Angry Birds Arrive In Shanghai Classroom
Last week, game developer Rovio launched Angry Birds Playground, an educational curriculum based on the Finnish national model and targeted towards kindergartners.
Kecia Lynn has worked as a technical writer, editor, software developer, arts administrator, summer camp director, and television host. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she is currently living in Iowa City and working on her first novel.
What's the Latest Development?
Last week, six-year-olds at a Shanghai early-learning center became the first to experience Angry Birds Playground, a educational curriculum developed by Rovio in partnership with the University of Helsinki. The program covers a broad range of subjects and uses digital and physical materials, including a five-string instrument with which students will learn about music composition. Rovio vice-president Sanna Lukander says the program is "a full 360-degree approach to learning, where games are just one part of it."
What's the Big Idea?
Angry Birds Playground is based on the Finnish national curriculum, which has drawn a great deal of attention over the years. To that end, Lukander says it's a combination of two successful brands, and Rovio is hoping to export it to other countries, with tweaks as needed. Not surprisingly, there's some concern about it being yet another way to market to potential customers who are too young to resist, but Lukander points out that the company's goals are much larger: "[L]ike many other media companies, [Rovio] has an educational arm. We're trying to do something meaningful and good with these characters."
Both schizophrenics and people with a common personality type share similar brain patterns.
- A new study shows that people with a common personality type share brain activity with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia.
- The study gives insight into how the brain activity associated with mental illnesses relates to brain activity in healthy individuals.
- This finding not only improves our understanding of how the brain works but may one day be applied to treatments.
It's a development that could one day lead to much better treatments for osteoporosis, joint damage, and bone fractures.
- Scientists have isolated skeletal stem cells in adult and fetal bones for the first time.
- These cells could one day help treat damaged bone and cartilage.
- The team was able to grow skeletal stem cells from cells found within liposuctioned fat.
Gut bacteria play an important role in how you feel and think and how well your body fights off disease. New research shows that exercise can give your gut bacteria a boost.
- Two studies from the University of Illinois show that gut bacteria can be changed by exercise alone.
- Our understanding of how gut bacteria impacts our overall health is an emerging field, and this research sheds light on the many different ways exercise affects your body.
- Exercising to improve your gut bacteria will prevent diseases and encourage brain health.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.