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Serotonin And Happiness Are Regulated By Gut Bacteria - BMED Report

University of College Cork (UCC) scientists have shown that brain levels of serotonin, the ‘happy hormone,’ are regulated by the amount of bacteria in the gut during early life.  Their research is being published today in the leading international...

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Children’s Stories App MeMeTales Comes To Android, Offers Free Books All Summer - TechCrunch

Children’s Stories App MeMeTales Comes To Android, Offers Free Books All Summer - TechCrunch | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

MeMeTales, a super-cute (and guilt-free!) children’s books application arrives on Android today, following its iOS release and public debut at 500 Startups’ demo day last October. Originally from Seattle, now a San Francisco-based operation, the company was founded by husband and wife team Maya Bisineer and Pree Kolari, and offers a library of picture books designed for preschool and elementary-aged kids and their parents.

Through partnerships with publishers like PBSKids, HarperCollins, Little Pickle Press, Shen’s Books and others, the platform includes access to a variety of quality books to choose from, but unlike other e-book libraries for kids, it also “gamifies” the experience for the young readers.


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Children’s Educational Technology: The Trends – Guest Post by Julie Brannon | The Digital Media Diet

Children’s Educational Technology: The Trends – Guest Post by Julie Brannon | The Digital Media Diet | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

Technology is transforming learning for people of all ages. Educational software is merging with gaming to help engage children. In many places textbooks have already moved into the digital realm, and teachers are “flipping the classroom” – using the internet to provide pre-classroom lectures and the classroom to embed that knowledge. New educational augmented reality applications are on the market. Inside and outside of schools educational technology is blossoming as new partnerships are being formed to help move numerous new initiatives forward ...


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Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon

Why Storytelling Is The Ultimate Weapon | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Jonathan Gottschall, author of The Storytelling Animal, says science backs up the long-held belief that story is the most powerful means of communicating a message.

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10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes About His Work - Mental Floss

10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes About His Work - Mental Floss | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
10 Memorable Dr. Seuss Quotes

Here are some things Theodor Seuss Geisel said about his life, his work, his inspiration, and bow ties.

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Does Mommy Need a Social Media Diet? (Why Modeling Matters) | The Digital Media Diet

Does Mommy Need a Social Media Diet? (Why Modeling Matters) | The Digital Media Diet | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

A post several months ago, on Mashable.com, caught my eye. It was called “5 Lessons for Parenting in the Digital Age” and had a nice list of things to consider when parenting our digital natives – kids that are immersed in a digital world that excites and challenges today’s parents.

 

The list included:

 

Technology No Longer Has Boundaries


Know When to Cut it Off


The Difference Between Preference and Addiction


Focus on Technology That Truly Connects Us to Our Kids


Model the Balance


Up until number five, I was feeling pretty smug …


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Promoting Literacy Through Text Messaging

Believe it or not, there could be educational value in using texting in the classroom.


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Share a Story - Shape a Future: Readers Take Heart: Yes, You Are a Reader

Share a Story - Shape a Future: Readers Take Heart: Yes, You Are a Reader | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

We read every day without thinking about it ... just like breathing! In this post, you'll find five ways that we model reading for kids, just by going about our day!

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Books: final chapter yet to be written - Books - NZ Herald News

Books: final chapter yet to be written - Books - NZ Herald News | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Printed works aren't about to be killed off by digital readers just yet, says global publishing expert

 

The reassuring news about printed books - for those who devour them - is they are not ready to surrender to the digital tide.

 

That's the perspective of a book lover who reads ebooks and who sits at the top of the world's publishing industry. Jens Bammel, a German lawyer and secretary general of the International Publishing Association, watches the business of books from Geneva.

 

He likens its condition to surfing an avalanche, given that the irresistible momentum of digital publishing is sweeping all before it ...


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Early Childhood Brain Insights: The Best Valentine's Day Gift for Your Child: Love and Play

Early Childhood Brain Insights: The Best Valentine's Day Gift for Your Child: Love and Play | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

It really is that easy and inexpensive to give your child the best Valentine’s Day present, a parents love and interactive play. This is what a developing brain needs most.


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iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom, Part 2 | The Digital Media Diet

iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom, Part 2 | The Digital Media Diet | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

Earlier this school year I began volunteering in my child’s Kindergarten class with my two iPads and a suite of apps that focused on early literacy skills. Now half way through the school year, I’ve discovered more about engaging kids with learning apps.

 

You can read my first post, “iPads in Education – How you & your iPad can volunteer together in your child’s classroom” here: http://digital-storytime.com/wp/?p=916.

 

I’ve been very impressed by how even the most basic assessments in these apps can help teachers (and volunteers) tailor educational efforts to meet students needs in a more individual way ...


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The Book Chook: Resources for Telling the Time

The Book Chook: Resources for Telling the Time | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

Ideas for helping kids learn to tell the time. 


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The 10 Types of Educational Apps and When To Use Them – Kindertown

The 10 Types of Educational Apps and When To Use Them – Kindertown | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

Many educators and parents are searching for apps that provide the best environment for learning to take place. Generally, this means apps that deliver meaningful content with an in-depth experience incorporating discovery and challenge. These apps are often “free-play” or “choice-filled” games which encourage kids to engage in their own learning. They have activities designed to support the child as they progress and master tasks.

 

However, a lot of apps don’t fit this ideal. They don’t offer children independent choices and they stay on the surface of educational subjects instead of diving into deep thinking. What about these apps? Is there value in them too or should we encourage people not to use them?

 

Just because we have an ideal doesn’t mean there isn’t value in the other experiences. To help me make sense of the different kinds of apps I have reviewed and the different values they offer, I created 10 overlapping categories. Sounds like a lot? It is. It gets even more complicated because many apps fit into two or three different categories. There are just so many different kinds of educational apps. We would be remiss to overlook how each gives something a little different to a child’s learning experience ...


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Using Pinterest to Find Summer Reading Activities

Using Pinterest to Find Summer Reading Activities | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
I love Pinterest.  I can spend hours on it, just looking at things.  I can find ideas for ANYTHING on there!   Recipes, funny and/or inspirational sayings, and photos of places I want to visit....
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PreKandKSharing: Early Childhood Brain Activities to Share

PreKandKSharing: Early Childhood Brain Activities to Share | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

This community is working together to create awareness and put in place services to support the optimal development of children's brains. I have been fortunate to have the opportunity to contribute to these important efforts. Hope you enjoy and share with parents and professionals for the benefit of children!


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Literacy, families and learning: Helping Preschoolers to Become Writers

Literacy, families and learning: Helping Preschoolers to Become Writers | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

I get many questions from concerned parents on this blog worrying about how fast they should push their preschool children as w


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About World Book Night

Successfully launched in the U.K. in 2011, World Book Night will also be celebrated in the U.S. in 2012, with news of more countries to come in future years. Please join our mailing list for regular World Book Night U.S. news. And thank you to our U.K. friends for such a wonderful idea!


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Children’s Literacy and Reading News – Roundup for March

Children’s Literacy and Reading News – Roundup for March | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

One of the easiest ways to get ideas and see what's going on vis-a-vis reading, and literacy news, is to subscribe to Jen Robinson's Book Page, Rasco from RIF or the Family Bookshelf. Twice a month this trio publishes interesting news and ideas.

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Best Books for Middle Schoolers: From Our Wonderful Middle School Librarian! : PragmaticMom

Best Books for Middle Schoolers: From Our Wonderful Middle School Librarian! : PragmaticMom | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
Best chapter books for Middle School including Adventure/Mystery, Realistic Fiction, Humorous, Historical Fiction, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, and more.

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The Book Chook: Help Your Kids Love to Read

The Book Chook: Help Your Kids Love to Read | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

What can parents do to help their kids enjoy reading? 


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Are books and the internet about to merge?

Are books and the internet about to merge? | Family Literacy | Scoop.it
The real question [to be answered] is whether we continue to value ebooks as books, or as webpages. Books are something we pay for. Webpages are things we read for free. Which model will win out?

 


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Taming the Digital Media Beast with Positive Parental Attention!

Taming the Digital Media Beast with Positive Parental Attention! | Family Literacy | Scoop.it

The television world has come a long way since the Saturday morning cartoon lineup I used to watch as a kid was the high-water mark of children’s entertainment. Now, my five children are growing up in a 24/7 connected universe saturated with the good, the bad and (sometimes) the really ugly. I started thinking about this a lot more after listening to Dr. Dmitri Christakis, MD, MPH talk about brain growth and cognitive stimulation at TedxRainier.

 

Our family has access to 17 media devices between us. They are in cars. In our bedrooms and our pockets. They are phones, TVs, VCRs, DVDplayers, computers and tablets. Does that make us technical junkies and digital media hogs? Not necessarily. In his November 25th post To Connect or Not to Connect? My Flip colleague and fellow MCDM grad student Kevin Michael Martin discussed the rise in early age screen time and the need for a “balanced media diet.”


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