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Skip the Summer Slide with Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Powered by Energizer

Skip the Summer Slide with Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge Powered by Energizer

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Tynker: Visual Game Programming Tools For Kids

Tynker: Visual Game Programming Tools For Kids

I’m teaching a bunch of technology camps this summer, and one of the camps I’m most looking forward to is Beginning Game Programming. My goal is to introduce the students to the basic concepts of programming but also to give them hands-on time with as many game development platforms as we can fit into the week.

One of the tools that I’m definitely going to introduce to the students is Tynker. If you’re not familiar with it and have a student who is showing strong interesting in creating his or her own games, you’ll definitely want to check out their website. Read More

New Kickstarter Alert — Bitsbox Teaches Kids Programming

New Kickstarter Alert — Bitsbox Teaches Kids Programming

A few weeks ago my oldest son (age 7) came up to me and asked one of those questions that many parents dread — “Dad, can you teach me to program?” While I’m half-kidding, I’m also half-serous. I’m not a programmer! I have some training (mainly in college, but some self-taught) and I’m comfortable hunting down a book when I need it, but, when it comes to teaching my son, I’m really at a loss. What I’d like to do is find a way to make programming fun and interesting, but also something he can do on his own or at least with me watching over his shoulder but providing minimum assistance. Read More

Tiny Hands Apps Puts the Joy of Learning in Toddlers’ Hands

Tiny Hands Apps Puts the Joy of Learning in Toddlers’ Hands

As the mother of two kids in a very tech-connected geek household, apps are often on our minds. Which is why I’m so excited to share Tiny Hands Apps, our sponsor, with you. Our daughter, the youngest, is only two. And while she’s fascinated with the iPad and certainly wants to use it like her… Read More

Planning an Adventure (Maximus)!!

Planning an Adventure (Maximus)!!

I’m having some real fun right now. My oldest son, age 7, has been aware for quite a few weeks now that I’m planning something for him. Something big. Something new. Something adventurous! Oh, and he gets to invite a bunch of friends to participate, too. School is starting this week, and I’m going to give him a chance to pick a handful of his new classmates to come over and play a game together — Adventure Maximus. Read More