Technology

Make a Stop Motion Video

A few weeks ago, our local library offered a class for 8-12 year olds. The topic: How to Make a Stop Motion Video with Legos. My son went to the class with a friend, and he’s still making movies! I didn’t know it at the time, but Lego has a free app for iPads, iPods, and iPhones. Download the app, and your child can

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Kid Friendly Research Sites

So it’s after school and your child has a report due tomorrow. He needs to research but you have things to do, so you can’t sit and supervise the search online entirely. What to do? The web can be dangerous for kids. Parental controls don’t always work. Direct supervision has always been imperative. Nowadays though, kids researching on the web could not be simpler

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Extending Academic Learning by Skyping

My son uses the online video conferencing tool Skype when he’s gaming. It allows him to speak to friends and see them while they play.  Lately though Skype has become a wonderful tool for extending academic  learning in the after school hours.   Skype has the ability to help kids make connections with people in the community and around the world. Skype’s many communication

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Social Networks for Kids

Most of my family and friends have a social network account.  I have one as well, so it was no surprise when my son asked to get an account too. I didn’t object because it seems for the most part, these social network sites are good social training for life.  I find that it can teach empathy and to develop a sense of self,

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Astronomy and Telescopes for Kids

Star gazing and planetary observation using a telescope is a great way to expose children to the wonders of astronomy. Especially during this time of year when it gets darker earlier, it’s a great afterschool activity. Astronomy helps kids learn about planets and other celestial objects. You don’t need the most expensive telescopes to accomplish this.  A small and less expensive telescope made just

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Make a Movie Afterschool

Since we gave him a small digital camera, our son has been playing around with capturing videos. Lately, his frustration at the limitations of what he knows and what his equipment is capable of seems more and more evident. I worry he will lose momentum in this new interest because of obstacles and that would be a shame.  As we all know, most people

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PC Game Programming

Recently my son became interested in PC game programming.  He was playing Spores on the PC with a friend and they were discussing the ways they could ‘mod’ a game. Mod is short for modify.  I began research to find a good book, software or package for him. There is a lot out there, even free. First,  I  looked at Kidcoder from http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com/. There

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