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Kangaroo Looking for a Few Good STEAM Teachers

Kangaroo Looking for a Few Good STEAM Teachers

The Kangaroo Pro is a full-featured desktop PC for under $200 that fits in your hand. They’re looking for teachers to see what it can do in the classroom. Read More


Try Family Meditation for Closer Relationships and Personal Growth

Try Family Meditation for Closer Relationships and Personal Growth

In an effort to go through life with more mindfulness and as a way to teach my kids to be more introspective and thoughtful about themselves, we have begun a daily family meditation. Not the legs-crossed/eyes-closed/upturned-hands/”Om” type of meditation, but rather the kind where you read short but meaningful passages and discuss them. It only takes about ten minutes per day, but it builds a lot of personal skills in all of us. Read More

10 Tips for Teaching Younger Gamers More Complex Games

10 Tips for Teaching Younger Gamers More Complex Games

Yesterday, Jonathan offered up 10 reasons to play board games with your kids… and today I’d like to offer up 10 tips for teaching your young children to play more complex board games. These tips are reprinted (with permission) from an article I wrote for the Winter 2014 issue of Casual Game Insider, a magazine dedicated to casual board gaming. Read More

A Wrong Way to the Right Idea?

It is a generally accepted ideology that parents typically want better for their children than they had for themselves. We hope we can save them from making our mistakes. We hope we can teach them to learn when they make their own. We try to provide for our kids. Healthy eating habits, good study skills,… Read More

Geek Equals Math Plus Art

“Mathematics is the gate and key of the sciences. …Neglect of mathematics works injury to all knowledge, since he who is ignorant of it cannot know the other sciences or the things of this world.” –Roger Bacon Math is one of those quintessentially geeky things that are often taught so badly that even some of… Read More

Static Season Has Returned

We’ve all done it. We’ve all earned the scathing look and the whine of discomfort because we just accidentally static shocked our child. You always feel just a little bad, unless of course you did it on purpose, in which case you are trying very hard not to smile. But in all things there is… Read More

Geek School: Smarter by Design

I’ve been a geek all my life, but I hated school. Until college, I learned more watching PBS and maxing out my youth library card every week than I ever did in a classroom. I’m worried that my son will have the same experience – he’s only four years old, but he already loves science… Read More

Teaching Kids Computers, Part 2

After teaching my kids some fundamentals about computer architecture and the file system, I was able to introduce them to my favorite applications. I’ll describe them briefly here and write some other posts about how my kids have used them. … Read More