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Thinker Academy Gets Teens Ready to Adapt and Thrive in The 21st Century
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 Thinker Academy gets teens ready to adapt and thrive in the 21st century
Thinker Academy (http://www.thinkeracademy.com) is dedicated to helping teens get more out of high-school. The website, created by a cognitive psychologist, provides resources that parents and educators can use to nurture critical thinking and study skills in their students. 

From the National Education Association to the World Economic Forum, there is wide recognition that these kinds of skills are needed to adapt and thrive in the 21st century workforce and global society. The challenge has been how to best promote these critical skills. The high school years are the perfect time for teens to become savvy learners and thinkers who are ready to succeed in college, career, and life in this new era. Thinker Academy was created to help make that happen.

The site contributes original, relevant articles with tips and advice to help teens boost their grades and prepare for college. The content is completely research-based, though presented in a light-hearted style that’s readily accessible and appealing to teens.

For example, one popular article, 21 study tips: Learn the strategies that set top students apart, describes learning strategies that research has shown to explain 90% of the variance in high-school GPA. Another reports on 5 study skills to accelerate your learning based on an extensive academic review.

Thinker Academy also offers online courses for use at home or in the classroom. These interactive, multimedia resources give teens a way to further practice and apply essential learning and thinking skills. In addition to content crafted for teens, the site provides guidance for parents on how to nurture their teens to become independent learners. (read more)

Posted by Eric Ward on 3/18/16


CircleofBlue.com Identifies 10 Countries Where Water Issues Could Undermine Civic Stability
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Infographic: Water and Security Hot Spots 2016Circle of Blue identified 10 places where water could compound existing social stressors and contribute to a humanitarian crisis. Outright conflict over water is rare, and history has shown that communities and nations are much more likely to cooperate over water than to fight, according to leading researchers. But as climate change, population growth, and industrial development put strain on water resources around the world, water issues can join with social and political upheaval to destabilize vulnerable regions.

Water problems in themselves are not enough to create a conflict, famine, or mass migration. Places like California and Australia, despite severe and lengthy droughts, have the institutional capacity and resources to manage and contain water crises. Other regions do not have the resources or the capacity to do so. Combining data from water and conflict indices with an analysis of other geopolitical factors, such as dependence on food imports and the presence or absence of effective water management systems, Circle of Blue identified 10 places where water could compound existing social stressors and contribute to a humanitarian crisis.

Circle of Blue took into account both the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas, created by Washington, D.C.-based World Resources Institute, and the Global Conflict Risk Index produced by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre. WRI’s water risk index, published in 2013, considers water quality and water quantity in the domestic, agricultural, industrial, and ecosystem contexts. The GCRI calculates the likelihood of a conflict breaking out in a given area, as well as how intense the conflict might be. It is updated every six months. (read more)

Additional details and infographic courtesy of Kaye LaFond and Codi Kozacek

Posted by Eric Ward on 1/2716


New Site From National Geographic Explains Winter Solstice
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National Geographic - Winter SolsticeIf today seems to go by quickly, there's a reason. Today is Winter solstice, an astronomical phenomenon that makes today, Tuesday, December 22, 2015, the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.

Learn more about the Winter Solstice on National Geographic's Online Winter Solstice site at

The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the Earth's daily rotation mean that the two opposite points in the sky to which the Earth's axis of rotation points (Axial precession) change very slowly (making a complete circle approximately every 26,000 years). As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the polar hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. This is because the two hemispheres face opposite directions along Earth's axis, and so as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer.

More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere's winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and  (read more).

Posted by Eric Ward on 12/22/15


Phonak Offers Hearing Loss Website Dedicated to Teens

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Phonak Offers Hearing Loss Website Dedicated to Teens

The site features a sports section with inspiring testimonials and practical tips showing teens with hearing loss the possibilities on the field, on the court, and on the trails. 

Because a teenager's world is a different one, Phonak has recently launched the first website tailored to the needs of teens with hearing loss. Through teen-specific hooks such as music and social life, the site offers teens all they want to know about hearing technology – and more importantly, what it can do to enhance their lives. The latest addition to the page is a sports section that offers inspiring examples of teen athletes with hearing loss using Phonak Sky Q and Phonak Roger. This new sports section answers the questions teens may have about participating in outdoor sports while wearing hearing devices and communicating with team mates on the field. 

Surveys have shown that hearing impaired teens perceive themselves as typical teenagers who happen to have hearing loss. They love to be active in sports, music, and other fun activities like any other teenager. They expect their hearing aids and wireless technology to allow them to do whatever they want to do without being limited by their hearing loss (read more).

The website is available in English at www.bringsoundtolife.com

Posted by Eric Ward on 12/04/15


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