Here’s a freebie — just for parents!

Join us on May 16th for LIVING AND LEARNING WITH MOBILE DEVICES; provided by AT&T

There’s been a lot of discussion about the impact of technology on the lives of children. The report draws on a national survey of parent attitudes on mobile-technology use at school and home. This webinar should be enlightening. Check it out. It’s free.

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Kids ‘showing off’ at the White House

White House Science Fair

Young Scientists and Innovators Amaze President Obama at the White House Science Fair

This week President Obama celebrated the remarkable achievements of student science fair winners and extraordinary kid innovators from across the nation in the third White House Science Fair. The Fair brought 100 students from more than 40 states to an all-day, hands-on celebration of the power and potential of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

As the President said in 2009, when he announced the first-ever White House Science Fair, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you’re a young person and you’ve produced the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”

How can a kid from the ‘hood’ make millions in the tech industry?

This is a must-see for every parent!

Check out this interview with Jace Hall and you’ll come to understand the impact that focus and self-motivation can have in a child’s success in life. Jace grew up in a rough neighborhood; raised by a single mom and never went to college. What he loved was video games! He’s a self-taught master of the video world — and has earned millions creating video games and movies. The message is clear: if he can do it — any kid can!

Special Note: The is a pilot episode (from the upcoming new program: DEFYING THE ODDS) — so please forgive the long intro.

You’ve got to see it … to believe it!

A new technology is coming to children’s education — it’s called ‘augmented reality’! When I experienced it for the first time I couldn’t put it down – I was hooked! Augmented reality combines the physical and virtual world to create a magical environment that creates a unique learning experience.

no one has fully explored the impact this technology will have on children’s education!

PBS Kids is the first to test this new technology. Their game app — Lunch Rush — uses AR to teach children math. The app is free — download and play it with the kids. Let me know what you think.

When the dreamer died!

Do African-American children know what happened on April 4, 1968?

I’ll never forget that day … and I’m sure many of you will not! However, do our children know this story? Do they know that some people, like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., made the ‘ultimate’ sacrifice? It’s easy to take the rights we have today for granted — when you don’t know the struggle. As parents and educators we have a responsibility to past this history along. Better yet, let’s honor Dr. King by working to create the next generation of dreamers!

girl blowing bubbles

Teen millionaire! Stuff happens when kids embrace technology!

Nick Alosio

At 12 years old .. he was excited about technology and started creating apps!

Nick just sold his company to Yahoo for $30 million dollars. One on the things he’d like to buy is a car — but he’s not even old enough to get a driver’s license! This is an inspiring story that every parent/educator should share with children. Why? Because it shows the benefits that children can derive from using technology: creativity, innovation, confidence, problem-solving, team-building, enhanced learning skills and maybe fortune and fame! Click here to learn about Nick and how his app makes reading content on mobile devices easier.

‘break out’ …. during Spring Break!

spring break
Yes, it’s that time again. But it doesn’t have to be filled with stress. Take the wise approach parents — let technology help you keep the children entertained and inspired– but with limits.

Here are some tips on how to limit technology (thanks to Katherine Lee at About.com):

How to limit technology

•Do not put a TV in your child’s room. Having a TV in the bedroom has been linked to a number of problems including lower test scores, sleeping problems, and obesity.

•Turn it off. When the kids are not watching a specific program, turn off the television. Keep it off during mealtimes and especially when they are studying or doing homework.

•Help your child choose a videogame or a show. The best way to know what your child is watching or playing is by helping her pick out a show or a game. When picking out a new family movie or game, read the reviews or previews, ask other parents, and above all, know your child and trust your own instincts.

•Limit her screen time. Whether it’s one hour of TV and videogames a day or a couple of hours a week, limit the amount of time your child spends watching TV or playing videogames and stick to that number.

•Opt for alternatives to technology activities. Find great ways to spend family time together without tech devices, such as by playing board games or reading good books.

What do you think of these tips? Post me!

Who knew?? Playing games could boost a kid’s confidence!

Believe it or not.. it’s not a waste of time!

Yes, parents complain about the number of hours children spend playing on their ipad, iphone and game consule! However, playing games can be productive! Many educational innovators see this behavior as an opportunity to improve the educational experience. Researcher and game designer Jane McGonigal notes how the appeal of games is that they operate “on the verge of what [users are] capable of” and “create opportunities for learners to fail productively.” Jane has done her research – check her out on the Colbert Report http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2011/02/04/colbert-talks-games-with-advocate-jane-mcgonigal.aspx

Colbert is sooo funny!

When Black History makes you go —mmm …mmm…good!

Did you realize that a great time to discuss black inventors is when you’re in the kitchen with the kids –baking cookies (peanut butter cookies — of course!). George Washington Carver was one of the great black inventors. He did things with peanuts — that most of us would never imagine! Next time you’re in the kitchen with the kids – have fun with peanut butter recipes — and have a conversation about black inventors.

kid eating cookie

This is just one of several fun activities offered by SHEKNOWS to celebrate Black History Month this February. Loved it!

What can you add to the FUN THINGS TO DO TO CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY LIST? Leave a comment below.