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Mastering new skills, topics, and bodies of knowledge, whether on one's own or formally; obviously related to the strength of curiosity but goes beyond it to describe the tendency to add systematically to what one knows.

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama. The five circles slowly pulsing on my screen are meant to visualize the entire core of human emotion.

A Map Of How Emotions Influence Our Lives, Commissioned By The Dalai Lama

Fear. Disgust. Anger. Sadness. Enjoyment. Reductive? "The Dalai Lama and I have had a series of dialogues—we’re up to about 60 hours of one-on-one conversations—and in one of them, he said to me, ‘When we wanted to get to the new world, we need[ed] a map to get there. Ekman is a prominent psychologist whose studies on universal human expressions—the smiles and scowls we share across cultures—became foundational for the modern era of emotion research. A Brand New 'Atlas' Shows Where Different Ideas Live in Our Brains. A man on the radio is talking about what it was like to come out to his family as gay.

A Brand New 'Atlas' Shows Where Different Ideas Live in Our Brains

The sound of his voice streams into the ear of the listener and vibrates in the snail shell-shaped cavity of her cochlea. The sounds are translated into electric impulses, which shoot along her nerves into her auditory cortex. Language processing centers start parsing the story for syllables, words, rhythm and syntax. And somehow, they're able to figure out what it all means. Inside the MRI machine, the listener's brain is aglow with activity. For the first time, researchers at the University of California at Berkeley have mapped that activity, determining where in the brain certain concepts - family, numbers, texture and touch - are processed and understood. How to Raise a Reader. Kids become lifelong readers for all kinds of reasons.

How to Raise a Reader

Sometimes there's one key book that captures a kid's imagination and opens him or her up to the exciting world of fiction. Other times, a teacher who assigns great books in class sparks a hunger for more big ideas and fine writing. In some cases, parents influence kids' appreciation of books by sharing their own love of literature and modeling reader behavior -- always having a book to read, taking books on vacation, reading before bedtime, making regular trips to the library and bookstore, etc. Here are our best tips for nurturing a love of reading that can last a lifetime: Read aloud: This comes naturally to lots of new parents, but it's important to keep it up. Many parents think that as soon as their kids learn to read on their own, they no longer need to be read to.

Savor the series: It's common for kids to become book lovers for life after getting hooked on a series. Fit reading into your family lifestyle. Essential Books for Kids and Teens. A Child's Garden of Poetry (Age 4+) Professor Layton and the Miracle Mask (Age 12+) Fahrenheit 451 (Age 13+0. The Book Thief (Age 13+) The House on Mango Street (Age 13+) The Catcher in the Rye (Age 14+) The Big Picture. DRS.

The Big Picture

SALLY and BENNETT SHAYWITZ, co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, illuminate the scientific origins of dyslexia and have created a revolutionary imaging test that pinpoints, for the first time, a specific difference (or marker) in the brains of dyslexics. Dr. Sally Shaywitz explains that this unique marker, while often associated with problems with reading, is also associated with a superior ability to think out of the box, create original ideas, and see the big picture. Super-achieving dyslexics revered in their fields—from SIR RICHARD BRANSON and financier CHARLES SCHWAB to politician GAVIN NEWSOM and attorney DAVID BOIES—confirm what the children, experts and families suggest: dyslexia carries with it as many rewards as frustrations.

Quotes "An exemplary example of educational documentary filmmaking. " "We screened The Big Picture here at Campbell Hall with our entire faculty and staff at opening faculty meetings. "Hopeful, honest and compelling. " 1. 2. 3. Louder Than a Bomb. Louder Than A Bomb tells the story of four Chicago high school poetry teams as they prepare to compete in the world's largest youth slam.

Louder Than a Bomb

By turns hopeful and heartbreaking, the film captures the turbulent lives of these unforgettable kids, exploring the ways writing shapes their world, and vice versa. Louder Than A Bomb is not about "high school poetry" as we often think of it. It's about language as a joyful release, irrepressibly talented teenagers obsessed with making words dance. While the topics they tackle are often deeply personal, what they put into their poems—and what they get out of them—is universal: the defining work of finding one's voice. Winner of more than fifteen festival prizes, including ten audience awards, Louder Than A Bomb has been hailed as "powerful and exhilarating" (TimeOut Chicago), "inspiring" (L.A. Looking for a way to engage and inspire young people? "...AN AFFECTING AND SUPERBLY PACED CELEBRATION of American youth at their creative best.

" A Small Act. When Hilde Back sponsored a young, rural Kenyan student, she thought nothing of it.

A Small Act

She certainly never expected to hear from him, but years later, she does. Now a Harvard graduate and a Human Rights Lawyer for the United Nations, Chris Mburu decides to find the stranger that changed his life. Inspired by her generosity he starts a scholarship program of his own, which gives a new generation of Kenyan students the hope of affording an education. With clarity and grace, A Small Act, bears witness to the ripple effect one singular action can have. Secretary-General [Ban Ki-Moon] PRAISED [THE] FILM, for "highlighting the importance of giving all children an education in the fight against ignorance and bigotry. " "A Small Act is such A POWERFUL FILM to use in classrooms across the globe.

Girl Rising. Nine unforgettable girls – striving beyond circumstance, pushing past limits – spotlighted in a film about the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world.

Girl Rising

With stories by nine celebrated writers, voiced by nine renowned actresses including Meryl Streep and Salma Hayek, Girl Rising introduces Sokha, an orphan who rises from a Cambodian dump to become a star pupil; Suma, who writes music to endure forced servitude in Nepal; Ruksana, an Indian “pavement-dweller” whose father sacrifices his own needs for her dreams; and six other heroines. The girls are unique, but the obstacles they face are ubiquitous. Like the 66 million girls in the world who dream of going to school, what they want most is to be students. Now, by sharing their personal journeys, they have become teachers. Watch Girl Rising, and you will see: One girl with courage is a revolution. Quotes "GROUNDBREAKING" - The Huffington Post. American Promise. The American Promise journey began in 1999, when filmmakers Joe Brewster and Michèle Stephenson enrolled their son Idris in the Dalton School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan after the private institution boldly strengthened its commitment to cultivating a diverse student body.

American Promise

Michèle and Joe decided to turn the camera on themselves to film the experiences of 5-year-old Idris and his best friend and classmate Seun. The documentary captures the stories of Idris, Seun, and their families from the first day of kindergarten all the way to their 2012 high school graduation. Over the 12 years, we see the boys and their families struggle with stereotypes and identity, navigate learning differences that later become diagnoses, and ultimately take increasingly divergent paths on their road to graduation. Quotes " engrossing portrait of modern parenting. " - Washington Post Educational Edition Includes - 2 DVD Box Set. Akeelah and the Bee (Age 8+) Spellbound (Age 9+)

The Miracle Worker (Age 10+) Girl Rising (Age 12+) Stand and Deliver (Age 13+) Dead Poets Society (Age 13+) Educational Websites. Get our best picks for movies, apps, TV shows, books, and more, customized for your kids.

Educational Websites

Get the App Get the App No thanks close(x) Don’t Miss Out You’re all set! Look out for our weekly updates soon. Connect with us Jump to navigation "Best of" Lists "Best of" lists. The Learning Network (Age 12+) Mozilla Thimble (Age 12+) Google Art Project (Age 12+) Coursera (Age 15+) Scientific American (Age 18+) YouTube (Age 18+) Khan Academy (Age 18+) TED-Ed (Age 18+) Global Scribes. BrainPOP (K-12) Monster Physics™ (Age 4+) Seasons and Weather (Age 4+) Geo Walk HD - 3D World Fact Book (Age 8+) Bill Nye The Science Guy (Age 8+)

The Free Dictionary by Farlex (Age 9+) HowStuffWorks (Age 12+) Lumosity (Age 12+) TED (Age12+) Solar System for iPad (Age 13+) Coursera (Age 15+) LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game (Age 6+) Playing LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: DISNEY PHINEAS AND FERB is almost like watching an episode of the show of the same name, minus a few key characters.

LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game (Age 6+)

In it, the boys decide to build a water balloon launcher that they can drive around. At the same time, Dr. Doofenshmirtz has created a similar machine that shoots rotten food. Throughout the game, the boys are upgrading their machine and testing it out on some rogue robots. When they aren't looking, Agent P, aka Perry the Platypus, borrows the machine to battle Dr. The game has six levels to complete with increasing difficulty, each containing educational mini-games.