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Kids still stuck to the small screens. A study undertaken by the University's NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity has found that as many as two thirds of NSW children are spending more than the recommended maximum of two hours per day in front of a small screen. Published in the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, the survey of 11 to 15 year olds found that half of secondary school students spent 2-4 hours per day engaged in small screen recreation (ie viewing television, videos, DVDs and computer use for fun), while 32 per cent of secondary school boys and 22 per cent of secondary school girls spent more than 4 hours per day involved in these activities.

Dr Louise Hardy, postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Overweight and Obesity and lead researchers on the study says that children's over use of this type of media must be considered a major health issue. The study sample comprised 2750 school students (979 primary; 1771 secondary). Editor's Note: Original news release can be found here. Words build children's creativity. Children who are exposed to lots of word-based stories at a young age appear to develop far more creative ideas about the future than children who experience mostly visual stories, a University of South Australia study shows. Participants ranging in age from 15 to 80 years took part in the study, which looked at the impact of the stories that they heard, saw or read before the age of about 10 years. Whether they were experienced through verbal family story telling, being read to or by reading for themselves, word-based stories had a different impact on young children than visual stories.

Children who encountered a lot of word-based stories had more creative ideas about the type of career they might have, as well as a much greater fantasy life and more exotic ideas about how their lives might be lived, according to researcher Dr Julia de Roeper from the School of Communication. Dr de Roeper’s findings are in accord with the comments of other researchers. Language taught best in bursts. A review also found that children learned more when they knew what they were working on and goals were made explicit. Image: iStockphoto School age children with language and literacy problems are better off with intense daily therapy rather than extended therapy, according to a recent study. The study, led by Professor Ron Gillam, the 2009 recipient of Curtin University of Technology’s prestigious Haydn Williams Fellowship, is based on children 6 to 9 years old with primary language disorders but no problems in cognition or hearing.

“The group of kids in the study had 100 minutes of therapy each day, over a period of six weeks. We followed their progress for six months,” Professor Gillam said. “Our results proved six times more successful than a different study in which children received therapy twice a week for 20 minutes each day, over a two-year period.” Professor Gillam reviewed studies in which speech-language pathologists worked with teachers in a classroom setting. Lively Lessons: Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere each year on December 21st.

This marks the point in Earth’s orbit of maximum tilt away from the sun. This week’s Lively Lessons allows students to explore the Winter Solstice through a variety of activities. Daily Weather After students view the video segment “The Seasons” from Weather Start: Weather and Seasons (K–2; also available in French & Spanish versions) or “Seasons” from The Language of Science: Earth/Space Science 3–5: Weather (3–5) on Discovery Education Streaming ask them the following questions: How can you describe the weather in each season? What is the relationship between the sun and Earth that causes seasonal changes? How would you describe this season? Seasonal Snowball Fight Explain to students that they will be watching video segments. The Reason for the Season Create a Solstice or Winter Celebration– Encourage your students to create a new holiday that might incorporate aspects of their own celebrations. Discovery Education. How Your Body is Like a Factory | The Franklin Institute.

Did you know that you can actually hear pulmonary circulation? Pulmonary circulation is the movement of blood though the right side of the heart, to the lungs, and then back through the left side of the heart. The “lub dub” you hear when using a stethoscope is the sound of the ventricles contracting and the heart valves closing during this circulation process.

Blood takes a very precise route during pulmonary circulation. Two large veins called the vena cavae bring blood to the right atrium of the heart. The atrium fills with the waste-rich blood and then contracts, pushing the blood through a one-way valve down into the right ventricle. The right ventricle fills and then contracts, pushing the blood out of the heart into the pulmonary artery, which leads to the lungs. Fresh, oxygen-rich blood enters the pulmonary veins and then returns to the heart, re-entering the organ through the left atrium. Excretory System Organs. The excretory system is responsible for removing any dangerous, unnecessary or excess material form the body. Through this process it allows the body to maintain homeostasis, thereby preventing any damage from occurring. Most organs in the body that are functioning normally will produce metabolic wastes and because of this, the entire body depends on the excretory system.

Organs of the excretory system include the four organs of the urinary system, lungs, the skin, the liver and large intestines. Read on to learn more about the organ functions. Excretory System Organs and Their Functions 1. Kidneys The kidneys are located in the back of the abdominal cavity that is found in the retroperitoneum and they get blood from paired renal arteries. Ureters Each ureter is a muscular tube that brings the urine between the kidneys and the urinary bladder. Bladder The urinary bladder is responsible for collecting any urine that the kidneys excrete.

Urethra 2. 3. 4. 5. Ethical Budgeting: How to Live a Life of Wealth & Value — The Note Passer. Now that I have a budget I can wrap my head around, it's clear that a full thirty percent is discretionarily spent. This realization begs the question, "What should it be spent on"? It seems to me that Annie Dillard's meditation, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives" could be extended to how we spend our wealth.

What then, is worthy of my wealth and my life? An article from one of my favorite sites, Brain Pickings, came to me at just the right time. If we want to be wise about money we should resist the impulse to follow our desires and concentrate instead on getting what we need. Need is deeper — bound up with the serious narrative of one’s life. I like the idea of asking if a purchase is going to help me become a better version of myself. Price is a public matter — a negotiation between supply and demand. There is a very imperfect relationship between desire and flourishing. Living a "good" life does not require great wealth. How Two Non-Technical Cofounders Grew & Sold Their Startup for Millions. The Hair of the Dog is a sports bar located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Like most sports bars in New York, it has an ungodly number of televisions, a beer pong table and 3.5 stars on Yelp. More importantly though, Hair of the Dog has a single dollar price rating (“$”), which is really important when your goal is to be drunk by 3PM.

In October 2013, my cofounder and I were in negotiations to sell Caskers, an ecommerce site we founded just 1.5 years earlier that sold spirits (think booze, not ghosts) online. The negotiations had already dragged on for a few months, and we were just days away from our scheduled closing date. If you’ve ever been in the same situation before, you know that your mind starts wandering and thinking about all the possibilities that could still derail the sale of your company. It also starts thinking about ways you could spend millions of dollars, but you try not to put the cart before the horse. Lesson #1: Be Frugal Lesson #2. Lesson #3: Be Experimental. The Ultimate Guide to Learning Anything Faster — The Growth List. “If only I could have learned Spanish a few years ago…”“If only I learned about investing when I was still in my early twenties…” If only.

For many of us, there are more things we want to learn than we have time. As information becomes more readily accesible online, the number of things we want to learn is only continuing to increase. And the only variable we can control is the amount of time we spend learning them. Shortening the learning curve is a topic that’s been studied for many years, and this guide will cover the fundamental core principles of learning faster. “One skill you want to master in this day and age we live in, if you want tohave an extraordinary life, is the ability to learn rapidly” — Anthony Robbins Don’t Reinvent the Wheel Why reinvent a wheel that’s already been created?

The common tendency we all have when learning something new is trying to master it alone, underestimating the amount of time and effort that can be saved by getting help from someone who’s learnt it. 1. Weapons of maths destruction: Are calculators killing our ability to work it out in our head? ExamFear Education free video lessons online teaching e-learning. 197 Educational YouTube Channels You Should Know About.

Meritnation: The No.1 Education Site with Study Material & Live Classes for CBSE, ICSE & more. :: Science Tuts :: Home. A New Video Game Trains Your Brain To Dislike Junk Food, Helps Players Lose Weight In A Week. Video games have been pioneering new techniques in weight loss for some time now, offering interactive experiences that allow you to exercise and track calories burned. But what about a computerized video game that can train your brain not to crave junk food in the first place? Researchers from the University of Exeter and Cardiff University in the UK are attempting to do just that, developing a video game that controls your need to snack and helps you shed pounds. In their new study published in the journal Appetite, psychologists are reporting success in the early stages of their new "brain training" game. An average of 64 percent of adults are currently considered obese or overweight in the UK, mostly due to overeating and alcohol consumption.

Dr. For the study, researchers worked collaboratively with Wellcome Trust, recruiting 83 adults between the ages of 23 and 65, with BMIs ranging from 21 to 46, otherwise considered healthy to obese. Source: Lawrence N, et al. Leaving The Mother Tongue: Why Languages Are So Hard To Learn And Which Are Easiest. Unfortunately for Americans, fluency in a second language is something only enjoyed by a select few. Either you grew up in a home where English shacked up with a mother tongue, or you found the discipline to master a new language through practice. For the rest of us, English is all we’ve known and all we’ll ever get. That’s not to say some languages aren’t easier to pick up than others. Assuming we get the urge to learn more about a culture or make a pact to travel like a native, which means talking the talk, we can fold in a new way of speaking, and indeed, thinking. The trick is knowing what to expect.

Apples And Oranges Linguists like to pick things apart, so we can think of languages as being made up of three basic components: the phonology (how words and letters sound), the grammar (how those sounds are organized in a sentence), and the words themselves (how ideas and objects are represented verbally). It also doesn’t hurt to have a good memory, she says. How Can We Know? Round decimals to the nearest whole number. Australian National Curriculum Resources F-6 - DeBono 6 Hats.

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