If you love the Grand Canyon, then check out this spectacular Texas state park Getting there: Palo Duro Canyon State Park lies 27 miles southeast of Amarillo off Texas Highway 217. A $5 admission fee is charged for visitors over age 12. When to come: Winters are cool with 50-degree days and nights often below freezing. Spring and fall feature highs in the 70s. Summers can be scalding with highs in the 90s. Lodging: For campers, the park offers primitive campsites for $12 per night and RV sites with electric and water hookups for $24 per night. 8 digital life skills all children need – and a plan for teaching them A generation ago, IT and digital media were niche skills. Today, they are a core competency necessary to succeed in most careers. That’s why digital skills are an essential part of a comprehensive education framework.
The Guillotine's Namesake Was Against Capital Punishment By the time Joseph Guillotin died, aged 75, the invention which now bears his last name had become synonymous with the terror and mass executions of the French Revolution. His funeral occurred on this day in 1814. At the same time, writes Richard Cavendish for History Today, his family was lobbying the French government to change the guillotine’s name so that their family name would no longer be synonymous with a period known as the “Terror.” “The government refused, so they changed their family name instead,” he writes. Ironically, Guillotin’s motives were good: he wanted to make execution—gruesome even now, but particularly brutal in pre-revolutionary France—more humane. The Japanese practice of 'forest bathing' has scientifically proven health benefits — Quartz The tonic of the wilderness was Henry David Thoreau’s classic prescription for civilization and its discontents, offered in the 1854 essay Walden: Or, Life in the Woods. Now there’s scientific evidence supporting eco-therapy. The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
50 best augmented reality games: massive overview of AR games market - Thinkmobiles AR technology is getting deeply implemented in the gaming industry. Nowadays, this is not just the fantastical concept. Augmented reality games can allow you to fight aliens, capture fantastical creatures, defend kingdoms in the real world. And this all is possible without super expensive headsets – just an AR-enabled smartphone or console is required. We’ve done a huge job to collect all the AR games that are worth your attention. Using the Apptopia app, we also prepared monthly downloads and total revenue overviews for the most popular of them. Dan Rather: This is an emergency—and a moment of judgement for everyone who remains silent If you’ve been following news this week, there’s no doubt you’ve read/heard about the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon made a dangerous and odious threat against the media. This was followed by Donald Trump echoing the same message while barring some reputable, truth-seeking news groups including The New York Times from a White House briefing, an unprecedented act against the media, the freedom of the press, and the nation’s First Amendment.
Finally defining 'digital citizenship': Help from top researchers If it’s to have any real impact, “digital citizenship” needs to be clearly and simply defined. That’s what the US’s leading youth online risk researchers propose in the latest study on digital citizenship. In fact, the University of New Hampshire researchers made three recommendations: Separate it from digital literacy (Internet and technical skills) and cyberbullying prevention, which are important but more about avoiding/preventing than developing “specific online social skills”Simplify it to two elements: online respect and online civic engagement (“practice respectful and tolerant behaviors toward others and increase civic engagement activities”) and…Align it with youth citizenship goals (e.g., participating in community activities and addressing social injustices). Online respect and online civic engagement are directly related – the former enables the latter. Citizenship reduces anti-social behavior
#EmpowerHer: Combining technology and the creativity of youth to promote the economic empowerment of women in the Maghreb In common with many other countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, Morocco and Tunisia have a huge untapped source of human talent. Underperformance of labor markets over the years has left many people, especially young men and women, with a sense of exclusion. In the Maghreb, women still are unable to compete on an equal footing as the limited economic opportunities that do exist generally go to men. The World Bank gender strategy aims to help countries remove constraints for more and better jobs for women and remove barriers so that women have access to finance, technology, land and other productive assets. Tackling these challenges requires new ideas and experimentation to provide avenues for change and to open up opportunities.