Programming for kids – Scratch

Yet another product teaching (the concepts of) computer programming to kids. When we were kids the extent of the technology gap was knowing how to program a VCR, and maybe setting up email. The comparative gap between today’s parents and their kids is going to be grand canyon-like.

The following was taken from a BBC News story. Click Here to Read the article.

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Primarily aimed at children, Scratch does not require prior knowledge of complex computer languages. Instead, it uses a simple graphical interface that allows programs to be assembled like building blocks. The digital toolkit, developed at MIT’s Media Lab, allows people to blend images, sound and video.

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Click here for the full story
Click Here to visit the Scratch Web site
Or Click Here to download the Scratch Software for Free
(via the Scratch Web site)

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Child Safety: Sage advice from a t-shirt….TV chimes in too

Child safety. Everyone has an opinion and people you have never met in your life are quick to point out whatever it is you’re doing wrong with your child. For instance, My wife and I were walking through a department store, pushing along the stroller with baby. A woman looks at our daughter and immediately says, “you’d better cover those baby’s feetMr. Yuck up!”. Thank you safety Nazi! My daughter might have suffered frost bite if not for your alert and astute observation. And then there was this time in the library. My daughter went through this “upside down” phase. When cradling her in your arms, she loved to have her head hang out over the edge of my arms and just dangle there upside down. It was calming for her. So I’m holding her like that in the library one time when she had started to get “fussy” and I’m waiting for the elevator. Some strange dude makes it very clear to me that I’m supposed to support the baby’s head with my arms and not let her head dangle like that. Eureka! I’m so glad he was there to tell me that. I shutter to think what would have happened otherwise. But this is the best of all….A sticker, placed on thesafety first bottom of the lid of a large tupperware bin. A picture of a baby sitting inside the tupperware bin, with the lid being put on top sealing the baby in. And a big red circle with a line through it. You’re telling me DON’T store my baby in a tupperware bin? Holy shit! I’m so glad I saw that. I mean seriously, that sage advice saved me one uncomfortable conversation with the Charlotte PD. And so now that I possess this great wisdom, I feel it neccessary to spread the word the only way I know how…via a t-shirt. If this advice helps save even one baby, then it will all be worth it. Along those same lines, I was also blessed with another brilliant piece of advice, though at least this was in jest. I’m sure all you Scrubs fans out there know what I’m talking about. That’s right…Don’t Smother Your Kids.

Thank you Zach Braff!