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Essential skills – Children can code before they read?

2 Aug

Just found an interesting website ” Scratch

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.

Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

Read more below links:
http://scratch.mit.edu/about/
http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929275.800#.UfwPP6Ao7IU

Game based learning is future of education

17 Jun

Bill Gates foundation is working with the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington on a free, online game called Refraction. The goal of the game is to rescue animals whose ships are stuck in outer space. The ships require different amounts of fuel, powered by lasers. So the players have to manipulate fractions to split the lasers into the right amount of fuel.

“Imagine if kids poured their time and passion into a video game that taught them math concepts while they barely noticed, because it was so enjoyable,” Gates said during his speech at the ECS national forum.

As students play, their progress is visible to the teacher on his or her computer, allowing the educator to see instantly what concepts students understand.

Teachers have not had these tools before. Fragmented standards that differ from state to state and district to district have made it hard for innovators to design tools to reach a wide market. The common core will help change that.

In the classroom of the not-too-far-off future, kids will have computer devices with phenomenal interactive content. This will allow teachers to do what they call “flip the classroom.” Instead of learning a concept in class and applying it at home, students would learn the concept at home, on video, and apply it in class, where they can get help from the teacher.

When students learn a concept on video, they can take as much time as they need and learn at their own pace. They can pause the video, rewind it, or just listen to it all over again.

Then the students can use class time to do the problems. The teacher sees instantly on the dashboard which kids are getting it, and steps in if someone is stuck. The students move on when they master the material, and not before. This is very different from the old method where every student moves on to the next topic after the test, whether you got an A or a D.

Now we finally have the answer to the old riddle of education – ‘do you teach to the faster kids or the slower kids?’ This technology will let you teach each child. And often, when the so-called ‘slower kids’ are given the time and attention they need to master a core concept, it turns out they accelerate – and they’re faster than anyone thought.

I hope you’ll do all you can to help speed the adoption of new classroom technology. Teachers have waited long enough. Doctors don’t sit alone in their offices trying to find new ways to heal their patients. They’re supported by a huge industry that is constantly working to provide them better tools. Teachers deserve the same kind of support, and the common core state standards create an historic opportunity to make sure they get it.

Source : http://www.eschoolnews.com/2012/07/17/bill-gates-why-game-based-learning-is-the-future-of-education/2/
http://www.thegatesnotes.com/Topics/Education/Improving-Education-in-the-US

ipad, Nook, Kindle – Technology for children

12 Jun

Few Gadget Tips for Children:
Now we don’t need to teach a kid about technology or how to use a tech gadget. The market comes up with ebooks, games, online learning & videos for free fulfilling the thirst of technology. Investing on a gadget which supports this requirement is categorized as good investment. Below you could see some of the facts that I gathered about tech gadgets.

iPad: Made by Apple, cost :$250 – $750
Did you know that Apple’s iPad is the toy of the year. Did they actually manufacture iPad as a toy? Not at all, iPad is best used by most to read, to play, to watch etc. Apparently it became the toy of the year which is great.

Every year since it started there has been a new version of the iPad which clearly proves that the need of it is increasing. Every Child love to play in iPad. Conveniently, we have iPad mini now. Its built-in Wi-Fi comes very handy for children while travelling, or even when they wait in clinic too. You can watch movies, play games, read books, learn online, much more. You could even go for a refurbished which comes cheap including one year warranty.

Nook : Made by Barnes and Noble cost : $79 – $270
Nook has 700000 Andorid apps, Best reading gadget, can access you tube, Google, watch movies, TV shows. Lots of ebooks available for free and cheap.

Kindle : Made by Amazon cost :$50 – $200
Very cost friendly E-reader. Lots of books for free, to borrow and light weight, with built in light, download youtube videos, apps available . Can read books anywhere, comes handy where ever u go.

Typing website

12 May

TypingWeb is a free online typing tutor & keyboarding tutorial for typists of all skill levels. TypingWeb includes entertaining typing games, typing tests, and free official typing certification.
•Completely Free
•Perfect for All Ages
•Lessons for All Skill Levels

http://www.typingweb.com/

Learning Computer and programming – Children

7 May

Below are two site which will help kids above 3rd grade to learn computers.

http://www.gcflearnfree.org/computerbasics

http://basicofcomputer.com/

Below are sites which help kids to learn programming

http://www.teachingkidsprogramming.com/ and http://smallbasic.com/smallbasic.com/wiki/MainPage.ashx

http://marshallbrain.com/kids-programming.htm

http://www.computerexplorers.com/ — Paid

http://hackety.com/ With Hackety Hack, you’ll learn the Ruby programming language. Ruby is used for all kinds of programs, including desktop applications and websites

http://scratch.mit.edu/

http://www.alice.org/index.php?page=what_is_alice/what_is_alice — free program which allow students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games

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