Education

Snaglearning is an Educational Tool

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K12, Inc is an online education company that serves k-12 students.  Working there lets me develop new ideas and products in an emerging market that really impacts actual families. And I am so lucky because I get to talk to the families and interact with them on a daily basis. Connecting with other parents who have the same wishes and hopes for their children as I do for mine. A part of my job involves doing a lot of research on our business and hence when people see me online often — I have to explain it really is a part of my job. When I do find interesting, relevant information that has something to do with either online learning, education, parenting, children, learning or schools – it’s part of my job to send it out to followers or management. How lucky am I that as a part of my job – I get to do what I do when I am not doing my job!  So I found this interesting mention in Ted Leonsis’s blog and wanted to share. Learning communities are not only for kids ya know!

SnagLearning is dedicated to presenting high-quality documentary films as educational tools to ignite meaningful discussion within the learning community.

Free Museum Day 2010 on Friday September 25, 2010

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September 25, 2010 is…

Museum Day 2010 | Smithsonian.com.

Find a participating museum and plan a family outing!

Museum Day is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Media in which participating museums across the country open their doors for free to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket.

Teaching Girls Programming

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Here’s a pic of Hannah and her partner working on a small basic training module on Sunday.  I wrote about it last week: Teaching Kids Programming Event. Although I think Hannah was a bit younger than the ideal age to introduce some of the concepts, it did spark some overall interest in programming. One the drive home she asked when she can work with her Daddy on building some stuff on the computer.

I think it is so great that Microsoft and Gen INC TV and Learning Tree International created this event to target young girls and introduce them to programming early. The earlier you show young girls that they can “get” science, math and computer technology, the great chance at success in “hooking” them for future careers.

And I love that they let Hannah go even though she didn’t meet the age target. They were open to seeing how she would take to it… What a great event and I hope to see more of these nationwide!

Way to go Microsoft!

Teens Experiencing Facebook Fatigue

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Teens Experiencing Facebook Fatigue [STUDY].

Online gaming site Roiworld surveyed 600 teens ages 13 to 17 in late April and found that teens spend two hours per day online on average, 80% of which is spent using a social network. These same teens are, however, showing signs of “Facebook Fatigue.” Nearly one in five (19%) who have an account no longer visit Facebook or are using it less.

Of the group that are saying goodbye to Facebook (Facebook), 45% have lost interest, 16% are leaving because their parents are there, 14% say there are “too many adults/older people” and 13% are concerned about the privacy of their personal information.

While interest in Facebook may be waning, it’s still the most popular social network among teens — 78% have created a profile and 69% still use it. YouTube (YouTube) ranks second; 64% of teens claim to have a YouTube profile and continue to use the site. MySpace (MySpace) comes in a distant third (41%) and Twitter (Twitter) takes the fourth spot (20%).

It’s going to end up biting us in the ass

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Rachael Ray Lobbies Capitol for School Lunch Bill – NYTimes.com.

Instead, she grimaced, leaned in and sounded off about the federal Child Nutrition Act and what she considers to be the government’s stingy reimbursement rates for school lunches. “Ridiculous,” she said.

Rachel Ray also has a non-profit called Yum-o! Check it out for good recipes and ideas to empower kids to develop a healthy relationship with food!

Yum-o!® is a nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships.

Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

This food revolution is about saving America’s health by changing the way you eat. It’s not just a TV show, it’s a movement for you, your family and your community. If you care about your kids and their future take this revolution and make it your own. Educate yourself about food and cooking. Find out what your child is eating at school. Make only a few small changes and magical things will happen. Switching from processed to fresh food will not only make you feel better but it will add years to your life.

It’s so hard to argue for this stuff in the face of serious budget cuts all over the country in education. Read this article:  http://nyti.ms/9sLGYS to understand the extreme measures that some states are having to take to educate our children in the midst of an economic crisis. Asking for changes in nutritional guidelines and assistance costs money too. Money they already don’t have.  We are asking people what is more important – kid’s health or their education? The mere fact that we have to even ask that question is mind boggling…they are both important and non-negotiable to our future.

And while you are learning about the shortfalls in education, you turn the page to read about the record profits at banking institutions and oil companies. It’s so hard to fathom that we can’t possibly find the budget dollars to invest in education and health without having to short another important program when we know in the end, the lack of investing in both education and nutrition will come back around and bite us in the ass.

Lack of a quality education =lack of innovation, economic progress, less ability to compete and thrive on a global level (to name a few)

Lack of education about and access of good nutrition = increase in cancer rates, increase in obesity rates, increase in health care needs (to name a few).

Sigh…

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