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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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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


Via Dr. Joan McGettigan
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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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What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight

What Kids Can Learn From A Water Balloon Fight | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Anya Kamenetz, NPR

 

Rough-and-tumble play is a vital part of growing up ... and a really fun part of parenting.

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The Importance Of Being Fluent In The Language Of Texting

The Importance Of Being Fluent In The Language Of Texting | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Peggy Drexler, Forbes

 

Can we tlk? On the eve of the Battle of Bull Run, Major Sullivan Ballou of the 2nd Rhode Island Volunteers wrote to his wife about his fears of dying (justified as things turned out) in the coming battle. “I shall always be near you; in the brightest day and in the [...]

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The Crayola color wheel has 19 different kinds of blue

The Crayola color wheel has 19 different kinds of blue | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Libby Nelson, Vox

 

The crayon company has gotten better and better at finding minute variations on colors.

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Parents: Less Rigid Lifestyles for Children May Improve Executive Functioning.

Parents: Less Rigid Lifestyles for Children May Improve Executive Functioning. | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Thomas Carannante, Science World Report

 

As opposed to keeping children immersed in a strictly scheduled day that includes school, sports, music lessons, and tutoring, parents should try encouraging their children to involve themselves in less structured activities that promote self-exploration.

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10 New Playlists for Exploring Future Careers

10 New Playlists for Exploring Future Careers | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

We know you want your children to leave school ready to succeed in college and beyond. Here at PowerMyLearning, we are on the same page.

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These are cool game playlists!

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What every parent needs to know about video games: a crash course

What every parent needs to know about video games: a crash course | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Keith Stuart, The Guardian

 

Children of all ages are spending hours every day playing videos games, yet many parents struggle to understand why. Here's our essential guide. By Keith Stuart

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The Reasons Why Bilingual Parents Should Raise their kids to be Bilingual

The Reasons Why Bilingual Parents Should Raise their kids to be Bilingual | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Judy Willis, Parent Toolkit, NBC Education Nation

 

Across the country, many children are being raised bilingually, and research shows that being bilingual can be beneficial for children. It leads to increased activity in the area of the brain that controls impulses, decision making, and self-awareness.

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Parents need to help their children get over math anxiety

Parents need to help their children get over math anxiety | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

Kelly ST John Regier, OC Register


You know what it is, that paralyzing panic when the clock starts ticking during a timed multiplication test. Or that feeling of helplessness that you may never understand algebra or trigonometry.Math anxiety.

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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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New guidelines from pediatricians: Read to your babies

New guidelines from pediatricians: Read to your babies | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Amy Joyce, Washington Post

 

The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending pediatricians advise parents to start reading to kids from birth. Scholastic will donate 500,000 books to low income families to help.

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Explained: How does a soccer ball swerve?

Explained: How does a soccer ball swerve? | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Peter Dizikes, MIT News

 

The smoothness of a ball’s surface — in addition to playing technique — is a critical factor.

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You must be hearing, or thinking yourself, "How can they bend the soccer ball like that?"  Read this, and answer the question.  OR, just send this link!

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Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School

Why Free Play Is the Best Summer School | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Jessica Lahey, The Atlantic

 

The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. 

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This is at the heart of informal learning, what this ScoopIt topic is all about.

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Daily media habits of US kids graduating high school now

Daily media habits of US kids graduating high school now | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
7,000 high school seniors in the United States were asked by Niche about the apps and services they use.The big winners in video are YouTube (with 55% of them using it daily), iTunes (32%), and Netflix (29%). Hulu (4%) and Amazon Prime Inst...
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Looking at Link Between Violent Video Games and Lack of Empathy

Looking at Link Between Violent Video Games and Lack of Empathy | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Nick Bilton, New York Times

 

As video games become more realistic, new studies have found a connection between extensive exposure and muted responses to actual suffering.

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Educators from around the country share their favorite educational apps.
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Good for parents to be familiar with these.  Good resource for summer days.

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25 Books That Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists This Summer

25 Books That Diversify Kids’ Reading Lists This Summer | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Aly Seidel, Mind/Shift

 

In children's books, it can be easier to find talking pandas than characters of color. Here are 25 books with minority characters and authors to help diversify summer reading.

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Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games

Three Awesome Games That Help Kids Make Games | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Tanner Higgin, Mind/Shift

 

Summer break presents the perfect opportunity for students to dig into games and build skills that'll reap huge rewards when they return in the fall. Game making can be one of the best ways to get students thinking creatively while cultivating useful technical literacies, and there's a ton of absorbing tools that students won't tire of over the long break. 

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