Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Saturday, March 24, 2012

SV CUE and free online resources

I attended SV CUE today. I was pleased with the sessions I attended. The following two links have a great wealth of resources, most of which are free.

1. tinyurl.com/RHresources

2. Free Online Resources

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ocean Environmental Links

There is a previous entry which is related to Oceans per se. However, given the number of problems facing our Oceans today, here are some links that help identify and work with issues related to the ocean. It is not only important to make ourselves aware of the problems, but also our children as well as try and come up with small changes we can make at our end.

1. One World Ocean: If you heard Sylvia Earle's award winning TED talk, this is her organization.

2. Mission Blue

3. Conservation for Oceans Foundation

4. Blue Legacy

5. Sea Save

Scratch - MIT's free programming language

Scratch is a free programming language developed by MIT. Last year I got hooked onto it due to its ease of use for children, the fact that it gets children to think logically, work co-operatively and work on problem solving. It was a very satisfying experience both for the children and me as well as to know that some of them continue to use it as they have moved onto middle school. Today I came across this talk which I really enjoyed and reinforces not just the power of Scratch but also the power of certain skills that the kids need - imagination, role play, co-operation, problem solving, decision making, all of it while having fun. Mitch Resnick's talk

Friday, September 2, 2011

Handwriting

   I am often asked about a child's handwriting by parents. There are various reasons why parents may be upset with their child's handwriting. After all, I guess everyone wants to see beautiful calligraphy on paper. Normally, I tend to focus on writing itself. After all, I would much rather a child puts down his/her thoughts, works on his/her writing skills than handwriting.
This particular article gives some food for thought:
Handwriting

Summarizing

Summarizing is known to be a very important trait for children to learn and master. This article describes it well.

Summarizing