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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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Laura Schulz (MIT Cognitive Scientist)
"human minds do not only learn from small amounts of data. Human minds think of altogether new ideas. Human minds generate research and discovery, and human minds generate art and literature and poetry and theater, and human minds take care of other humans: our old, our young, our sick. We even heal them. In the years to come, we're going to see technological innovations beyond anything I can even envision, but we are very unlikely to see anything even approximating the computational power of a human child in my lifetime or in yours. If we invest in these most powerful learners and their development, in babies and children and mothers and fathers and caregivers and teachers the ways we invest in our other most powerful and elegant forms of technology, engineering and design, we will not just be dreaming of a better future, we will be planning for one."

http://www.ted.com/talks/laura_schulz_the_surprisingly_logical_minds_of_babies
How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, cognitive scientist Laura Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of logic, well before they can talk.
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Re-envisioning success...
Free Range Learning How Homeschooling Changes Everything Introduction No one, after reading Free Range Learning with an open mind, can justifiably argue in defense of formal K–12 schooling. However, it would be a disservic...
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Robert Locke

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What do you do when you are trapped indoors? Found some FUN ACTIVITIES for kids to keep you sane!
 
http://bit.ly/1KprKDg  
We get kids moving and engaged in active play in seconds
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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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Cell-Phone Distracted Parenting Can Have Long-Term Consequences: Study

"In a new animal-based study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, scientists show that distracted parental attention may sometimes have detrimental effects on babies’ development, especially their ability to process pleasure.

The study involved rats, but the implications, says one of the senior authors, could be very relevant for many parent-baby interactions in our technology-obsessed world.

That means that for people, there might be a similar critical time during which babies need to have a mom and dad’s reliable and consistent attention in order to form proper emotional processes. That includes knowing that at a certain time every day, for example, food will come, or that when a toy appears, mom will play. If mom is distracted by a call or a message alert, and turns to the cell phone instead, then this pattern gets broken and the crucial learning that should occur might not happen."

http://time.com/4168688/cell-phone-distracted-parenting-can-have-long-term-consequences-study/
New research shows how cell phone distraction can deprive babies’ developing brains of crucial developmental signals
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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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Google + Pixar = Programming for animation (free lessons for kids)

Beginning Monday, visitors to Google’s Made with Code site will be able to animate scenes from the life of Riley, the star of Pixar’s latest computer-generated feature film, Inside Out. Using Blockly, an aptly named computer coding language that allows commands to be dragged and dropped into place in block format, users get to see how code can create visually appealing stories.

https://www.madewithcode.com/

http://www.usatoday.com/…/google-pixar-team-insid…/76750320/
Things you love are Made with Code. Code your first creative project and meet music producers, fashion designers, humanitarians, and animators who are coding the world they want to see.
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Health is wealth and without proper sleep, it is not possible for kids and adults to attain maximum health. When your child is in teen years, healthy sleep habits ensure wellbeing.
read more: http://www.parent-connection.com/why-is-your-teen-so-tired-tips-to-ensure-proper-sleep/
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What?! I can get my own library card even before I can read ... let's go ... no late fees for me either!
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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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Arvind Gupta said "I don't know what I want to be but I don't want to be a truck maker". He took 2 years off from work and turned himself into a toy maker. Each piece of his toy is hand crafted to make sure it economical, entertaining and educational. He was invited to over 2,000 schools to demonstrate these inspiring toys.

http://www.ted.com/talks/arvind_gupta_turning_trash_into_toys_for_learning#t-545501
At the INK Conference, Arvind Gupta shares simple yet stunning plans for turning trash into seriously entertaining, well-designed toys that kids can build themselves — while learning basic principles of science and design.
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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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This is not a comfortable topic to teach your kids but please make effort for your child's safety. Happy parenting!
"In conversations with parents and digital safety experts around the country, I found mixed opinions."

"I guess that if baiting young girls and sharing their embarrassment via a frightening YouTube video is the best we can do when it comes to 'educating' our kids, it's better than nothing," said Diana Graber, co-founder of CyberWise.org, a digital literacy site for parents, tweens and teens, and educators. "But frankly, this is a complex topic that deserves to be addressed more thoroughly."
"Screaming at your children and demanding they don't do something again are not the most effective ways to communicate with a child and get results, any parenting expert will tell you.
"What made me sad was that (at least inside the van immediately after the 'prank' was revealed to the daughter), the 'event' didn't create a dialogue. It created a lecture," said Sharon Kennedy, a mom of two girls near Denver and co-founder of the educational consulting company Room 228.
"What an opportunity for those parents to hear the thought process behind her reasons for getting into the van. Then they could break it down from there to generate ideas together on how to stay safe in the future. I think it was a missed opportunity."

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/health/child-predator-video-parenting-lessons/index.html
A new and controversial video showing how easily teens meet up with strangers online has parents asking if they're doing enough to keep their kids safe.
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Robert Locke

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No one around?
Sexual harassment online- are YOUR teens at risk? Great guide here


http://goodmenproject.com/families/5-challenges-dads-face-over-the-sexual-harassment-of-teens-wat/



Teens are getting the wrong messages about sex and relationships on social media and messaging apps. Robert Locke gives you some of the basics in a must-read.
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What types of music for your children is best?
Music Matters: The Bach Effect* Music helps electrical activity in newborn children’s brains to resonate—laying the neural pathways that create a better foundation for learning a variety of cerebral skills. The relationship ...
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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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A Shifting Education Model in China

China is trying to create a well-rounded education system that can produce innovators and inventors. Hopefully, they take into account kids' interests as well. "True genius won't come around if it is not driven by true passion", I say.

"China has now reshaped its national exam to focus on a broader range of topics and cognitive skills and, in turn, move away from teacher-dominated lecturing. The new test requires that students employ complex analytical skills, mixed with broader knowledge across various subjects. Performance in high-school courses—classes that are chosen by the student—will count in college admissions for the first time, beyond achievement on math, Mandarin, and English assessments. And top universities, sifting through applications, must take into account service to one’s local community."

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2015/12/china-education-system/420234/
An emphasis on success beyond test results takes cues from the U.S. but is only part of the plan to reshape the country’s approach to learning.
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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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Researchers use sound waves to lift objects and toss them around.
They aim to apply their finding in medical operations inside human body. Whatever applications one may think of, remember, never go to the dark side! May the force be with you ;-)

"The sonic tractor beam relies on a precisely timed sequence of sound waves that create a region of low pressure that traps tiny objects that can then be manipulated solely by sound waves"

"To accomplish this task, the team used a tiny array of 64 mini loudspeakers, made by a company called Ultrahaptics, that produce exquisitely timed sound waves with accuracy to the microsecond level"

"In this instance, the sound waves operate between 140 and 150 decibels. That would be an ear-splitting volume if people could hear it, but the sound waves operate at 40 kilohertz, at a wavelength of about 0.4 inches (1 centimeters), well above the human hearing range but audible to dolphins and dogs."

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/real-life-tractor-beam-can-levitate-objects-using-sound-waves/
The device relies on a precisely timed sequence of sound waves that create a region of low pressure that traps tiny objects, which can then be manipulated solely by sound waves
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Mongkol Thitithamasak
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Interesting discussion on the importance of play time for young kids. 

Kids play to develop creativity, collaboration and communication skills, which are common desired qualities for leaders. 

When kids learn from playing they enjoy learning so much. Whatever educators/policy makers are trying to solve in education please make sure kids not only learn but also LOVE to learn.

Happy parenting!

http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/06/opinions/ochshorn-education-performance/
Sadly, early education is perennially on the chopping block, a casualty of Washington's gridlock and polarization.
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Let your child get their very own library card!
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+Mongkol Thitithamasak You're welcome. The benefits of regularily visiting the library seem so clear. The child gains understanding of ownership (having their own library card), responsibility (returning the books and taking care of them), and free books (there is good in the world)!
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Playful and thoughtful dads!
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Many challenges ahead that I am looking forward to. With support from community member like you, I feel that I am not alone to make the impossible possible ;-)
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