Okay so first let's address the big elephant in the room. No, I do not know how to code.
No, I'm not a programmer, but I do know my way around Wordpress (nod to Alannah Moore, DIY website building guru). No, I don't think coding is CRUCIAL to become a good digital citizen, but I like the following comparison:
I don't know how a car runs, but I can drive one rather well. And when I was a young girl, my father made sure that I knew how to drive a stick-shift, change a tire and check the oil.
So while I don't think your children need to know how a computer works, I think it would be dandy if they had a few pointers. And just like you exposed them to piano, judo, art classes, ballet and so on, why not expose them to a coding class or two? It may become a life passion or it may become a useful tool - like knowing how to drive a stick-shift.
Coding is for everyone.
Boys and girls are encouraged to begin coding as the world is becoming more and digital and it pays to...
The other day, I was walking with my sons when I gestured to a telephone booth and made some comment.
Imagine my surprise, when my 7 year old, looked at me with a perplexed expression on his face and asked, “Mommy, what’s a telephone booth?”
Aghast, I thought to myself – how could my sonnot know THE favorite clothes changing place of Superman? Or the phone booth / elevator at the end of the long corridor for Agent Maxwell Smart?
The answer came so swiftly, it was astonishing.
My son is a bonafide digital citizen. He has never used a telephone booth, because smartphones are EVERYWHERE. And he can swipe with the best of them.
He can toggle between screens.
He can find long-lost cartoon gems, such as Underdog, on a Youtube equipped ipad.
He can leap tall buildings in a single bound. Oops, got a bit carried away there, but you see my point.
Children today are superheroes and they can do some amazing things. But like every superhero, they...
As the new school year approaches, parents and caregivers in countries everywhere are gathering school supplies, going through clothes to see what fits and what can last another few months, making appointments for haircuts, getting ready to purchase sturdy shoes and doing all the other things that will make the transition back-to-school go smoothly.
I thought I would chime in with my tips and resources for parents to make the e-transition back-to-school go smoothly too! What do I mean by “e-transition?” Okay, so I just coined the phrase, but I am talking about the transition from online summer fun with any electronic and/or digital goodies to the online educational use of those same technologies and devices.
So as you make those organizational lists for back-to-school, add this term to your notepad: eTransition. (Please note: these resources are of course available to support you during the school year as well; the goal is to providing understanding on...
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