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September 2014 Learn More Links

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Links from the bottom of all the September 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

How to Choose Great Toys

https://www.kidscodecs.com/how-to-choose-toys/

Toys are Tools

http://www.toysaretools.com/

Parents are Buying Their Kids All the Wrong Toys

http://qz.com/156218/parents-are-buying-their-kids-all-the-wrong-toys/

How to Teach Kids to Be Grateful: Give Them Less

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/how-to-teach-kids-to-be-grateful-give-them-less/282834/

Fat Brain Toys

http://www.fatbraintoys.com

Maker Shed

http://www.makershed.com

Red Hen Books and Toys

http://www.redhentoys.com

O’Reilly

DRM-free ebooks and print books about LEGO, DIY, crafting, coding for kids, and more.
http://shop.oreilly.com

Different Roads

Great resource for kids self-help behavior management tools.
http://www.difflearn.com

Goodwill

World’s best kept secret: bid like ebay with more privacy and less competition with lots of vintage toys and LEGO lots.
http://shopgoodwill.com/

Scratch

https://www.kidscodecs.com/scratch-language/

Scratch

http://scratch.mit.edu/
http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/
http://scratched.media.mit.edu/
http://scratch.mit.edu/educators/
http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/
http://www.edutopia.org/kindergarten-creativity-collaboration-lifelong-learning

Scratch MIT 2014

Twitter feed with stories, as well as video links to some key presentations.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/ScratchMIT2014?src=hash
http://scratch.mit.edu/conference

Creative Computing with Scratch

Creative computing uses Scratch supports the development of personal connections to computing, by drawing upon creativity, imagination, and interests.
http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

The History of Scratch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scratch_%28programming_language%29

Why kids love Scratch: It lets them fail in a way their parents don't

http://qz.com/209561/why-kids-love-scratch-it-lets-them-fail-in-a-way-their-parents-dont/

Tynker

Also a block (or bubble) language, includes an app for iPhone/iPad and Android, as well as online lessons.
http://www.tynker.com/

Hopscotch

Also a block (or bubble) language, Hopscotch is an iPhone/iPad app.
http://www.gethopscotch.com/

Teach Python to Kids

https://www.kidscodecs.com/python-for-kids/

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Little Kids and Computer Science

https://www.kidscodecs.com/little-kids-and-computer-science/

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How to Describe a Database to a Child

https://www.kidscodecs.com/describe-a-database-to-a-child/

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Luis Carbajosa Talks about Family, Tech, and Five Boys

https://www.kidscodecs.com/an-interview-with-luis-carbajosa/

Luis Carbajosa Perez

https://twitter.com/LuisCarbajosaP
http://vimeo.com/user25178593

Scratch MIT 2014

Twitter feed with stories, as well as video links to some key presentations.
https://twitter.com/hashtag/ScratchMIT2014?src=hash
http://scratch.mit.edu/conference

Instituto Thomas Jefferson

http://home.itj.edu.mx/?page_id=180

Pocket Code

Click the Pocket Code App link.
http://www.catrobat.org

Hopscotch

http://www.gethopscotch.com/

Laboratory for the Study of Exoplanets

Join the search for life outside our solar system.
https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/smgphp/otherworlds/ExoLab/

Dr. Scratch

http://drscratch.programamos.es/

Family Creative Learning

http://family.media.mit.edu/
http://family.media.mit.edu/guide/

Creative Computing

http://scratched.gse.harvard.edu/guide/

Pencil Code

http://pencilcode.net
https://twitter.com/pencilcoder
http://david.pencilcode.net/edit/example/tictactoe

Snap

http://snap.berkeley.edu
http://bjc.berkeley.edu

BloP

http://www.blocklanguages.org/

Scratch

http://scratch.mit.edu/
http://scratch.mit.edu/discuss/
http://scratched.media.mit.edu/
http://scratch.mit.edu/educators/
http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/
http://www.edutopia.org/kindergarten-creativity-collaboration-lifelong-learning

Minecraft

https://minecraft.net
http://minecraftedu.com/
https://www.kidscodecs.com/raspberry-pi-projects/
https://arghbox.wordpress.com/2013/06/13/programming-minecraft-pi-with-python-early-draft/
http://arghbox.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/minecraftbook.pdf
http://www.raspberrypi.org/learning-python-using-codecademy-and-raspberry-pi-minecraft-a-resource-of-great-note/
http://arghbox.wordpress.com/
http://www.stuffaboutcode.com/
http://www.scarabcoder.com/
http://blog.whaleygeek.co.uk/category/raspberry-pi/
http://mcpipy.wordpress.com/

AppInventor

http://appinventor.mit.edu/explore/

Makey Makey

http://www.makeymakey.com/

Lego WeDo

https://education.lego.com/en-us/lesi/elementary/wedo
http://education.lego.com/en-us/preschool-and-school/lower-primary/7plus-education-wedo

Smartick (España)

http://www.smartick.es/

Jenn Choi Talks Raising Boys and Toys are Tools

https://www.kidscodecs.com/an-interview-with-jenn-choi/

Jennifer Choi

https://twitter.com/toysaretools
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennchoi/

Toys are Tools

http://www.toysaretools.com/

Review + MEGA Giveaway: LEGO StoryStarter and StoryVisualizer: Toys Tell the Best Stories

http://www.toysaretools.com/2014/08/LEGO-StoryStarter.html

Parents are Buying Their Kids All the Wrong Toys

http://qz.com/156218/parents-are-buying-their-kids-all-the-wrong-toys/

How to Teach Kids to Be Grateful: Give Them Less

http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/how-to-teach-kids-to-be-grateful-give-them-less/282834/

What Cutting Edge Looks Like In A School

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennchoi/2014/08/19/what-cutting-edge-looks-like-in-a-school/

Why Kids Love Scratch: It Lets Them Fail in a way Their Parents Don't

http://qz.com/209561/why-kids-love-scratch-it-lets-them-fail-in-a-way-their-parents-dont/

Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/11/fashion/steve-jobs-apple-was-a-low-tech-parent.html?_r=0

Cookies

https://www.kidscodecs.com/cookies/

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Where Do Toys Come From?

https://www.kidscodecs.com/a-short-history-of-toys/

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20 Things to Do With a Computer

https://www.kidscodecs.com/20-things-to-do-with-a-computer/

20 Things to Do with a Computer (Papert, Solomon)

http://dspace.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.1/5836/AIM-248.pdf?sequence=2

Programming in Kindergarten (pp 7-8)

http://csta.acm.org/Curriculum/sub/CurrFiles/CS_K-8_Building_a_Foundation.pdf

Why Kids Love Scratch: It Lets Them Fail in a Way Their Parents Don't

http://qz.com/209561/why-kids-love-scratch-it-lets-them-fail-in-a-way-their-parents-dont/

Where to Find Projects for Kids

https://www.kidscodecs.com/projects-for-kids-make-magazine-instructables/

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Also In The September 2014 Issue

How to Choose Great Toys

The best toy is one that is fun for your child and meets their needs. This article helps with ideas how to choose toys and where to find them.

Scratch

People use the Scratch language to create interactive stories, games, and animations. Includes an active community to share projects.

Jenn Choi Talks Raising Boys and Toys are Tools

Jenn Choi publishes an online magazine to help parents find toys while also helping to raise her two sons.

How to Describe a Database to a Child

Databases are mysterious but critical technology. Here's one simple way to describe them to kids (and adults).

Cookies

While not as delicious as real cookies, website cookies provide a critical and useful benefit for anyone who uses a website.

Luis Carbajosa Talks about Family, Tech, and Five Boys

Luis Carbajosa is a Civil Engineer in Spain who, with his wife, are raising five boys who love technology.

If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

Teach Python to Kids

Contrary to what you might think, the Python programming language is not too complicated for kids to learn and use effectively.

Where to Find Projects for Kids

Find kid-friendly projects online to keep you and your kids busy having fun and learning.

Little Kids and Computer Science

Little kids and computer science might appear a odd match. Computer science sounds complex. But there is a curriculum for little kids.

September 2014 Learn More Links

Links from the bottom of all the September 2014 articles, collected in one place for you to print, share, or bookmark.

September 2014 News Wire

Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for the month of August 2014.