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What Parents Can Do When Bullying is Downplayed at School | Psychology Today
Despite the "Bully-Free Zone" posters that line the school cafeteria walls and the Zero-Tolerance policy that was boasted about during last September's Back-to-School night, your experience is that the school would rather not address the problem at all. The responses you get from your child's teacher include bland lip service [...]


Good advice for this nasty situation -- I'm thankfully not facing it myself, but bookmarking just in case...
bullying  kids  school  education  psychology  children  parenting 
2 days ago by jm
Teaching Students to Code - What Works
Lynn Langit describing her work as part of Microsoft Digigirlz and TKP to teach thousands of kids worldwide to code. Describes a curriculum from "K" (4-6-year olds) learning computational thinking with a block-based programming environment like Scratch, up to University level, solving problems with public clouds like AWS' free tier.
education  learning  coding  teaching  tkp  lynn-langit  scratch  kids 
5 weeks ago by jm
Stiff Upper Lip by Alex Renton review – the damage boarding schools have done | Books | The Guardian
Holy shit:
Stiff Upper Lip is studded with startling stuff. Discussing the importance of football, for instance, in 19th-century public schools, he drops in the line that “in Charterhouse’s version a small boy was the ball”. I blithely went over that one, thinking he meant “a small boy was [expected to crouch on] the ball” or similar; but it was no typo. In a cheery kickabout on Good Friday, 1924, the Earl of Sussex’s son died from his injuries – _having been [used as] an actual football_.


(via Eva Wiseman)
football  public-schools  uk  school  history  murder  insanity  charterhouse  alex-renton  education 
april 2017 by jm
Individual children's details passed to Home Office for immigration purposes | UK news | The Guardian
The UK's version of the POD database project was used by the Home Office to track immigrants for various reasons -- in other words, exactly the reasons why parents will choose not to provide that data
parents  databases  data  pod  uk  home-office  education  schools 
october 2016 by jm
Tinker Crate
'inspires kids to explore and learn about science, engineering, and technology—and have fun doing it. Every month, a new crate to help kids develop a tinkering mindset and creative problem solving skills.' aimed at ages 9-14+
kids  gifts  tinkering  stem  education  fun  engineering  science  toys 
march 2015 by jm
How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read | WIRED

I analyzed several chunks of The Ultimate Player's Guide using the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease scale, and they scored from grade 8 to grade 11. Yet in my neighborhood they're being devoured by kids in the early phases of elementary school. Games, it seems, can motivate kids to read—and to read way above their level. This is what Constance Steinkuehler, a games researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, discovered. She asked middle and high school students who were struggling readers (one 11th-grade student read at a 6th-grade level) to choose a game topic they were interested in, and then she picked texts from game sites for them to read—some as difficult as first-year-college language. The kids devoured them with no help and nearly perfect accuracy.

How could they do this? “Because they're really, really motivated,” Steinkuehler tells me. It wasn't just that the students knew the domain well; there were plenty of unfamiliar words. But they persisted more because they cared about the task. “It's situated knowledge. They see a piece of language, a turn of phrase, and they figure it out.”


When my kids are playing Minecraft, there's a constant stream of "how do you spell X?" as they craft nametags for their pets. It's great!
minecraft  gaming  kids  education  spelling  school  reading  literacy 
october 2014 by jm
Learn.code.org
Teaches the basics of computer science - K-8 Intro to CS, 15-25 hours. Introduces core CS and programming concepts, with lots of nice graphics, scenarios and characters from games to get the kids hooked ;) Recommended by Tom Raftery; his youngest (7yo) is having great fun with it.
education  programming  learning  coding  kids  k-8  code.org  games 
may 2014 by jm
The Overprotected Kid - The Atlantic
Great article.
There is a big difference between avoiding major hazards and making every decision with the primary goal of optimizing child safety (or enrichment, or happiness). We can no more create the perfect environment for our children than we can create perfect children. To believe otherwise is a delusion, and a harmful one; remind yourself of that every time the panic rises.
child-safety  parenting  safety  kids  education  risk  danger  playgrounds  the-land 
march 2014 by jm
Heirloom Chemistry Set by John Farrell Kuhns — Kickstarter
This is a beauty. I wonder if they can ship to Ireland?
To tell our story for this Kickstarter project, we really have to start in Christmas of 1959. Like many young scientists of the time, I received a Gilbert Chemistry set. This chemistry set provided me hours of great fun and learning as well as laying the foundation for my future as a research chemist. As I became an adult I wanted to share these types of experiences with my daughter, my nephews and nieces, and friends. But soon I became aware real chemistry sets were no longer available. Without real chemistry sets and opportunities for students to learn and explore, where would our future chemists come from? So .... I set out on a mission.
chemistry  science  chemistry-sets  education  play  kickstarter 
november 2013 by jm
NCCA Junior Cycle - Programming and Coding Consultation Page
the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment are looking for feedback on adding programming to the junior cycle (ie., early secondary school) in Ireland. Add your EUR.02!
ireland  programming  coding  education  schools 
october 2013 by jm
Poisson Rouge: Crowdfunding Red Fish style
the fantastic French kids' site is now crowdfunding new work -- first off being a German Alphabet part of the site. My kids love their stuff, so -- bonne chance!
french  poisson-rouge  flash  web  kids  children  education 
october 2013 by jm
To my daughter's high school programming teacher
During the first semester of my daughter's junior/senior year, she took her first programming class. She knew I'd be thrilled, but she did it anyway.

When my daughter got home from the first day of the semester, I asked her about the class. "Well, I'm the only girl in class," she said. Fortunately, that didn't bother her, and she even liked joking around with the guys in class. My daughter said that you noticed and apologized to her because she was the only girl in class. And when the lessons started (Visual Basic? Seriously??), my daughter flew through the assigments. After she finished, she'd help classmates who were behind or struggling in class.

Over the next few weeks, things went downhill. While I was attending SC '12 in Salt Lake City last November, my daughter emailed to tell me that the boys in her class were harassing her. "They told me to get in the kitchen and make them sandwiches," she said. I was painfully reminded of the anonymous men boys who left comments on a Linux Pro Magazine blog post I wrote a few years ago, saying the exact same thing.


I am sick to death of this 'brogrammer' bullshit.
brogrammers  sexism  culture  tech  teaching  coding  software  education 
september 2013 by jm
Branded to death | Features | Times Higher Education
The most abominable monster now threatening the intellectual health and the integrity of pure enquiry as well as conscientious teaching is the language of advertising, or better, the machinery of propaganda. Any number of critics from within university walls have warned the people at large and academics in particular of the way the helots of advertising and the state police of propaganda bloat and distort the language of thoughtful description, peddle with a confident air generalisations without substance, and serenely circulate orotund lies while ignoring their juniors’ rebuttals and abuse.


Relevant to this argument -- http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/07/the-webs-longest-nightmare-ends-eolas-patents-are-dead-on-appeal/ notes that 'the role of the University of California [was] one of the most perplexing twists in the Eolas saga. The university kept a low profile during the lead-up to trial; but once in Texas, Eolas' lawyers constantly reminded the jury they were asserting "these University of California patents." A lawyer from UC's patent-licensing division described support for Eolas at trial by simply saying that the university "stands by its licensees."'
branding  advertising  newspeak  universities  third-level  eolas  higher-education  education  research  university-of-california  ucb  patents  ip  swpats 
july 2013 by jm
CS in VN
Neil Fraser visits a school in Vietnam, and investigates their computer science curriculum. They are doing an incredible job, it looks like -- very impressive!
vietnam  programming  education  cs  computer-science  schools  coding  children 
march 2013 by jm
Conor’s 2012 Raspberry Pi Christmas Gift Guide
Ah, memories! Wish my kiddies were old enough for one of these...

I really think this Christmas could be a lovely replay of 1982 for a lot of people, like me, who got their first home computer that year. You could have so much fun on Christmas Day messing with the RPi rather than falling asleep in front of the fire. Just don’t fight over who gets the telly when Doctor Who is on.

Whilst the bare-bones nature of the Raspberry Pi is wonderful, it is unusable out of the box unless you are a house with smartphones, digital cameras and existing PCs already that you can raid for components. What you want to avoid is a repeat of me that December in 1982 with my brand-new 16K ZX Spectrum which didn’t work on our Nordmende TV until two weeks later when the RTV Rentals guy came and replaced the TV Tuner. Two weeks typing Beep 1,2 to make sure it wasn’t broken.
raspberry-pi  gifts  computers  kids  hacking  education  gadgets  christmas 
november 2012 by jm
Does it run Minecraft? Well, since you ask…
Going by the number of Minecraft fans among my friends' sons and daughters in the 8-12 age group, this is a great idea:
We sent a bunch of [Raspberry Pi] boards out to Notch and the guys at Mojang in Stockholm a little while back, and they’ve produced a port of Minecraft: Pocket Edition which they’re calling  Minecraft: Pi Edition. It’ll carry a revised feature set and support for several programming languages, so you can code direct into Minecraft before you start playing. (Or you can just – you know – play.)
minecraft  gaming  programming  coding  raspberry-pi  kids  learning  education 
november 2012 by jm
Estonia introduces coding classes to 8-year-olds
'ProgreTiiger education will start with students in the first grade, which starts around the age of 7 or 8 for Estonians. The compsci education will continue through a student’s final years of public school, around age 16. Teachers are being trained on the new skills, and private sector IT companies are also getting involved, which makes sense, given that these entities will likely end up being the long-term beneficiaries of a technologically literate populace. The ProgreTiiger program is launching at a few pilot schools and will soon be rolling out to all general education schools in Estonia.'
estonia  education  coding  programming  kids  children  students  learning  school 
september 2012 by jm
Eight Real Tales of Learning Computer Science as a High School Girl
'All students at Stuyvesant High School are required to take a year of computer science. As it turns out, the advanced computer science classes skew mostly male anyway. But for a year, boys and girls get exposed to computer programming together. We asked Mike Zamansky, the head of the computer science program, to share some stories from his female students. They did us one better. Eight students sent in first-hand accounts of what it’s like to learn computer programming as a teenage girl.' Some interesting comments here. This topic is weighing on my mind now that I have two girls...
schools  learning  education  computer-science  technology  nyc  girls  teenage 
june 2012 by jm
Girls and coding: female peer pressure scares them off | Education | The Observer
'Coding and digital prowess is still niche at a young age, self-taught by the studious. It is often considered a bit nerdy in senior school, where it is not currently taught as a part of the curriculum, although this is changing in senior schools from September 2012. Therefore, generally speaking, those who code have taught themselves. Teaching yourself something that should really be covered as a part of lessons is a bit like doing extra homework – why, ask many teens, would anyone do that? There is no way the majority of hormonally challenged, desperate-to-find-their-place-in-the-world teenage girls would risk ridicule or isolation by doing such a thing – let alone be open and proud about it. (Boys of the same age have different social challenges and do not measure their societal worth so much by peer review.)'
girls  coding  education  peer-pressure  software  teaching  kids 
march 2012 by jm
The day I tried teaching primary school kids to code (and succeeded)
via Niamh -- 'I learned a bit about teaching at primary level and I learned that it is pretty fun although REALLY hard work! I learned that if you make a complex subject engaging kids will learn it and are probably capable of a great deal more than they are often given credit for. The youngest kids on the day were year four which is aged 8-9 and although they were definitely more able than some of their peers, you can expect that by year 5-6 (aged 9-11) probably a lot of the kids could follow it and indeed learn to code.'
coding  education  kids  programming  teaching  school 
march 2012 by jm
Library Closure of Type .nu
Alan Toner on library.nu's shutdown. 'The case of library.nu is significant because the demand for the works offered there demonstrates that filesharing is not just about pop music, porn and cams of action movies, but also those forms and sources of knowledge whose acquisition are ritually celebrated within ‘enlightenment’ culture. Many of those whose works were offered derive income not from royalties, but from related activities such as teaching and research. Such people were themselves an important component library.nu’ user base. Some have other means to access the same materials, others, especially those in countries with weaker education infrastructures and more emaciated library budgets, do not. Outside of formal education, the millions of online autodidacts may be denied access to material, seriously impinging on their lives and possibilities. When one considers the cost of text books and more especially scholarly articles, that is no hyperbole, and applies not only to the global south but the post-industrial north as well, awash in its dreams of knowledge economies and human capital.'
alan-toner  library.nu  ebooks  education  filesharing  copyright  piracy 
february 2012 by jm
SiliconRepublic story on CoderDojo
'it's both incredible and poignant that a voluntary movement that was born in Ireland during the summer is about to go international. Coder Dojo, the brainchild of 19-year-old entrepreneur and programmer James Whelton from Cork and tech entrepreneur Bill Liao, began as a Saturday morning club for kids to teach each other software programming. It has grown into a national movement up and down Ireland, a place where kids and their parents can go and learn to write software code in a friendly environment. The first UK Coder Dojo was held in London only last week and other countries in Europe are clamouring to get the initiative started there, too.' Good on them!
coderdojo  programming  coding  kids  children  teaching  education  tech  ireland 
december 2011 by jm

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