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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Unplug | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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Is handwriting a relic of the past? 


It is now only in kindergarten and 1st grade that legible writing is taught to children.  After that "the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard".



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 6, 9:07 AM

This is the 3rd or 4th scoop in the last few days on this topic. I think it is important enough to keep grabbing new articles.

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Balance Screen Time with Green Time

Be Out There takes an in-depth look at how to balance screen time with green time in the report, Friending Fresh Air: Connecting Kids to Nature in a Digital ...
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The National Wildlife Federation offers insights on how to use the technology you already love and still connect your kids to nature.

 

Good advice for adults too!

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High School Students Begin & End Each Day with Meditation

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'Mindful Moments' Program Has High School Students Begin And End Each Day ...
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A high school in Baltimore, Maryland is now making mindfulness a central part of students' lives by beginning and ending each day with meditation

 

Patterson High School has developed a Mindful Moment program with the goal to help students and teachers release stress and enhance focus.  This is all in an effort to create a better learning environment for everyone.  Faculty and kids engage in a 15-minute contemplative exercise at the start and end of each day.  There is a mindfulness room available for students to use throughout the day which is also open before and after school. 

 

Consciously practicing mindfulness in schools has been shown to reduce stress and increase happiness in students as well as fight teacher burnout.  It has also been linked to "increased brain activity in the regions associated with positive emotions."

 

Way to go Patterson High!

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Aren't Libraries Obsolete?

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Google and I began working together in September of 1998. As a newly minted librarian, I was enthralled with my new colleague, a precocious newborn. Its clean interface was so refreshing! As an infant, Google made my work life easier in so many ways, as it still does for all of us. Google hits milestone after developmental milestone, and our working relationship in the library continues to evolve. For the past 15-plus years, Google and I have had another workplace companion, however. This one is also a product of the digital world and is just as omnipresent as Google. Our stubborn associate’s most distinguishing feature is that it hasn’t changed much from its original incarnation. It remains The Question: “Aren’t libraries obsolete?” The American Library Association is still kicking, but
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According to Katrine Watkins, a school librarian in Pennsylvania, the digital world along with less financial support and cuts in education funding have "done serious harm to school library services" in PA and across the country.

 

But to the question: "Aren't libraries obsolete?" Her answer remains a resounding "No"! 

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Focused Attention in Children Must be Explicitly Taught

Focused Attention in Children Must be Explicitly Taught | Unplug | Scoop.it
In our distraction-filled society, mindfulness, a way of being focused on paying attention has to be explicitly taught.
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Our society is one of constant distraction.  Busy-ness has become a chosen way of life.  So if we want our children to have focused attention, we must explicitly teach them how. 

 

This short video shows how kindergarten-aged children in a San Francisco area elementary school are being introduced to mindfulness in school, practicing "mindful listening, mindful eating, mindful movement and yoga."

 

 

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Phyllis Smith's curator insight, February 23, 7:53 AM

Excellent video - keep your child(ren) on track by teaching them how to focus.  It's so important in this fast-paced world full of video games and television.