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No Child Left Inside

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Into the woods Boston Globe Drumlin is a nature- and farm-based preschool, which means that rain or shine, maybe not sleet but definitely snow and temperatures down to 15 degrees, the 14 3- to 5-year-olds are outside learning math, science,...
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The digitization of children's lives now has a response: "Some members of Congress are so convinced that nature-based education is good for students, they’ve crafted the No Child Left Inside Act."

 

The bill could help provide funding to nature-based learning programs.  And this is promising, given that the majority of us spend more than 8 hours daily in front of some sort of screen. 

 

We have lost our connection to Nature.  Richard Louv's research on Nature Deficit Disorder has pointed to this time and time again.  It's nice to see that the world is beginning to take a deeper interest. 

 

We ALL need nature.  "When we don't have it, we just don't do very well as human beings."  I could not have said it better myself!

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Susan Taylor's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:21 AM

The digitization of children's lives now has a response: "Some members of Congress are so convinced that nature-based education is good for students, they’ve crafted the No Child Left Inside Act."

 

The bill could help provide funding to nature-based learning programs.  And this is promising, given that the majority of us spend more than 8 hours daily in front of some sort of screen. 

 

We have lost our connection to Nature.  Richard Louv's research on Nature Deficit Disorder has pointed to this time and time again.  It's nice to see that the world is beginning to take a deeper interest. 

 

We ALL need nature.  "When we don't have it, we just don't do very well as human beings."  I could not have said it better myself!

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 2013 9:39 PM

THIS ONE WILL MORE BETTER THAN NCLB!

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Put That Thing Away - YouTube

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I love this video so much I think I'm going to start sharing it every week.... But I don't want to get annoying...  :)

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The 5 Best Apps to Calm You Down

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Photo by Elke Seizle/ It sounds counterintuitive, but apps and meditation fit together as neatly as the soles of your feet. $.99 Zazen Bare-bones support for dedicated meditators who simply crave a little structure, this app (named after the term for practicing Zen meditation while seated), is basically a timer with four distinctive bell sounds to let you know when it’s time to start and stop your silent sessions.
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Sit comfortably; take a deep breath and relax.  These top 5 apps will help you put some calm back into your day.

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Small Distractions Are Making You A Terrible Writer, Says Science

Small Distractions Are Making You A Terrible Writer, Says Science | Unplug | Scoop.it

"A new study finds what we've suspected all along: Interruptions are terrible for your writing. Consider this incentive to close your tabs."


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The Best Places on the Planet to Disconnect

The Best Places on the Planet to Disconnect | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Is there such a thing as being too connected? It’s not uncommon to have a number of mobile phones, computers, tablets and devices. Many of us sleep with our mobile nearby and through- out the day it is usually within reach. This is, of course, so we never miss a call, post or update."

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Lisa Wilkinson’s inspirational message at Canon’s ‘Shine’ photography awards

Lisa Wilkinson’s inspirational message at Canon’s ‘Shine’ photography awards | Unplug | Scoop.it
LOOK up from that smart phone, unplug from that computer.


“Everyone is so often on their screens — they’re missing out on the moment. I would love to see people living in the moment more"


“That was my message behind this image: Engage, connect, be part of the world.”"

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This is how we move - Vimeo

Human helps people move almost twice as much in six weeks. Every day, people track millions of activities with our app. We visualized data in major cities all across…
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5 Steps to Dealing with Distraction.

5 Steps to Dealing with Distraction. | Unplug | Scoop.it
How I've come to realize the greatest treasure is something we must dig deep for and its found below our heads, its called our hearts.
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The Anarcho-Primitivist Who Wants Us All to Give Up Technology

The Anarcho-Primitivist Who Wants Us All to Give Up Technology | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Our dependence on technology has stunted our ability as a species to truly communicate, according to John Zerzan, perhaps the world's most prominent anti-technology philosopher."

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Can we break free from the fear of missing out? (FoMO)

Can we break free from the fear of missing out? (FoMO) | Unplug | Scoop.it
The fear of missing out haunts our social networks and our real lives alike. But there is a way to break free


"Of course, that sense of missing out is nothing new. An entire body of literature describes the heart-wrenching conflict between romantic aspirations and social conservatism."

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Fear of missing out (FoMO) is not as we might think a new affliction that has bounded onto the stage paired with social media and the rise of technology. FoMO has been with us as long as we have been conscious.


We are however seeing it manifest itself publicly like never before as more and more of us are tethered to our phones and tablets 24/7. Are there routes we can take to get off this highway of distraction?


Jacob Burak has written a  post that deeply looks at FoMO both currently and throughout history. The post is a good place to start your own journey of understanding Fear of Missing Out.


This well written post ends with some words from Ralph Waldo Emerson that might strike the right chord: ‘For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.’

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Put That Thing Away -

Put That Thing Away - | Unplug | Scoop.it
What does it look like to the other person when you can't put your phone down while having a conversation? This video nails it.
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I have mastered the raised eyebrow when someone starts staring into their phone while talking to me, but I haven't quite got the moxie to say "put that thing away."  Maybe now after watching this video I'll try it out next time someone chooses distraction over meaningful interaction... 


The video will make you smile..check it out...

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Silence, Please

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Untangle your life to stay in touch with your creative self.
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Please believe me when I tell you unplugging will help you reconnect with not only other people but also with yourself...


The simplicity awaits you...


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 16, 12:17 PM

We live in such a busy and noisy world we do not always realize the need for silence and slowing down. This can be integrated into classroom schedules for students and teachers.

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The  quiet mind opens the door to wisdom and well-being.

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Meaningful Conversation Makes Things Better

Meaningful Conversation Makes Things Better | Unplug | Scoop.it

""What I'm seeing is that people get so used to being short-changed out of real conversation, so used to getting by with less, that they've become almost willing to dispense with people altogether. We connect more and more. But in the process, we set ourselves up to be isolated. Our fantasies of substitution have cost us.”"

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Meditation -- The New SoulCycle

Meditation -- The New SoulCycle | Unplug | Scoop.it
The country’s sleekest and most convenient meditation studio just opened in Los Angeles.
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Whether it's losing baby weight; giving traders an edge on the market; or winning the Super Bowl, the "name of the magic pill" is meditation.


And now it's a big hit for "plugged-in, stressed-out millenials, who gather in groups of up to 52 people in the service of quieting an overactive mind".

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Tweet from @alberkman

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This Coffee Shop Repels Wireless Signals So You Won't Be Tempted By Your Phone

This Coffee Shop Repels Wireless Signals So You Won't Be Tempted By Your Phone | Unplug | Scoop.it
At the Faraday Cafe, you're free to be a coffee zombie, but put those cell phones away.
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100 ways to unplug

Do one of these at a time.  No multitasking allowed.
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Unplugging From Technology to Take a Breather

Unplugging From Technology to Take a Breather | Unplug | Scoop.it

" I seem to have an endless stream of chimes, dings and chirps sounding off at my desk all week long.  When the weekend comes, I try to turn it all off.  I truly need a break breather to stay sane agreeable."

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Exercise OCD: Is Tech Ruining Your Workout?

Exercise OCD: Is Tech Ruining Your Workout? | Unplug | Scoop.it
The average gymgoer is drowning in a sea of app-generated statistics and fitness-related feedback. Worse, this numbers crunch may be putting the squeeze on your exercise goals.
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6 Ways The Internet Is Slowly Transforming Our Minds

6 Ways The Internet Is Slowly Transforming Our Minds | Unplug | Scoop.it

"With the Internet permeating every facet of our working and personal lives, our minds are struggling to keep up to the development. Many of us have grown accustomed to staying online 24/7 that we feel at loss when we unplug."

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short term memory impact is surprising, given the documented dwindling attention span
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Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME

Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME | Unplug | Scoop.it
@waylonlewis on Instagram: Yaffo, Israel, off the beach.   I'm traveling. I don't have time to write my weekly editor's letter. I don't have time to
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YOU DON'T HAVE TIME...


You don't have time to work -- to play with the kids -- to breathe.  Heck!  You don't even have time to read this insight!


And what do we do "If there’s a gap of space, of breath?  We reach for our smart phones. 150 times a day, on average. Pretty stupid."


This blogger reminds us that Life is too short.  Life is too sweet.  And  not something to be ignored.


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James Harlan's curator insight, June 30, 1:22 AM

give time and be happy :)

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Are You Still Multitasking? What It Does to Our Brains

Are You Still Multitasking? What It Does to Our Brains | Unplug | Scoop.it
Sometimes it seems that is like breathing, I don’t think about it I just do it and sometimes I think I’m multitasking more than I’m breathing. Yes I know that it’s a very inefficient use of my time and that I get less done when I’m in juggle mode, but I still grasp at the …
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Reining In Technology And Reigning Your Life

Reining In Technology And Reigning Your Life | Unplug | Scoop.it

"If technology is a fact of life, we need to start re-cultivating, or maintaining, the genuine connection to ourselves and to others that makes our interactions worthwhile. Remember: We choose our connection to technology, not the other way around."

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Making a conscious decision about how we use technology keeps the power in our hands and not in the hands of random distractions.

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4 Tips to Unplug and Promote Creativity

4 Tips to Unplug and Promote Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
Most business managers thrive on information, but this overload can thwart the energy you need to build your business. Here's how to get it back.
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Spend enough time online and your might feel like you've lost your connection to creativity, but it's not lost so much as just misplaced.


Peter Gasca shares with us 4 simple and effective ways to reconnect with our creative side.


  • Take A Walk
  • Schedule Creative Time
  • Meditate
  • Covet Thy Sleep


Adopting simplicity of action in your life will keep you close to your gifts.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 16, 12:15 PM

The key points are something that could be integrated into classroom time. Even meditation could be quiet time for students and teachers.

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Maybe You're Looking For A Drum Circle?

Maybe You're Looking For A Drum Circle? | Unplug | Scoop.it
In an era when technology reigns supreme, it may be surprising to hear that on any given day, in multiple centers across the nation, people are gathering to drum together. Everyone chooses a drum, takes their place in the circle, and joins the beat. There are no particular rules and yet there is order, purpose, […]
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To some it looks like making noise but upon closer look you'll find connection with sound, with the earth and with others... Is that unplugging or what?

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Thanks for Ungluing

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Access to digital content is one of the greatest challenges of the twenty-first century, not only for libraries, but also for the public. Unlike physical content, which has material costs and must ...
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