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Benefits of IoT Sleep

As the director of marketing and communications at a leading IoT software company, I am always interested in the latest and greatest Internet of Things products. I am also slowly turning my Philadelphia row homeinto a smart home. We all have seen the smart home product displays in major box stores like Home Depot and Lowes. These are usually door locks, thermostats, lights, cameras, alarms, and more. However, when most people think of smart home products they do not immediately think of smart sound machines. As the father of two young children under five, I really enjoy a good night's sleep. As a resident of Philadelphia living in a row home with shared walls, my wife and I have been using a simple white noise machine for the past five years.

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When Reading is a Negative

I spend a good deal of my current professional life writing books (including children's books -- see @kidbooksbykaren) and helping children and their families appreciate the enormous power of reading. Indeed, reading is one key skill for ascertaining educational success. Starting in infancy, we recognize reading develops vocabulary, imagination, memory and creativity.

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Science of Learning: Planning our Thinking

Engaging in higher order thinking is not a random process. One of the hallmarks of higher order thinking is that the thinking is directed toward accomplishing something. In order to direct our thinking, we must plan so that we have a direction to go.

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Be Ready: So That You Don't Have to Get Ready

"Always be ready. So that you don't have to get ready." Best Facebook advice I've ever witnessed from a good friend who's now a 3-time Grammy winning drummer.

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Giving Up Should Never be an Option

Life wasn’t easy for him. Walt Disney, a man of action, persistence, dreams, and dedication, changed the world of entertainment and animation because quitting was never an option.

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Science of Learning: Disposition for Creativity

There are certain dispositional attributes that those who have exhibited higher order creativity bring with them to the table. Miller tells us that from Picasso to Einstein, there are similar traits that can be observed in those who create as a higher order thinking skill.

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Science of Learning: Creative Environments

In addition to the dispositional aspects of creativity that I previously wrote about, there are environmental aspects that we have more control of. There are definite cultural and social environments that enhance the higher order thinking skill of creativity and the creative process and will allow dispositional aspects to flourish.

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