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Introducing Mozilla Webmaker badges

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The Mozilla Blog

 

A new way to teach, learn and get credentials for digital skills

 

Mozilla’s new Webmaker program makes it easy for anyone to make something amazing on the web, learning skills as they go. Now with Mozilla Webmaker badges, they can earn recognition and public proof for those skills as well.

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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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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, 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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Study: Less-Structured Time Correlates to Kids' Success

Study: Less-Structured Time Correlates to Kids' Success | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Hanah Goldberg, Time

 

Research found that young children who spend more time engaging in more open-ended, free-flowing activities display higher levels of executive functioning, and vice versa

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'Elephant Moms' vs. 'Tiger Moms': The Case for Coddling Your Kid

'Elephant Moms' vs. 'Tiger Moms': The Case for Coddling Your Kid | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
There are benefits to privileging gentleness over high standards.
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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
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Turning 3-Year-Olds Into Scientists

Turning 3-Year-Olds Into Scientists | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Alexandra Ossola, The Atlantic

 

They may not be doing algebra, but pre-K kids can master scientific concepts that will make a big difference later on.

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Play, Informal Learning Cultivate Kids' Interest in STEM

Play, Informal Learning Cultivate Kids' Interest in STEM | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Ben Rosner , Scientific American

 

...Professor Jordan Ellenberg of the University of Wisconsin created a game he calls “the mystery number” that helped his son learn, and ultimately love, another type of language: math. He describes how he would ask his son questions like, “What is the mystery number that totals 29 if one multiplies it by two and adds seven?” When we were eight, his son and I shared more than an age; we shared an unquenchable desire to play and, by playing, to learn.

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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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Books That Teach Empathy

Books That Teach Empathy | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media editors help you choose Books That Teach Empathy. Help kids learn the importance of caring for others.
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Why does physical activity during childhood matter?

Most scientific research on the topic of physical inactivity has focused on the consequences of physical inactivity for physical health, with significant attention to obesity and medical conditions such as diabetes. 'The Relation of Childhood Physical Activity to Brain Health, Cognition, and Scholastic Achievement' (Charles Hillman and colleagues, University of Illinois; Society for Research in Child Development), provides compelling new data on the consequences of physical inactivity for neural
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Fun Family-Centered Activities for School Break

Fun Family-Centered Activities for School Break | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Between work and school, families don’t get to spend a lot of quality time together during the week. However, during school break, school is removed from the equation, opening up a bit more free time and giving families a chance to slow down and enjoy each other’s company.
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Fast-paced video games improve learning ability, study shows - Telegraph

Fast-paced video games improve learning ability, study shows - Telegraph | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it
Researchers say action games such as Call of Duty increase our ability to quickly learn new motor skills
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How to use science to win at rock-paper-scissors

How to use science to win at rock-paper-scissors | Informal Learning: What Parents Need to Know | Scoop.it

by Joseph Stromberg, Vox

 

Exploit human psychological tendencies to increase your chance of winning

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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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