Author: Sensory Edge

Making Family Time Active

Sometimes it feels like everyone in the family is always on the go and moving in different directions. Sometimes also we are concerned about our weight and the weight that our children are gaining. This is common in many families. This is because families of today are very busy. The kids are engaging in extracurricular activities while the parents are spending more time at work. To add to this, our weight can keep increasing in magnitudes we never imagined while our energy levels might be on the downward trend. But despite the business of life and daily activities, being in good shape and good health is of paramount importance. One has to be active. Some of the benefits of an active life are that it helps for a good sleep routine, improves the immune system, makes one more energized, and boosts the heart. Also the risk of type 2 diabetes is reduced while the bones become stronger from activity. So, the question is what should be one’s goals for activities? The author suggests thirty minutes of moderate intense activity each day or 150 minutes each week. To be included is strength training exercises. For children, about 60 minutes of aerobic exercises each week is enough. Key Takeaways: This blog piece is for anyone who feels that the family is not working together as a cohesive unit because everyone seems...

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Teaming up with Google to find autism cause

While the cause of autism is yet unknown researchers believe that by teaming up with Google they can find a cure and the cause of the condition. An Autism advocacy organization has announced that they are working with Google to build the largest autism genome database in the world using the cloud. The collaboration is named Autism Speaks Ten thousand Genomes Program. It combines extensive DNA databases and aligns them with cloud storage technology in order to make an impact in autism research. The organization believes that this program will radically make an impact in autism based genomics research. They believe that this collaboration with Google is a game changer in autism research. There is an ongoing movement in science and in the medical field to make use of big data for speeding up the efforts of research. One example is IBM’s supercomputer Watson that is helping researchers such as oncologists to find treatments for a brain cancer that is rare and aggressive. To this day, for the autism research, Autism Speaks has already made contributions of 12,000 DNA samples for the research on autism. This donation is described as the largest private collection to date to aid in autism research. Key Takeaways: The organization Autism Speaks will team up with the Google Cloud Platform to create and store the largest autism genome database. Autism Speaks has already supplied...

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What Are the Top 5 Trends in Elementary School Education? |

One thing that is constant in education is the changes and the reforms. Along with the change in the paradigms the world lives by are the changes in the focus on childhood education. Early childhoods involves learning key concepts that will later be developed in later years but one challenge that educators have faced is which method is best to follow. So, this blog is on the top current trends that have been observed in elementary school education. The first trend is the need to develop a learning that is based on inquiry so that students will develop a love for science. STEM education is all the rage these days in schools and education arena. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. This is a style of education that focuses on helping the student to be focused on science in an active style. Students through hand-on activities are taught to develop their skills for questioning, inquiry, problem-solving and teamwork. Although STEM education has a lot of benefits for students, it is faced with a lot of challenges. The second trend is focusing on project-based learning and common core standards. Other trends are highlighted in the blog. Key Takeaways: STEM, which stands for science, technology, engineering and math, is the byword for today’s classroom. Most states have also implemented Common Core Standards, designed to better prep students...

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6 steps to promote good digital citizenship for all students

Most digital natives must already have been using computers and digital devices for years by the time they enter high school. Most adults who did not grow up with tablets and laptops do not know what reasons these young ones use these devices and assume it is for their own terms and their own reasons. This presents challenges to educators because they have the task of teaching these young ones the curriculum while helping them to transition to be good digital citizens. It is a challenge to raise good digital citizens but the outcomes when done successfully is rewarding. The author then states a 6 step digital citizenship plan that is implemented in his district for digital natives. The first step is to start with creating and implementing an agreement for Responsible Technology use. This was enshrined in a 30 day course that was created for the students. The course was designed specifically to help students to think critically, behave safely, and be responsible participants in the digital world. The second step is to place a focus on digital etiquette, respect and safety. Other steps are outlined in the blog. Key Takeaways: Start your digital citizenship plan with a Responsible Technology Agreement use for the students. The Responsible Technology Use agreement includes educating students about digital citizenship and how to keep themselves safe. Educators need to train students about...

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Should You Buy Fitness Trackers for Your Kids?

It should not be surprising that fitness trackers seem to be everywhere you look. About 20 to 40 percent of American adults have one and now many are suggesting getting it for their kids. This is because they believe that it can ease their kid’s levels of fitness and even improve on it. Some of the benefits of fitness trackers is that they help us to be active and make incremental improvements in our health. The author believes that many will fail to see how a fitness tracker would be adequate for a child when they are always in play, bounding about in the playground or the backyard. So many wonder whether they should bother them with these tech devices. The author states that fitness trackers can be good for kids but one needs to know that the circumstance has to be right. Some reasons why one can say yes to fitness trackers for his kids include the following: when the parents want them to have fun with it, when for medical reasons the child’s activity level needs to be tracked, and when the child is a teen athlete and has to work towards specific fitness goals. The author then lists when to say no to fitness trackers for children. Key Takeaways: It’s no surprise that fitness trackers seem to be everywhere because it has been estimated that 20...

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