For My Kid’s First Computer, I Couldn’t Beat an Old Desktop

jhon yudha

My son has been asking my husband and me for a Nintendo Switch for the past three years. But three months into quarantine and a week before his ninth birthday, he asked to be gifted a desktop computer instead.

With camps and sports cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, he spent much of this summer rekindling his obsession with Minecraft. The more invested he was in the game, the more limited he felt by his tiny iPhone 7 screen. Further, many of the group educational classes he wanted us to enroll him in, such as this game-design camp on Outschool, required students to use the PC or Mac version. Unbeknownst to us and, according to myriad Chromebook reviews, many other befuddled parents, it hasn’t been possible to play Minecraft on a Chromebook, even a “nice” one. (Well, not without a complicated Linux workaround—or nowadays, an Office 365 Education account.)1

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Creating a Better Internet for Kids

Young people need a safe and stimulating environment while engaging with new technologies and spending time online. The Strategy for a Better internet for Children provides actions to empower them as they explore the digital world.

One out of three internet users is a child. They go online at an ever younger age, using a diverse range of devices. They spend more time on the internet and social media, play more online games and use mobile apps, frequently without supervision by adults. New technologies such as artificial intelligence, increased connectivity, augmented and virtual reality will cause an important shift in the way children engage and interact in society.

While the internet offers many opportunities for learning, communication, creativity and entertainment, it also opens up certain risks to vulnerable users such as children.

Online, children can be exposed to harmful content and behaviour such as cyberbullying, sexual harassment, pornography, violence, or

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Programming for Kids by Peter Armstrong [Leanpub PDF/iPad/Kindle]

This is a book to teach kids who are between 9 and 14 years old the basics of programming.  You need a Mac computer to follow along.

This is a book for you to read with your child, or for your child to read by himself or herself.

I wrote it to teach my 9 year old son the basics of programming. He has been playing video games for years, and he wants to learn programming since he wants to make his own video games someday. This book is intended to be the first step. (No, it doesn’t teach you how to create the kinds of video games a 9 year old can dream up; that takes a lot more knowledge!)

The reason this book exists is to be the best book in the world for a kid who is wanting to learn to program computers to read first. Computer

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13 Activities for Kids Using Technology in an Off-Screen Way

There’s always something new for us to discover, as well as old favorites. I am so grateful to have activities handed to us… Fun and easy ones that can be put together in a moment’s notice! You’re awesome Jamie and I appreciate you sharing your activities and ideas!! – Melissa C.

“I absolutely love that this takes all the prep work out of engaging my children. It is so easy to just put up the calendar, and glance at it for inspiration when we are in a funk.” – The Activity Room Member, Rachel

I have found it impossible to Google ideas from a million different sites, get organized, shop for supplies, etc. This is exactly what I have been searching for! Thanks for making something so organized and easy to use. – Early Years Activity Plans User, Melissa C.

This takes down the need to scour the internet for

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Technology and Invention – Kids | Britannica Kids

Iron, Coal, and Steam

Early in the 1700s two English inventors set the stage for the Industrial Revolution. This was a period of great growth of industry. Abraham Darby discovered that a coke-burning furnace produced good iron. Coke is a form of coal. Thomas Newcomen invented a pump that kept coal mines from filling with water. A steam engine powered the pump.

With these developments, coal and iron production expanded rapidly. Iron remained the main metal for building and toolmaking until the late 1800s. At that time steel (a mixture of iron and carbon) began to replace regular iron.

Meanwhile, in the late 1700s steam began to replace wind and water as the major source of power. In a steam engine, burning coal heated water. The boiling water produced the steam that ran the engine.

Machines and Factories

Other inventions also sped up the production of goods—especially textiles, or cloth.

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12 games that teach kids to code — and are even fun, too

Coding is a big deal right now. Worldwide, 36 million kids have taken part in “Hour of code” activities, helping them become active, rather than passive users of technology and starting learning that might one day help secure a job in our increasingly tech-driven world.

Even if your kids don’t go on to code for living, a basic understanding of programming concepts improves problem-solving and thinking skills which are both transferable and empowering. Microsoft chairman Bill Gates says that: “Learning to write programs stretches your mind and helps you think better, creates a way of thinking about things that I think is helpful in all domains.“

Platforms like Scratch and Alice let children (and adults) create their own games and animations using simplified coding methods. But not all kids can or want to jump straight into these sort of environments. For them, there are plenty of games around that will

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Teaching Kids Programming with Khan Academy

Like many other programmers with children I’m interested in passing my skills on to them. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to work with me, this may or may not be a horrifying proposition — I’ll let you be the judge.

My two oldest (9 and 7) are now at a good age to start learning the basics, so I’ve been spending every Wednesday morning before work teaching them with the help of Khan Academy. Since I’m new to this, there’s definitely a lot of trial and error to figure out the intersection between their interests and capabilities. In the process I’ve discovered a few things that work and a few that don’t. These lessons are specific to me, but you may find them helpful.

A False Start

My initial approach combined a general introduction to computing with basic programming concepts in Ruby. I spent a couple of Wednesday mornings

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Technology for Kids – Free Games, Activities, Experiments, Science Online

Technology for kids

Learn about technologyStep into the future and discover technology for kids with our cool range of experiments, free games, science fair projects, fun quizzes, interesting facts, amazing videos, worksheets and more!

Learn about robots, computers, cell phones, engineering and all kinds of interesting technology topics. As well as activities for children, there are also lesson plans for teachers, ideas for parents and free teaching resources for anyone interested in technology and learning about science online.

 

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Science for Kids
Technology games for kids

Enjoy our fun technology games and improve your knowledge of this great subject. Learn why electricity circuits are important to modern gadgets and have fun testing the properties of different materials. These technology and engineering topics will give you a great base to work from.

Take the challenge and see if you can complete the interactive activities while learning a thing or two on the way.

Electricity circuits games

Electricity Circuits

Electricity circuits play an important

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Coding Programs for Kids: Free and Cheap Websites That Teach Kids Programming | MommyPoppins

Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike, and the marketplace is full of coding programs for kids. The benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids, are huge: Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.

There are several FREE and low-cost programs that teach children how to code. We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite coding programs for kids below.

Find even more educational tech posts for kids in our STEAM Guide.

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Free Coding Programs for Kids


Students celebrate completing their coding challenges. Photo courtesy of Code.org.

Code.org
This nonprofit foundation’s website is an excellent starting point for coding novices. It shares plenty of useful online resources,

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About the Basic parts of a computer with Devices for kids

A computer is an electronic machine that processes data. Information given to the computer is called data. Computer works very fast. It saves your time and energy. It does not make mistakes. It can remember a lot of things. The basic parts of a computer are shown in the picture given here.

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These parts of the Computer and some other devices are connected together with the help of wires and cables.

The basic parts of a computer system are:

  1. Monitor
  2. CPU (Central Processing Unit)
  3. Keyboard
  4. Mouse
  5. Speakers
  6. Printer

Let us find out about some more devices that can be connected to a computer.

Input Devices:

Devices that help us put data into the computer are called input devices. They help in giving instructions to the computer. Let us learn about a few input devices.

keyboard information for KidesKeyboard:

The keyboard is used for entering data into the computer system. It can type

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