What I’d Like to Do with that Elf on the Shelf

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This Elf on the Shelf thing — where you move an elf doll around the house so it can better spy on the kids — is one trend I’m glad I can take a pass on. I put a lot…

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Why Don’t Schools Teach Coding?

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When my son was 10, he started downloading Java script code to teach himself how to write and mod it. This was adorable. But being his mother, I thought I could help him find an easier way. I tried to…

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Charming Gamification Guy

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I was just watching this Ted Talk by the charming Gabe Zichermann on the potential for learning in video games. Worried about your kids playing video games? Watch it. But I would just like to insert a moment of whining….

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App Design Competition for Middle and High School Students

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Know a geeky student – or just one with a good idea for an app — or even a classroom full of them? The Verizon Foundation, with the Technology Student Association, is launching the second annual Innovative App Challenge. The mobile…

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Powering the Homework Table

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  I love homework season. I know homework has it fans and opponents. And I’m not choosing sides there from an education point of view. I just love it that my two teens have to sit down in the homework…

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Foursquare and Back-to-School Shopping

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I am about to take my kids shopping for school. I am super excited — giddy really — that they are headed back to school. But I’m not happy about the shopping part. I’ve seen estimates that say parents spend…

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A Back-to-School Tablet Purse

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OGIO Brooklyn Purse in Tide, $44.95 My daughter – 14 – is starting high school in a couple of weeks. She is terrified. I know she’ll be fine. But it’s a big deal for her, starting a big, new school….

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Am I a Dork in these Jabra Revo Wireless Headphones? I Don’t Care.

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I once considered over-ear headphones dorky. I couldn’t understand people who wore them around the city as if they had just fled jobs as air-traffic controllers and forgotten to take them off. Then, despite my fashion-slave prejudices and because my…

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Printing from a Smart Phone is Easy

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It’s one of the rules of modern life that the printer will run out of ink only when the thing you are printing is urgent and you don’t have time to get more ink. This just happened to me. As…

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Netflix for Families

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I like Netflix better than most other things for my kids TV watching needs. It lets them watch on the device they have, lets me keep an eye on what they watch, and sometimes — when I see one of…

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