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Educators gather for SC Early Childhood Association (SCECA) conference

Posted by Jennifer Weaver-Spencer on Jan 31, 2017 7:35:00 AM

The SCECA conference (titled Ignite Your Passion as We Build Strong SC Children) took place on January 19-21, 2017 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The conference brought together more than 1670 educators who serve children birth to age eight. Participants were evenly divided between those who work at child development centers and those who work at schools. 

ActivEd, Inc. exhibited Walkabouts at the conference. Attendees reacted positively to Walkabouts, web-based lessons for pre-k to second grade students that integrate movement with language arts, reading, and math content. Educators, parents, and
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Topics: early childhood, Active Learning, South Carolina

Screen time vs. lean time!

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Sep 15, 2016 8:02:57 AM

One focus of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is preventative care for children of all ages. The CDC's website, http://makinghealtheasier.org/getmoving, has a series of great infographics for all age groups. Visit their site to see the interactive version of the following infographic that focuses on how kids are spending their time. 

Looking to help your children get more active? Learn more about how Walkabouts help kids move while learning, making learning more fun and more effective.

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Topics: Active Learning

Standing desks improve BMI in children

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Aug 25, 2016 10:53:57 AM

New research from Texas A&M provides evidence that students using standing desks slow the increase of their body mass index (BMI) by an average of 5.24 points. According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, standing desks increased student engagement and had a positive impact on classroom management for teachers. 

The study included 24 classrooms in three Texas elementary schools. 193 students were monitored for two years. An article from Vital Record indicates why this research is important. 

“Research around the world has shown that standing desks are positive for the teachers in terms of classroom management and student engagement, as well as positive for the children for their health, cognitive functioning and academic achievement,” said Mark Benden, PhD, CPE, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health and an author of the study. “It’s literally a win-win, and now we have hard data that shows it is beneficial for weight control.”

ActivEd was founded on the belief that students should stay active in the classroom. We know that keeping students moving while learning leads to increased focus and reduced hyperactivity in addition to increasing student achievement. Active classrooms also lead to healthier students overall. Want to learn more about keeping your pre-k through 2nd grade students active with standards-based lessons? Request more information today!

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Topics: Active Learning, BMI

Playground zoning leads to more active playtime for school-aged children

Posted by Kristi Gottwalt on Aug 17, 2016 12:02:40 PM


Everyone loves seeing children light up when they talk about their favorite subject in school. Often, when younger kids are asked the infamous question, "What is your favorite subject?," they answer "physical education class or recess." Does every child love recess? Not necessarily. According to Consumer Reports

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Topics: Active Learning

Bring active learning to #SXSWedu!

Posted by Dr. Julian Reed on Aug 8, 2016 4:21:43 PM

Active learning is important for all students. For kinesthetic learners, it is critical. As an educator and a researcher, I've dedicated my career to educating people about the benefits of movement and learning. The research is clear: students who move while learning retain information better, are more focused, and are less hyperactive. 

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Topics: Active Learning