Monthly Archives: August 2015

Parents, help your kids be safe and learn good online etiquette

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Please” or “Thank you” are basic steps that we, as parents, want to teach to our children for the good of their integration at the society since the early age.

This is the so-called Etiquette; it means a code of behavior that defines expectations for social behavior.

Why is it important? Children who grow up without this social code may not develop the right skills for interacting with others and are at a greater risk of conflict when interacting with their peers. Teaching etiquette and manners start at home.

But new generations brings with it new channels of communication. It turns out that the qualities of respect, kindness, honesty, self-esteem, and thoughtfulness are also important in an online environment – the Net.

To build this new behavior code parents have to be a good role model as kids are like sponges soaking up everything around them. They’ll absorb your actions on a daily basis and even your online behavior will be mimicked so setting the right example on and offline is a responsibility as a parent.

So here you have a short guide when communicating on the Internet, for you and your kids, also know as Netiquette:

  • Respect – Stress the importance of treating others the same way they like to be treated – being polite will develop your child’s relationship building skills.  When chatting or in a chat group, avoid name calling, gossip, negative talk about classmates or discussing personal and controversial topics such as religion, politics, sex, race or ethnicity. Be courteous, kind and considerate of others online. Even though you’re behind a computer, your words identify who you are. Set boundaries on what is acceptable and not acceptable discussion online.
  • Use appropriate language & emoticons – Be conscious of what you say as unkind words and actions can cause hurt feelings. Watch the use of emoticons and punctuation when to trying to convey your meaning and be clear in your communication to minimize misunderstandings. Avoid writing in all caps as it’s rude and is considered the equivalent of verbally SHOUTING and being ‘in your face.’ Remember that when you’re online no else can see your body language, facial expressions or hear the tone of your voice.
  • Think before you send – Pictures, texts, email, and videos can all be posted, copied, forwarded, downloaded and reconfigured with PhotoShop. If you think something might embarrass someone, invade their privacy or stir up drama, do not send it out. You can’t retrieve it once it’s sent or posted and it will remain in cyberspace forever.
  • Create a safe screen name – Encourage your kids to think about the impression that screen names can make so they won’t choose provocative or identifiable nicknames that can lead to name calling or bullying.
  • Cyberbullying – This is the use of technology to harass, threaten, embarrass or target another person. If targeted by a cyberbully, do not respond because it will lead to a never-ending cycle of verbally bashing one another. Keep all original correspondence with dates and times if possible. If the messages are of a threatening nature or safety is a concern, contact local law enforcement as soon as possible.

How conscious are you about Netiquette?

Are you a good Netiquette citizen?

By Ángela R.

Source: Global Digital Citizen

Apple to Dive into the Education Program for Public Schools

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With the start of a new school year, Apple is now focusing on their educational program.

Apple is now an active participant in White House’s ConnectED initiative. Apple has issued several grants regarding this to public schools. 114 public schools across 29 states are beefed up with Ipads, Macs, and Apple TVs. This is opening new doors and advancements for not only the private but also public schools.

Technology is the new era and with this ConnectED initiative, kids are closer to knowledge more than ever. They now don’t have to get their knowledge through analogue, as they have the possibility to learn in different forms via digital. With this in mind Apple has made it their goal to accelerate the learning process.

Kids now have the opportunity to think outside the box. Here is what the CEO of Apple had to say regarding their advancements. 


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Do you need some tips to transition to School?

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Summer is this time with less structure, more freedom and outside adventures. But August also means that the new school year is coming. There may also be some relief when children are back into the school year routine… How do we transition ourselves and our children from the summer into the school year?

  1. Bring back the structure gradually. Little by little over the next couple of weeks get the younger children to bed earlier, and up earlier in the morning. For your teenage children discuss the importance of structure. Be clear on your expectations, listen to them and get them involved in the return to routine.
  1. Discuss change. This is an opportunity to teach your children that change is natural, healthy and inevitable. It is OK to be sad when things change. Honest conversations about change, feelings and advantages of it, it’s a good idea.
  1. Manage your own anxiety. If you are anxious and stressed about the new school year, they will also be. Look for ways to take care of yourself first so you can guide them. Look for positive things.
  1. Anticipate your child’s anxiety. Ask them if they are worried about any particular things and let them talk through it. For older children, reconnecting with their peers can help ease the anxiety that a new school year may bring.
  1. Technology can be our friend not our foe. Encourage your children to use technology in a positive way by using electronic calendars and scheduling tools. In fact, your children might be able to teach you a lesson or two in the use of these helpful applications. The end of the summer is also a good time to refresh and reset the use of technology and review your expectations with the children.
  1. Focus on connection. Spend some one-on-one time with your child whenever you can. This can be simple things like a walk or a family barbecue. Enjoy your child; nothing else will prepare them better for that school year that that!

 

How do you prepare your kids for the new school’s year?

Share with us your tips&tricks!

By Ángela R.

Source: Huffington Post

Roman Numerals: Where Is the Zero?

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Roman numerals, the numeric system used in ancient Rome, employ combinations of letters from the Latin alphabet to signify values. The Roman numeral system is a positional numbering system. This system employs some capital letters as symbols to represent certain numbers, most numbers are written as combinations of letters.

For example, 2015 is written as MMXV, where each M represents 1000, the X stands for 10 more and V represents five units.

Roman numerals start to count from one and had no symbol to represent “0“. This happens because the Romans did not need to have a zero in their additive system. That is, in the roman numerals figures are summed and always are equal, whereas in our present system the value of the number depends on the position that is the number (it is the same value “3” in the number “13” to “3,500,000”, whereas the “L” or “D” always worth the same.

Initially Romans used “I” for the unit, but when it came to representing large amounts (IIIIII …) it became a mess. So, as the Romans were sharp (Otherwise, how would they have conquered the Roman Empire?), They decided to cross out the original “I” with a forward line (X) to represent ten. And for five? Easy, like five is half ten, we hit a cut in the middle to become X and V, and now we have five.

Roman, like other great civilizations like the Greeks, the Aztecs or the pre-Arabs used the additive system, ie, which is the transcript of what we have. Thus, the V can only be V (five or 5).

There are different number systems, and each of these has to do with the advancement of the civilisations that use them. Today, we use the positional system, in which the value of a character depends on its position. For example, the 3 has different values if the number is 325 to 453.

Today the use of Roman numerals is limited to certain fields:

  • Watches
  • Enumerate volumes, chapters and volumes of a work.
  • Names of popes, kings and emperors.
  • Acts and scenes of a play.
  • The appointment of congresses, Olympics, assemblies, competitions, etc.

 

By Ángela R.

Source: History of the historyBatanga, About History.

 

SOS! Has Your Kid Forgotten the Lesson after Summer?

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Summer break may only be a couple months but that’s long enough for some students to forget much of what they learned.

Summer learning loss is the loss in academic skills and knowledge over the course of summer vacation. But parents say their students can’t take a vacation from keeping their minds active. “I’ve taken up iPads, I’ve limited TV, cause we know that if they go back to school and they haven’t done anything in the summer time then they lose about two or three months,” said parent, Maisha Hambrick.

A common finding across numerous studies is that on average, students score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning of summer (on the same test).

Parents like Hambrick say putting academics on hold is simply not an option. Summer loss for all students is estimated to be equal to about 1 month, but this varies across subject matter:

  • Mathematics – 2.6 months of grade-level equivalency loss.
  • Reading – Low-income students generally lose about 2 months of reading achievement. Middle-income students experience slight gains in reading performances.

“Fourth grade is a tough grade for some students so it’s very important that he’s up where he needs to be when he goes to fourth grade,” said Hambrick.

To close the achievement gap, parents and teachers have a simple suggestion.

“I would recommend that parents read with their children nightly, similar to what we ask them to do during the school year for a minimum of 20 minutes,” said parent and teacher Tracillia July. July suggests letting children pick their own literature to add some fun to the summer season.

Students and instructors are off school typically between 6 and 14 weeks, depending on the country and district. In America, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Lithuania and Russia, summer holidays are normally three months, compared to six to eight weeks in Australia, Britain, The Netherlands, Canada, and Germany.

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Teachers suggest utilizing free online programs to avoid a backslide in August.

As teacher, what do you recommend to parents to avoid the summer learning loss?

As parent, what have do done with your kids during summer holidays?

By Ángela R.

 

Sources: Raycomgroup, Wikipedia,  KingsisleblogOnlinecollege

Fascinated by Animals? Take this Quiz!

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KangarooGo to the quiz!

Kangaroos have large, powerful hind legs, large feet adapted for leaping, a long muscular tail for balance, and a small head. 

The word “kangaroo” derives from the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru. The name was first recorded as “kanguru” on 12 July 1770. There are more kangaroos than humans in Australia. 

Now it’s time to see how much you know about our favorite Milk Hunter: the kangaroo!

Are you ready to go into the kangaroo’s universe?


 


Did You Know… Google or Googol?

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googolDid you know?

When searching for the word “Googol” Wikipedia advices “Not to be confused with Google.” But, is there any relationship in between those concepts?

A googol is the large number 10100; that is, the digit 1 followed by 100 zeroes:

Googol

Edward Kasner, the proud uncle

The term was coined in 1920 by 9-year-old Milton Sirotta, nephew of American mathematician Edward Kasner. Kasner popularized the concept in his book Mathematics and the Imagination in 1940.

Didn’t you know the existence of the “googol” concept?

Maybe Googol should have been known as the actual name of the company Google. The name “Google” was an accidental misspelling of “googol” by the company’s founders, which was picked to signify that the search engine was intended to provide large quantities of information.

Google began in January 1996 as a research project by Larry Page and Sergey Brin when they were both PhD students at Stanford University in Stanford, California.
The corporation has been estimated to run more than one million servers in data centers around the world. It processes about 24 petabytes of user-generated data each day and over one billion search requests.

Did you know it?

To be naughty, one billion still a bit less than one googol…

Do you guess how big is the difference?

By Ángela R.

* Source: Wikipedia, Google.

Exciting News: We’re Expecting a Baby Girl

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Facebook profile of Mark Zuckerberg Good News!

The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced on the popular social network that he will become a father: “Priscilla and I have some exciting news: we’re expecting a baby girl!”

“Now we’ll focus on making the world a better place for our child and the next generation.” That’s one of the first ideas that come in mind while expecting a baby. Mark also wrote: “This will be a new chapter in our lives. We’ve already been so fortunate for the opportunity to touch people’s lives around the world — Cilla as a doctor and educator, and me through this community and philanthropy.”

The magnate, with a fortune estimated in 41.000 millions of dollars, tells that they have been trying to have a baby for two years and have had three miscarriages along the way. Mark and Priscilla recommend to share this process because it is itself a lonely way to go trough. “You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you — as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own.”

The creator of the biggest social network claim for “connexions” in the big meaning of the word: “In today’s open and connected world, discussing these issues doesn’t distance us; it brings us together. It creates understanding and tolerance, and it gives us hope. When we started talking to our friends, we realized how frequently this happened — that many people we knew had similar issues and that nearly all had healthy children after all.” We are the most connected generation and we should use it to being closer between friends, family and diferent cultures.

Mark and Priscilla on Facebook

To become a father or a mother is always a great adventure full of new feeling and experiences to learn with, even more when you are the creator of Facebook and you can share with, absolutely, the whole world.

It’s for sure that Mark and Pricilla are having the most common and wonderful of the feelings: the happiness to have created a new life.

They wanted to share with the world not just their personal news, but also the learning of being open: to share our life with our beloved people makes us stronger. We live in a world hipper connected, it is important to learn how to use the new technologies in our favor.

Zuckerberg and Chan got married in 2012 in a private ceremony at their home of Palo Alto, California, into Sillicon Valley’s heart.

Mark finish his Facebook’s state: “Cilla and our child are both healthy, I’m extremely excited to meet her and our dog Beast has no idea what’s coming. In our ultrasound, she even gave me a thumbs up “like” with her hand, so I’m already convinced she takes after me.”

Congratulations to the  family Zuckerberg from Skidos!

 

By Ángela R.