Goods for Teens

Op-Ed: On Not Shielding Our Children From “Real” Books

Op-Ed: On Not Shielding Our Children From “Real” Books

Best of the Web, Goods for Teens June 1, 2015 at 5:01 pm

When I was little, my mother would sometimes pre-read books before allowing me to have them. If she was concerned that content or themes might be too adult, she’d look for herself and see. She meant well; she wanted to protect me from growing up too fast and learning thingsRead More

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Gender Biases in Choosing Tech for Kids

In this day and age, children start using digital devices early on and grow up with technology. But how do we decide which devices our children will use? A recent study from PlayScience asked that very question, and some of the answers it found were unsettling. In addition to devices’Read More

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Some Children’s Books are Timeless

Best of the Web, Goods for Young Children February 24, 2015 at 8:30 am

Almost anyone you can ask will have fond childhood memories of reading. Sometimes stories reach out and grab us, and even years later, we remember the impact they had. For many millenials, the Harry Potter books carry this kind of memory; for older generations, the works of Madeleine L’Engle mightRead More

50% Cotton, 50% Polyester… 100% Happiness? The Psychology Behind Clothes and Our  Emotions

50% Cotton, 50% Polyester… 100% Happiness? The Psychology Behind Clothes and Our Emotions

Best of the Web, Goods for Teens, Travel & Culture February 17, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Back when I was in high school, it was all about Ralph Lauren and Nike Air Force 1’s. Nowadays – or at least when it comes to the state of General Academic’s Study Lounge – it’s all about Vineyard Vines and Sperry’s. It seems like even when students aren’t inRead More

Gift Ideas for Young Readers of All Ages

Gift Ideas for Young Readers of All Ages

It’s important to encourage children to read – reading fiction helps to build vocabulary and inculcate the skills that will help students understand and make the most of class readings throughout high school and college. If you’re stumped on what to get for any children or teens on your holidayRead More

Op-Ed: Why “Big Hero 6″ is the Movie Your Family Should See This Weekend

Op-Ed: Why “Big Hero 6″ is the Movie Your Family Should See This Weekend

Disclaimer: the views expressed in Thesis Magazine opinion pieces are those of the author and should not be seen to represent the publication as a whole. You may be wondering how movie recommendations have anything to do with education, which is, after all, the subject of this publication. And certainly,Read More

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Gift Ideas for Future Scientists and Engineers

Well, it’s Black Friday, and the Christmas shopping season has officially begun. And that means it’s time to start thinking about what to get for everyone on your list – a daunting prospect for many people. Nieces, nephews and children of friends are particularly hard to shop for, because itRead More

Chromebooks Edging Out iPads in the Classroom

Chromebooks Edging Out iPads in the Classroom

Goods for Teens, Technology November 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

Perhaps the biggest trend in K-12 ed tech right now is the movement toward providing students with tablets and/or laptops for use in their schoolwork. Many of Houston’s best private schools provide this technology for their students, and under HISD’s PowerUp Initiative, Windows laptops will be made available on aRead More

Texting while driving is chemically addictive

Texting while driving is chemically addictive

Goods for Teens, Technology November 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm

A new study commissioned by AT&T finds that 75% of surveyed drivers admit to at least glancing at their phone while behind the wheel. The reason, according to the study’s author Dr. David Greenfield, is that “we experience an elevation of dopamine” when a notification shows up on our phone. FurthermoreRead More

New York Times Publishes List of Best Illustrated Children’s Books

New York Times Publishes List of Best Illustrated Children’s Books

Goods for Young Children, Recommendations November 9, 2014 at 10:15 pm

It seems like the holiday marketing season has come earlier than ever this year. If the relentlessly cheery music already playing in department stores has inspired you to start thinking about Christmas gifts, you may be interested in the list of the 10 best illustrated children’s books of 2014 recentlyRead More

Spooky Stories and Poems to Teach Kids about Literature

Spooky Stories and Poems to Teach Kids about Literature

Goods for Teens, Homeschool, Recommendations October 21, 2014 at 10:52 pm

When I was a kid, my mom was constantly trying to find ways to make everything educational. From summer classes to seasonally appropriate readings, she was determined that her children should take every opportunity to learn more about the world. If you’re like her – and especially if you homeschoolRead More

5 of the Best Productivity Apps for Teens

5 of the Best Productivity Apps for Teens

Goods for Teens, Technology October 7, 2014 at 6:00 am

In a day and age when tablets like the iPad are increasingly being adopted as educational tools, digital textbooks and homework portal apps are part of daily life for many students. But what about work and productivity apps? More than 200 programs are categorized as productivity apps in the AppRead More

The Pros & Cons of Khan Academy

The Pros & Cons of Khan Academy

Khan Academy has taken the world by storm in the eight years since its inception. The online video library hosts a wealth of subjects with video tutorials allowing its users to learn at their own pace. The non-profit organization is backed by some of the largest and most influential foundationsRead More

Texas gives you $2500 to get an electric car

Texas gives you $2500 to get an electric car

Goods for Teens May 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

This year’s graduation might be an especially good time to get your child a new car, especially one that runs on batteries. The 83rd Texas Legislature has passed Senate Bill 1727, which will provide up to a $2500 rebate for the purchase or lease of a plug-in, electric vehicle. ForRead More

Best time to buy a new Mac or iPhone

Best time to buy a new Mac or iPhone

Goods for Teens April 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

Word on the net is that Apple is planning to update its Macbook Air laptops this week with new Intel processors and possibly new hard drive options. The Air line of super thin and light notebooks hasn’t seen an update since the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference in June of 2013.Read More

Summer jobs for teens

Summer jobs for teens

Goods for Teens, Recommendations April 11, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Can you feel the heat? Spring Break is over, Summer is coming, and your teenager needs to make a plan about how to make the summer productive and avoid bum status. In lieu of summer studies, working, interning, or volunteering are great ways for your teen to mature and stayRead More