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September 22, 2016
relaxing in hammock and reading story

Is Story Time on Tablets OK? (or should you stick to print)

“Mommy! Mommy! Tonight, for story time, can we read Winnie the Pooh?” You grin when you hear these words come out of your 4 year-old’s mouth. You walk to the bookshelf and pick out The Blustery Day, a favorite, and open it to the first page. Except tonight, things are different. “No! Not that one; this one!” The demand comes as they whip out the tablet. When that first happened to me, my heart dropped. “Is this ok?” and “Does this count as screen time?” are the first two thoughts that raced through my head. I gave in this once, […]
September 15, 2016
Child smile on the map and the earth indicating programming

Latest trend: Elementary school programming classes for kids

Last September, just like every September before then, Australian education higher-ups announced a whole bunch of changes to the elementary school programs for younger kids. It wasn’t the normal spiel that starts with “update the textbooks to ones that were written after the world was round” and ends with “take away another hour of art in favor of more math.” No, this time, the change was different. “We’re cutting out history and geography in favor of programming and computer sciences.” Wait, what? Staying objective This is old news by the way; remember I said that this was announced last September. […]
September 8, 2016
Future Text above hands

Using tablets for improving your kids’ future, not just for playing games

Every school year, more schools seem to pick up tablets and applications instead of textbooks. Governments, textbook publishers and tech industry giants like Apple and Samsung are banding together to provide a great experience for our kids, with always up-to-date materials and interactive experiences to teach children and teens. This isn’t limited to American High Schools either, it’s happening worldwide for younger and younger kids! It’s a money saver for schools, it’s cooler for kids, and parents are quickly becoming comfortable with it as they get used to seeing tablets in other businesses, services, and even their cars. I wouldn’t be […]
September 1, 2016
Balancing tech and sports for kids

Balancing Tech and Sports as Parents

I might be showing my age with this article, but when I was young there was a story that went around asking whether it was better to be a nerd or a jock. It listed all the money that Michael Jordan made doing every daily task, like going to the movies earning him $175,000 plus and going to the bathroom made him $3000. After a few dozen examples, it switched perspectives, saying that it would take 450 years for the former Chicago Bulls superstar to match what Bill Gates already had. Nerds win, it declares. Of course you want your […]