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Math Teachers Get Huge Library From Open Curriculum

Common Core mathematicsIn keeping with its goal of providing teachers with top-notch materials and tools, Open Curriculum has recently launched on its website a massive library to help math teachers enhance their lesson materials.

According to a report by Education News, the math library, which has been designed to help with planning lessons for Common Core mathematics, is made up of 5,000 documents, all of which can be accessed by anyone, although registering for the site would be much better as registered users get access to special tools.

Some 6,000 teachers use Open Curriculum every month and take advantage of the materials offered on the site, all of which are curated and organized from teacher blogs as well as lesson material publishers. Also available on the site are tools for creating lesson plans and more.

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Teachers Eyeing More Tech In Classrooms, Says Report

more tech in classroomsTeachers are eager for more tech in classrooms, but are often faced with the lack of resources, according to a report released by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA).

As featured in Education News, the SIIA’s 2014 Vision K-20 Survey Report puts an emphasis on the eagerness of teachers to incorporate more tech in their classrooms, particularly when it comes to online testing, but the lack of computers and insufficient bandwidth in their institutions makes achieving it a bit of a challenge. This lack of resources is to blame for shortcomings in online tutoring, technology training for educators, and assessments

Lack of resources notwithstanding, more tech is still somehow being integrated into classrooms, courtesy of schools encouraging “BYOD” or bring your own device. About half of all secondary schools support the idea in 2014. Better yet, in the next five years, more than 80% of districts will be able to allow mobile devices.

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Education Technology Spending Rises By 11% Worldwide

education technologyDespite the budget cuts in schools all over the world, global spending on education technology increased by 11% from 2012, according to a recent market study.

Conducted by Futuresource Consulting, the study reveals that global spending on education technology within classrooms reached a high of $13 billion, even with all the budget cuts implemented on other areas of education. Some 62% of that $13 billion was spent on laptops, tablets and notebooks.

Emerging with a significant share of the education technology market is Google’s Chromebook, which accounted for more than 20% of notebook sales as well as 8% of all tablet and computer sales.

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Social and Emotional Skills Classroom Programs Improve Math Achievement, Says Study

improve math achievementA study jointly conducted by researchers from different American universities has revealed that classroom programs that focus on improving the social and emotional skills of elementary school students can also boost their achievement in reading and math.

According to Science Daily, the study, “Efficacy of the Responsive Classroom Approach: Results from a Three Year, Longitudinal Randomized Controlled Trial”, focused on a widely-used social and emotional learning intervention called Responsive Classroom or RC. Over the course of more than three years, the researchers compared the math and reading achievement between the students of 24 schools, 13 of which adopted RC.

Even if the direct goal of RC is not academic building, the researchers found out that supporting the social and emotional growth of students in a classroom setting does not interfere with academic learning, and in fact helps them make academic gains, particularly in reading and math.

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Statistics Say Kids Today Are Under More Stress

kids today are under more stressAre kids today under more stress? According to an investigation conducted by UK newspaper The Daily Mirror, the answer is a resounding yes.

The Daily Mirror study reveals that because of a variety of factors like bullies, school assessments and the pressure to fit in, thousands of kids age 10 and below are undergoing treatment for stress, anxiety, and depression. According to statistics provided by Britain’s biggest NHS mental health trusts, 4,931 children have been treated for the above-mentioned conditions in the last five years.

Making it worse is the fact that two-thirds of local authorities have slashed budgets intended for specialists and early intervention programs.

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Math Improves Single-Cell Analysis

math improves single-cell analysisScientists studying cells are now using mathematics to simplify and improve the single-cell analyses they do to investigate their heterogeneities, according to a report by Science Daily.

The Science Daily report mentions that scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum Muenchen, at the Technische Unitversitaet Muenchen and the University of Virginia in the United States are now applying methods of mathematical statistics to improve their single-cell analysis in a big way. With the help of statistical methods, they were able to prove experimentally that their samples deliver results of higher accuracy compared to what they can achieve through traditional analysis of the samples.

This is yet another example of the application of math to better lives of every one on the planet.

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Maths to Help Improve Organ Transplant Success

maths to help improve organ transplant successIn yet another example of using maths to solve real life problems to improve the world we live in, researchers at the Center of Research and Advanced Studies of the National Polytechnic Institute (Cinvestav) are hard at work to boost the chances of success of any given organ transplant with the help of a mathematical model.

According to Science Daily, the researchers are banking on creating a mathematical algorithm that will help establish the exact dosage of the immunosuppressive drugs that every transplant patient needs. The algorithm will factor in such details as genetics, size, age, current medication and time since the transplant, which are expected to immensely help indicate the most accurate dosage of immunosuppressive drugs for each transplant patient.

The researchers are hoping this will reduce organ rejection incidence, which at present stands at 10.5 %.

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Handling Phone Interruptions By Your Child

phone interruptions by your childWhat do you do when your child is constantly interrupting you while you’re on the phone? Here is a quick and lovely tip from Sharon Silver, writing for Proactive Parenting, on handling phone interruptions by your child.

When you’re on the phone and your child approaches you to interrupt, rub his back, but don’t look him in the eyes or talk to him. If he tries to say something, turn your body away from him, but don’t stop rubbing his back. The purpose of all that back rubbing is to make your child understand that you are giving him the attention he needs.

Then again, Silver says that if this tip doesn’t work anymore, just stop and talk to him. She says that some days are for teaching and some days aren’t.

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Learning Among Children

learning among childrenAn article written by David Lancy, Ph.D for Psychology Today espouses the idea that learning among children is not something that needs to be imposed inside classrooms, that it is in fact just a natural form of intelligence and human development.

Dr. Lancy cites the case of the Matses Indians of the Peruvian Amazon. The subjects of a study conducted by Camilla Morelli, the Matses children have proven to be masters of their natural surroundings, paddling across the Amazon and catching big catfish with ease, but display incompetence and discomfort in the classroom.

The children, Morelli says, are active learners, and they have learned the skills they need for their environment. Everything they learned were done hands-on, and it didn’t require anything that would resemble the usual contemporary classrooms, teaching and lessons.

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Scientists Find Genetic Link To Negativity

genetic link to negativityScientists have found a genetic variation that appears to make people predisposed to focusing on the negative.

The Huffington Post reports that the genetic variation called the ADRA2b-deletion variant was identified by scientists from the University of Columbia, which suggests that a person with a negative attitude in life might just have been born that way.

The study, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, rapidly presented positive, neutral and negative words to 207 participants. Those who carried the ADRA2B-deletion variant manifested a higher likelihood of noticing the negative words. Still, those who carried the ADRA2B-deletion variant proved able to pick out the positive words better than they were able to highlight the neutral words, just like the participants who didn’t carry it.

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Do you agree with the notion that negative people might just be born that way?

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