Learning is of utmost importance and the new iXL Fisher Price will certainly be of great help to any child when it comes to learning faster and more efficiently. Since it is a handheld device, it is more convenient for a child to use, which will allow the little tyke to be able to learn comfortably almost anywhere. The problem with most handheld devices is that they tend to break easily in the hands of a child; however, the IXL Fisher-Price is made of rugged plastic designed to endure any kind of rough handling by a these little people.The iXL Fisher Price is considered to be one of the most educational devices currently available because of its 6-in-1 learning system. It will introduce all sorts of fundamental topics for a child while being fun and child-friendly at the same time. Thanks to the applied sophisticated technology, it has an LCD that a child can use with a stylus suitable for them; this makes it easy for a child to navigate through the device, as well as make it more interesting for them. Not to mention that you can connect it to your computer to add photos, MP3 music, and other extras from Fisher-Price to the gadget itself. Thus making the experience more customized and interactive for your child.To set it up is easy, because all you need are four AA batteries to start it up, a quick and easy calibration for the touch screen and install the features using the CD-ROM provided with the device (this is to gain access to additional features). It comes with a built-in 150MB of internal memory, and is expandable through the use of an SD card. It also incorporates an auxiliary audio input jack so the child can focus solely on the lessons and games or simply during long trips in the car, plane, etc.The Digital Reader will allow a child access to stories that can be run on either interactive or reading modes; this will help a tyke learn how to read and train his/her comprehension skills. The Game Player will allow the child to learn numbers and sequence developing arithmetic skills. The Notepad mode will help the child practice writing, and learn alphabets. The Art Studio’s digital tools will help satisfy the child’s creativity in drawing. Not to mention that he will be able to practice drawing his shapes in this mode. Just from the basic features of the iXL Fisher Price, it is already considered to be an excellent device worth its price.
Are carpets a source of chemical and biological emissions that contribute to poor indoor air quality. Does carpeting in schools contribute to an increase in respiratory problems, allergies and asthma in schools? Should schools and preschools make use of carpets or kids area rugs in classrooms?The safety and health of our kids are of the utmost importance and therefore the valid concerns raised with regard to the health issues around the use of carpets in schools should be addressed. In this article we will review select studies in order to answer some of the health concerns that are raised concerning the use of carpets in schools.Carpet Related Findings:• Studies found that carpet in schools, when properly maintained, did not contribute negatively to indoor air quality (The Case of Charles Young Elementary School Washington).• Indoor air quality readings tended to be higher over hard surfaces than over carpet (The Case of Charles Young Elementary School Washington).• Concerns that carpeting in schools is contributing to an increase in respiratory problems, allergies and asthma in schools were found to be unfounded (Hedge, A., 2001.Carpets in schools does not compromise indoor air quality. Cornell Chronicle Vol. 32, No. 28).• Carpets were found to improve indoor air quality because it captures and holds dirt, contaminants and allergens that would otherwise become airborne (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) Draft Guideline For Environmental Infection Control In Healthcare Facilities, 2003).• When carpets were banned from schools in Sweden during the late 80′s, asthma rates in children skyrocketed (Shishoo, R.L., A Börjesson, Claims in Sweden that Textile Floor coverings Cause Allergic Reactions In Some People Have Not Been Adequately Proved, Swedish Institute of Fibre and Polymer Research, Carpet and Floor covering Review).• Carpets accumulate a diverse population of bacteria and fungi that are temporarily reduced following cleaning only to accumulate to a steady level between cleanings.Cleaning and Hygiene Related Findings:• The primary objective of all cleaning in schools should be to guard the health of the kids.• Cleaning should compliment, not replace, basic hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing, surface disinfection, effective waste disposal and management of communicable disease.• Walk off mats should be placed at entrances to trap pollutants.• Non-toxic cleaning agents should be used.• Carpets should be properly cared for and cleaned within regular intervals.• Clean carpets with daily vacuuming with a high efficiency particulate (HEPA) filter, and monthly hot water extraction. • Do not use chemicals or soap if possible, as residues of these can be very irritating when airborne.Benefits of using Carpets in Classrooms:• Carpets reduce slips and falls.• Carpets improve acoustics within classrooms thereby improving communication and learning.• Glare is reduced resulting in improved sight.• Classrooms fitted with carpets tend to improve student morale and school pride.Conclusion:The use of carpets in classrooms is a very sensitive discussion point. There are a lot of perceptions about the health impact of carpets and people have strong views on the subject. It is important to base any decision on facts and studies done on the subject by reputed institutions. Terrazzo, ceramic tile or concrete, with washable children rugs, classroom rugs or cushions can also be used to great effect in classrooms.Additional Resources:• To find information on the health effects of a product, one place to start is the product’s Material Safety Data Sheet, or MSDS. Companies are required by OSHA to furnish MSDS’s to all users. If the MSDS does not provide clear or adequate information, other sources can be consulted, including the local or state health departments, OSHA, or the internet.• The Green Product List of Carpet & Rug Institute (CRI) website, http://www.carpet-rug.com, which also provides information on selection, installation and maintenance.Reviewed Studies:i. Berry, M.A., 2002. Healthy School Environment and Enhanced Educational Performance; The Case of Charles Young Elementary School Washington, D.C. Carpet and Rug Institute Web Site, carpet-rug.org/carpet-and-rug-industry/research-and-resources/scientific-research/charles-young.cfm.ii. Hedge, A., 2001.Carpets in schools does not compromise indoor air quality. Cornell Chronicle Vol. 32, No. 28iii. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) Draft Guideline For Environmental Infection Control In Healthcare Facilities, 2003.iv. State of California, School Sound Level Study, School Facilities and Transportation Division, California State Department of Education, 1998.v. Shishoo, R.L., A Börjesson, Claims in Sweden that Textile Floor coverings Cause Allergic Reactions In Some People Have Not Been Adequately Proved, Swedish Institute of Fibre and Polymer Research, Carpet and Floor covering Review.