How playing Music develops the Brain

There are a lot of articles discussing how playing (and learning) music can develop the Brain in positive ways included are some good quotes:

“There’s a lot of evidence,” Gaab says, “that if you play a musical instrument, especially if you start early in life, that you have better reading skills, better math skills, et cetera. The question is, what is the underlying mechanism?”

Additionally, the study showed that students who played instruments in class had more improved neural processing than the children who attended the music appreciation group. “We like to say that ‘making music matters,’” said Kraus. “Because it is only through the active generation and manipulation of sound that music can rewire the brain.”

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There are a lot more articles on this subject matter but below are some interesting ones to start off with.

 

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2014/07/music-language-brain

This Is How Music Can Change Your Brain

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/11140.html

If Schools don’t tailor for you, tailor it for yourself

13 year old Logan Laplante tells us how he “hackschooled” his way into a tailor made education program that suited him best and the results, so far, seem obvious. Ultimately his message is that it’s about personal health and happiness (something all Parents generally wish for their Kids) and that doing something that inspires you personally will deliver better results with emphasis on physical and mental fitness, not just academic results. While this isn’t news to many of us we somehow don’t seem to practice this enough, especially with our children as they sit in the classroom going through a standardized curriculum 8 hours a day (not to mention ECA). Listen to his inspiring speech to learn more.

While there is naturally a lot of praise for this eloquent and smart young teenager, I think not enough credit has been given to his presumably very proud and happy parents. Afterall, it was their decision to change the program and go against the mainstream of “drone” education and it takes a lot of courage to do this especially because it is taking a relatively big chance on your Kids. Bravo to the Laporte’s (as a family).

15 Years

Dear Outblazers,We’re 15 years old and what an amazing ride it’s been. Technically, 15 years only makes us a teenager, but we are a teenager who is also one of the most pioneering technology companies in Hong Kong and, in fact, the world.

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To give you some perspective, when we started Outblaze:
– most Outblazers had not even thought about university yet
– the Internet had a penetration rate of about 3% globally
– fixed broadband subscribers in Hong Kong numbered just 11,000! 
In 15 years Outblaze has accomplished a lot. We quickly became dominant in the region, and have always been influential leaders in our technology sectors. Starting in 1998 we provided the backbone for Asia’s first crop of Internet companies and portal sites like China.com, Star TV, and PCCW. We enabled some of the largest portals in the USA to run what today would be called Cloud Computing services – companies like Network Solutions, Register.com, Mail.com, Univision and Lycos.
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We were early with 3D Animation back in 2000/1. We partnered with adidas to make the very first advergaming MMOG in 2006 for the FIFA World Cup (called Impossible Team Online). We created our first smartphone app in early 2009 when the number of iPhones was less than 10 million. We were one of the  world’s largest e-mail and anti-spam companies – significant enough for IBM to buy all our messaging technology and establish the first real development lab of ANY major international tech company in Hong Kong, and we started developing for Android before Google Play was even born and in-app purchasing was only just released.
Outblaze over 10 years ago

Outblaze over 10 years ago

Today, we are one of the largest and most respected app developers and publishers worldwide with dozens of awards, hundreds of apps, over 150 million downloads and 2.5 billion mobile game sessions and growing!
Your commitment to our culture of hard but fun and passionate work is demonstrated in the products that we build. Your willingness to improve and innovate is the reason why we are able to compete on the global stage, day after day. The work you do has made us a pioneer for the last 15 years, and will make us a pioneer for many more years to come!
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We don’t call ourselves the Early Adopters for nothing. Every single Outblazer has earned the right to that proud title.

Thank you for an amazing 15 years, and I look forward to many more years of fun and games…literally!

iPhone is 6 years old

iPhone is 6 years old

On January 9th, 2007 Steve Jobs announced what he called a “revolutionary mobile phone” and right he was. Even if the iPhone isn’t the most popular smartphone out there, it led the charge and showed the way to a new mobile future. Happy Birthday iPhone, you’re 6 years old now and you’ve already changed the world.