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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 
15 days ago by jm
iKydz
'Total Parent Control' for kids internet access at home. Dublin-based product, dedicated wifi AP with lots of child-oriented filtering capabilities
filtering  security  ikydz  kids  children  internet  wifi  ap  hardware  blocking 
may 2017 by jm
When the Children Crashed Dad’s BBC Interview: The Family Speaks - WSJ
Mr. Kelly describes his reaction as a mixture of surprise, embarrassment and amusement but also love and affection. The couple says they weren’t mad and didn’t scold the children. “I mean it was terribly cute,” Mr. Kelly said. “I saw the video like everybody else. My wife did a great job cleaning up a really unanticipated situation as best she possibly could... It was funny. If you watch the tape I was sort of struggling to keep my own laughs down. They’re little kids and that’s how things are.” “Yes I was mortified, but I also want my kids to feel comfortable coming to me,” Mr. Kelly said.


aww!
cute  family  bbc  interviews  funny  viral  kids  hippity-hoppity  robert-kelly 
march 2017 by jm
Dinosaur Escape - BoardGameGeek
good kid's board game -- age 4+, 2-4 players.
The object of Dinosaur Escape is to get all three dinosaurs safely to Dinosaur Island before the volcano erupts! Work together to move the dinosaur movers around the board and uncover the matching dinosaurs under the fern tokens.

On your turn, roll the die. If you roll a number, move any dinosaur mover the indicated number of spaces any direction on the path. Then turn over one fern token anywhere on the board. If you reveal rocks, bones or other items, flip the token back over. If you reveal a dinosaur, and the dinosaur mover of the same species is in the same habitat area, move the dinosaur moved and matching token to Dinosaur Island. You just helped a dinosaur escape!

If you reveal a dinosaur but the dinosaur mover of the same species is not in the same habitat as the token, flip the token back over. Dinosaur movers and matching tokens must be in the same habitat to help a dinosaur escape! If you turn over the T-Rex, RUN! Move each of the dinosaur movers in play back to a start space. If you roll a volcano, place volcano piece number 1 in the stand on the board. If you can find and help all three lost dinosaurs escape to Dinosaur Island before completing the 3D volcano puzzle, you all win!
boardgames  reviews  kids  children  co-op  games  gaming 
march 2017 by jm
X-Plan: Giving your kids a way out
Great idea -- an "escape hatch" for your teenage kids, so they can be extricated from scary/dodgy peer-pressure situations without losing face among their peers.
xplan  escape  escape-hatch  parenting  kids  peer-pressure  teens  x-plan 
february 2017 by jm
Minor Infractions — Real Life
When our son turned 12, we gave him a phone and allowed him to use social media, with a condition: He had no right to privacy. We would periodically and without warning read his texts and go through his messenger app. We would follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (though we wouldn’t comment or tag him — we’re not monsters). We wouldn’t ambush him about what we read and we wouldn’t attempt to embarrass him. Anything that wasn’t dangerous or illegal, we would ignore.


Food for thought. But not yet!
surveillance  family  kids  privacy  online  social-media  teenagers 
february 2017 by jm
Mountain Munchkins
'Outdoor Kit for Mini Adventurers' -- kids outdoor gear, recommended by tyndyll on ITS
clothing  jackets  kids  children  shopping  outdoor 
october 2016 by jm
JG Ballard, on the "pram in the hall"
Cyril Connolly, the 50s critic and writer, said that the greatest enemy of creativity is the pram in the hall, but I think that was completely wrong. It was the enemy of a certain kind of dilettante life that he aspired to, the man of letters, but for the real novelist the pram in the hall is the greatest ally - it brings you up sharp and you realise what reality is all about. My children were a huge inspiration for me. Watching three young minds creating their separate worlds was a very enriching experience.
writing  creativity  jg-ballard  quotes  pram-in-the-hall  children  kids  parenting  biography 
october 2016 by jm
My kids don't have a YouTube channel — but they pretend they do
“Dad is making a right turn now,” my 5-year-old son Jack will say as he newscasts the ride to school to a fictional audience. “Don’t forget to subscribe,” his sister Ella, 6, will often interject -- again, to no one in particular.

When I was their age, I’d pretend to be a soldier or a baseball player. Today, kids apparently aspire to be vloggers. It’s not enough for them to watch their favorite shows. They want to broadcast their lives, banter with commenters and keep their make-believe view counts high.
youtube  kids  wtf  video  broadcasting 
june 2016 by jm
Sample letter to refuse permission for a child's data to be transferred into POD - Tuppenceworth.ie blog
The Department of Education has issued a new circular accepting it cannot defund the education of children whose parents do not want their kid’s data to be in POD [the privacy-infringing database of all Irish primary-school children]. They’ll only accept a written request as the basis of that refusal, however. So, here’s one you can use that meets the requirements. Send or give it to your school.
pod  privacy  ireland  children  kids  school 
june 2016 by jm
Let Them Make Noise: A ‘Dining Club’ Invites Toddlers - NYTimes.com
This is a great idea. I miss eating out, and this is why:
Throughout our three-hour meal, babies cried, mothers nursed, toddlers shrieked and farro grains flew, but the atmosphere was surprisingly leisurely. There was no reason to be self-conscious about a crying-nursing-dancing child because everyone knew every other parent was in the same boat. Or would be in a few seconds. So we relaxed and ate. This is not fine dining as I once knew it, and that’s O.K. That’s what date night is for. But my daughter got her first lesson in how to behave at a fancy restaurant. And I got to finish a delicious meal while it was still warm, toddler in tow.
kids  food  restaurants  eating  children  toddlers 
may 2016 by jm
Doodletown
Excellent drawing books from Chris Judge and his brother Andrew. gotta get this:

'WELCOME TO DOODLETOWN, the home of the Doodles. It is a very nice town, except for one SMALL problem. Everything is half drawn with bits and pieces missing! The Doodles are going to need YOUR help. So grab a pen or a pencil and help finish the adventure!'
doodles  kids  drawing  books  toget  chris-judge 
february 2016 by jm
National Children’s Science Centre due to open in 2018
Good for science fans, not so hot for real tennis fans.

The former real tennis court building close to the concert hall’s north wing would be used for temporary and visiting exhibitors, with a tunnel connecting it to the science centre. The National Children’s Science Centre is due to open in late 2018 and will also be known as the Exploration Station, said Dr Danny O’Hare, founding president of Dublin City University and chairman of the Exploration Station board since 2006.
real-tennis  tennis  nch  dublin  science  kids  planetarium 
february 2016 by jm
Where do 'mama'/'papa' words come from?
The sounds came first — as experiments in vocalization — and parents adopted them as pet names for themselves.

If you open your mouth and make a sound, it will probably be an open vowel like /a/ unless you move your tongue or lips. The easiest consonants are perhaps the bilabials /m/, /p/, and /b/, requiring no movement of the tongue, followed by consonants made by raising the front of the tongue: /d/, /t/, and /n/. Add a dash of reduplication, and you get mama, papa, baba, dada, tata, nana.

That such words refer to people (typically parents or other guardians) is something we have imposed on the sounds and incorporated into our languages and cultures; the meanings don’t inhere in the sounds as uttered by babies, which are more likely calls for food or attention.
sounds  voice  speech  babies  kids  phonetics  linguist  language 
october 2015 by jm
The Travis CI Blog: Making Travis CI a Family-Friendly Place to Work: Our Maternity and Paternity Leave for US Employees
This is excellent -- I wish more companies took this attitude. Applause for Travis CI.
after a couple of weeks of research, we made a decision to offer our expectant mothers AND fathers:

2 weeks before the due date paid at 100% (optional, but recommended);
20 weeks for normal births paid at 100%;
24 weeks for births with complications paid at 100%;
Flexible working hours after the 20/24 weeks are complete (part-time arrangements can be made);
Your job will be here for you when you return.

When we relayed this information to the two US employees, one became a little teary because her last employer (a much bigger and older company), didn't offer anything. This being her second child, it was a huge relief to know she was going to have paid time off with flexibility upon return. While it was a great reaction, it shouldn't happen this way. If you value your employees, you should value their need for time away. At the same time, if you want to hire someone, whether or not they are already pregnant should be irrelevant.


Well exceeding even the Irish maternity leave entitlements, since it covers fathers too. And this is a startup!
travisci  startups  work  life  family  kids  paternity-leave  maternity-leave 
august 2015 by jm
Cover Story: “Playdate” - The New Yorker
the story behind Chris Ware's lovely Minecraft New Yorker cover
minecraft  chris-ware  art  kids  play  gaming  games 
june 2015 by jm
Tots To Travel
'Baby Friendly Holidays | Child, Toddler & Family Villas | France | Spain | Portugal | Italy'. Joe swears by it, will give it a go next year
holidays  vacation  travel  europe  kids  children  via:joe 
may 2015 by jm
Bad data PR: how the NSPCC sunk to a new low in data churnalism
when the NSPCC sent out a press release saying that one in ten 12-13 year olds [in the UK] are worried that they are addicted to porn and 12% have participated in sexually explicit videos, dozens of journalists appear to have simply played along – despite there being no report and little explanation of where the figures came from. [....]

"It turns out the study was conducted by a “creative market research” [ie. pay-per-survey] group calledOnePoll. "Generate content and news angles with a OnePoll PR survey, and secure exposure for your brand,” reads the company’s blurb. "Our PR survey team can help draft questions, find news angles, design infographics, write and distribute your story." "The OnePoll survey included just 11 multiple-choice questions, which could be filled in online. Children were recruited via their parents, who were already signed up to OnePoll."


The NSPCC spends 25 million UKP per year on "child protection advice and awareness", so they have the money to do this right. Disappointing.
nspcc  bad-science  bad-data  methodology  surveys  porn  uk  kids  addiction  onepoll  pr  market-research 
april 2015 by jm
Soda Bottle Rocket - Make:
you can use 2-liter carbonated drink bottles to build an inexpensive, reusable water rocket. The thrill factor is surprisingly high, and you can fly them all day long for the cost of a little air and water. It’s the perfect thing for those times when you just want to head down to the local soccer field and shoot off some rockets!
model-rocketry  toys  make  kids  water  building 
april 2015 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
No POD
This group aims to consolidate opposition, give clear information and support letter writing and information awareness against the Dept. of Education's Primary Online Database.
pod  ireland  privacy  data-protection  children  kids  schools 
january 2015 by jm
Registering children: Ireland’s Primary Online Database
If you haven’t heard about it, it is a compulsory database of the personal information of children, including PPS numbers, ethnicity, race and language skills, to be held for decades and shared across State agencies.
privacy  ppsn  databases  pod  ireland  children  kids  primary-schools 
january 2015 by jm
Bad Kids Jokes
'I now a man with a wooden leg named sea
what was the name of the other leg
SAND'
funny  humor  kids  jokes  humour 
january 2015 by jm
Making your kid play organized sports could cost them their creativity
in spite of an overtly conservative analysis, the results were stark: time spent playing informal sports was significantly and positively related to overall creativity, while time spent playing organized sports was significantly and negatively related to overall creativity.
sports  leisure  fun  children  kids  creativity 
december 2014 by jm
rjbs's rubric: In Soviet Minecraft, server op you!
wow, that is too much effort for a 7-year-old's Minecraft server ;) Very impressive
minecraft  game-servers  kids  teleport  gaming  rjbs  perl 
november 2014 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
Screen time: Steve Jobs was a low tech parent
“This is rule No. 1: There are no screens in the bedroom. Period. Ever.”
screen-time  kids  children  tv  mobile  technology  life  rules  parenting 
september 2014 by jm
Report of the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group
looking at the summary, looks broadly sensible; no government-mandated filtering/blocking I can spot quickly
internet  filtering  safety  kids  porn  blocking  ireland  pegi  ratings  reports  pdf 
june 2014 by jm
You Are Not a Digital Native: Privacy in the Age of the Internet
an open letter from Cory Doctorow to teen readers re privacy.

'The problem with being a “digital native” is that it transforms all of your screw-ups into revealed deep truths about how humans are supposed to use the Internet. So if you make mistakes with your Internet privacy, not only do the companies who set the stage for those mistakes (and profited from them) get off Scot-free, but everyone else who raises privacy concerns is dismissed out of hand. After all, if the “digital natives” supposedly don’t care about their privacy, then anyone who does is a laughable, dinosauric idiot, who isn’t Down With the Kids.'
children  privacy  kids  teens  digital-natives  surveillance  cory-doctorow  danah-boyd 
may 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
Supervised users in Chrome
This looks like an excellent new feature for parents:
A supervised user is a special type of Chrome user who can browse the web with guidance. Under the supervision of the manager, a supervised user can browse the web and sign in to websites. Supervised users don't need a Google Account or an email address because the manager creates a profile for the supervised user through the manager's Google Account. As a manager of a supervised user, you can see the user’s browsing history, block specific sites, and approve which sites the user can see, all from the supervised users dashboard that is accessible from any browser.
users  chrome  supervision  parental-control  parents  safety  web  browsing  kids 
march 2014 by jm
Bunny Rabbit helmet cover
y'know, for kids. now that would improve the slightly boring, functional helmet my middle kid wears...
helmets  helmet-covers  tail-wags  safety  cycling  skating  kids 
december 2013 by jm
Shadows in the Woods
beautiful German boardgame, suitable for playing with kids -- an adult moves a tealight candle around the board, while kids take turns moving gnomes around in the shadows behind tall "trees". recommended by JK
games  boardgames  german  kids  candles  light 
november 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
Comics For Children…. a visual list…. | The Forbidden Planet International Blog
some great recommendations here. Hildafolk has been popular with my 5-year-old, must pick up a few more
comics  kids  children  books  reading  library  toget  toread 
july 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
The urban SUVs of bicycles
Great (Dublin-focused) writeup on cargo bikes
cargo-bikes  cycling  commute  kids  dutch-bikes  bikes 
august 2012 by jm
This park's life - The Irish Times - Thu, Jul 26, 2012
Great article about Dublin's Phoenix Park, Europe's largest enclosed urban park (more than twice the size of New York's Central Park, in fact). Now that I have two little kids, I've been spending a good portion of my weekends there -- it's a wonderful thing to have on our doorstep. Also:

The park even breeds celebrities. “The lion that roars at the start of the MGM movies. He’s a Dub. He was born in Dublin Zoo.”
phoenix-park  dublin  history  parks  deer  lion  kids 
july 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
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
CradleRock.ie
Dublin shop selling fairly-traded and cool kids clothes and accessories; they also do stalls at various local markets now and again. think Mae and Bea have a few of their goods already ;)
kids  shopping  gifts  toys  babies  baby  dublin  ireland  fairtrade  from delicious
november 2009 by jm

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