Workshop: Hands-On Website Design for Kids –
Have your kids ever asked how they can create their own web pages? This is a great introductory Computer Science topic that can be offered by nearly all families, even if you consider yourself a computer novice. Join Chris Yust from Homeschool Programming for a discussion on how your students can quickly learn the fundamentals of HTML. We’ll conduct a live demonstration of the simple tools and techniques that everyone can use to make their own creative websites. Let's spark a love for computers in your student!
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Here is the replay of the September 9th session with Chris Yust – Note: the freebies and discounts offered in this session have expired.
Chris Yust is a 17-year veteran of the software industry and a father of two homeschooled boys. Chris and his wife Andrea are co-authors of eight computer programming textbooks for kids and teens. They believe today’s students deserve fun, engaging opportunities to learn cutting-edge technical subjects – even if their parents aren’t comfortable teaching the material on their own! Chris frequently speaks at homeschool conventions, motivating students to consider a Computer Science career. You can learn more about computer programming courses at www.HomeschoolProgramming.com
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Note: the freebies and discounts offered in this session have expired.
Vocabulary Builder Tip:
This past month in the Facebook feeds, there's a photo circulating of a family Christmas postcard where all the members of the family are looking down and texting at their cell phones instead of smiling at the camera. All you see is the top of their heads. Of course, the photo is meant to "relate" and be humorous.
Are your kids hooked on technology? Rather than fight the battle for a glimpse of their eyes, why not implement lessons using the very technology they love?
I'm not someone who plays games on Facebook, I never have time nor do I want to get hooked. But there is one app that I installed on my android phone that I absolutely love – it's called Words with Friends (by Zynga). There's lots of Youtube videos explaining what an "app" is – so I'm not going to hit on that in this post.
I did not download Words with Friends from Facebook, something about clicking on Facebook games still scares me (hackers abound in that realm). Instead, I downloaded it from the apps marketplace and then connected it to my Facebook account.
Basically, Words with Friends is a scrabble game. You can choose to play with your friends (connecting through a variety of social networks and email hosts) or you can play with random strangers (not my choice, but some people don't mind). All the points are the same as Scrabble. After you submit each word, there's an ad that pops up, but you can get away from it rather quickly.
The fun thing about Words with Friends is that you can try different scenarios and if it's not a word, the app will let you know. So many words I didn't even know existed! One way to implement this into a vocabulary lesson is to have your child look up unfamiliar words in the dictionary and gain an understanding of the definition. Words such as "Za" and "Qi" are actually worth a lot of points if played strategically!
If you have a hand held device that has the capability to download apps, Words with Friends is a great way to get your kids thinking about words all day. Have fun and happy wording!