Saturday, August 10, 2013

From the Publishers of 2e Newsletter

COSTCO 1. One of the benefits of Costco membership (seriously) is the magazine the company sends to members, Costco Connection. The August edition profiles Costco member Sal Kahn and Kahn Academy. The Academy evidently has six million users in 216 countries, who have access more than 4100 videos. Math courses cover state standards, says the article; however -- and this is what makes the Academy a possible resource for the 2e community -- "for other subjects, the focus is aligned with advanced-placement tests and major college courses." Find the article at http://www.costcoconnection.com/connection/201308#pg1 (And you don't even have to be a Costco member.)

COSTCO 2. The same issue of the Costco Connection mentioned "the world's strongest librarian." The connection with Costco? The store sellls a book he has authored with that title. The connection with us? In the book, the author shares his experiences with Tourette's "and how books and bodybuilding saved him." It's on page 94 at the link in the item above. Or go here for a video on Tourette's and the author; here to find out more about the book and the man; or here to see a New Yorker review of the book.

THE CHILD MIND INSTITUTE has updated its online mental health guide to reflect changes in the DSM-5. If you want to read about changes in any of your favorite "traits," check it out. And find other 2e-relevant articles on the site's home page.

ADDITUDE. If ADHD is in the mix at your house, check out ADDitude's "Get Ready for School" feature, including "10 actions to take now" and a sample letter to explain ADHD to the teacher. Read more. Separately, ADDitude offers a free webinar next Tuesday titled "ADHD and Gender: Girls, Women, and Stigma." Find out more.

READING AND THE BRAIN. From Science Daily: "A combination of brain scans and reading tests has revealed that several regions in the brain are responsible for allowing humans to read. The findings open up the possibility that individuals who have difficulty reading may only need additional training for specific parts of the brain -- targeted therapies that could more directly address their individual weaknesses." Read more.

WE KNOW IT'S BAD FOR KIDS: Video gaming for boys with autism; and television for toddlers.

AND YEAH, we're in a hurry today -- got to go to the World Congress in Louisville. Have a good weekend!

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