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Making Math Fun, Accessible, and Real-World Based – Education Article

Many students dread working with math and have trouble finding the fun in it. As a self-professed “math nerd,” I’m here to tell you that mathematics can be incredibly rewarding and fun when it’s done right! Whether you’re a parent who wants to help a young child find joy in learning or a college student who wants to find a job in the STEM field after graduation, there are many ways you can utilize fun and approachable tactics to take…

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Using Virtual Reality to Provide Intervention for Teens with Depression or Anxiety – Education Article

One of the more interesting applications of technology I’ve come across recently addresses a challenge that more and more students are facing. Pixvana and Limbix have created an interactive VR therapy for adolescent depression and anxiety. Curious about this idea in general, I did a quick search on Google Scholar and discovered that there is a growing body of research about the use of VR in mental health interventions. The idea behind this recent work is that by showing situations that could lead to depression…

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Your Child Doesn’t Want to be a Programmer? That’s Fine — But They Still Need STEM – Education Article

Image Source If you’re a parent of a student, or an educator, or even a student or recent graduate yourself, you’ve likely been hearing a steady drumbeat of “STEM education” for the past 10 years, if not longer. As a whole, US education has really stepped up to incorporate STEM into all aspects of learning; it should be a relief to many parents that these opportunities are now readily available for most kids. While not every child is going to…

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Social Media is Increasing Anxiety, Depression, Especially in Teen Girls. We Need to Talk About it. – Education Article

Educators should be aware of the mental health challenges that more and more of our young students are dealing with. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that the smartphone and similar devices, and the social media use that they support, are having bad effects on our kids, who have become pretty much dependent on them over the last decade. While rates of depression and other indicators of mental health have been worsening for both boys and girls, there appears…

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The Importance of Parental Involvement for Student Success – Education Article

There is robust research about the different factors that influence student achievement. While teacher skill and communication is important, there are a number of influential factors for student success that happen outside of school. In fact, research shows that supportive behavior from parents or guardians correlates with student achievement. The link between parental support and student achievement is so robust that districts often have policies to encourage it, and various funding sources for schools have been tied to it, but…

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