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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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Parents: You Can Help Kids Math Using Modular Origami

Parents: You Can Help Kids Math Using Modular Origami | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Origami math gives spatially gifted students a chance to shine, it helps students follow directions, and it’s a fun way to reinforce geometry terms and concepts.
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The Definitive Guide to Saying Hello to (Almost) Everyone

The Definitive Guide to Saying Hello to (Almost) Everyone | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Handshakes, fist bumps, high fives and kisses. Our guide to greetings and small talk in different countries.

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, November 13, 2015 1:32 PM

A great post from Babbel's Ed Wood about greetings in various countries. If a first impression counts - then this is a must-read!

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Are the new Amazon and Netflix kids shows any good?

Are the new Amazon and Netflix kids shows any good? | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

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I was recently on a plane, sitting next to two young kids. They looked to be about three and six years old. Soon after we all got settled into our seats, their mom handed each of them a tablet. The kids plugged in their headphones and were mesmerized for much of the nearly two-hour plane [...]

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The Importance of Household Chores

The Importance of Household Chores | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

By Jessica Lahey, PBS Parents

 

The key to successfully instilling a sense of responsibility and pride, and helping children understand that they have a role to play in the family dynamic, is to start young.

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Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies

Laura Schulz: The surprisingly logical minds of babies | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
How do babies learn so much from so little so quickly? In a fun, experiment-filled talk, cognitive scientist Laura Schulz shows how our young ones make decisions with a surprisingly strong sense of logic, well before they can talk.
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17 Kid Apps That Will Make Memorial Day Travel Less Painful

17 Kid Apps That Will Make Memorial Day Travel Less Painful | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
If you're about to hit the road for Memorial Day, forget for 72 hours whatever your home screen time policy is — the open road is like international waters and normal rules don't apply.
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Fantasy Football as a Learning Game

Fantasy Football as a Learning Game | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
A teacher finds motivation in using Fantasy Football as a way to teach geopolitics. The most popular country to the students? Djibouti. But that changed once they got serious.
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10 best apps for kids encouraging real-world play and exploration

10 best apps for kids encouraging real-world play and exploration | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Stuart Dredge, The Guardian

 

From stargazing and Gruffalo-spotting to filmmaking and papercrafting, these apps get children looking up from their screens

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How Visual Thinking Improves Writing

How Visual Thinking Improves Writing | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
“You have no power when you are a kid, but when you are telling stories you have incredible power. Kids get that.” 
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This Game Turns Google Autocomplete Into A Game Of Family Feud

This Game Turns Google Autocomplete Into A Game Of Family Feud | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Damn, this is more fun than I would've expected. Do you ever type things into Google just to see what whacky stuff pops up in the autocomplete box?..
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YouTube is launching an Android app for children

YouTube will release a new app designed for kids on Monday, the Google-owned video service has confirmed to The Verge. The app — called YouTube Kids — will reportedly offer original episodes of TV...
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Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own

Study Finds Reading to Children of All Ages Grooms Them to Read More on Their Own | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Motoko Rich, New York Times

 

A study by Scholastic points to ways that parents can encourage kids to read for fun.

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50 Apps All Kids Should Play At Least Once

50 Apps All Kids Should Play At Least Once | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media editors help you choose 50 Apps All Kids Should Play At Least Once. Like highly acclaimed movies and books, these apps are just too good to miss.
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Guide to Online Services For Parents And Kids | DigitalCitiZENship

Guide to Online Services For Parents And Kids | DigitalCitiZENship | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
GUIDE TO ONLINE SERVICES
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) guide to online services aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.
 

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Parents, if you want an index of the social network options kids could be using, this site is useful.

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GUIDE TO ONLINE SERVICES
The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) guide to online services aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, December 3, 2015 11:14 AM

Thanks to @Gust MEES for sharing this resource.  I believe this is a great option that schools should be providing parents that have students actively using these or similar sites.  The more parents understand the better chances for collaboration among them and respect for educational use. 

Veronica Newton's curator insight, December 8, 2015 8:32 PM
'The Better Internet for Kids (BIK) guide to online services aims to provide key information about some of the most popular apps, social networking sites and other platforms which are commonly being used by children and young people (and adults) today.'

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Parents: Reject Technology Shame

Parents: Reject Technology Shame | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The advantages of helping kids learn to navigate the digital world, rather than shielding them from it

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The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2015

The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2015 | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The Most Anticipated Children’s and YA Books of Fall 2015
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10 + 1 Picture Books that Spark Creativity

10 + 1 Picture Books that Spark Creativity | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
It is well-known that picture books are my favorite secret weapon when it comes to teaching pretty much anything.  Within the pages of these incredible books we can find the courage to be better, t...
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10 educational games that could change how your child learns | Deseret News National

10 educational games that could change how your child learns | Deseret News National | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children

No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Programming for young children gets pared down to its analog basics in several board games that teach sequences of commands.
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How gaming can motivate you - MyGaming

How gaming can motivate you - MyGaming | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Walk through any public area and you’ll see people glued to their phones, playing mobile games like Game of War and Candy Crush Saga

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Peter Rettig's curator insight, March 24, 2015 6:42 AM

If we just could develop language games that are as compelling....

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What parents can do at home to prepare their children to read | Deseret News National

What parents can do at home to prepare their children to read | Deseret News National | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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A First-Time Parent's Guide to Digital Life

A First-Time Parent's Guide to Digital Life | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. From posting baby pics online to handing over the iPad, digital life with baby is a whole new ball game. Your modern parenting questions answered.
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HOW TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR YOUR CHILD’S VOCABULARY GROWTH

HOW TO LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR YOUR CHILD’S VOCABULARY GROWTH | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

To help your baby develop a large vocabulary — to give her the tools she’ll need to read, comprehend, and make sense of the world — it’s not just talk that’s important. It’s conversation.

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Five things Minecraft teaches kids

Five things Minecraft teaches kids | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The popular build-and-survive video game Minecraft could very well be the most surprising tech success of this decade. Created in 2009 by programmer Markus "Notch" Persson, expanded by a small team, and
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Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago

Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Even at times when discrimination was much more common, catalogs contained more neutral appeals than advertisements today.
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