Risk in Play and Learning: Ubud-Höör Declaration

Risk-taking is Essential for Children’s Well-being  This declaration cites research from around the world on the benefits of risk-taking for children. While promoting risk-taking on school grounds may raise questions of liability for schools and concerns for parents it is essential for the development of healthy young people, according to …

ATMac – Assistive Technology for Mac OS X Users

ATMac is a blog that offers news, reviews and opinions on assistive technology for Mac OS X, by Ricky Buchanan who is himself an avid Mac and AT user.  Organized by type of user, for example “text-to-speech users,” or “deaf users,” or “primary switch users,” and by audience (“content producers,” …

Diet and Hyperactivity

As shared in Exchange Every Day, from Child Care Information Exchange, a new study reports a link between consuming food dyes and sodium benzoate, and hyperactivity in children. A UK study reported in Work & Family Life (November 2007; www.workandfamilylife.com) demonstrates the impact of food additives on children’s behavior. Researchers …

SchoolNetAfrica.net

SchoolNetAfrica is a pan-African education portal for practitioners, policymakers and school communities across the continent with resources in English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese and Arabic. SchoolNetAfrica is made up of the African Education Knowledge Warehouse: SchoolNet Centre, which has tools and resources to support national SchoolNets Policy Centre, which provides resources …

ConnSense Podcasts

Chauncey Rucker’s ConnSense Bulletin has long been a favorite of mine for news, reviews and updates related to assistive technology. It’s quality stuff, and he taps into key issues. In addition to online articles and an e-mail bulletin, ConnSense also has begun providing podcasts. Maybe I’m a luddite, but I’ve …

SchwabLearning and Sparktop to Close

Two of my favorite sites for families struggling with learning disabilities are closing. On September 21, Charles and Helen Schwab announced they will no longer maintain operation of their web sites, SchwabLearning.org and Sparktop.org. Instead they will focus on selective grant-making to other organizations. I am grateful for the wonderful …

David Pogue promotes the XO Give-one-get-one laptop

I blogged before about One Laptop Per Child’s Give 1 Get 1 program. Kudos to David Pogue of the New York Times for putting the promotion in such a clear light, and for his review of the new laptop’s features, limitations and capabilities. My son and I were talking today …

Give One, Get One – One Laptop Per Child Promo

Here’s a new way to have it all and give it away at the same time. Share this with grandparents and other generous gift givers. Starting November 12, One Laptop Per Child will be offering a Give 1 Get 1 Program for a brief window of time. For $399, you …

Read Along, Read Aloud

SchwabLearning.org and Don Johnston Inc. have launched a summer read-a-long with a Start-to-Finish rewrite of Tom Sawyer, including both pdf’s of the book and MP3 audio files. In addition, they are offering a 20% discount on select Start-to-Finish books, and a sweepstakes for a collection of adventure titles from Start-to-Finish …