Tag: school

Web Coolness: Instagram albums, women in STEM art prints, and why you should skip email in the morning

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   We are loving these awesome women in STEM art prints. Room service robots! Why you should skip reading email in the morning. (But oof, tough habit to break for some of us) In case you missed the Women of NASA LEGO set that’s been blowing up the Internet. This adorable 3rd grader is in the National Google Doodle competition, and he wants your vote. If your favorite kitchen gadget is the Instant Pot, you’ll want...

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8 of the best reading apps for older kids: Back to School Tech Guide 2015

It may sound a tad hokey, but reading really is fundamental to school and life in general, which is why we’ve worked hard to put together 8 of the very best reading apps for older kids as part of our Back to School Tech Guide 2015. Whether you have an older grade-schooler who’s more likely to pick up a tablet to read a book that’s not required for class or a teen who is deep into dystopia and the race to save the most fictional of worlds, we hope that one of these smart, entertaining, and educational apps has your own...

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A new educational YouTube channel for kids gives them a crash course in tough subjects

As a homeschooling parent of three, my older kids and I are big fans of the Crash Course educational video series on YouTube which has helped my teens learn more about complex subjects like molecules and the French Revolution. But I’ve found that these fast-talking, info-packed tutorials can be a bit much for my fourth grader to digest. So, I’m thrilled to learn that a new series, Crash Course Kids, has just been launched with the aim of educating younger kids too. Related: 6 of the best educational videos and channels on YouTube for kids Crash Course Kids plans to launch two new...

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Metamorphabet spells a good time for kids

I’ve always been partial to kids’ apps that play around with words and letters. They just feel like good, clean fun. And after trying out the new Metamorphabet app, I have just three words, ten letters: So. Much. Fun. The idea is simple, but super cute and playful. With a touch of your finger, each letter of the alphabet is metamorphosed (get it?) into a short series of fun interactive vignettes. The letter B grows hair at its base and becomes a beard. Another tap of the screen, and a yellow beak juts out from the top loop.  Keep tapping to see the...

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Web coolness: Hot tech for parents from CES, scary new Instagram trend, and inbox zero trick that really works

We rounded up some of our favorite tech links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.   One of our first CES 2015 picks is an awesome new family phone that lets you ditch your landline. Stay tuned for more! Speaking of CES: So many cool smart home gadgets at CES this year, but what about security? Interesting read. Big changes to NYC public schools regarding cell phone use. Will your school be next? A scary new Instagram trend that parents should know about. Getting your tech organized for 2015?...

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Sprigeo Online Reporting System: Report bullying anonymously thanks to tech

Bullying is an issue that’s getting so much attention these days–and yet, it’s still a big problem. While we’re glad to see schools, parents, and kids tackling bullying head on, it can still be pretty scary for kids to report incidents, whether they’re the victim or a bystander. But the new Sprigeo online reporting system could help make reporting bullying easier on everyone. It’s estimated that 160,000 kids skip school every day because of bullying (whoa), and this sad statistic led Sprigeo’s founders to create an online system that not only offers anonymous, detailed reporting, but accountability and analytics too. Kids or teachers,...

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How to save your lunch with science!

Whether it’s the mean kid on the school bus who’s constantly trying to snag your kid’s cookies (I’m watching you, Logan!) or the office lunch thief who’s never been caught, the average lunch box isn’t up to the job of keeping out creeping hands. Science to the rescue! This Geeky Chemistry Lunch Bag is made of neoprene with a waterproof lining and could possibly hold a dangerous and highly explosive mixture of Luteinum, Nitrogen, Carbon, and Hydrogen. With such a threatening mix of chemicals on the front, it can’t just harbor a delicious sandwich and an apple. If the intimidation factor of dangerous chemicals...

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Communicating with your child’s teacher and class without mass email chains? Thank you, Remind app.

With back to school officially here, I cannot tell you how much I love the benefits of organization and communication apps for parents and teachers. They really do make life so much easier. Well, I’ve just discovered another tech tool that’s going to make communicating with your child’s teacher so simple and hassle-free —Remin app’s text messaging service. Why? Because you’ll never have to get another group text to your entire kid’s class again. Whoo!   Your child’s teacher will register set up a group at Remind (formerly Remind101 by the way), and then students and parents can easily connect to the class’s list when the teacher shares a website link or QR code...

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12 of the best educational apps for preschoolers: Back to School Tech Guide 2014

We’re so happy to kick off our 2014 back to school tech guide with one of our favorite, and most requested categories: The best educational apps for preschoolers. Now just because your little one isn’t in official Big Kid school yet doesn’t mean they can’t get in on the fun of cool, educational apps.There are tons of preschool apps out there from which to choose. The thing is, some of them are meh at best. They might be high on design quality, but way low on educational content. Or really knocking it out of the park with the learning...

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Lyka’s Adventure apps and toys brings earth science to life for kids in the most fun way

We are so excited about the range of science and technology toys that are being created for our kids these days. I love that my kids are using their minds while they play, learning the whole time without realizing it, and the newest player hoping to make it into this game is the Lyka’s Adventure, currently an IndieGoGo campaign aiming to bring plush robot Lyka and her array of science and environment focused activities to market. I am intrigued that the brand, created by a really really impressive roster of developers, filmmakers and Ivy League educators, aims to bring books, toys, apps, and...

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