From the Salon post:
“If you get your news online or from social media, this type of headline sounds very familiar. What’s real? What’s fake? What’s satire? Now that anyone with access to a phone or computer can publish information online, it’s getting harder to tell. But as more people go to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter and other online sources for their news and information, it’s even more crucial that all of us — especially kids — learn to decode what we read online. (Learn more about how kids get their news and how they feel about it in Common Sense Media’s report, News and America’s Kids: How Young People Perceive and Are Impacted by the News.)”
From the NY Times post:
“At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.
“Coding,” Mr. Cook told the president, “should be a requirement in every public school.”
The Apple chief’s education mandate was just the latest tech company push for coding courses in schools. But even without Mr. Trump’s support, Silicon Valley is already advancing that agenda — thanks largely to the marketing prowess of Code.org, an industry-backed nonprofit group.”
From this post in the Boston Globe – “Most people text or e-mail, but the old school way of writing things by hand carries more meaning with it and helps kids develop their communication skills.” Tablettoddlers couldn’t agree more!
Check out this NY Times article about how Google is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. What schools neglect to realize is they may be giving Google more than they are getting…
From the NY Times article:
It took a tentative step forward, turned to the left, took another step and then came to rest under a tree — at least, a drawing of one.
Cubetto does not actually walk, but the smiling wooden robot does wheel around under its own power, along a course charted by the human behind the machine.
With a $225 price tag, it is an expensive vehicle for play. Although a remote-controlled car may have been simpler, and cheaper, there was a purpose to the exercise: teaching children as young as 3 the basics of computer programming and developing technological and critical thinking skills.
As parents increasingly grow eager to give their children an edge in technology skills by getting them to think like a computer early, start-ups and entrepreneurs see potential in creating toys with a focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics — popularly referred to as STEM.
Students ages 6 to 18 are learning about computer coding by attending one of the more than 1,200 CoderDojos operating in 65 countries. These coding workshops, which are free and operated by volunteers, feature a flexible learning model. Click here for more info.
From the Mashable post:
Introducing ‘Mover Kit,’ the toy kids build by simply connecting the electronics case and accessories.