Category: Websites Worth a Bookmark

Learn how to code your own app for free, thanks to Apple.

In this fast-paced age of technology, coding skills are pretty valuable, whether you’re looking to change careers yourself, or you’ve got a teen looking ahead to college and beyond. Well, a new option just came available to you thanks to Apple, and even better, it’s completely free. Related: Turn screen time into educational time with these online coding camps Just this week, Apple launched an App Development Curriculum, which is a full-year course designed by Apple engineers and educators that will teach students how to design apps using Swift. They’ll learning coding and designing, as well as software development...

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Hey kids, Viola Davis is reading your bedtime story tonight!

When Guy Raz, of NPR’s TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World podcast fame, recommends a website for kids, you go, because, obvy. And no surprise, the SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Storyline Online is a fantastic resource for parents that you might not know about. You’ll find tons of your kid’s favorite picture books brought to life with cool animation and celebrity guest appearances. Related: A new chat-style app that might just get your kids reading more Each of these 12-or-so minute long videos feature names like James Earl Jones, Betty White, and Lily Tomlin (and lots more) reading the book...

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3 helpful group gift websites that make the process so much easier

We’re coming up end-of-the-year gifts for teachers, grads, and coaches over the next month, plus Father’s Day, which often means lots of group gifts. And as you might have experienced, chasing people down and keeping track of everyone’s money (all year long) can be a huge pain. But this is the 21st century! You can do this all digitally now! Here, 3 group gift websites that might just help you put the joy back into the giving. At least, the kind that involves lots of different people.   Related: The best teacher gift ideas, from people who actually know: teachers!...

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Free Valentine’s Day e-cards from the New York Public Library. Because books are hot.

These free Valentine’s Day e-cards from the New York Public Library (NYPL) gave us a little chuckle this morning, so we just had to share the love so you could share it too. Just head over to the NYPL website and create one of your own for your special book-loving someone. I’m giggling over “Check Me Out” (heh, get it?) and “Talk Wordy to Me.” Hey, they’re no Valentine’s Day emoji messages (ahem, cough), but they’re pretty funny nonetheless. And hey while you’re there and if you feel so inclined, you can give a little donation love to the...

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Meet STEM Club: The new STEM gift subscription for kids from Amazon

It’s no surprise that Amazon has jumped on the STEM for kids bandwagon given its popularity as of late (and hey, hooray for that). Back in 2015, they launched their STEM toys and games shop, and now, they’ve got STEM Club, a gift subscription service for kids, which might just be a smart way to get friends and family to gift your kids cool educational toys. Shoppers simply pick an age range, then the first gift hits their mailbox in under a week, all for $19.99/month and free shipping, which is a pretty affordable gift idea on its own, though pricey depending on how...

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A cool online resource for teaching kids about the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

I was so thrilled to discover this resource guide from the Library of Congress that’s full of a variety of primary source materials that document the U.S. Presidential Inaugurations through our country’s history. It’s such a fantastic wealth of information to help you talk to your kids about this important day. You’ll find information on every single President, including interesting factoids and trivia, plus images of everything from their inaugural address to photos of their procession, to newspaper clippings and lots more. That’s Abraham Lincoln’s actual inaugural address (below) And that’s Teddy Roosevelt taking the oath (top).   You don’t...

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How to explain the the U.S. election to kids

We’re always thankful for resources that help make sense of tricky topics for our kids, like today’s election. Even if you really paid attention in history, the Electoral College can be confusing. So, if you’re looking for ways to explain the U.S. election to your kids today, check these out. Related: Election Day 2016 – Everything you need to know This Ted Ed video about the Electoral College is from the 2012 election, but all the information still applies. With simple language and fun graphics, kids will be entertained while they’re learning why states like Texas, California, and New York...

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3 of the best websites for gorgeous online party invitation for your kids.

We recently shared tips for throwing a birthday party on a budget at Cool Mom Picks, and one of our favorite tricks is to use online invitations for the party. Not only does it save you a lot of money, but it makes tracking so much easier, from who’s coming to what they’re bringing. And better, you can easily send updates on party info down to the last minute. When I’m hosting a party, I turn to these great online invitations sites first. From their top-notch designs to the extra special features to help you manage your party, these have made my life so much easier. Related: Emily...

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Should you trust Amazon product reviews? ReviewMeta to the rescue.

We know that as much as you rely on Cool Mom Tech (and Cool Mom Picks) for product recommendations (right?), we pretty much all still check Amazon reviews before we make a purchase. But as you can probably guess, for many products, the reviews aren’t super reliable. That’s why we we’re loving ReviewMeta. Related: 3 smart ways to save money shopping online This cool site actually checks the reliability of an Amazon.com using their special algorithm. You simply input the url, then they check various data points to provide the reviews with a report card. I decided to give it...

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2 of the best baby naming websites we trust to help us pick the perfect one

Choosing your baby’s name is serious business. You want one that will be meaningful but not cheesy, unique but not weird, and cool but not a passing fad. No pressure, right? Well, here are 2 of the best baby naming websites that were huge helps to us when we were choosing names for our kids. These sites provide insight into how names are perceived, famous (or infamous) people with the same name, and all the data you could hope for on name popularity. Once you’re armed with these baby naming websites, you’ll have that perfect name picked in no time. But,...

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