Green Seal and EcoLogo, two respected third-party certifiers, ease the burden of time-strapped school purchasers in search of green cleaning products. They certify most types of products used for cleaning schools -- general surface, floor, window, and bathroom cleaners. Certification means products clean effectively, and unlike many conventional cleaners, the packaging is recyclable and the products are noncorrosive (corrosive products can cause burns to skin, eyes, and mucus membranes).
Now in high demand, low-VOC paint is widely available at affordable prices. This is a healthier alternative to traditional paints, which contain VOCs. Even years after application, these paints have been known to release low levels of toxins, resulting in irritants that cause respiratory and asthma-related reactions. Here are a few suggestions for taking your green efforts up a few notches when selecting paints.
On the 26th anniversary of his book Frames of Mind, Howard Gardner discussed the impact and evolving interpretation of his groundbreaking theory of multiple intelligences. Gardner, the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, answered our questions in a wide-ranging conversation via email.
Some people fear that new technology will seduce kids away from books: Why bother with old-fashioned reading when you can surf the Web or play your iPod? But for one eighth-grade history class at South Valley Junior High School, in Liberty, Missouri, technology -- specifically, a blog and a podcast -- made a book come alive.