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

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...


How to Instantly Improve Virtual Learning for Kids

October 23, 2020

Earlier this year, we quickly pivoted our in-studio program offerings that teach kids how to code and build with technology to virtual classes at Digital Adventures. One of the big considerations that we had when making this shift is how closely we would be able to replicate the high quality in person educational experience that we had perfected over the years with thousands of kids earning 200...


What does learning to code actually teach kids?

October 10, 2020

Oftentimes, we can get so caught up in a trend that we don’t take a step back to understanding why we’re doing what we doing. Over the past several years, there has been a major push to teach kids how to code. The trends pointing towards a more technical future have never been clearer. However, that does not necessarily explain why we should teach kids to code or what they are actually learning...


What's the tech behind popular Xbox and Playstation games?

September 27, 2020

Console gamers have been anticipating the late Fall release of the next-gen Xbox and Playstation models for months. As expected, the games look great, but how are they actually made under the hood? When programmers code video games, like almost all modern software, they rarely start from scratch. Instead, they'll use what's called a game engine. Game engines are frameworks of pre-built code tha...


Build Your Kid’s Resilience with Coding & Technology Learning

September 13, 2020

In the midst of the global pandemic, we have learned that resilience is going to be the most in demand skill for the foreseeable future.  Kids who learn to be resilient will have a distinct advantage over those who have not developed this skill.The global pandemic has brought about many changes. One of the most noticeable is an increased use of technology to help navigate our lives. Customers a...


Top 10 Tips for Teachers from Virtual Students

September 6, 2020

We don’t want to be forced to always have our cameras on. In the classroom, you are not always looking at us. So, we don’t want to have to feel like we’re always on just because we’re virtual. We want the opportunity to socialize with our classmates. When we’re at school, we look forward to talking to our friends in the hallway, during recess, or at lunch. While we understand, there is a lot...


Learning to code and build with technology is really fun

August 30, 2020

When we think about coding and learning to build with technology, the image that might pop into your head is someone pulling out their hair or banging their hands on the keyboard.  While there are certainly moments of frustration, the reality is that learning to build with technology is first and foremost really fun.Helps you understand the world aroundFrom the time we wake up in the morning wi...