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Serious Games Immersing Students In Core Economic Concepts

Serious Games Immersing Students In Core Economic Concepts | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it

EconU is a web based strategy game where players take on the role of a fictional University administrator who must build, guide and sustain a fictional University to economic sustainability.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 30, 2013 4:29 AM

Looks like an interesting project. Would be good to explore the language interaction potential of something like this. Could be done almost as easily with SimsCity etc.

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Scientists discover an underwater city full of gloomy octopuses

Scientists discover an underwater city full of gloomy octopuses | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
The solitary creatures might be more social than we think
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Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids

Six Children's Books That Use Psychological Techniques to Help Kids | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it

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Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom

Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
What do you think they’ll actually use it for?
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" They just need to learn how to use it. We are in a transition stage where teachers are (some) learning to plan for the best integration of the technology in the classroom and students still need to supported to learn to use it better". With the right instructional design Laptops. smartphones, should only improve learning. Or at least is what we should strive for as we can't ban something just because still we are unable to use it in the right way.
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Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people

Nearly half of the world's poor are now children – that's 689m young people | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
A rising generation of young people are growing up in peril.
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Touches early in life may make a big impact on newborn babies’ brains

Touches early in life may make a big impact on newborn babies’ brains | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
The type and amount of touches a newborn baby gets in the first days of life may shape later responses to touch perception, a study suggests.
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Smartphones not so smart for learning? | KurzweilAI

Smartphones not so smart for learning? | KurzweilAI | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Smartphones distracted students from school-related tasks in self-reported results of a one-year study of first-time smartphone users at a major research
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New ‘reset’ button discovered for circadian clock

New ‘reset’ button discovered for circadian clock | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it

The discovery of a new “reset” button for the brain’s master biological clock could eventually lead to new treatments for conditions like seasonal affective disorder, reduce the adverse health effects of working the night shift and possibly even treat jet lag. The finding is reported in the Feb. 2 issue of the journal Nature Neuroscience.

 

“We found we can change an animal’s sleep/wake rhythms by artificially stimulating the neurons in the master biological clock, which is located in an area of the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), with a laser and an optical fiber,” said Douglas McMahon, Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University who directed the study.

 

Until now, neuroscientists had thought that the firing rate of SCN neurons was strictly an output of the biological clock’s activity. They did not think altering the level of neuronal activity could affect how the clock operates. But the Vanderbilt researchers have shown that stimulating and suppressing the SCN’s neurons in a fashion that emulates their day and night activity levels can force the clock to reset.

 

The study was done using mice. Neuroscientists have found that mice possess a biological clock nearly identical to that of humans with the exception that it is tuned for a nocturnal lifestyle.

 

The researchers used a new technique called optogenetics to manipulate the firing rate of the SCN neurons. The technique inserts genes that express optically sensitive proteins into target cells in order to make the cells respond to light.

 

“This puts clock neurons under our control for the first time,” said doctoral student Jeff Jones, who conducted the study with fellow doctoral student Michael Tackenberg.


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Brain waves predict which kids will share - Futurity

Brain waves predict which kids will share - Futurity | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
What makes a kindergartener willing to share? New research finds that specific brain markers predict generosity in children.
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Stressed Teens May Be Better Drivers

Stressed Teens May Be Better Drivers | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Teenage drivers who have a high sensitivity to stress actually have lower rates of car accidents than their more mellow friends. Christie Nicholson reports
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Child 'training' book triggers backlash

Child 'training' book triggers backlash | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
A US pastor's book that advocates whipping children with branches and belts has sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But alleged links between the pastor's teachings and the deaths of three children have provoked a growing backlash.
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Parents are told to "use whatever force  is necessary is the child is rebellious,,"... Teach kids to use  violence and aggression to make others surrender...??Lily

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Young people learn more from positive messages than negative warnings

Young people learn more from positive messages than negative warnings | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Young people are more likely to pay attention to health and safety campaigns with positive messages than negative warnings, according to new research
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Poor parenting -- including overprotection -- increases bullying risk

Poor parenting -- including overprotection -- increases bullying risk | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Children who are exposed to negative parenting -- including abuse, neglect but also overprotection -- are more likely to experience childhood bullying by their peers, according to a meta-analysis of 70 studies of more than 200,000 children.
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Three hours is enough to help prevent mental health issues in teens

Three hours is enough to help prevent mental health issues in teens | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
The incidence of mental health issues amongst 509 British youth was reduced by 25 to 33% over the 24 months following two 90-minute group therapy sessions.
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Okja: Quirky, Unique and Brutally Honest.

Okja: Quirky, Unique and Brutally Honest. | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
During a movie season dominated by superheroes, fast cars and fast-talkers, from left of centre comes this little jewel (actually not so little when you consider the central character) - Okja. On paper, its a movie that looked unlikely to go anywhere on the world stage, cast as it is with a South Korean female…
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Cartoon alien helps children in Mexico deal with trauma - BBC News

Cartoon alien helps children in Mexico deal with trauma - BBC News | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
In Mexico a psychologist has come up with an unusual way of getting children, dealing with trauma, to open up about their experiences.
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When Teaching Critical Thinking Backfires

When Teaching Critical Thinking Backfires | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Students taught to doubt scientists and other authorities may end up doubting their teachers.
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Isn't our scope that students see critically even our own teaching?
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Fetuses May Respond to Faces While in the Womb

Fetuses May Respond to Faces While in the Womb | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Babies develop a preference for face-like light patterns even before birth
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Building Resilience in Teenagers through Outdoor Education | Psychology | Sci-News.com

Building Resilience in Teenagers through Outdoor Education | Psychology | Sci-News.com | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
New research led by University of Otago researchers Damian Scarf and John Hunter shows that teenagers who go on a sea voyage display significant long-term increases in psychological resilience driven by their feeling of being accepted by members of their group.
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Training boys to recognise another's fear reduces violent crime

Training boys to recognise another's fear reduces violent crime | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Young offenders are less likely to be violent in future if they take a computer course that teaches them to spot fear, anger and sadness in others' faces
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Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown

Mobile and interactive media use by young children: The good, the bad and the unknown | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Mobile devices are everywhere and children are using them more frequently at young ages. The impact these mobile devices are having on the development and behavior of children is still relatively unknown. Researchers review the many types of interactive media available today and raise important questions regarding their use as educational tools, as well as their potential detrimental role in stunting the development of important tools for self-regulation.
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Beautifully-Animated Infographics Designed by Eleanor Lutz

Beautifully-Animated Infographics Designed by Eleanor Lutz | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it

Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist - they’re animated GIFs.
Lutz’s addition of movement makes these images more engaging, and we get a better sense of how things actually work.


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LilyGiraud's comment, December 19, 2014 5:22 AM
Fascinating, Thank you!. And thanks to self inspired creative people like Lutz , kids will be able to learn about everything with a great sensorial experience!!
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Is Meditation Overrated?

Is Meditation Overrated? | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
The scientific evidence is scant for many of the practice's widely touted benefits
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Design, building toys may be first step in a science career - UPI.com

Design, building toys may be first step in a science career - UPI.com | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
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Design, building toys may be first step in a science career
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Parents interested in toys that inspire science skills in kids.
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Technology no substitute for reading time: Mem Fox

Technology no substitute for reading time: Mem Fox | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Leading children's author Mem Fox finds it ''heartbreaking'' to see small children left alone with smartphones and tablets to entertain themselves.
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Oh..The skills humanity needs most.."empathy and social skills..lily

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Abusive parenting may have a biological basis

Abusive parenting may have a biological basis | TeensScienceandSoul | Scoop.it
Parents who physically abuse their children appear to have a physiological response that subsequently triggers more harsh parenting when they attempt parenting in warm, positive ways, according to new research.
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