Peter Mellow

14,717 Added | 18 Magazines | 6 Likes | 3 Following | 2,431 Followers | @petermellow | Learning Design Coordinator in Learning Environments at the University of Melbourne. Interested in MOOCs, digital curation, learning spaces and learning.

Bitcoin's not a fraud … but don't risk it

I've lost count of the number of times I've been asked about Bitcoin as an investment. And it's no wonder – if the crypto-currency hadn't been …

Bitcoin

Exergames: good for play time, but should not replace physical education

More and more young Australians are playing video games during their leisure time. Fortunately, video game manufacturers have introduced “exergames” …

Education

Boys Are Not Defective

Girls in the Middle East do better than boys in school by a greater margin than almost anywhere else in the world: a case study in motivation, mixed messages, and the condition of boys everywhere.<p>Jordan has never had a female minister of education, women make up less than a fifth of its workforce, …

Education

Infants Can Learn The Value of Perseverance By Watching Adults

After observing grown-ups struggling with tasks, 1-year-old babies make more effort themselves.<p>There exists a seemingly infinite stream of self-help articles that advise parents on how to raise kids with grit—children who persevere in the face of challenges. The offered wisdom ranges from the …

Parenting

You never use your phone while driving? That's what the kids in Eva Orner's new film said too

Eva Orner wants you to be shocked by the footage in her latest documentary, but she doesn't want you to judge – because if you did, she'd be in the …

Harry Dean Stanton

The Toll of Exercise on the Heart (and Why You May Not Need to Worry)

Does spending years running marathons or cycling for long distances potentially strain someone’s heart?<p>Two major new studies of athletes and their coronary arteries suggest that the answer may be a qualified yes. Both studies find that endurance athletes, especially men, who spend years training …

Medicine

The extremely useful piece of software for high school students that I would like to kill with fire

My oldest child is now a high school senior, which means that he is just starting to gear up his applications to college. Ha ha ha, I kid, I kid. We live in an affluent, well-educated suburb in Massachusetts: College has been on the agenda in our house for at least a year now.<p>Still, as the …

Education

Could ADHD be a type of sleep disorder? That would fundamentally change how we treat it.

Over the past two decades, U.S. parents and teachers have reported epidemic levels of children with trouble focusing, impulsive behavior and so much energy that they are bouncing off walls. Educators, policymakers and scientists have referred to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, as …

ADHD

‘My heart is in pieces’: Father makes public plea after his little boy is bullied

School bullies threw rocks at their young child, while calling him a monster, a freak and telling him he was ugly — all because he has a disability which causes him to look and sound different.<p>Seven-year-old Jackson Bezzant’s self-esteem dropped so much that he wanted to wear a mask to school to …

Crime

Licence to Thrill – Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year 2017

YouTube

How to teach large classes of students effectively (essay)

Teaching TodayDeborah J. Cohan suggests strategies for generating discussion and engagement in large classes.Job Tags: FACULTY JOBSAd keywords: …

Teaching

Porsche Mission E Is A Rival To The Tesla Model S And It Looks Incredible

Porsche’s incredible Mission E all-electric concept car pretty much took everyone by surprise when it was first unveiled in 2015.<p>Thanks to its …

Tesla Model S

Playing Tackle Football Before 12 Is Tied to Brain Problems Later

Athletes who began playing tackle football before the age of 12 had more behavioral and cognitive problems later in life than those who started playing after they turned 12, a new study released on Tuesday showed.<p>The findings, from a long-term study conducted by researchers at Boston University, …

Research

9 Back-to-School Tips for Parents and Students

<b>Elementary School</b><p><b>Teaching Peace in Elementary School</b><p>Is your child feeling left out? Angry at you? Embarrassed to speak up during class? Don’t ignore these feelings. Unless emotions are properly dealt with, children won’t be able to reach their full academic potential.<p><b>Memorize That Poem</b><p>For students …

Education

Not drinking or driving, teens increasingly put off traditional markers of adulthood

When 17-year-old Quattro Musser hangs out with friends, they don’t drink beer or cruise around in cars with their dates. Rather, they stick to G-rated activities such as rock-climbing or talking about books.<p>They are in good company, according to a new study showing that teenagers are increasingly …

Teens

New Study Links Playing Youth Football to Later Brain Damage

If children play tackle football before they are 12 and continue to play through high school, they may be putting their brains at risk.<p>That's the key …

The Brain

Nerf guns can lead to serious eye injuries, doctors warn

<b>Bullets from Nerf guns can cause serious eye injuries, doctors from a London eye hospital are warning.</b><p>They treated three people with internal bleeding around the eye, pain and blurred vision after they were shot with the toy guns by children.<p>Writing in BMJ Case reports, the doctors recommended …

Medicine

NRL: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck named Warriors' Player of the Year

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck became just the fifth back in the club's history to be named the NRL Player of the Year when he took out the title at the …

New Zealand News

Posrche step away from LMP1, but LMP2 & GTE thrive

Recent headlines from the FIA World Endurance Championship have focused on Porsche's decision to withdraw from the series at the end of 2017 and …

Motorsport

Is running on a treadmill as effective as running outside?

• Share<br>• Post on facebook wall<br>• Share on twitter<br>• Post to Linkedin<br>• Share on Google Plus<br>• Share via Email<p>Some runners love treadmills and some runners loathe …

Exercise

Get Up, Stand Up!

Too much time spent in a chair could shorten our lives, even if we exercise, according to a study that uses objective measures to find the links between lengthy sitting time and death among middle-aged and older adults.<p>More hopefully, the study also suggests that we might be able to take steps to …

Research

When Adolescents Want Tattoos or Piercings

When I was reviewing for my recertification exam recently, I gave the wrong answer to a question about an infected ear. Not a standard inner ear infection; this was a painful red swollen outer ear, in an 18-year-old. I thought she had a skin abscess, and said to put her on antibiotics for standard …

Medicine

How the media oversold standing desks as a fix for inactivity at work

Sitting is so culturally ingrained at work, at the wheel, in front of the TV and at the movies, it takes a great effort to imagine doing these things …

The Workplace

Children of convicts transported to Australia grew up taller than their peers in the UK

The children of convicts born in the Australian colonies grew up taller than they would have done if their parents had not been sent into exile, our …

Australia

Children and sleep: How much do they really need?

How much sleep, and what type of sleep, do our children need to thrive?<p>In parenting, there aren’t often straightforward answers, and sleep tends to …

Wellness

How picnics can beat technology

The picnic, once a staple family outing, has somewhat fallen out of fashion. But experts said it could be the key to happier, healthier …

Australian National Parks

ATO fake calls: The scam that keeps on giving

As if the Australian Tax Office – plagued by the Plutus payroll and Michael and Adam Cranston saga – didn't have enough bad press at the moment. But …

Identity Theft

KQED

“Why didn’t she text me back yet? She doesn’t like me anymore!”<p>“There’s no way I’m trying out for the team. I suck at basketball”<p>“It’s not fair that …

Teens

Netflix Has A Genius New Hack To Take The Stress Out Of Kids’ Birthdays

Netflix can be a real lifesaver for parents, and the streaming platform knows it! In addition to providing an array of awesome family-friendly …

Netflix

This Is the Best Way to Recover From Failure

Embracing the sting of failure may not sound enjoyable — but new research shows it's the best way to learn from mistakes.<p>A study in the <i>J</i><i>ournal of</i> …

Emotions