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Low-Cost Technology Ideas for Young Kids

There are some amazing electronic toys and computers for toddlers and preschoolers now, from Leapfrog, V.Tech and the like. And the kids are loving every bit of it (see “For Toddlers, Toy of Choice Is Tech Device“). These toys tend

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A Little Laptop With Big Ambitions

The Wall Street Journal has a highly critical story on the One Laptop Per Child project entitled “A Little Laptop With Big Ambitions.” I’ll let you judge the story yourself, but here are a few reactions I have: The story

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What If Kids Designed Laptops?

With the recent releases of the OLPC laptop, the Eee PC laptop, the Amazon Kindle e-book reader, and all the kid-friendly computers from manufacturers like Leapfrog, V.Tech, and Fisher Price, kids are now becoming computer literate at younger and younger

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Turtle on Trial: The Battle over Logo

After reading a piece by Gary Stager criticizing hype over web 2.0 in education and contrasting it to the Logo movement (which was guided more by a centralized educational philosophy than web 2.0), I got around to digging up and

Posted in children, programming, research, technology

Charging for Windows-only Kid’s Programming Languages

This is a bit disappointing but forseeable. There was a language developed last year for kids to use called Kid’s Programming Language (KPL, later renamed Phrogram). It looked exactly like Visual Basic .NET minus a lot of features. They received

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Effects of TV and Marketing on Kids and Teens

I added the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine to the list of educational research journals with RSS feeds. It is not an educational research journal per se, but it has some articles that both parents and researchers might find

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Social Networking Sites for Children

As I mentioned, most social “web 2.0” sites and software out there like del.icio.us, Wikipedia, Yahoo, Blogger, and Second Life are not really designed for children to use and even restrict participation by children under 13. Scott Traylor’s 360Kid blog

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