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Learning Two Languages Makes Children Excel in Host of Skills

Counsel & Heal, August 4, 2012

Researchers say bilingual children are often on their mental toes, switching back and forth between two languages. That mental acuity has an influence on a number of abilities, new research shows. Studies show bilingual children have larger vocabularies, a deeper understanding of words, as well as “selective attention,” or, the ability to focus on what’s important.

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Who says Klingon is a dead language? The Calgary Herald, November 2, 2012

The language was created more than 30 years ago for the American Sci-Fi television show, Star Trek. With only 2,000 to 3,000 words, and new book coming out, it’s the most spoken fictional language ever created.

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Early Autism Intervention Can “Normalize” Brain Activity, Education Week, Oct. 31, 2012

Several parents with children with autism celebrated the release of this article over the Halloween holiday. Could be because the study simply shows that early intervention with focused interaction between parents and their children could lead to changes in the child’s brain activity. “This may be the first demonstration that a behavioral intervention for autism is associated with changes in brain function as well as positive changes in behavior,” said Thomas R. Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health

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Will iPads Replace Textbooks? Seeking Alpha, November 1, 2012

If test scores keep going up, they will. Educators can’t ignore a student’s preference for an interactive tablet over a used textbook, and it seems grades are improving, too. “Houghton Mifflin recently performed a pilot study using an iPad text for Algebra 1 courses, and found that 20 increase in the number of students who scored ‘Proficient’ or ‘Advanced’ in subject comprehension when using tablets rather than paper textbook counterparts.”

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