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Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know
Parents oversee their kids informal learning time (whether they know it or not.) Get smarter about the theories, resources, and digital technologies impacting kids' informal learning time.
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What's Informal Learning? Why Do Parents Need to Know About It?

What's Informal Learning? Why Do Parents Need to Know About It? | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ava Arsaga, Parent Cortical Mass

 

Formal learning is what takes place in schools; informal learning is what takes place the rest of the time. Teachers are in charge of formal learning; parents watch over informal learning. When you hear the concept of informal learning, you...

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Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Cory Turner, NPR

 

One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process while avoiding traditional screen-time pitfalls.

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If Your Kid Loves Temple Run, Angry Birds, or Cut the Rope …

If Your Kid Loves Temple Run, Angry Birds, or Cut the Rope … | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Discover even-better versions of your kids' favorite apps that amp up the learning.
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This Is How Google Recommends You Stay Safe Online - Infographic

This Is How Google Recommends You Stay Safe Online - Infographic | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The Internet can be a scary place. There are people on the web who are looking to take advantage of you for their own personal gain. There. I said it. These people are likely looking to confuse or convince you that they are someone you should be sharing important information with. In an effort to …

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Philippe Morelle's curator insight, October 1, 3:01 AM

Le guide de votre survie numérique vu par Google.

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Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by John Rogers, Associated Press

 

Study: Playing music helps sharpen kids’ brains

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8 Great Games That Will Make Your Kids Smarter

8 Great Games That Will Make Your Kids Smarter | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Most educational games you find in the iTunes and Google Play stores barely earn a passing grade. But the following eight titles are a lock for the honor roll.
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How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids

How the Web Became Our ‘External Brain,’ and What It Means for Our Kids | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Michael Harris, Wired

 

Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world.

 


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Search YouTube for “baby” and “iPad” and you’ll find clips featuring one-year-olds attempting to manipulate magazine pages and television screens as though they were touch-sensitive displays. These children are one step away from assuming that such technology is a natural, spontaneous part of the material world.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/02/28/understanding-the-internet-a-different-approach/


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Perseid Meteor Shower May Be Best Viewed This Weekend

Perseid Meteor Shower May Be Best Viewed This Weekend | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
[International Business Times] Perseid meteor shower activity may peak Aug. 12-13 this year, but it might be best viewed around now because of the supermoon in August.
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Stop blaming black parents for underachieving kids

Stop blaming black parents for underachieving kids | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Andre M Perry, Washington Post

 

Improving black students' learning doesn't "start at home."

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22 Apps To Make Videos This Summer

22 Apps To Make Videos This Summer | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

22 Of The Newest--And Best--Apps To Make Videos In The Classroom


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 26, 11:04 AM

Are our students able to use these apps to make class videos?

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The Awesome Physics in a Simple Sparkler

The Awesome Physics in a Simple Sparkler | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Rhett Allain, Wired

 

Of course fireworks are popular in the USA around July 4th. But there is perhaps no simpler firework than the basic sparkler. The sparkler is usually some type of stick with a thick paste of a metallic fuel. When this fuel burns, it produces tiny glowing sparks that shoot off in all directions. Of course,…

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How to Trick Your Kids Into Reading All Summer Long

How to Trick Your Kids Into Reading All Summer Long | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Daniel Willingham, The Atlantic


Don't bother taking away the iPad or setting minimum page counts. Instead, find sneaky ways to leave your children alone with books—and then see what happens.

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Daniel Willingham has a great take on all things education.

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Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids?

Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids? | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Katrina Schwartz, Mind/Shift

 

The decline in time children have for free play could be tied to increased levels of depression and acute anxiety among young people.

 

Check out this TEDx talk for all the details on this fascinating area of research. 

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Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn't Constructive)

Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn't Constructive) | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, New York Times

 

In an attempt to make feedback palatable for children, we construct feedback sandwiches of critical meat between slices of fluffy and comforting praise.

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What the Marshmallow Test Really Teaches About Self-Control

What the Marshmallow Test Really Teaches About Self-Control | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jacoba Urist, The Atlantic

 

One of the most influential modern psychologists, Walter Mischel, addresses misconceptions about his study, and discusses how both adults and kids can master willpower.

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20 Reasons Your Preschooler Should Do Sports (That Have Nothing To Do With Learning Sports)

20 Reasons Your Preschooler Should Do Sports (That Have Nothing To Do With Learning Sports) | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
What if Johnny never learns how to do a cartwheel? Or if Janie never scores a goal? Would there still be any value in putting your preschooler in a sports readiness class? Yes, I say. Absolutely yes....
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Video game teaches kids how to code

Video game teaches kids how to code | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego have successfully funded on Kickstarter a new and improved version of CodeSpells, a first-person player game they developed that teaches players how to code.
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Who Stole the Cookie? A Quick Game of Deduction - GeekDad

Who Stole the Cookie? A Quick Game of Deduction - GeekDad | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Here's a brief break from my all-Kickstarter-all-the-time coverage for a cute little game about stolen cookies. Who Stole the Cookie? is a tiny game by Chris Castagnetto and Victory Point Games. The goal, of course, is to figure out where your cookies are. Continue reading →
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Picture books aren’t just fun: Moms are exposing toddlers to rich information about animals

Picture books aren’t just fun: Moms are exposing toddlers to rich information about animals | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
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Brains At Play

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by John Poole, NPR

 

Why do we humans like to play so much? Play sports, play tag, play the stock market, play duck, duck, goose? We love it all. And we're not the only ones.

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ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten

ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Alexandra Kahn, MIT News

 

With a new app, young children learn important skills as they program stories and games.

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Want teens to pay attention? Tell them they're being manipulated

Want teens to pay attention? Tell them they're being manipulated | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul, Hechinger Report

 

Many a parent and teacher has despaired over how easily young people’s attention is diverted, especially when they’re online. Stay focused! we urge them. Don’t let yourself get distracted! Our admonitions have little sway against the powerful temptations of the Internet. But there may be a better way to help teenagers resist the web’s lures: …

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Pack Your Bags for Summer Coding Camp

School’s out, and it’s time for summer camp! These days, kids aren’t restricted to making lanyards and playing capture the flag. (Not saying there's anything wrong with either of those.) Coding camps have been around since the ‘70s, but are quickly becoming more and more popular, as kids learn how t
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Google Launches Map-Based Quiz Game, Smarty Pins

Google Launches Map-Based Quiz Game, Smarty Pins | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Google unleashed a new map-based game called Smarty Pins (get it, Smarty Pins, oh Google). The game is a great way to remind yourself that you have no idea where... Keep reading →
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I'm a sucker for a trivia game, especially one that requires a map! Play this family game while preparing a meal, or after the meal, or during the meal. 

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Stop the Summer Slide with Educational Kid Apps

Stop the Summer Slide with Educational Kid Apps | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Melissa Taylor, Imagination Soup

 

Beat any boredom blues and keep your kids' minds engaged with educational (ipad) apps.

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Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education

Einstein on Fairy Tales and Education | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales

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