The Digital Adventures Blog

For parents, educators and students to discuss tech education for kids, best practices for teaching coding & engineering design to kids & emerging technology trends

Kids Should Become Lifelong Learners of Technology

February 28, 2021

As I think back on my educational experiences, I’m struck most not by what I was taught but instead that which I had to apply in new and different ways. When you think about the essence of learning, it is partially building the foundation. But, the one aspect that will stick with you the most is how you utilize that learning.When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois Urba...


Consistent Practice Develops Your Kid’s Tech Superpowers

February 21, 2021

We often hear the term practice makes perfect. The real question is, what does that really mean? At Digital Adventures, we’ve had the opportunity to work with thousands of young people on their journey to learn how to build with technology. While there is no doubt that the next generation truly enjoys all things technology, how do you develop the skills that will enable your child to truly be e...


5 Reasons Why Kids Love Coding

February 14, 2021

For anyone that has ever been around kids learning to code, you will often notice that they absolutely love it. Whether it is a daily or weekly class, kids will look forward to the next time there is an opportunity to build with technology. So, what is it about technology that kids love so much? 1. Kids love to build their own coding projects Often you will see kids drawing on a piece of paper ...


Bring Tech Learning With Kids When They Go Back to School

February 7, 2021

In the past 12 months, life has completely changed for nearly every one. Many families are working from home. Many children are learning from home. And, nearly every interaction and engagement in modern day life is facilitated by technology.You can’t put gas in your car without using a payment system powered by technology. You can’t purchase groceries without using a point of sale system powere...


The Coming Wave of Education Technology Innovation

January 31, 2021

The global pandemic forced us to entirely re-think our models for educational content and delivery. Often instruction could be dramatically improved by having a high quality teacher in the physical classroom. This is often why you can see very different outcomes for students who are going through an educational program. With technology, there is a massive desire for scale and standardization. U...


Kids Learning Coding Just Wanna Have Fun

January 23, 2021

It goes without saying that kids enjoy having fun. Kids constantly gravitate towards having fun regardless of the environment that they are in. In fact, one could argue that the best part about being a kid is the ability to have fun without having to worry about the responsibilities that adults consider on a daily basis. However, here’s where we have a challenge. Parents wants to see their kids...


Why Kids Should Learn Ethical & Responsible Artificial Intelligence

January 17, 2021

Over the past several years, ethical & responsible artificial intelligence has come into increasing focus within the technology industry. The main reason for this is that we are learning that when we go down the path of machine learning, there can be all sorts of unintended consequences. For example, Amazon worked for many years to design an artificial intelligence based hiring algorithm. H...


7 Key Steps to Building a New Product

January 10, 2021

Since graduating from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign 20 years ago, I have been in the fortune position to build a series of technology based products and services. As part of my career, I thought it would be helpful to outline what goes into building the many different inventions and innovations that you often engage with on a daily basis.At Digital Adventures, our goal is to demys...


The Roaring 20’s of Technology

January 2, 2021

The past 12 months have provided us with incredible insight into the future of technology. By seeing how we had to adjust our lives due to an unprecedented level of disruption and change, we can begin to forecast what will continue to evolve over the coming decade.Fundamentally, the more things change the more they stay the same. And, that truism has never been more applicable than it has with ...


The Importance of Examples in Tech

December 19, 2020

Although, we have established that learning to code and build with technology creates a firm foundation for future success, that is not sufficient to change behavior. Instead, you also have to show a combination of products, people and pathways to really make an impact.ProductsMany of our students become interested in technology because of the video games they play. From Roblox to Minecraft and...


5 Fascinating Insights YouTube Viewing Stats Reveal About Gaming

December 12, 2020

Towards the end of the year, sites like YouTube begin to reveal viewing statistics about content consumed on their platform. For 2020, there were some fascinating insights about what gaming kids are spending their time, a lot of time watching. Click here to see the full overview of YouTube gaming trends for 2020! More gaming content is being viewed on these platforms than ever before. Minecra...


You still need technical acumen to build low or no code applications

December 5, 2020

Over the past several months, there have been a re-emergence of low or no code applications as a means to reduce the technical barrier required to get new products and services into the marketplace.While low or no code applications can certainly make it easier to launch an idea, this does not mean that you don’t need to have technical acumen. In many ways, low or no code applications are not un...


7 Trends The Roblox IPO Reveals About The Future of Gaming

November 20, 2020

Since being founded in 2004, Roblox has grown to be a global gaming phenomenon. As with nearly all successful companies, they are going to take their talents to the public markets. Becoming a public traded company with the associated disclosures allow us to get some insights into what has and will continue to make Roblox successful. Below are 7 trends that the upcoming Roblox IPO reveals about ...


5 Reasons Why Playing Video Games is Great During & After The Pandemic

November 15, 2020

Whether on mobile devices, computers or gaming systems, there is no doubt that video games are taking up more and more of our kids time during this unprecedented global pandemic. As we begin seeing the first indications of a rising surge, we can start to ask ourselves “Is this much video game play a good thing?”.Not only are video games great during the pandemic but there are many reasons why y...


Finding The Right Online Balance for Kids During Covid

November 8, 2020

When the pandemic first started, most parents believed that the interruption to our daily lives would be temporary. Similar to many parents I know, I’ve always tried to balance the amount of time my kids spend on screens. As the founder of an education technology startup that focuses on teaching kids to code and build with technology, I do believe there is a balance to be struck between product...