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One Laptop Per Child's XO-4 Touch 'expected' to be released in Q1 2013

One Laptop Per Child's  XO-4 Touch 'expected' to be released in Q1 2013 | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
One Laptop Per Child hasn't exactly been silent about the upcoming release of its XO Touch, but details have thus far been fairly...
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Learn How to Type Faster. 20 Touch Typing Tips and Techniques for Kids

Learn How to Type Faster. 20 Touch Typing Tips and Techniques for Kids | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Get to know how to learn touch typing and start to type faster. Sitting posture, home row position and fingers motion, keyboarding tips, learning process and more.
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Best-Selling Engineering Toy For Girls Announces Sequel

Best-Selling Engineering Toy For Girls Announces Sequel | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

Engineer turned toy-maker Debbie Sterling has just announced a second addition to her bestselling educational playset, GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine.

Called GoldieBlox and the Parade Float, this new storybook and building kit introduces girls ages 4 to 9 to the wheel-and-axle concept of engineering, plus Goldie’s new friend, Ruby Rails. 

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Teach kids programming

Teach kids programming | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

I’ve been gathering the best resources to teach children & teens programming — books, environments, apps, courseware and games.

These resources are meant for teachers and parents who want to have their children fall in love with computers and see the magic of programming.

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Arduino for Kids | LegoDuino

Arduino for Kids | LegoDuino | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

 I wanted to create a kids friendly micro controller. Something he could create the most amazing things with. I made a list of requirements:

one self contained blockit must be easy to use in something my son can build.ports must connect to all kinds of IO (leds, sensors, motors, servo's…)connecting to the IO ports must always be correct (i.e. reversal of the connector must be impossible or no problem)my son must be able to program it himself

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Google Is Starting War On Child Pornography, Not Ending

Google Is Starting War On Child Pornography, Not Ending | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Claims that Google and other search engines will be ending child pornography on the Web are sadly overhyped.
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Build a Pulse Sensor Pendant

Build a Pulse Sensor Pendant | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

In Super Awesome Sylvia’s latest video, she walks through a build for an Arduino-powered Pulse Sensor pendant necklace. The sensor attaches to your ear and is connected to a pendant around your neck. The LEDs on the pendant blink in pace with your heart. In addition to step-by-step directions for the project, Sylvia offers a short lesson in cardiology 101.

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Teens & Facebook Relationship Status: It's Complicated

Teens & Facebook Relationship Status: It's Complicated | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
A Pew Research report on teens and social media last week launched the tech blogosphere into a giddy, frenzied panic: Teens are "abandoning" Facebook. This is a misinterpretation of what the report's data really shows.
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An Arduino-based robot for people who don’t know how to build robots

An Arduino-based robot for people who don’t know how to build robots | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
"Sparki" ideal for teaching kids (or adults) how to program robots.
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Hopscotch App Aims To Get Both Girls And Boys Interested In Programming

Hopscotch App Aims To Get Both Girls And Boys Interested In Programming | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

Learning to program can sound like a daunting task even for well-educated adults, much less a kid. But the makers of Hopscotch think it’s easy enough for an eight-year-old, given the right interface.

Hopscotch is the first iPad app designed to teach kids how to code. The free app lets budding programmers plan and code their own projects. The beta version of the app launched in Apple's App Store Tuesday.

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I am always on the lookout for ways to interest students in programming.

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InnoTab2 vs LeapPad2: Which One is the Best?

InnoTab2 vs LeapPad2: Which One is the Best? | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
When it comes to PC tablets for kids there are two serious contenders that most parents struggle with: InnoTab Vs LeapPad. But which one has the edge?
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FTC introduces changes to Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, parental permission now required to collect information

FTC introduces changes to Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, parental permission now required to collect information | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (or COPPA) was first introduced back in 1998, but you don't have to look very far to realize the internet
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Adafruit to Teach Electronics Through Puppets in New Kids' Show

Adafruit to Teach Electronics Through Puppets in New Kids' Show | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Adafruit, the electronics kit retailer and promoter of hobbyist engineering, is making a move to teach electronics to a younger demographic. So young that they're enlisting the help of puppets.
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SuperPop Project develops game for children with motor skills impairments, aided by Microsoft\'s Kinect (video)

SuperPop Project develops game for children with motor skills impairments, aided by Microsoft\'s Kinect (video) | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
The tools available to therapists tasked with helping children with motor skills impairments improve their range of motion are definitely helpful. But
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Your Child Already Knows How To Program This Robot

Your Child Already Knows How To Program This Robot | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

Your average five-year-old doesn’t know how to program. But she can probably sing songs, tell stories, and even make up her own stories and songs. According to Vikas Gupta, founder and CEO of Play-i, these skills are all a child needs to program and operate a robot.

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This puppet keeps you in touch with your kids

This puppet keeps you in touch with your kids | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

The puppet is a simple toy, but with a magic soul inside. It is composed by two different technologies which make it interactive: the first is on the puppet itself, a special coating fabric allowing the communication between the puppet and the screen; the second is internal to the puppet, a microcontroller which commands the light inside the puppet.

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Combat Kids' Summer Boredom With Maker Camp

Combat Kids' Summer Boredom With Maker Camp | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

Are the doldrums setting in on your family's summer vacation? Chase that naughty boredom away with a free online summer camp that will get kids doing and learning at the same time.

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Making Arduino-based toys for toddlers

Making Arduino-based toys for toddlers | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

 made this toy for my nephew's 1st birthday. It teaches babies that an input into a computer causes a certain output.

It has three different inputs and three different outputs designed to engage, develop the mind, and be fun!

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An alphabet book for smart toddlers

An alphabet book for smart toddlers | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

My Little Geek is an ABC book all about geekdom. Imagine the joy of hearing your two year old chatting away about his holographic ninja or time traveling joystick. From Android to Zombie, this educational book will keep the little ones and parents entertained all night long.

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Why Programming Is The Core Skill Of The 21st Century

In the 20th Century, meaningful education was all about learning your ABCs. Today, it's centered on Alphas, Betas and C++.

Programming skills are becoming ever more important, quickly turning into thecore competency for all kinds of 21st Century workers. That inescapable fact is leading individuals to seek out new ways of learning to code, startups and non-profits to find ways to help them and businesses to search for innovative approaches to finding the coders they so desperately need.

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Kinect for Xbox One in action

Kareem Choudhry, development manager for Microsoft's Kinect, shows off new ways the Xbox One will track the user's body, including infrared imaging, face rec...
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The new Kynect seems to have an incredible resolution and response time. This should really make it awsome for many games.

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Kodable Teaches Kids To Code Before They Learn To Read

Kodable Teaches Kids To Code Before They Learn To Read | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
Kindergarten is a recommended time for kids to learn a second language. Kodable sees no reason it shouldn't be a computer language.
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Ask Wildby!

Ask Wildby! | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it

Endless questions from your child? The world's largest fun, talking and listening encyclopedia for kids... in your pocket! Wildby answers your kid's never ending questions!

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Students compete with robots made from LEGO blocks

Students compete with robots made from LEGO blocks | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
When first-year science teacher Luke Maloney decided to start a FIRST Lego League Robotics team at Oakbrook Preparatory School, all he had to say was “Legos” and “robotics.”
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Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Tablets For Kids

Last-Minute Gift Ideas: Tablets For Kids | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
One of the biggest questions tech-savvy parents must contend with when it comes to tablets for their kids is this: do I really want to give my precious wee one a really expensive piece metal and glass?
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With Growth Of 'Hacker Scouting,' More Kids Learn To Tinker

With Growth Of 'Hacker Scouting,' More Kids Learn To Tinker | Kids-friendly technologies | Scoop.it
With the rise of the do-it-yourself movement, more groups are springing up to encourage kids to link crafts and science.
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