Wellness Wednesday – 1/8/20
WELLNESS AROUND THE WEB
Classroom Technology May Be Holding Students Back
According to TechnologyReview.com, a recent Gallup report found that 89% of students in the United States (from third to 12th grade) say they use digital learning tools in school at least a few days a week.
Gallup also found near-universal enthusiasm for technology on the part of educators. Among administrators and principals, 96% fully or somewhat support “the increased use of digital learning tools in their school,” with almost as much support (85%) coming from teachers. But it’s not clear this fervor is based in evidence.
In fact, the evidence is equivocal at best. Some studies have found positive effects, at least from moderate amounts of computer use, especially in math. But much of the data shows a negative impact at a range of grade levels. For example, a study of millions of high school students in the 36 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found that those who used computers heavily at school “do a lot worse in most learning outcomes, even after accounting for social background and student demographics.”
Eating Chiles Cuts Risk Of Death From Heart Attack And Stroke
Why Your Brain Needs Exercise
For decades, the mature brain was understood to be incapable of growing new neurons. Once an individual reached adulthood, the thinking went, the brain began losing neurons rather than gaining them. But evidence was building that the adult brain could, in fact, generate new neurons.
According to an article published by ScientificAmerica.com, Many studies have established that physical exercise has positive effects on the brains of humans, especially as we age, and that it may even help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions. Similar to how walking and running causes your cardiovascular system to respond by increasing the size of the heart and building new blood vessels, these exercises can also help build new neurons in the brain’s hippocampus. In doing so, the brain develops a stronger ability to retain and recall memories.
Until Help Arrives
Greater Nashua Public Health and the City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management will hold a free “Until Help Arrives” training from 6 to 9 p.m. The training covers a number of key areas including how to communicate with 911 operators, stop life-threatening bleeding, provide emotional support and more.
Nashua, N.H. | NashuaNH.gov
Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care One-Day Seminar
Take the path to becoming a Certified Dementia Practitioner. Register for the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners’ “Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care” one-day seminar instructed by Tammy Pozerycki.
Methuen, Mass. | AlternativesInAlzheimerScare.com