The Little Book – ‘The Elements of Style’

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The English language is a convoluted warren of rules and exceptions. Fortunately, there is a simple way for writers to improve their copy with under 2oz. of resource materials: ‘The Elements of Style.’ Continue reading

Kids Read Mean Tweets: Bullying Is Different But Still the Same

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December 9, 2009
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One doesn’t need to grow up as a geek in order to have been bullied, but it certainly helped. My parents and older brothers helped me cope with being bullied, as they had gone through the same experience. As a parent, I should feel confident that I can help my son through such inevitable tough times, but the landscape of bullying has changed. With the internet came anonymity, a comfortable distance from targets, and a much more public voice. Bullying in the 21st century is quite different from what I experienced as a child. A new viral video campaign from the Canadian Safe School Network seeks to help start the discussion. Continue reading

Calling All Makers: Be a Part of the Denver Mini Maker Faire

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Fire up your soldering irons and sharpen up your scissors. The 2015 Mini Maker Faire is returning to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science June 13-14, and they want you. Continue reading

News Websites for Kids

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Parents don’t always want their kids to watch unfiltered news because of vulgarity, violence, and other inappropriate content. Here are some tools to help you get your kids engaged with the news while paying attention to which articles they see. Continue reading

Word Nerd: Vice Grip

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Today’s pair of words is uniquely American; the British are sensible enough to spell both words the same way. We have vice and vise, but in England, it’s vice and vice. If you’re British, you can ignore this week’s installment if you like. Continue reading

Geek’s Guide to National Parks

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The U.S. National Park Service is turning 100 – its the perfect time to geek out at your park with this comprehensive guide of citizen science, astronomy, adventure, and even LARP programs and events in parks. Continue reading

The Dress and the Opportunity for the Scientific Method

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In a world where you might think there is nothing more to say about this topic I wanted to raise the important opportunity it represents and still represents to us parents: it is a unique event to teach the scientific method. Continue reading

Spelling ‘General Grievous': Making Orthography Fun

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It was with a bit of trepidation that I observed my kid’s first brushes with orthography in grammar school. When it became apparent that something had to be done in the way of regular spelling exercises, my first thought was daily dictations, such as I had been subjected to by my parents. I had hated them (the dictations, not the parents), but spelling could never be fun, it seemed. Continue reading

Endless Learning With Originator Apps

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Endless Alphabet and Endless Numbers are well-crafted, entertaining educational apps designed to familiarize young children with letters and numbers. Read on for why they’re well worth the price tag. Continue reading

Kickstarter Reminder — DuinoKit Jr. Electronics/Arduino Project Kit

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This is just a quick reminder that the DuinoKit Jr. Kickstarter project is down to less than a week. It’s already reached its funding goal, so any stragglers out there who might be looking for a fun all-in-one electronics style kit that teaches Arduino and programming, take a look at the DuinoKit Jr.

Project owner, Dan Alich, has finished two successful Kickstarter projects previously, both larger versions of this kit called the DuinoKit Essentials. Dan understands the issues with manufacturing and shipping, so he’s got the experience needed to delivery the products on time for a May 2015 delivery. Continue reading

It’s Time for Free-Range Parenting to Enter the Digital Realm

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“What’s this?” my newly 16-year-old daughter asked.

“It’s a username and password: one for Netflix, the other for TMNGO [the Canadian equivalent of HBOGO].”

“Why are you giving this to me?”

“You’re sixteen now. You now have free access to the internet.” Continue reading

TinkersToys vs K’nex: Gendering American Classics

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There was a lot of silly and random gendering at ToyFair 2015. I saw the same foam bows and bikes painted pink, and lots of building toys like the TinkerToy sets above. One place did it the other way–their soap making kit had girls on it, but their one for boys was for making “prank” soap. Because cleanliness is for girls. Continue reading

Word Nerd: Guilty Conscious

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This week’s Word Nerd is one of those that actually surprised me; I thought that because the two are relatively harder to spell than most of our frequently-confused words, fewer people would mess them up. Of course, the fact that they evolved from different conjugations of the same Latin word may have something to do with the confusion. Continue reading

Comics to Unleash Your Inner Inventor: ‘Howtoons’ Artist Nick Dragotta

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Interview with Nick Dragotta (East of West) about his work on Image Comics’ ‘Howtoons,’ getting kids interested in STEAM subjects, and how to make the world a better place. Continue reading

Helping Kids Hack the Future: GeekDad Interviews Shawn Scott

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People often become geeks because of their parents or mentors. Tony Stark would never have become Iron Man without his father, Howard Stark. Shawn Scott is super geek and super dad working to develop the next generation of geeks all across the United States. Continue reading