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Health Literacy and Integrating Technology Colleagues,

I am starting a new discussion thread that may be of interest to those interested in technology -- especially smartphone technology -- solutions to better health and health literacy.

Science Understanding Of Online Reviews Leads to Improved Heath Decisions

I invite you to read Online Reviews Can Make Over The Counter Drugs Look Way Too Effective. The blog post discusses how 'evidence-based hearsay' and personal anecdotes overshadow clinical trial results. Highlights include: 

Measles vaccinations: scientific evidence vs. opinion

Hello there!

We are all sadly aware of the measles outbreak in the United States.  For those of you who are teaching, how do you discuss decision-making based on opinion (or lack of information), as opposed to decision-making based on scientific evidence, epidemiology, and medical reports from reputable sources?  This issue of evidence vs. opinion is apparent in many hot topics: climate change, Ebola, and now vaccinations.  I'd be very interested to hear how you deal with this current issue in your classrooms…..

Cheers, Susan

Wind Chill and Frostbite

What is “wind chill”, and how is it calculated?  Check out this resource from the National Weather Service.  There is a wind chill calculator and a graph showing wind chill as a function of temperature (Fahrenheit) on the X-axis and wind speed on the Y-axis. The graph gives a us a “frostbite indicator”, by which people can learn how long it is safe to be outdoors in wind chill conditions. http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/winter/windchill.shtml

Science Teaching Sampler Webinar and Resources

In case you missed it (October 22, 2014), the webinar “College and Career Ready Science Teaching Sampler” can be found in its archived home at http://www.collegetransition.org/resources.webinars.scienceseries.html  

Call for Research Papers Using PIAAC Data

PIAAC Webinar: Exploring the importance of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in health-related issues: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)

Good afternoon,

A free webinar, Exploring the importance of literacy, numeracy, and problem solving in health-related issues: Results from the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)will be held on Wednesday, July 16 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. EDT.  See additional information below for additional information and a link to access the webinar.

Gail Cope, SME, LINCS Program Management Group

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Exploring the Importance of Literacy, Numeracy and Problem Solving

Greetings!  There will be an important webinar on July 16,(12-1pm EDT) in which these topics will be discussed as they connect to health-related issues.  In the 2011-2012 PIAAC survey (Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies), there were many background questions related to the health of participants.  It is hoped that..."The data from these may be able to give us some insight into health behaviors as they relate to adult competencies in literacy, numeracy or problem solving in technology-rich environments."  Certainly there are issues here related to science, as well.  F

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