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  • Fewer parents spank their children for discipline

    Spanking and hitting children to discipline them has become much less common in recent decades as more parents choose non-physical approaches like “time-outs” instead, a U.S. study suggests. Since 1988, the proportion of middle-income mothers who think physical punishment is appropriate has dropped from 46 percent to 21 percent, the study found. Over that same […]

  • Even just thinking about digital devices can keep children awake

    Children and teens with access to tablets and smartphones at night don’t get enough sleep and are sleepier during the day, whether or not they use the devices, according to a new review. The review of 20 previous studies found kids using portable media devices around bedtime were more than twice as likely as kids […]

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  • How kids can play Pac-Man with living microbes

    Playing classic video games like Pac-Man with living single-celled microbes thinner than a human hair is now possible thanks to an interactive microscope developed by bioengineers at Stanford University. After several prototypes, the researchers released blueprints earlier this month for a “LudusScope” in the international scientific journal PLOS ONE, offering kids of all ages a […]

  • Microsoft’s Hololens to improve the museum experience

    Microsoft calls its new HoloLens the world’s first fully self-contained, holographic computer. It’s designed to allow users to interact with high-definition holograms via their headsets – and these Delft University of Technology students want to use it to revolutionise museum visits. The students  teamed up with the Rijksmuseum Van Oudheden to scan the ancient Egyptian […]

  • Ten female role models in tech to follow on Twitter

    The tech industry is male-dominated, wilfully ignoring the chance to build a skill-set in the other 50% of the population. And then complaining there’s a skill shortage. But some people get around to begin changing things, to encourage women into tech and coding and to build the skills and the structures around them. So if […]

  • How to use the Google Translate app in the classroom

    You might think that Google Translate would be a way of replacing language lessons, rather than supplementing them. Thankfully, you’d be wrong. And here’s some tips as to why. Mike Reading, of the Using Technology Better YouTube channel talks first about how to use the app, with a few tips on how to get the […]

  • How to help every child fulfil their potential

    The RSA Animate series from the Royal Society for the Arts in London are always excellent, and this is no exception. This, on how to make children achieve their potential, offers some challenges to the way we view encouragements and how we should motivate them. For anyone who has ever wondered why kids say they’re […]

  • How to take a screenshot in Mac OS X

    It’s one of those things you know you ought to remember, but you can’t quite get the order right in your head. But taking a screenshot on your Apple computer is very simple, in OS X. With keyboard shortcuts you can take a picture of your entire screen, or just drag a box round and […]