New Apps Teach Kids about Their Health

Boston University Alum creates smartphone games that help kids manage their asthma, allergies. (ED not: Tablettoddlers teaches Communications at BU).

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“Asthma—a chronic disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing—affects approximately one in 10 kids in the United States, and that number is on the rise. The disease is the number one cause of pediatric emergency room visits in the country, and children with asthma missed more than 10 million days of school last year. But a 2008 study found that fewer than half of American adults and children with asthma were taught how to avoid triggers for the disease, underscoring the need for better education.

Now, Boston-based app development company Wizdy, cofounded by Nikita Virani (Questrom’14), has created a game for iPhones and Androids called Wizdy Pets that secretly educates kids about how to manage their asthma symptoms, as well as how to identify the warning signs of an impending attack. Virani and her team just completed a semester fine-tuning the app at Harvard University’s iLab.”


School Daze

Had my first faculty meeting at Boston University tonight.  Interesting take from my new colleagues on not encouraging students to bring electronic devices into the classroom.

As a professor, I feel like a major goal is to prepare my students for the real world.  And in the real world, we have access to our gadgets!  In meetings, at our desks, etc. etc.  My plan is to ask the students to turn their devices…ON!  We’ll see how it works out.

Hopefully by the time my kids reach college, having iPads and other gadgets in the classroom will be the norm, not the exception.