Hour of Code: Start Learning Now

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In celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14, 2014), Code.org is sponsoring and promoting a worldwide Hour of Code. (Hour of Code is organized by Code.org, a public 501c3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color.) [...]

Geeky Gift Ideas

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You may be shopping for some special nerds this Christmas, and it can be hard to find a great gift that suits those geeky preferences. I have a couple of ideas that might be useful for you. Recently, I had the opportunity to review a couple of products from Uncommon Goods, and learn about the [...]

Amazing Water “Printer” aka the Waterfall Swing

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I don't know how I haven't seen this before, but this Waterfall Swing is amazing! The video is from the World Maker Faire in 2011, and it is beautiful and mesmerizing. Take a look and see how this programmed waterfall "prints" shapes of water in the air. What a great demonstration of science and art! [...]

How to Get Kids to Wash Hands the Right Way

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Now that school is back in session, kids are exposed to bacteria and viruses more frequently. Just three days into the first week of school, my fourth grade daughter came home with a fever. I was annoyed, but not surprised, at how quickly she had gotten sick. When illnesses make the news, reporters always share [...]

Is “Like a Girl” an Insult?

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I think the phrase "like a girl" is used as an insult, not as a compliment, almost every time it is spoken. Here is an interesting video by Always, that looks at what we think when we're told to do something "like a girl," and how we might change what it means. I like the [...]

Summer Vacation Time Management Worksheet

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I'm not one of those moms who look forward to spending a long, lazy summer vacation at home with the kids. I'm one of those moms who wish the kids could stay in school all summer long. I love my kids, but I don't love having them all around the house, all day, every day, [...]

Classcraft Engages Students in Learning Game

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I love games, and so do my kids. I often wonder how to incorporate game elements into everyday activities, to make life more fun and nerdy. I have just learned about a new game that teachers can play in class with students, and I think this is a very exciting innovation! It's called Classcraft, and [...]