This website provides you with activities for kids.A year in review, 2008. (Kid pics, 33 of them) - FM Forums
These are hilarious, and some quite impressive. via dbeckerKidRex - Kid Safe Search
filtered for kids. Used google on backend
KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids! KidRex searches emphasize kid-related webpages and are powered by Google Custom Search and use Google SafeSearch technology. Google's SafeSearch screens for sites that contain explicit sexual content and deletes them from your child’s search results. Google's filter uses advanced technology to check keywords, phrases, and URLs. No filter is 100 percent accurate, but SafeSearch should eliminate most inappropriate material. In addition to Google SafeSearch, KidRex maintains its own database of inappropriate websites and keywords. KidRex researchers test KidRex daily, to insure that you and your child have the best web experience possible. We do our best to keep KidRex as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible, but inappropriate sites will sometimes slip through the cracks. If you find websites containing offensive content in your results, please visit our webpage removal request tool to tell us about the site you found.
Official Site. Fun and Safe Search for Kids, by Kids!
interested in this
Safe search for kids, by kids!The Official Flat Stanley Project
Take Flat Stanley everywhere and write about him.Top 10 Web 2.0 Tools for Young Learners : February 2009 : THE Journal
According to Lovely, and education technology consultant and speaker at the FETC 2009 conference in Orlando, FL in January, it was the recognition of those needs that led her to develop a "top 10 list" of go-to technology tools to help inspire young students and empower under-funded teachers. "The important thing to remember here," she said, "is that this isn't about simply providing you with 10 links. It's much more important to ask, 'What are you going to do with these things? How are you going to use these tools?' That's why we're here," she said. "So I can show you not only what's out there but also how other educators are using these resources to teach their students right now."
COOL TOOLS FOR THE KIDS
February 2009 : THE JournalTeaching kids how to write computer programs, by Marshall Brain
If you want to introduce your kids to programming, there are MANY different ways to do it. If you want to go down this road, Google is your friend. It is amazing how much stuff is out there. Just start looking, try different things with your kids, and see what works for you. It can be a lot of fun.Office of the Tooth Fairy
cutey pie webpage. tablezDad at 13 | Boy Alfie Patten, 13, becomes father of baby girl Maisie with girlfriend Chantelle Steadman, 15 | The Sun |News
this article is not only disturbing because he looks 8 and she looks 25, but because apparently all poor british slobs fuck like rabbits. the boy's dad has nine kids. the girl's dad (unemployed) has at least six.
What a shame. She at least might have had a better understanding of what the implications were, but he clearly wouldn't have had a clue at 12...
his name is alfie hahaLetters to God - FUnlimited
awwwwww lol funny kids letters to god
This is so cute and probably illegal.Letter Monsters - a set on Flickr
Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Show off your favorite photos and videos to the world, securely and privately show content to your friends and family, or blog the photos and videos you take with a cameraphone.
Letter Monsters - a set on FlickrYour Playground
Build your own virtual Chicago park playground. Leo Burnett and Domani Studios have launched a site that supports Allstate and the U.S. Olympic Committee's joint effort to create an Olympic bid for the city of Chicago. The two creative parties developed an interface that lets kids and adults alike build a virtual playground step-by-step using various accessories and colors. The site was initially conceived as a contest where the top vote-getter will have their design actually built within Jesse Owens Park on Chicago's South Side. While the winners won't be announced until March, the public can nonetheless view a gallery of entries for inspiration and try their hand at building a playground all their own
build a playground :-)Scotch/ Discovery Education Science Fair Central offers ideas for science fair projects and experiments for kids
over 100 project ideas, tips and tricks for creating a winning presentation, and even a project timeline that encourages students to plan backwards from the date of the Science fair
offers ideas for science fair projects and experiments for kidsTiny Art Director
In which toddlers are hilarious.
Nice little blog by an artistic directed by his young daughter, cute and funny and worth the read
Bill Zeman’s daughter is the Tiny Art Director. She tells him what to draw and then tells him just exactly how much she hates it. Bill has been recording her comments and posting them with his art since she was two and a half.
"I just want everyone to know that although she is a very outspoken critic of my artwork, my daughter is really a delightful and well behaved girl!"Physics Games - online physics-based games
This website provides ideas from a teacher, and they deal with projects to do in a Kindergarten classroom. Some of the items you can purchase, but I found the website interesting for ideas to use in a class.Pinky Dinky Doo
Games, videos, story podcasts and prntables. Pinky Dinky Doo harnesses the power of television, print, and interactive media to promote reading and imaginative storytelling.best of craigslist : Things my father taught me
There is a difference between an excuse and a reason, know the difference.
Moral lessonCalouste Gulbenkian Foundation | No Fear
No Fear argues that childhood is being undermined by the growth of risk aversion and its intrusion into every aspect of children’s lives. This restricts children’s play, limits their freedom of movement, corrodes their relationships with adults and constrains their exploration of physical, social and virtual worlds. PDF
No Fear joins the increasingly vigorous debate about the role and nature of childhood in the UK. Over the past 30 years activities that previous generations of children enjoyed without a second thought have been relabelled as troubling or dangerous, and the adults who permit them branded as irresponsible. No Fear argues that childhood is being undermined by the growth of risk aversion and its intrusion into every aspect of children’s lives. This restricts children’s play, limits their freedom of movement, corrodes their relationships with adults and constrains their exploration of physical, social and virtual worlds.
"Over the past 30 years activities that previous generations of children enjoyed without a second thought have been relabelled as troubling or dangerous, and the adults who permit them branded as irresponsible. No Fear argues that childhood is being undermined by the growth of risk aversion and its intrusion into every aspect of children’s lives."Kideo Player!
Finding kid safe videos on YouTube can be a time consuming process. Kideo Player makes it easier to locate videos appropriate for students in pre-K through second grade. Kideo Player plays a continuous stream of videos for pre-K through second grade students. When a video you like is playing, click on the the YouTube icon and you will be taken to the original YouTube source where you can find out more about each video and grab the embed code. Clicking your keyboard's space bar allows you to skip ahead in the video clips.
no search, but still fun
Wow, a beautifully simple idea for parents with young children. Plays kidsafe youtube videos..50+ Cute and Adorable Monster Characters Illustration | Naldz Graphics
On the last post I just compile a showcase of 60+ Most Beautiful and Creative Business Cards Design for inspirations. As we are focusing more and more inspirations for everyone this month. For our next list of inspiration,it is a collection of a cool monster characters illustration made by some of talented people on the web. Here is a Showcase of 50+ Cute and Adorable Monster Characters Illustration to enhance your imagination and for more inspirations.Toy Theater - Home
vintage children's book blogKids.Net.Au - Search engine for kids, children, parents, educators and teachers - Searching sites designed for kids that are child safe. Includes a Thesaurus, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Toy Store.
Search engine for kids, children, parents, educators and teachers - Searching sites designed for kids that are child safe. Includes a Thesaurus, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, and Toy Store.
Kid sites and info good for kids and educatorsThinkGeek :: Tauntaun Sleeping Bag
# eat for playing pretend "Save Luke from the Wampa" games # Teach your children about the best Star Wars movie ever
* Classic Star Wars sleeping bag simulates the warmth of a Tauntaun carcass * Built-in embroidered Tauntaun head pillow * Glowing Lightsaber zipper pull * Great for playing pretend "Save Luke from the Wampa" games * Teach your children about the best Star Wars movie ever * Fully Licensed Lucasfilm™ Collectable * Fits children (and small adults) * 100% Polyester construction, Machine washable * Exterior Dimensions - 32" x 60"
April Fool's Day prankQimo 4 Kids | Software For Kids
Light-weight linuxTop Educational Websites For Children That Are Fun | MakeUseOf.com
A reasonably sensible look at the risks affecting children in modern life.7 Secrets to Raising a Happy Child | Zen Habits
One Laptop Per Child OSCraftzine.com blog : Recipe: Chocolate Banana Pops
Interessante Website, die typische WARUM-Fragen der Kinder beantwortet (englisch)
site for parents to help answer those "Why" questions from your kids
A nifty site that tries to make accessible the answers to young children's "why" questions, like "Why is the ocean salty?"Musical Mysteries
One way scientists learn about animals is by studying their poop -- also called “scat” or "dung." Let’s look at some animal poop and see if you can guess who left it behind.
winStudents: Free Apps To Help You Excel at School [Mac only]
Has practice application45 Websites For Students To Create Original Artwork Online | art, creativity, student art | Making Teachers Nerdy
More and more websites are coming online to give students the ability to unleash their creativity in new and innovative ways. From abstract art to pointillism, students now can click and draw their way into original works of art, and today’s freebie gives you a great list of places to begin.Op-Ed Columnist - The Best Kids’ Books Ever - NYTimes.com
reminds me of community service with childrenHow Teenagers Consume Media: the report that shook the City | Business | guardian.co.uk
student reported use of mediaFive Best Content Filtering Tools - content filtering - Lifehacker
Whether you want to keep your kids eyes away from inappropriate content or your employees from wasting time online, you'll find a variety of great tools available for filtering internet access in today's Hive Five. Photo by Zach Klein. Last week we asked you to share your favorite method of filtering internet content. While we originally intended to approach the topic from a software angle, it quickly became apparent that software didn't cut it for most people and that the majority of you are using either a combination of desktop software and a proxy server/firewall or just the latter by itself. The following solutions range, in difficultly of installation, from as simple as requiring five minutes to install to as complex as setting up a physical computer as a Linux-based content filter. DansGuardian (Cross Platform, Free) One way to measure whether or not Dansguardian is the right filtering tool for you is your willingness to install and tinker with an opera101 Muppets of Sesame Street | National Post
How many do you recognize?100 Geeky Places to Take Your Kids This Summer | GeekDad | Wired.com
There is plenty of summer vacation season left on the calendar, and boredom may already be settling in around the house. So what are some fun, geeky places to take your geeklets? Even better, what are some fun, geeky places that kids and adults will all enjoy? I was sitting down making some plans for my geeklets this summer. The list of places we wanted to go kept getting longer, and eventually turned into a wishlist, which I then put up for the GeekDads to add to. But this list is by no means complete. Please feel free to add your favorite places in the comments, and we’ll try to add them to the map, too.We Make Stories
Here you can create your own story, share it with friends and visit the gallery to see what other Storymakers have made.
oh wow - this is fun;)
mi piace la grafica
Enables digital stories to be made and shared with friends.
Book publishers Penguin have developed a website where children can write, illustrate (and add sounds) and publish their own stories.Unraveling how children become bilingual so easily - Yahoo! News
Bi-lingualism and learning new languages
language children100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About | GeekDad | Wired.com
#12 Laserdisc: the LP of DVD.
From GeekDad | Wired.com
memories of times past t hough much of this we still know around here
"GeekDad Parents, Kids and the Stuff We Obsess About 100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About * By Nathan Barry Email Author * July 22, 2009 | * 8:00 am | * Categories: Armchair Geek * There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks. That is, of course, unless we tell them all about the good old days of modems and typewriters, slide rules and encyclopedias …"
There are some things in this world that will never be forgotten, this week’s 40th anniversary of the moon landing for one. But Moore’s Law and our ever-increasing quest for simpler, smaller, faster and better widgets and thingamabobs will always ensure that some of the technology we grew up with will not be passed down the line to the next generation of geeks.7 Very fun games that are actually good for your brain
playful learning ideasPythonTurtle
A learning environment for Python suitable for beginners and children, inspired by Logo.
A logo like environment for learning python50 Fun iPhone Apps to Get Kids Reading and Learning
Do you own an iPhone? Do you also have toddlers or kids who are about to enter school? Put the iPhone and the kids together with some of the apps listed below to keep the kids busy as they prepare themselves for school.100 Things Your Kids May Never Know About | GeekDad | Wired.com
For display during Teen Tech Week
100 Things Your Kids May Never Know Existed http://is.gd/1JjlR [from http://twitter.com/teedubya/statuses/2805323472]Excuses, Excuses: An Excerpt from Teacher Man | Book Excerpts | Reader's Digest
An example of a great educator seizing and idea and putting it into practice.
Frank McCourt30 Classic Games for Simple Outdoor Play | GeekDad | Wired.com
When I was a kid, we played outside with the other kids in the neighborhood with most of our free time. We also made the most of recess at school. We kept ourselves quite occupied without any of today’s modern technologies. Listed below are some no-tech games that you may have enjoyed as a kid. I sure did. Some can be done indoors. Some can be done by yourself or with just one friend. But most of them are best when done outside with a group of people. Also, most of these games can be changed or improved by making up your own rules. Use your imagination!ART && CODE Symposium: Hackety Hack, why the lucky stiff on Vimeo
i love the "dueling sword" ascii artFree Kids Games, Coloring & Jigsaw Puzzles for Children
PreK-Kindergarten reading and math games
Tell Laura about this site good primaryPlaygrounder - The Buyers Guide for Kids and Parents
This is going to be a very dangerous place for me.
SR: Kids stuff is fancier now than I remember....
Playgrounder is a web magazine helping parents and kids find the very best stuff. Our team digs up the best toys, games, gear, clothes, DVDs and more. New items are posted dailyEducation Needs to Be Turned on Its Head
Unfortunately, this isn’t a great model. Mostly because it’s based on the idea that there is a small group of people in authority, who will tell you what to do and what you need to know, and you must follow this obediently, like robots. And you must not think for yourself, or try to do what you want to do. This will be met with severe punishment.Top 7 Sites for Parenting How-To Videos
** Posted using Viigo: Mobile RSS, Sports, Current Events and more **Fold Your Own Sky King Paper Airplane - Wired How-To Wiki
Personal Finance, banking-budgeting5 Websites To Keep A Kid Busy & Happy
Sometimes you just have to get some work done, when all your child wants to do is play with you. While playing with your kid should be your top priority, you can’t always neglect your work. Being a parent sure isn’t easy. I’ve had a colleague who sometimes had to bring her 3 year old son to work when the nanny was sick and no one else was available to take care of him. We all helped keeping him busy and now and then he would also enjoy some games on the computer. Here are five ways to distract your child for a few minutes when you absolutely need it.
saveFold a World-Record-Setting Paper Airplane - Weekend project - Lifehacker
foldOh, The Temptation on Vimeo
2 câmeras escondidas. Várias crianças. 1 marshmallow para cada uma. O resultado...
I'm pretty sure the geneva convention defines this as "cruel and unusual". And funny as hell.SafeShare.TV - distraction free videos
Safe way to show YouTube videos. It takes out other videos and comments
YouTube videos without many of the problems.
Remove inappropriate elements from YouTube videos making them safe for classroom viewingEducational Games Online - Free Games from The Problem Site
Juegos educativos en linea.
Free Online Games; two player games and solitaire games online at The Problem Site. Games with educational value, including vocabulary development and strategy planning.
Fun games for students to play that reinforce basic skills
This one seems VERY comprehensive and is possibly a very rich source of free teaching widgets for use on the white board, in starters and plenaries, and mini tasks. LZ
There are a number of free online educational games on this site.
There are a number of free online games of educational value on this site.
Great site providing free online games categorized by subject!10 free Educational Game sites
10 free Educational Game sites These free sites provide students an opportunity to learn in a fun, interactive environment.Kids.Woot : One Day, You’ll Understand (SM)
Miscellaneous daily deals, for the kids.
Kids.Woot sells stuff for kids. By “stuff” we mean everything from carseats to apparel to educational toys & games to non-educational toys & games.
+$5 shipping. I have this carseat and it's wonderful!! The Kids Woot for 9/3/2009.My First Fail: Adorable Funny Baby Photos
funny baby picturesLiberty's Kids
There is a wonderful Liberty's Kids website that has a segment from the show called Now and Then which is great fun.
Welcome to the companion site for Liberty's Kids, an animated adventure television series for children ages 8-14, about three kids who, by working as reporters for Ben Franklin, bring to life the american revolution.
Activities and resources for the American Revolution
This is a site directed at kids about the american revolution.
Open-ended activities and interactive games that motivate students to explore American history. Explore the Revolutionary Archive of historical information and images that they can use
Link for biographies, Franklin, his inventions, government, etc.Kid activities, family friendly hotels, travel reviews-Trekaroo
can do reviews and earn gift cardthe baby book for modern parents - lil'grams
online baby book blogg
UGC platform (blog / foto / video ..) for new parent ... with some social network elements added ...20 Fantastic Free iPhone Apps for Parents
Great apps for iPhone toting parents
Here is a list of 20 awesome, free iPhone apps for parents that won’t necessarily make you a better parent, but can make your life a little easier.Betsy McCall Paper Dolls - The First Ten Years
fun for a rainy day
Bonecas de papel, daquelas de vestir com roupinhas de papel, vintageWorld History For Kids - By KidsPast.com
A free online world history textbook. Brought to you by the KidsKnowIt Network, the Totally Free Children's Learning Network.
제목그대로 아이를 위한 세계역사 근데 왜 외국의 어린이 사이트는 저런 진한 이상한 색으로 되어있을까...Jack Cough on Software: Teaching Functional Programming To Kids
http://www.lilyapp.org/about/Create Your Own Comic | Marvel Super Hero Squad | The Official Web Site
Create a comic or comic book character online for free.
Create marvel comic strip or bookMake: Online: Make: Science Room Home
Greetings citizen scientists, budding biohackers, and backyard explorers! We think you'll find the Make: Science Room a fun and useful resource. We hope you'll use it as your DIY science classroom, virtual laboratory, and a place to share your projects, hacks, and laboratory tips with other amateur scientists. Your Make: Science Room host is Robert Bruce Thompson, author of Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture. (Make: Books, 2008) and Illustrated Guide to Forensics Investigations: Uncover Evidence in Your Home, Lab, or Basement (not yet published). We'll be drawing material from these titles first, but will soon branch out into biology, astrononmy, Earth sciences, and other disciplines. We'll be adding lots of material on a regular basis, so check back often. For more info on the site, see Introducing the Make: Science Room.
Make MagazineScholastic.com | Teachers: Write It
Find step-by-step help through the writing process and see how master writers craft their work. Publish your writing online.
SUBJECT: HOW TO
Step by step writing help15 iPhone Apps to Tame the Kids
Summer (which has just begun for half the world) is a time for road trips and vacations. That means lots of family fun, but it also means long boring car orSocial networks and kids: How young is too young? - CNN.com
How young is too young for kids to be on facebook - the minimum age is 13 - but they have no way to verify how old kids who sign up actually are
Important article to read about children of all ages creating profiles. I believe this supports our driving need to incorporate instruction and discussion on this topic in schools. Annotated link http://www.diigo.com/bookmark/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2009%2FTECH%2F11%2F02%2Fkids.social.networks
Researchers say a growing number of children are flouting age requirements on sites such as Facebook and MySpace, or using social-networking sites designed just for them. Facebook and MySpace require users to be at least 13. But they have no practical way to verify ages, and many young users pretend to be older when signing up. Some scientists worry that pre-adolescent use of the sites, which some therapists have linked to Internet addiction among adults, could be damaging to children's relationships and brains.A Common Nomenclature for Lego Families by Giles Turnbull - The Morning News
"Thousands of different Lego exist, yet when your seven-year-old asks for “a clippy bit,” you know exactly what to hand him. Giles Turnbull surveys a caucus of children." Giles brings utter joy again. (via infovore)
"This language of Lego isn’t just something our family has invented; every Lego-building family must have its own vocabulary. And the words they use (mostly invented by the children, not the adults) are likely to be different every time. But how different? And what sort of words? Hence, a survey. I asked fellow parents to donate their children for a few minutes, and name a selection of Lego pieces culled from the Lego parts store."
The various names that kids call lego pieces. Roland Barthes would smile. s/zA Story Before Bed
Read a story for a child
Record yourself reading a book to your kids and then it can be played back online with the pages of the book while you're away or from a distance.MOBILE ART LAB. — モバイル表現研究所 —
iPhoneと、本を組み合わせたハイブリッドな本。 読み進めながら、画面をタッチしたり本そのものを傾けたりなど、 内容に沿ったインタラクティブなアクションを楽しめる。 インタラクションを伴わない通常の動画や、写真で利用することも可能。
phone book iphone bookProject GRE²AT: Photo Tour
scientific road trip with kids, amazing, time dilation, Project GRE²AT: Photo Tour http://bit.ly/Iv2Bd [from http://twitter.com/meika/statuses/2158854078]
"Does gravity really alter time and can this weird phenomenon be detected with a family road trip experiment?" -- via Jed Parsons
"we were able to detect and measure the effects of relativistic time dilation compared to atomic clocks we left at home." [via kenglass]
n September 2005 (for the 50th anniversary of the atomic clock and 100th anniversary of the theory of relativity) we took several cesium clocks on a road trip to Mt Rainier; a family science experiment unlike anything you've seen before. By keeping the clocks at altitude for a weekend we were able to detect and measure the effects of relativistic time dilation compared to atomic clocks we left at home. The amazing thing is that the experiment worked! The predicted and measured effect was just over 20 nanoseconds.
Experimentally proving relativity by taking atomic clocks up higher in elevation (to increase speed due to Earth's spin being different). A family vacation with three kids.Designing Websites for Kids: Trends and Best Practices - Smashing Magazine
Listattuna hyviä avaruuteen liittyviä saitteja.
Few topics interest me more than space. Though I'll admit that I don't know nearly as much as I would like, it has always been my goal to learn about the universe. I bet I'm not alone. That's why I'm sharing this list of 18 space sites. They all offer something neat. And they're all informative.sketchy santas
you better watch out
another soon to be published book12.02.2008 - EEGs show brain differences between poor and rich kids
News from UC Berkeley
In a study recently accepted for publication by the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, scientists at UC Berkeley's Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute and the School of Public Health report that normal 9- and 10-year-olds differing only in socioeconomic status have detectable differences in the response of their prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that is critical for problem solving and creativity.
EEGs show brain differences between poor and rich kids
By Robert Sanders, Media Relations | 02 December 2008Science: [So what? So everything] - Homepage
Science for parents of primary kids - UK government website.Digital Youth Project: If you care about kids and want to understand how they use technology and why, this is a must-read - Boing Boing
The conclusions are sane, compassionate, and compelling: in a nutshell, the "serious" stuff we all hope kids will do online (researching papers and so on) are only possible within a framework of "hanging out, messing around and geeking out." That is to say, all the "time-wasting" social stuff kids do online are key to their explorations and education online.
"hanging out, messing around and geeking out."
Comment from Cory Doctorow on the Digital Youth Project, publishing results of the ethnographic study of kids use on Internet.Social Skills Training Videos & DVD::Autism::Aspergers::Developmental Delays
videos - to buy - teaching social skillsWhat is the secret to effective parenting? " BCI blog
What is the secret to effective parenting?Too cool for school
Seb raised his hand during maths class and asked "If Kate (a large girl in his class) did not eat for five weeks, would she get skinny or die?"
"If I am standing on carpet and I get electrocuted, does everybody in the room die apart from me?"
Need to read all these little stories. Too funny.
Explaining the Playstation game Grand Theft Auto 4 to his grandmother "I don't shoot everybody, just the drug dealers and hookers."A New Lunch Bunch (washingtonpost.com)
The top seven social networking sites for kids http://bit.ly/7fMPU [from http://twitter.com/kureng/statuses/3249788249]
From the UK: A new study has found that young people are turning their backs on sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Meanwhile, the number of 35 to 54-year-olds using such sites has rocketed by 25 per cent in the last year. So what can you do if you don’t want to be poked by your mum or added by your gran? Here’s a round up of the coolest sites and virtual worlds for children
ClubPenguin.com Poptropica.com Habbo.co.uk Neopets.com Stardoll.com MoshiMonsters.com FreeRealms.comApartment Therapy The Kitchn | Back To Work and School: 15 Great Lunchbox Snacks
apartment therapy changing the world, one room at a timefreaky food fun: Insert dried spaghetti into hot dogs, then boil - Boing Boing
hairy hot dogs!Launching a start-up and having a family life: It’s possible! | VentureBeat
Here are the some of the rules that evolved that seemed to work for our family.
"This life isn’t practice for the next one" "What will your epitaph say?"Official NORAD Santa Tracker
Follow Santa as he makes his magical journey!Story Something: Create personalized children's stories instantly.
Create personalized children's stories instantly.DIGITAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS: Tools and Technologies for Effective Classrooms
"Teachers have always spent their own money on classroom supplies. With costs rising each year how can teachers add technology and software to the classroom without going broke? One answer is Freeware and/or Open Source software."
Teachers have always spent their own money on classroom supplies. With costs rising each year how can teachers add technology and software to the classroom without going broke? One answer is Freeware and/or Open Source software. This short article provides descriptions and links to some of the best Freeware and Open Source programs for the K-12 Educator.
supposedly free software
Variety of free tools for all levels.Kidblog.org - Blogs for Teachers and Students
"Kidblog.org is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. "
"Kidblog.org is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog. Kidblog's simple, yet powerful tools allow students to publish posts and participate in discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs. "
Free blogs for students; can be set up by classroom teachers; no e-mail address required for students.
Kidblog.org is designed for elementary and middle school teachers who want to provide each student with their own, unique blog.Homemade Gummi Candy « Skip To My Lou
Kodu is a visual programming language made specifically for creating games. It is designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone.
Programming as a Creative Medium The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into rules, which are further divided into conditions and actions. Conditions are evaluated simultaneously. The Kodu language is designed specifically for game development and provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. While not as general-purpose as classical programming languages, Kodu can express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.Curious Pages
"recommended inappropriate books for children"
recommended inappropriate reading for children
"Inappropriate Children's Books"ネットストア限定先行予約 紙とあそぶレゴ®ブロック | 無印良品ネットストア
lego and paper by muji
パンチした紙と、レゴ®ブロックを組み合わせて遊ぶセットが登場。楽しみ方の自由さが特長のレゴ®ブロックと、自由にカットした紙を組み合わせてつくる、新しい試みのおもちゃです。If Your Kids Are Awake, They’re Probably Online - NYTimes.com
Teens and media use.MinyanLand - Main
peterturtle, turtle try at home
A virtual town where you play games and make friends, while learning about earning, saving, spending and giving. You start out with $50,000 in MinyanMoney and a Condo worth $50,000. You can spend your money, invest your money, and earn more MinyanMoney by playing games or doing real-life chores your parents assign you.
MinyanLand is a virtual community designed to engage kids and families in games and interaction that are entertaining and educational. Appropriate for 3-8. Accessible to deaf students.
Virtual world for learning about economics and finances.KOL - Kids Online, AOL Web Site for Kids
The Aol search engine for kids is a dream come true for teachers and parents. It is completly safe for chiildren to use. It offers children many things including homwork help!
Play online at this Web site for kids with games, music, cartoons, books, movies, animals and celebrities. The Internet has never been so much fun!
Search Engine- childrenThe New Book Banning by Walter Olson, City Journal 12 February 2009
WOW. As a library worker, I find this to be appalling...
"The New Book Banning" - can childrens books pre-1985 give lead poisoning? ( http://bit.ly/6wcqH ) [from http://twitter.com/aphofer/statuses/3149346529]
It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, yank existing ones off their shelves, and in some cases discard them en masse.From Fish to Infinity - Opinionator Blog - NYTimes.com
A debut column on math features an introduction to numbers, from upsides (they're efficient) to down (they're ethereal).
I’ll be writing about the elements of mathematics, from pre-school to grad school, for anyone out there who’d like to have a second chance at the subject — but this time from an adult perspective. It’s not intended to be remedial. The goal is to give you a better feeling for what math is all about and why it’s so enthralling to those who get it.Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds - Kaiser Family Foundation
This national survey of children about their media use was released at an event in Washington, D.C. featuring the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. A webcast is available.
The report about childrens and youngsters use of mediaMath Run - how fast is your brain? A simple Brain Training Game for everyone
Math Run - how fast is your brain? A simple Brain Training Game for everyoneClickteam.com - Creative Tools for the Creative Age
The Games Factory provides everything you need to manufacture Arcade games, Platform games, Adventures, Screen Savers, and much, much, more. You simply click on an object, drag it to the play field, and click on the action it should perform. We supply all the heroes, monsters, powerups, and other objects you need, plus the sound and music for your games. Of course, you can easily add your own, custom items if you choose.
A great programming software program for kidsParent Hacks: KidZui is a Kid Friendly Web Interface
KidZui is a child-safe internet front end that calls upon an enormous whitelist of websites, pictures, videos, and games that have all been reviewed by a group of volunteers composed of parents and educators.
http://www.zacbrowser.com/THE MONSTER AT THE END OF THIS BOOK
This is the full digital version of the Jon Stone's "The Monster at the End of this Book".
Click to turn the pages and read the story (no audio)Kidscribe!
After our daughter Poesy was born, we were inundated with parenting advice and books -- big, thick, 900-page bricks that purported to tell us everything we needed to know to raise a newborn into a productive member of society. Of course, we had neither the attention nor the time to devote to following any of this advice.
Twelve Hours' Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old: A Step-by-Step Plan for Baby Sleep Success, a very short book that does exactly what it says on the cover: it's a simple prescription for teaching your baby to sleep through the whole night by 12 weeks. It takes about an hour to read and does not involve doing anything horrible to your kid like letting her cry all night. Basic method: for the first 8 weeks, keep track of when the kid feeds and sleeps. At 8 weeks, use this to come up with a sleep and feed schedule that more or less fits the rhythm she's falling into. Gently encourage her to stick to it (e.g., if she's hungry before mealtime, see if you can distract her for a few minutes [the first day], then a few minutes more [the next].)Kid Safe Search Sites
The laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins's child was disciplined for "improper behavior in his home" and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines.
According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families
According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families.
According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. The issue came to light when the Robbins's child was disciplined for "improper behavior in his home" and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. The suit is a class action, brought on behalf of all students issued with these machines. If true, these allegations are about as creepy as they come. I don't know about you, but I often have the laptop in the room while I'm getting dressed, having private discussions with my family, and so on. The idea that a school district would not only spy on its students' clickstreams and emails (bad enough), but also use these machines as AV bugs is purely horrifying.
School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home Boing Boing
if you borrow a laptop from your school or government, double check they're not spying on you. Scary post from Boing Boing about how one school in Philadelphia has been turning on the students' web cameras remotely to monitor "student behaviour". via stephen downes.
According to the filings in Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District (PA) et al, the laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools' administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families. Creepy!
See also /. discussion http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/02/21/2010213/PA-School-Defends-Web-Cam-Spying-As-Security-Measure-Denies-MisuseWhy Social Networks Are Good for the Kids
I’m not a psychologist, nor am I a parent, so let me start by saying she might be right that these sites are harmful in some cognitive way. But I think she’s wrong to assume social networking is devoid of a “cohesive narrative and long-term significance.” I can see where she’s coming from, but like a lot of people who don’t actually use these sites, she’s missing a fundamental shift from Web 1.0 chat room days to Web 2.0 social networks: Real identity.
Interesting discussion of social networking
Why social networking is good for kidsoff the (meat)hook :: lifestyles of the carnivorous and fabulous: Super Tall Amazing Rainbow Birthday Cake!
Papageinkuchen at its best!Why Toddlers Don't Do What They're Told
"You might expect the child to plan for the future, think 'OK it's cold outside so the jacket will keep me warm.' But what we suggest is that this isn't what goes on in a 3-year-old's brain. Rather, they run outside, discover that it is cold, and then retrieve the memory of where their jacket is, and then they go get it."Common Sense Internet Safety Survival Guide
The Internet runs right through the middle of our kids' lives. It opens a world of entertainment and communication, but it also allows direct access to people and Web sites that can expose kids to age-inappropriate content and risky social contacts. At Common Sense Media, we believe in media sanity, not censorship. And since we can't always cover our kids' eyes, we have to teach them how to see. The information here will help your kids stay Internet safe and smart. Click on the links below to find out what every parent should know about how our kids use the Internet.
he Internet runs right through the middle
guide on what to check on facebook along with other stuff good resource for parents moveis books tooMagazine Preview - Building a Better Teacher - NYTimes.com
Needed to have a nap but read that article about "building a teacher" instead. Long yet int'resting ! http://tinyurl.com/education-rules
The quest for the special elements that make great teachers great and how to give that to everyone else.
behaviors of successful teachingPetite Purls - Summer 2009
# Features # Patterns # Archives # Basics # Blog
RT @druchunas: This issue of http://bit.ly/9w44ko is live, and I have TWO free patterns in it! @petitepurls (via @StefanieJapel)ProtectKids.com - Making the Internet Safer for Children and Families
Help students prevent from online predators, cyberbullying, and sexual abuse
This website has information and links from internet dangers to how to report a web crime. This site also gives tips for parents and has link to other cafety sites.Unreality - 12 of the Best Kids Show/Rap Mash-Ups |
Colección de divertidos montajes de dibujos animados en los que salen cantando raps.origami club
origami tutorialsResearch Tools
Teaching information access skills cannot be done in a vacuum. It must relate to the learning environment by actively engaging students to gather and process information in a meaningful way. The Big6 and WebQuest are two frameworks you can use in research. In addition, students need to know whether or not the information is reliable, how to cite resources, and understand copyright. The following guides and activities are designed to help teachers and students examine Websites and their content.Recycle old, broken crayons into fun new shapes | Chica and Jo
List of ideas for grades 1-6 on math.
worksheets and activities from kindy to year 6
A large range of lessons which are divided clearly into grades. The lesson are easy to read and are able to prepare a teacher for the lesson.
This website focuses on the content strand geometry. It has a list of lessons and activities ranging from grade 1 to 5 which teachers could use to support the learning of geometry.The case against Candy Land - Boing Boing
A good insight about a classic board game, and why video games are getting better at more than just entertaining.
What’s irritating about the games is that they are exercises in sheer randomness. It’s not that they fail to sharpen any useful skills; it’s that they make it literally impossible for a player to acquire any skills at all.Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids | Video on TED.com
TED Talks Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.
Being childish...being normal. --- Irresponsibility and irrational thinking Ann Frank, Ruby, Charley Simpson 100,000 lbs on a bike. World needs kids thinking. Why not to do things....everything were free and Eutopia. You must dream first Kids push the boundaries of possibilities Kids don't think about limitations. Kids do a lot of learning from adults - students should teach the teachers. If you don't trust them you place restrictions on them. Regimes becomes oppressive when they become fearful of keeping control Adults underestimates kids abilities Wrote 300 short stories To show you truly care you listen. Imperative to create opportunities for children to blow you away. "You must lend an ear today, because we are the leaders of tomorrow."
Video I can use for DEP; What adults can learn from kids
TED Talks Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.Small Basic Teaches Kids How to Program - ReadWriteWeb
Язык в 14 слов, 62 страницы инструкций
ReadWriteWeb ReadWriteTalk Enterprise Jobwire About Subscribe Contact Advertise RSS RWW Daily by Email RSS RWW Weekly Wrap-up Home Products Trends Company Index Best of RWW Archives Small Basic Teaches Kids How to Program Written by Lidija Davis / November 8, 2008 11:54 AM / 22 Comments « Prior Post Next Post » After a year in the making, and with very little fanfare, Microsoft last month launched Small Basic, a free programming language aimed at kids. Unlike Scratch and Alice, tools designed for kids to learn programming in a 'codeless' environment, Small Basic is essentially a small version of the BASIC language. Drawing inspiration from the original BASIC language, but based on the newer .Net Framework, Small Basic consists of three distinct pieces: The Language Consists of just 14 keywords, Small Basic is pure imperative code that runs on the .Net Framework. The Environment Small Basic's development environment is simple but provides features that professional developers hFeatured Windows Download: Small Basic Teaches Programming Fundamentals
Small Basic Teaches Programming Fundamentalsanimal's origami
origami con instrucciones animadasSmories - new stories for children, read by children
Fun for spending time with grandchildren
new stories for children, read by childrenWelcome to the SuperThinkers Website!
SuperThinkers is a fun and challenging site targeted for learners in grades 5 through 8, but also fun for learners of all levels. Our mission is to inspire creative problem solving, critical thinking, deductive reasoning, and logic. We call this kind of deeper thinking - "SuperThinking."
Has a feature game regularly to get kids thinking6 Cool Websites To Unleash The Mad Scientist Within You | MakeUseOf.com
RT @draenews: Del 6 Cool Websites To Unleash The Mad Scientist Within You | MakeUseOf.com: http://bit.ly/a0SazI
A list of websites and prograns that let you try out crazy science experiments.The last word: Advice from ‘America’s worst mom’ - THE WEEK
A year ago, journalist Lenore Skenazy caused a media sensation when she let her 9-year-old rideNew York City’s subway by himself. In a new book, she explains why she has no
This lady is NOT the worst mom in america: http://bit.ly/v6g1i [from http://twitter.com/medwardsmusic/statuses/1808843388]
A year ago, journalist Lenore Skenazy caused a media sensation when she let her 9-year-old rideNew York City’s subway by himself. In a new book, she explains why she has no regrets.
Skenazy NY New York subway
Advice from the world's worst mom who let her 9-year-old ride the subway alone.Downloads: KidsMenu is a Kid-Friendly Interface for Windows
Article in The Guardian about the Lego company. Includes a great slideshow (see esp their Lego business 'cards').Word Girl: Build Vocabulary through Word Games | Scholastic
Play vocabulary building games like Synonym Toastwith Word Girl and her buddy Captain Huggy Face, along with other word games in the Homework Hub and Teacher Online Activities.
Word Games - Synonym Toast, Rhyme Time, Funny Pages, Spelling Wizard.
Word girl website deals with reading skills in a fun way. It works with synonmys, rhyming, word games, and spelling help. This website would help with vocabulary and phonics. It is also a link to a number of great scholastic sites. k-4Out of this world: British teddy bears strapped to helium weather balloon reach the edge of space | Mail Online
Awesome Balloon Experiment 2
Content Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1ReUse ReMake Crayons
Write me a story: Kids read (and vote on their favorite) and write short stories on this kid-friendly site
Use the prompts to write your own story online and submit it. It might be published the next week!
students can practice their writing skills, stretch their imaginations, read fun stories, and maybe even get published on the Internet! Each week students are challenged to write a story using a preselected character, place, and prop. Five stories are randomly selected each week and showcased in the Web site’s Stunningly Stupendous Stories section the next week.
Students can write their own stories and comment on other students writing
Each week this site gives a character, place and prop and asks you to create a short story.Technology Review: $100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC
The open-source education software developed for the "$100 laptop" can now be loaded onto a $5 USB stick to run aging PCs and Macs with a new interface and custom educational software.
"What we are doing is taking a bunch of old machines that barely run Windows 2000, and turning them into something interesting and useful for essentially zero cost," says Walter Bender, former president of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project. "It becomes a whole new computer running off the USB key; we can breathe new life into millions of decrepit old machines."
$100 Laptop Becomes a $5 PC
The open-source education software developed for the "$100 laptop" can now be loaded onto a $5 USB stick to run aging PCs and Macs with a new interface and custom educational software. "What we are doing is taking a bunch of old machines that barely run Windows 2000, and turning them into something interesting and useful for essentially zero cost," says Walter Bender, former president of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project. "It becomes a whole new computer running off the USB key; we can breathe new life into millions of decrepit old machines."UUA: Deep Fun
Directions for about 25 well-proven games for groups are succinctly supplied by this free PDF book, aimed at community building.
Kevin Kelly: "Directions for about 25 well-proven games for groups are succinctly supplied by this free PDF book. These games originated in church youth groups, but I've seen them used at camps, large family gatherings, company retreats, and even a few tech meetings. They are aimed at building community, and are primarily ones that can be run indoors. I've played a number of these games as an adult over the years and they really are deep fun. It is amazing how fast you can unleash your inner kindergartner. Some of this group fun, like Silent Football, have been around since ancient youth camp times. I wish more folks would enliven their stuffy meetings and offsites with a few of these games."
fun games to play with groups, via CoolToolsDrawings of Scientists
From Pedro on FriendFeed: http://friendfeed.com/pedrobeltrao/ee8c9d29/seventh-graders-describe-scientists-before
[Found via Pedro Beltrão] "Seventh graders describe scientists before and after a visit to Fermilab."
percepcion de los científicos
Scientists - they CAN be col. Sweet before and after drawings of what kids think scientists are about
Seventh graders describe scientists before and after a visit to Fermilab. Lovely.
"Seventh graders describe scientists before and after a visit to Fermilab" AWESOMEMake Fake Snot
Learn how to make fake snot or mucous.Best Beach & Sport Sunscreens | EWG's 2010 Sunscreen Guide
Nanoparticles or hormone disruptions? Unless, of course, you opt for no sunscreen and take your chances with cell mutations. Good luck!origami hang glider
Build and Surf an Origami Hang Glider on a Wave of AirSteven Strogatz on the Elements of Math - Series - The New York Times
"Steven Strogatz, an award-winning professor, takes readers from the basics to the baffling in a 15-part series on mathematics. Beginning with a column on why numbers are helpful, he goes on to investigate topics including negative numbers, calculus and group theory, finishing with the mysteries of infinity."
15 articles on Maths from The New York Times. Assessment tasks perhaps?
15 artigos interessantes sobre matemáticaMeeGenius Library
RT @SeanBanville: Fab! RT @NikPeachey: Fantastic collection of kids books that read to you http://bit.ly/b1BEbk #efl #edtech #literacy ...
Fantastic collection of kids books that read to you http://www.meegenius.com/ #TESOL #ESL #TEFL #efl #edtech #literacy #YL
Kids storybooks read aloud.Build Blog » Couch Cushion Architecture; A Critical Analysis
photographed coffee table book of children's sofa forts?
from Build Blog.Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs | Video on TED.com
@haikalis Cameron Herold: "Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs" - Video on TED.com http://ow.ly/24GZP
Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults.OpenDNS > FamilyShield
The single easiest way to keep your kids safe online — and away from adult websites — on your home Internet for free. No software to install.
filtro de webs por dns
free to block adult web content and phishing sitesOpenDNS > FamilyShield
filtrado de contenidos en dns
The single easiest way to keep your kids safe online — and away from adult websites — on your home Internet for free. No software to install.
filtro de webs por dns
free to block adult web content and phishing sitesAll Joy and No Fun
All Joy and No Fun | Why parents hate parenting (parents are more depressed than nonparents no matter what their... http://ff.im/-nq6wU
read this when I have time...
particularly those of us who find moment-to-moment happiness a bit elusive to begin with.
Via Ben. Fascinating analysis of parenting, expectations, happiness, the history of parenting, etc.
"From the perspective of the species, it’s perfectly unmysterious why people have children. From the perspective of the individual, however, it’s more of a mystery than one might think. Most people assume that having children will make them happier. Yet a wide variety of academic research shows that parents are not happier than their childless peers, and in many cases are less so. This finding is surprisingly consistent, showing up across a range of disciplines."
Why parents hate parenting.
All Joy and No FunCryptoKids™ America's Future Codemakers & Codebreakers
There are three levels of game play beginner, intermediate, and advanced. As students play games, they will learn Morse Code, complete brainteasers that involve math and logic, create their own cipher machines, crack Yardleygrams and cryptograms, and learn some words in different languages.
This site from the National Security Agency offers lots of information about ciphers and codes, and lets students test their skills at detection and code-breaking.CryptoKids™ America's Future Codemakers & Codebreakers
There are three levels of game play beginner, intermediate, and advanced. As students play games, they will learn Morse Code, complete brainteasers that involve math and logic, create their own cipher machines, crack Yardleygrams and cryptograms, and learn some words in different languages.CryptoKids™ America's Future Codemakers & Codebreakers