Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge: And Back to School We Go

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It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. Summer is waning. Even here in North Carolina, where the hot season tends to linger a little longer than I’d like, we’ve had hints of autumn. My daughter just started preschool, and my son is back to school next week. But they had some great times this summer—we traveled, we relaxed (well, at least they did), and we immersed ourselves in some great books.

Microsoft YouthSpark: Learn to Code

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Kids have the opportunity to learn how to code at an extremely early age these days. I thought I was doing pretty well by starting in the 9th grade back in the ’80s. But now, if you are old enough to use a tablet or computer, you’re old enough to learn to code.

We Day Empowers Youth to Take Action

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With Microsoft as a major sponsor and founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger, We Day has evolved over time, turning into a movement with many thousands of participants who work hard to bring good to others.

Panasonic 3E Convertible 2-in-1 Is Built for Education

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Panasonic, along with Intel and Microsoft, has created a purpose-built computer for the K-12 education market. It won’t keep kids stuck in the classroom, however. It’s extremely portable, even having a carrying handle, and is intended to be brought out into the field to look at things in nature and study the world.

Tiny Hands Apps Puts the Joy of Learning in Toddlers’ Hands

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As the mother of two kids in a very tech-connected geek household, apps are often on our minds. Which is why I’m so excited to share Tiny Hands Apps, our sponsor, with you. Our daughter, the youngest, is only two. And while she’s fascinated with the iPad and certainly wants to use it like her brother does, there’s not much out there that caters to

Hobby or Career?

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Trying to foster interests into possible career options for my high school son, but exploring astronomy turned out to be more of a hobby. Better to find out now?

Explore Space With LittleBits

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This week littleBits announced the results of their partnership with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center when they announced the latest in their line of product kits.

Why Librarians Matter

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If you think librarians are all prim women, shushing loud children, you need to visit your local library and update your thinking. Librarians are the gateway to knowledge, defenders of freedom, and more!

Seed Science

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For many of us taught in traditional schooling, science “lab” was about following directions and if you didn’t get the correct result, you were wrong. That is a great way to kill anyone’s curiosity or love of true science. Don’t let that happen with your kids!

Viking Fun

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The Viking apocalypse already passed, but you can still have fun with Vikings: crafts, books, and Thor’s hammer!