Category Archives: Education

From Screen to Exercise with the Gifted Child

Gifted. It’s a controversial word among parenting groups.

(If you want to see if your child has gifted qualities click here.)

Gifted children are thought to :

  • be highly sensitive to sound, touch, taste
  • be intellectually advanced compared to peers, but socially behind
  • have excellent verbal skills, but often times peers cannot understand their humor
  • read at an early age and often
  • sometimes have slower fine/ gross motor skills than kids their age
  • experience intense emotions
  • love knowing the “why” behind everything
photo courtesy of themalaysiantimes.com

Exercise. It’s also a controversial word –  among many gifted families.

However, we all know the basic benefits of exercise:

1)  Increased blood and oxygen flow to the brain

(2)  Increased levels of norepinephrine and endorphins resulting in a reduction of stress and an improvement of mood

(3)  Increased growth factors that help to create new nerve cells and support synaptic plasticity

Exercise decreases depression in children too! If your child is stressed from the emotional pressures at school, its time to unwind outside. However, when they are in that heightened state close to meltdown… they likely want to check out with screen time.  If it’s at the end of a long day, your need to cook dinner and deal with the other children in the house may prevent you from enforcing what you know would be best for them in that moment.

When given the choice, will a gifted child choose technology or exercise?

Most people will choose technology. Gifted or not. Adult or child.  We love our screens!

In a study of 1500 children aged 6 to 15 years, 79% choose to watch television in their spare time.  Only 34% participated in sport or activity. Would you like to change that statistic? We would!

Would it help… if the technology actually helped you get your stressed-out kids outside?

We think so.

What if they didn’t have to choose between technology and exercise? 

The next step for this generation is to make outdoor play more enticing and even enhanced. The possibilities out there are growing with Google Glass and Bluetooth trackers.

Sticknfind

Certainly, there is nothing like experiencing nature unplugged. 

Founder Steve’s son, the original GenZPlay Kid.

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The Death of Cursive

The Death of Cursive (via www.multiplemayhemmamma.com)

It’s all over, folks. Some of you may remember the time in public school when you got your first pencil. On a specially-lined piece of paper, you tentatively set the lead to the page and pressed. As you moved your hand slowly while concentrating on…

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Tablets thrust Thai classrooms into digital era

Tablets thrust Thai classrooms into digital era (via AFP)

In a rural classroom in the Thai highlands, hill tribe children energetically slide their fingertips over tablet computer screens practising everything from English to mathematics and music. The disadvantaged students are part of an ambitious scheme by the kingdom to distribute millions of the handheld…

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The ‘horror’ of our educational system?

Fighting for Our Classrooms — And for the Human Beings Inside Them (via www.laprogressive.com)

It seems as if the same battle is being fought in every aspect of American society. On one side are the forces of egalitarianism, economic opportunity, and self-determination. On the other is a well-funded and entrenched elite bent on hijacking our media, our political process, and our institutions…

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Teachers know how to teach, US standardizing prevents them from doing what they do best.

Drop high-stakes tests and let teachers teach; exam-driven curricula are ruining U.S. education: David Patten (via Cleveland.com)

View full sizePlain Dealer file I have found it! After little thought and less reflection, I have found the answer to the problems of American public school education. Best of all, my solution will cost no money, save the taxpayers millions of dollars, and produce a well-educated citizenry. The solution…

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Students who disrupt the class sent home to be tutored?

Syracuse teacher weighs in on how to deal with 'chronic disrupters' (via Syracuse.com)

View full sizeDennis Nett | dnett@syracuse.com The Post-Standard has called for reactions to Thursday’s story about discipline issues in the Syracuse school district. That call is still open — just send an email to Paul Riede at priede@syracuse.com or comment at the end of this entry. So far, readers…

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Maine children excited to solve real world problems in new approach to science curriculum.

Maine School Engages Kids With Relevant Problem-Solving Challenges (via PBS News Hour)

JEFFREY BROWN: Next: how one public school in New England is taking a different approach to teaching, immersing students in an unusually comprehensive science curriculum that emphasizes problem-solving. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters, which produces education stories for the…

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Creating piano lessons as a game. $1.5 million in funding.

With 1 million songs played per week, JoyTunes gets $1.5 million to make piano lessons a game (via Pando Daily)

By Michael Carney On May 2, 2013The key to education, or so I’ve learned over our month long content series on the topic, is to make learning fun and engaging. This applies whether the subject is math or photography. The most successful teachers bring their subject matter to life and inspire their…

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The world currently plays video games for 3 billion hours per week. Over 400 million hours per day.

The best hope we have for surviving the next century on this planet? Games. In this 20-minute TED talk, I explain why we need to achieve 21 billion hours of online gaming a week by the year 2020. That’ll be just an hour a day, every day, for half of the people on Earth… – Jane McGonigal @avantgame

Crowd-funding higher education. Re-routing alumni funds from ‘general use’ to help ambitious students.

PIGLT turns to the crowd to help fill higher education piggybanks (via Pando Daily)

By Michael Carney On April 30, 2013There has been a lot of innovation in recent years in the way education is delivered. But technology has done little to change the way that higher education, specifically, is paid for. Students still lobby for grants and scholarships. Families still save for years…

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