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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Why We Crave Sugar - And How Much Do We Consume?

Halloween just passed and we're quickly approaching the season of holiday parties filled with sweets. Why do so many of us crave sugar and sweet things? Untamed Science offers a short explanation in the video below.


Applications for Education
After watching the video to learn why we crave sugar, have students take a look at their personal sugar consumption habits. Sugar Stacks is a good website for understanding how much sugar is in the food and beverages that we consume. Sugar Stacks lists popular food and beverage items in ten categories. Every item is pictured with a stack of sugar cubes. Each sugar cube represents four grams of sugar. This is a great way to see just how much sugar you really consume in your favorite snack or beverage.

H/T to the Pearson OLE blog

Another Ashton Kutcher Video That Students Should See

Back in August Ashton Kutcher delivered an important message to teens at the Teen Choice Awards. His message, "opportunity looks a lot like hard work" is one that teenagers should here. This week he was on the Ellen DeGeneres show talking about his speech at the Teen Choice Awards when he delivered another important message for teens, "the only thing (job) that is below you, is to not have a job." Both videos are embedded below.

Thanks to Jeff Whipple for sharing the Ellen DeGeneres video on Facebook.


Week in Review - The Snow Is Here!

Good morning from the Free Technology for Teachers world headquarters in Woodstock, Maine. This week we had our first snow flurries and the local ski resort has been making snow all week. And if that wasn't a strong enough sign of winter, there is ice forming on the pond near my house. All of these signs of winter also mean that we're well past the midpoint of the semester. I hope that all of you are having  a great fall semester (or spring semester for my friends in the Southern Hemisphere).

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Kahoot - Create Quizzes and Surveys Your Students Can Answer on Any Device
2. Five Short Lessons About Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones
3. How to Quickly Create PDFs in Google Drive
4. Webinar Recording - Backchannels in the Classroom
5. QuickCast - Quickly Create Screencasts
6. 30 Images of Cyber Safety Reminders
7. How to Privately Share Media from Your iPad via Google Drive

This week I opened registration for a new section of my PracticalEdTech.com webinar series, How To Use Google Drive In School. The series will be held in December.

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