Online Education Can Mean Year-Round Learning


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That’s because students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of the summer than they do at the beginning. This is commonly known as the “summer slide.” Without the continuation of education online virtually yearround, children can lose knowledge and skills. This is particularly true for those in low-income families who may not have access to enrichment opportunities such as camp, tutoring and regular trips to the library. The good news is, there’s a wealth of educational resources available online for free, so families can turn the “summer slide” into a chance for academic growth. Unfortunately, about 30 percent of Americans, many of whom live below the poverty line, don’t have Internet access at home. To help connect these families to the Internet, Comcast designed the nation’s largest and most comprehensive broadband adoption program. Called Internet Essentials, it provides families that have a child who is eligible for the National School Lunch Program with Internet service for $9.95 a month, the option to buy a laptop or a desktop computer for less than $150, and access to digital literacy training online, in person and in print. With it, kids can use the Internet at home to take advantage of online activities such as Khan Academy and Discovery Education. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Through www., children can explore a library of thousands of videos, tutorials and interactive challenges covering a wide range Many find that with online educational tools, students can be ahead of the game when they return from summer vacation. of topics for all interests and ages, including basic math, programming, art history and college-level biology. In the last two years, Khan Academy has delivered more than 440 million lessons and 2 billion exercise problems. Discovery Education, at www., also has free digital resources and educational media covering math, science, social studies and more, all of which support Common Core State Standards. With just the click of a mouse, kids can access virtual science labs, summer STEM activities, engaging videos and summer challenges. In addition to educational tools, children can use the Internet at home to access summer reading books online, download assignments, play online educational games and take virtual vacations. This way, when it comes time to return to the classroom in the fall, they will be ahead of the game, instead of behind. To learn more, visit www.Inter net or, for Spanish, www.InternetBasico. com. Educators and third parties can visit www.InternetEssentials. com/Partner. Parents looking to enroll children can call 1-855-8468376 or, for Spanish, 1-855-7656995. 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To do so, pick foods that are naturally high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and products that have been fortified with added fiber. Read the labels of the foods you buy and try to find those that provide 10 percent or more of the Daily Value for fiber. Eat a variety of different types of dietary fibers to get all of the benefits dietary fibers have to offer. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to find foods that are high in fiber. Lately, the food industry has begun adding dietary fibers to a myriad of foods and beverages that people enjoy every day. Added dietary fibers can now be found in yogurt, cereals, breads, fruit juices, milk, tortillas, baked goods, ice cream, hard and chewy candies, and nutrition supplement bars and beverages. However, it’s important to remember that people should try to eat a variety of different types of dietary fibers to get all the benefits that dietary fibers have to offer. Why To Add Fiber To Your Diet The health benefits of dietary fiber include: •Weight management: Scientific studies consistently show that the more fiber in your diet, the lower your risk of obesity. •Improved digestion: Some dietary fibers can help regulate your digestion and help your intestines defend you from germs. •Lower cholesterol: Certain dietary fibers reduce the risk of A growing number of foods now provide the dietary fiber that can help your health every day in many ways. heart disease by helping to lower blood cholesterol. •Reduced glycemic response: Some dietary fibers can slow down the absorption of glucose and lower the glycemic effect of food. •Healthy microflora: Some dietary fibers can give a boost to the beneficial bacteria in the intestine (and defeat the bad ones) to help them fight inflammation and possibly even cancer. •Increased mineral absorption: Certain dietary fibers help the body to better absorb minerals, especially calcium. •Increased insulin sensitivity: Some dietary fibers have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. •Increased satiety: Research suggests that some fibers can encourage the body to produce hormones that leave you feeling fuller, longer. No single fiber or food provides all of these necessary health benefits. So you need to eat a wide variety of fiber-containing foods to improve your well-being. Where To Learn More For further information on fiber, visit