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Can Girls' Building Toys Improve Math Skills?

Can Girls' Building Toys Improve Math Skills? | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Construction toys for girls, once a well-intentioned but unsuccessful part of the toy market, are blossoming.
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Girls build! Many construction toys appeal to girls with storylines and role-playing type building sets. "You can't just shrink and it and pink it" when it comes to products, but provide toys to engage girls in how they play. Can these toys encourage girls in engineering fields?

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On Display at CES, Tech Ideas in Their Awkward Adolescence

On Display at CES, Tech Ideas in Their Awkward Adolescence | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Plenty of groundbreaking technologies are in the works, but in the meantime, expect to be bombarded with early, clumsy versions of tomorrow’s tech.
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Tomorrow's tech may not have been ready at #CES2016

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Why stores are ditching toys' gender labels

Why stores are ditching toys' gender labels | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Remember when Target announced it was phasing out gender-based signs in some departments? Despite some criticism, the big box retailer has been quick to act on its pledge.
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Great article on the world of play and how it may impact childhood development and the importance for kids to experience all types of play. #genderbasedtoys

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New Approaches Add a Tactile Dimension to Digital Learning (EdSurge News)

New Approaches Add a Tactile Dimension to Digital Learning (EdSurge News) | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Do you remember where you were when the iPad first came out? If you’re like most people, chances are you don’t remember it as vividly as the first iPhone release.Me, though? I was ecstatic. It was 2010, and I had just begun my doctorate in Cognitive Studies in Education at Teachers College, Columbia
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50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning In 2015

50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning In 2015 | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
50 Of The Best Video Games For Learning In 2015

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Discover The Genius of Play

Discover The Genius of Play | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Research has shown that play is more than just fun and games. It's a critical component in childhood development.
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Rise of the (Toy) Machines: Meccano’s Meccanoid Robot Is Built From an Erector Set

Rise of the (Toy) Machines: Meccano’s Meccanoid Robot Is Built From an Erector Set | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
With the Meccano Meccanoid, the classic Erector set evolves into an arm-waving, fast-talking, programmable robot for children.
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Well-Played | Gifts & Dec

Well-Played | Gifts & Dec | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Tis that time of year when families across the country hunker down at home and make a point of spending quality time together. Whether it’s during the holiday rush or aft er the New Year settles in, it seems a good board game is always in season. And thanks to a new movement in gaming design, there are plenty of options that appeal to kids and adults alike.
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MarketResearch.com: 42% of Shoppers Will Buy Toys as Gifts During 2014 Holiday Season, According to NRF | SYS-CON MEDIA

MarketResearch.com: 42% of Shoppers Will Buy Toys as Gifts During 2014 Holiday Season, According to NRF | SYS-CON MEDIA | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
SYS-CON Media, NJ, The world's leading i-technology media company on breaking technology news.
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Discover The Genius of Play

Discover The Genius of Play | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Research has shown that play is more than just fun and games. It's a critical component in childhood development.
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Female Empowerment in Ads: Soft Feminism or Soft Soap?

Female Empowerment in Ads: Soft Feminism or Soft Soap? | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Female empowerment is the hot trend as brands from Pantene to Verizon pitch girls power. But are these ads culture-changing or simply "pinkwashing"?
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Go Go Sports Girls and GoldieBlox are two toy lines that empower girls.

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How to solve the great edtech challenge | Pearson Blog

How to solve the great edtech challenge | Pearson Blog | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
The official Pearson blog.
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This is the second machine age.

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and...

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Dozens of Online Games and Quizzes About Grammar

Dozens of Online Games and Quizzes About Grammar | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Road to Grammar is a free resource featuring quizzes, games, and lessons for English language learners. Visitors to Road to Grammar will find grammar quizzes. Most of the quizzes provide students with instant feedback.

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Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom

Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
After focusing on raising test scores in math and reading, more school districts are embracing play as a bedrock of early education.
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Kids learn through playing.

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30 Killer Resources For Gamifying eLearning - eLearning Industry

30 Killer Resources For Gamifying eLearning - eLearning Industry | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
There are loads of great resources available to help you design really Killer Gamified eLearning. Check 30 Killer Resources For Gamifying eLearning.

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Toy Fair 2015: Brand mashups, smart toys and indie innovation

Toy Fair 2015: Brand mashups, smart toys and indie innovation | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
From creative business alliances to taking something old and making it new, 360KID CEO Scott Traylor shares the notable trends and tech toys from this year's Toy Fair, as well as the non-tech toys that caught his eye.
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GoldieBlox Tries to Prove Itself — This Time Without the Beastie Boys

GoldieBlox Tries to Prove Itself — This Time Without the Beastie Boys | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
The toy company hopes its new video can build it up from a small start-up.
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How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
After a decade-long slump, Lego has rebuilt itself into a global juggernaut. An exclusive look inside the company's top-secret Future Lab.
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A Review of Digital Technology for Children

A Review of Digital Technology for Children | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Gadgets available for younger users include a multifunction watch, video game and toy combinations, tablets and a toy that delivers voice messages.
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Designing Games That Are Educational Works of Art

Designing Games That Are Educational Works of Art | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Artist and designer Alex Wolf believes games can and should be works of art that bring science to life for children.
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Traditional Toys Add Digital Apps for Children Who Learned to Play on Tablets

Traditional Toys Add Digital Apps for Children Who Learned to Play on Tablets | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Barbie, Nerf, Lego say the right mix of digital and real-world play is to give equal weight to each.
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A toy combined with an app can help get kids away from spending all of their play time on a screen. The challenge is to create a fun, engaging play experience for kids.

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The 75-Year Saga Behind a Game That Teaches Preschoolers to Code | Enterprise | WIRED

The 75-Year Saga Behind a Game That Teaches Preschoolers to Code | Enterprise | WIRED | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
Next month, if you walk into any Target store across the country, browsing one of the main hubs of mass American consumerism, you’ll find a board game that teaches the fundamentals of computer programming to preschoolers. It’s called Robot Turtles. To play, you spread toy turtles across a grid—among various boxes, brick walls, and ice…
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Sylvan wants to reach kids through new mobile network

Sylvan wants to reach kids through new mobile network | Learning is Fun and Games | Scoop.it
US-based tutoring service Sylvan Learning is marking its presence in the mobile space by tapping tech company Fingerprint to create SylvanPlay, an educational mobile games network consisting of eight educational apps for kids.
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