest that nearby nature can also stimulate learning abilities and reduce the symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and we know that therapies using gardening or animal companions do improve psychological health. We also know that parks with the richest biodiversity appear to have a positive impact on psychological well-being and social bonding among humans.


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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

How can we prepare today’s students to become tomorrow’s innovators? It’s an urgent challenge, repeated by President Obama, corporate CEOs, and global education experts like Yong Zhao and Tony Wagner. Virtually every discussion of 21st-century learning puts innovation and its close cousin, creativity, atop the list of skills students must have for the future.

 

Across disparate fields, from engineering and technology to the social and environmental sectors, innovators use a common problem-solving process. They frame problems carefully, looking at issues from all sides to find opportunity gaps. They may generate many possible solutions before focusing their efforts. They refine solutions through iterative cycles, learning from failure along with success. When they hit on worthy ideas, innovators network with others and share results widely.

 

In the classroom, this same process corresponds neatly with the stages of project-based learning. In PBL, students investigate intriguing questions that lead them to learn important academic content. They apply their learning to create something new, demonstrate their understanding, or teach others about the issue they have explored. By emphasizing key thinking skills throughout the PBL process, teachers can guide students to operate the same way that innovators do in all kinds of settings.

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GROWS literacy Apopka: GROWS literacy group in Apopka helps immigrants learn English

GROWS literacy Apopka: GROWS literacy group in Apopka helps immigrants learn English | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it

Although reading stories to their children can be a chore for some busy parents, Fernanda Chen has plenty of reasons to smile whenever she reads to her two kids.

 

Just two years ago, when she arrived in the U.S. from her native Brazil to join her husband, Chen could barely speak English. She realized quickly that her inability to understand the language could thwart the hopes for professional and academic success she had for herself and her kids: Stephanie, 6, and Cristopher, 4.

 

Then she heard about the Family Literacy Program at the Greater Reading or Writing Skills Literacy Council in Apopka. GROWS, as the council is known, is one of the agencies supported by the Orlando Sentinel Family Fund's Education Matters Campaign. In the GROWS classroom, immigrants learn to read, write and speak English well enough to function in the U.S.

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planning a natural playground — DeepFUN

planning a natural playground — DeepFUN | Arrival Cities | Scoop.it
A recent post in the Playscapes weblog offers a detailed description of the plans and costs for creating the Brock Elementary School Natural Playscape. Reportedly, it cost less than $9,000 to build the playground.
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