Children exposed to higher levels of air pollution early in life may have an increased risk of autism, a new study suggests. In the study, children living in areas with high levels of traffic-generated air pollution during their first year of life were three times more likely to have autism than children living in areas with low levels.
There was also a link between exposure to air pollution in the womb — particularly during late pregnancy — and an increased risk of autism, according to the study.
This free ALISON online dyslexia course will be of great interest to all professionals in the areas of education, child development, and adult literacy who would like to learn more about the causes of and treatment for dyslexia, and to all learners who would like a greater understanding of this common condition.
Understanding Dyslexia is originally from and published by OpenLearn and has a duration of 2-3 Hours for the average learner.
Self Organised Learning Environments (SOLEs) developed out of Professor Sugata Mitra's earlier Hole in the Wall experiments, which demonstrated that given access to a computer and internet connection, children are capable of teaching themselves.
St. Aidan's Primary School, Gateshead, are the key research partner in an ongoing SOLE study. iLab are collecting data to support research into how SOLE methodology can be adapted to enquiry based learning in UK classrooms.
A new study shows that infants as young as 6 months who are siblings of children with autism have different patterns of brain activity compared to infants who do not have a sibling with autism. These differences in brain activity were present even in infant siblings who did not go on to develop autism. Thus, they may reflect genetic differences that are shared by children with autism and their younger siblings.
This post is a debate article written by Mary Burns on July 12, 2012 in Distance Education for Teachers.
"Unfortunately, many models of distance education in poorer countries do little, in their current form, to help “develop” the kind of high quality teachers students need. This has less to do with technology. Rather it is the cumulative result of perceptions, understandings of change and an overly narrow focus on scale ..."
MINECON 2012: Some enterprising teachers are using Minecraft to teach subjects like physics, geography, and English language, and with promising results.
There are many positive aspects of games -- such as increased hand-eye coordination and social problem solving. At Minecon, some attendees have taken the next step by using Minecraft to aid them in teaching children. It's a bold move, and one that's encountered some resistance, but they've seen some very positive results: increased attention levels, better collaboration with other students, and of course, better grades.
MobiMOOC 2012: a free, open, online course on mobile learning - three weeks and 12 topics all related to mLearning.
If you visit this wiki, you probably want to register for the free, open and online MobiMOOC course which will run from Saturday 8 September - Sunday 30 September 2012 and will focus on learning/training with mobile devices (mLearning).
Dynamics of the course:
a MOOC is all about dialogue, discussions and building upon each others experiences. We all have lived long enough to know more of certain areas than others. In a MOOC we come together to enhance our knowledge on a certain field by entering dialogues, enhancing our networks and ... having fun while doing it. As such each of the resources given by the facilitators or guides-on-the-side are just possible stepping stones, not the universal truth. By gathering together each one of us will grow by communicating with each other. Looking forward to all our discussions and insights!
The theme of COL’s new Three-Year Plan remains “Learning for Development”. This plan extends to 2015, the target date set for the achievement of a number of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). COL uses the internationally agreed MDGs, the Education for All (EFA) goals and the Commonwealth priorities of peace, democracy, equality and the rule of law as its framework for action.