Controversial Anonymous Kid's App 'After School' Is Back In The App Store

Controversial Anonymous Kid's App "After School" Is Back In The App Store

Re/code - Kurt Wagner

After nearly four months, After School, an anonymous messaging app specifically for high school students, has been reinstated into the App Store, according to CEO Cory Levy.

After School was banned from the App Store in December for violating multiple App Store guidelines, including the “personal attacks” and “objectionable content” categories.

Students, who can use After School to post to their high school classmates anonymously, were using the app to bully one another; multiple gun threats were reported in the app’s first month of existence.

Since then, After School has built numerous safety features into the app to try and prevent this kind of behavior. Read More

mBot Helps Kids Learn Graphic Programming


mBot helps kids learn graphic programming, Arduino and robotics. Software mBlock, Arduino robot mBot, online lessons included. Watch the Video

Is Facebook’s Scrapbook Bad For Your Kid?

Is Facebook’s Scrapbook Bad For Your Kid?

TIME - John Patrick Pullen

Facebook introduced a new feature earlier this week aimed squarely at new parents, a subset of users who annoy the heck out of their friends by posting an unending stream of baby pictures. Billed as “a new way to organize photos of your child on Facebook,” the new scrapbook feature lets parents tag their little ones in photos wherever those pictures end up, like in your mobile uploads album, timeline photos, imported Instagram shots, or even your profile and cover pics. Once tagged, these baby photos get linked into a scrapbook of your kid, so you can easily view them all in one place. Read More

GM Cars Will Spy On Your Teen's Driving

GM Cars Will Spy On Your Teen's Driving

CNN Money - Abigail Brooks & Bronte Lord

General Motors' new Teen Driver monitoring system can track your child's speed and give you a driving report card. But can it track adults as well? Watch the Video

10 Hands-On Workshops for Kids at Maker Faire

10 Hands-On Workshops for Kids at Maker Faire - Sophia Smith

Whether you’re a young maker yourself or the parent of one, I’m sure you’re just as excited about Maker Faire as we are. While we invite people of all ages to roam throughout the Faire, you’ll definitely want to check out the plethora of exhibits specifically aimed at young makers.

Here are 10 exhibits that you won’t want to miss, as they’re all offering hands-on workshops that teach skills like circuitry, coding, soldering, and more! Read More

Millennials Set to Outnumber Baby Boomers

Millennials Set to Outnumber Baby Boomers

The New York Times - Douglas Quenqua

75 is the approximate number, in millions, of millennials that the United States will have this year. The total of millennials - those born from 1981 to 1997 - will reach 75.3 million, overtaking baby boomers (1946 to 1964) as the United States' largest living generation.

How does a generation that has stopped enrolling members manage to keep growing? An influx of immigrants, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. And, of course, members of the boomer generation, currently at 74.9 million, are beginning to die in greater numbers. Read More

Why Doesn’t Every School Offer Computer Science Classes?

Seattle Times - Hadi Partovi,

When I was 9, my father gave my brother and me a life-changing gift: a Commodore 64 computer. It didn’t have any games, so I would learn to make my own. A world of opportunity and creativity opened up to me when I began learning how to program that computer.

By my teenage years, I landed jobs as a computer programmer when my friends were baby-sitting or waiting tables. I graduated with a job at Microsoft and went on to enjoy a successful career in technology. As an immigrant, I’m living the American dream.

Yet, 30 years after I came to the United States, I look around and wonder, why aren’t America’s schools offering the opportunity I had to every 21st-century child? Read More

Creating The Right Environment For Kids

Creating The Right Environment For Kids

MindMake - Paul Henderson

She modelled what she taught. The familiar mattered to her. So did beauty. So did family. She would have made a superb lawyer. Always crisply dressed, punctual, a stickler for detail, and very, very clever.

She stopped her law degree midway through it and went into teaching. Not because she had sensed this was her vocation, but for her younger brother.

He, too, was studying law; but neither the wider family nor their friends could support him through his studies. That fell to his sister. Her meagre teacher’s salary saw him through his education. Read More

BrainPOP Supports Individual, Team, and Whole-Class Learning


BrainPOP creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports educators, and bolsters achievement. Our award-winning online educational resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom.

In traditional, blended, and "flipped" learning settings, BrainPOP supports individual, team, and whole-class learning. At school and in informal learning environments, our characters help introduce new topics and illustrate complex concepts. Read More

Oh Noah! Videos That Teach Kids Spanish

PBS Kids

Oh Noah! is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each three-minute video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure. Kids learn language better when they can put it into meaningful context.

Although, like Noah, they may not understand all the Spanish dialogue, kids can comprehend the story told through rich visual storytelling, much like a silent movie. Read More

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