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PLAN TO RAISE YOUR STUDENTS’ DIGITAL IQ IN THE CLASSROOM

“More than half of 8-12 year olds are exposed to cyber-risks,” according to a 2018 report. These risks can include cyber-bullying, online sexual behaviors and video game addition. The threat is easy to see. Kids today spend hours a day online on computers and phones, much of it unmonitored. To protect your students from online threats [...]

Why do we have bones?

As you know, humans have lots of bones - the flat bones that form our skull, curved bones that form our chest, long bones in our arms and legs, stacked bones in our backbone, small bones in our hands and feet, and tiny bones in our ears. Why do we have all these bones? And [...]

Why can I sometimes see the Moon in the daytime?

The Moon can be seen at different times during the day and night - but when and where you see it depends on the phase of the Moon. If you watch the Moon over a month, you will notice it gradually changing shape, from a crescent to a full circle, then back to a crescent again. If you pay [...]

Do animals sleep like people? Do snails sleep in their shells?

Most animals, including snails, sleep like you and me. That is, they get into a comfortable position and close their eyes (if they have eyelids!). Like you and me, they also don’t usually move much while they sleep. But how can we know whether an animal is sleeping, or just staying still? There are a [...]

WHY IT’S SO HARD FOR TEENAGERS TO WAKE UP EARLY FOR SCHOOL

In societies the world over, teenagers are blamed for staying up late, then struggling to wake up in the morning. While it’s true that plenty of teenagers (like many adults) do have bad bedtime habits, researchers have long since proven that this global problem has a biological cause. In 2004, researchers at the University of Munich proved that teenagers [...]

EXPOSING YOUR CHILDREN TO SOCIAL MEDIA… A GOOD OR BAD IDEA?

Is early exposure to social media a good idea? Many experts are actually for early exposure to computers to help prepare students for school. However, there is a difference between technical literacy for academic purposes and social media literacy. Understanding computers usually entails proficiency into a computer’s necessary academic and business applications. Competency in typing, [...]

WHY MOBILE TECHNOLOGY ENHANCES INSTRUCTION

  As mobile technology continues to steal the spotlight in classroom methodology, certain areas of study tend to be gravitating towards the trends more strongly. Last week an Education Market Research report found that 28 percent of class time for math-based courses is spent using digital tools or interacting with digital content. The report goes [...]

ARE OUR CHILDREN AT RISK IN THIS NEW DIGITAL CHILDHOOD ERA?

Think back on your childhood, and you probably remember hours spent in active, imaginative, and outdoor play. It’s likely that you rough-housed with friends or neighbors, engaged with nature, and built entire worlds from sheer imagination. The 21st century childhood is different. A 2010 Kaiser Foundation Study found that the average elementary school aged child spent 7.5 hours [...]

HOW TO TEACH SOCIAL MEDIA RESPONSIBILITY TO KIDS IN A DIGITAL ERA

Social responsibility is the idea that our actions affect others and that we should strive to impact individuals and society positively. In today’s increasingly connected world, this sentiment rings truer than ever before. One post on social media can go viral, reach millions, and make a difference in the world—a difference that can be positive or [...]

SHOULD SPANKING BE ENCOURAGED AS A FORM OF DISCIPLINARY ACTION ONCE IN A WHILE?

Spanking, or, as it’s formally known, “corporal punishment,” has been much in the news of late. And recently, in Canada, following a call by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to prohibit spanking, the Liberal government has promised to abolish a parent’s right to physically discipline children. Along similar legal lines, in June 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled [...]

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