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New Concerns Over Apps for Children

New Concerns Over Apps for Children | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
The Center for Digital Democracy, an advocacy group, filed a complaint on Tuesday with federal regulators saying that Mobbles, a popular animated gaming app for children, collected personal data from users without notifying parents.
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Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn

Why Kids Need to Tinker to Learn | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

"The Maker Movement http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/tag/maker-movement/ ; has inspired progressive educators to bring more hands-on learning and tinkering into classrooms, and educator Gary Stager would like to see formal schooling be influenced by the Maker Movement, which has inspired young learners to tinker, to learn by doing, and take agency for their learning."


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Lisa Carey's curator insight, August 27, 4:28 PM

Action & Expression!

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, Today, 11:07 AM

The Maker movement taps into the very heart of learning adding purpose and practice to pedagogy,  a heutagogical approach.  How's that for an educational classification?

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Tips for reducing stress in the classroom

Tips for reducing stress in the classroom | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Helping kids with reducing stress in the classroom starts at home with parents introducing this life-long skill of managing stress.
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Everybody stay calm! 9 ways to ease your kid's back-to-school anxiety - Today.com

Everybody stay calm! 9 ways to ease your kid's back-to-school anxiety - Today.com | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Everybody stay calm! 9 ways to ease your kid's back-to-school anxiety
Today.com
It's easy to think that separation anxiety is just for clingy babies, but even your normally cool-as-a-cucumber kid can get unnerved when it comes to starting school.

Via THE READING SCHOOL™
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Anxiety comes in lots of forms ... and kids *express* it in different ways. These tips can help whether the anxiety is separation or a new school. Although some of the items are geared more to preschool and early elementary students, older students can benefit from getting back into a *real* schedule, checking out their classrooms, etc.

 

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A Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube

A Parent's Ultimate Guide to YouTube | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

Advice from Common Sense Media editors. How to enjoy YouTube with your kids without feeling overwhelmed and confused.

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Advice from Common Sense Media editors. How to enjoy YouTube with your kids without feeling overwhelmed and confused.

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Brain Training Games Won't Help Children Do Better at School

Brain Training Games Won't Help Children Do Better at School | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

There has been a big increase recently in the number of computerised “brain training” programs marketed at young children.


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ESRC's curator insight, August 12, 4:10 AM

Article written by Emma Blakey who is an ESRC PhD researcher.

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, August 15, 11:32 AM

Good to know ... science doesn't completely back up these claims. The analysis about the areas of the brain that are affected and their capacity to 'retain' this brain training really hit home.

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5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988

5 Tips for Preventing Summer Slide | Children's Literacy Initiative - Serving Pre-k through 3rd grade educators since 1988 | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
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15 things you didn't know you could get at the library

15 things you didn't know you could get at the library | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
You can borrow a lot more than the latest thriller or romance novel.

Via Tennessee Library Association
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Libraries are a community resource for all kinds of things ... not just books!

 

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Travelling with your pets

Travelling with your pets | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
We recently returned from our PAWS Across Canada tour...building a kinder Canada one paw one person at a time. www.theoriginalteamtoby.com We had the opportunity to experience a wide range of
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From Babysitter to Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning - Huffington Post

From Babysitter to Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning - Huffington Post | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
From Babysitter to Teacher: Setup Your Kids' Tablets for Creative Learning
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Educators around the world are embracing mobile learning in what is considered a relentless and inevitable march towards the 'flipped' classroom.

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Gary Barclay's curator insight, July 29, 3:56 AM

Most iPads seem to be filled wth Games...this might offer an alternative?

Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, July 29, 12:46 PM

Lots of good learning opportunities with the portable devices - not just for YouTube!

Sally Tilley's curator insight, July 29, 6:30 PM

An important summary to give parents a few options when faced with a technology onslaught!

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Bauso: How do children learn to read the Montessori way? - Auburn Citizen

Bauso: How do children learn to read the Montessori way? - Auburn Citizen | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Bauso: How do children learn to read the Montessori way?
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Gradually, our children are introduced to consonant blends (sl, tr, cr), digraphs (th, sh, ch), vowel teams (ea, ou, ui), and then words containing more than one syllable.

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Every child learns differently - and at different paces! If you are starting to introduce words and/or  you're child is struggling with developing his/her reading skills, this may be an approach that could work for you.

 

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Anxious children have bigger ‘fear centers’ in the brain

Anxious children have bigger ‘fear centers’ in the brain | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

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Did you know that anxiety-related traits and symptoms can be reliably assessed in children as young as 7 years old? Me neither.

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Deborah McNelis's curator insight, June 29, 9:03 PM

"The amygdala is a key “fear center” in the brain. Alterations in the development of the amygdala during childhood may have an important influence on the development of anxiety problems, reports a new study in the current issue of Biological Psychiatry."

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» 8 Surefire Ways To Emotionally Screw Up Your Kid - World of Psychology

» 8 Surefire Ways To Emotionally Screw Up Your Kid - World of Psychology | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

"Do you worry about your child's emotional health? Worry no longer. Here are eight suggestions that will nearly guarantee your child will suffer from poor mental health, strained family relationships, poor peer relationships, low self-esteem and chronic emotional problems throughout his or her life."


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Doesn't this picture say it all?

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10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12 | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
s a pediatric occupational therapist, I'm calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years....

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For alternative views, scroll down to read the reader comments. -Lon

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Free Digital Parenting 101 Course on iTunes

Free Digital Parenting 101 Course on iTunes | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Preview and download the course Eanes ISD Digital Parenting Course on iTunes U.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Does chewing gum improve our mind and our productivity?

Does chewing gum improve our mind and our productivity? | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
For advocates of chewing gum in school, if there are any, the past decade of research has brought data, and perhaps hope.

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Back to School: Teens and Digital Stress

Back to School: Teens and Digital Stress | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Being a teenager today is not easy. As schools open throughout the country during August and September, teens are dealing with more than the normal stress that we dealt with before technology....
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Worth reading the whole report at New Media and Society Journal

 

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No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Such thinking affects the way reading is taught in early grades.

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, August 15, 11:12 AM

A valuable read ( as is the linked NY Times article if you have time). The post makes it easy for parents to understand the elements of learning to read v. reading to learn.

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No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’

No, third grade is not the year when kids go from ‘learning to read’ to ‘reading to learn’ | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Such thinking affects the way reading is taught in early grades.

 

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TEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT AUTHOR VISIT by Michael Shoulders

TEN TIPS FOR A PERFECT AUTHOR VISIT by Michael Shoulders | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
When I was a student I thought every book in the library was written by dead people. I had no idea authors were “real live people” who breathed the same air as I did. When I grew up and became an a...
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The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Distracted Generation Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
The Distracted Generation Infographic: Tools and Tips to Get Children Refocused!

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, August 6, 5:10 AM

"show your children from an early age that reading is fun!"

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, August 7, 2:46 PM

Reading for pleasure calms the mind and builds ELA skills like vocabulary, imagination, and syntax.

Paper has a different effect than tablets but I agree with much of the infographic.

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Social Media & Kids Parent To-Do List • Mom's Choice Awards

Social Media & Kids Parent To-Do List • Mom's Choice Awards | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
This easy parent to-do list will help prepare and set the ground rules for keeping kids safe BEFORE they start chatting and sharing,
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Our thanks to Kids Email for this easy-to-follow article on preparing your kids / teens for using social media properly and safely.

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Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development - Jackson Clarion Ledger

Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development - Jackson Clarion Ledger | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Background TV may hinder toddlers' language development
Jackson Clarion Ledger
Having the television on while you play with your toddler could hinder the child's language development, according to a new study.

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The Difference Between Praise and Feedback - Mind/Shift

The Difference Between Praise and Feedback - Mind/Shift | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Parenting these days is patrolled by the language police. Sometimes it seems like the worst thing you could ever say to a kid is “Good job!” or the dreaded, “Good girl!” Widely popularized psychological research warns about the “inverse power of praise” and the importance of “unconditional parenting.” What are these researchers really getting at? Are the particular words we use to talk to our kids so important? And how do we convey positive feelings without negative consequences?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 2, 1:35 PM

Feedback is necessary in the growth of children and adults. Sometimes it is praise that is involved and other times it is about correction. Feedback is more than broad general statements about doing a good or bad job, but is specific to the task at hand. Pedagogues, parents and teachers alike, have to be aware that they are not manipulating when they use feedback. The feedback has to be directed towards growth and forming in the human being.

Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 3, 9:51 AM

Feedback needs to be practical and useful in order to actually help an individual improve. This takes effort but it shows you care. It is fine to incorporate praise in feedback as well as your perspective on specific areas of improvement. The goal is to inspire and motivate action based on careful observation.

 

Delivering good, valuable feedback takes time and practice. It can be a powerful and influential tool to motivate and inspire behavioral change.

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The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14

The Ultimate Backseat Bookshelf: 100 Must-Reads For Kids 9-14 | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Earlier this summer, NPR's Backseat Book Club — our book club for young readers — asked you to weigh in on your favorite books for kids age 9-14. We heard from more than 2,000 of you, and our expert panel has whittled your hundreds and hundreds of nominations down to a list of 100 great reads.

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We want them to read, especially during the summer, so why not pick some books that are "read-tested" and highly recommended?

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This is the absolute worst way to teach your kids to read - Salon

This is the absolute worst way to teach your kids to read - Salon | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
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This is the absolute worst way to teach your kids to read
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“No screen time until you do an hour of reading first,” was her reply. The child flung himself back in his seat and opened a paperback book with a disgruntled sigh.

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, June 18, 11:43 AM

Guilty as charged ... reading is among the things our teen needs to do before getting screen time. But we also do lots of reading ourselves and have screen-free time, too.