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 technology excels at creating teachable moments

January 18, 2019

One of the best parts about being within the education space generally is being able to participate in teachable moments. Whether teaching math, science or philosophy, there is nothing like illustrating a concept and seeing the gears start to turn in a student’s head and then having them ask a question that enables you to solidify the lesson for both the individual and the group.At Digital Adve...


3 key learnings from launching our new edtech product BrainSports

January 11, 2019

This past Fall we launched a new edtech product, BrainSports. Our goal was to bring together elements of sports (training, competition, community) while also re-imagining an educational framework for teaching our students coding & engineering design skills that will power their future success.During the Fall season, students in both our Lincoln Park & Wilmette studios worked towards bui...


Tech's Broken Promises

January 4, 2019

We aren’t living up to the promised potential of technology. Solutions are supposed to make the world a better place. They are supposed to help fix the immense challenges in a difficult world. As of late, technology is falling short of its promised potential. From the recent insight that most of the internet is fake to the influence large scale social media platforms can have on elections aroun...


Every Company is NOW a Technology Company

December 28, 2018

While Netflix was originally founded as a company designed to change the viewing behavior of consumers by sending them DVD’s via mail. Over time, the company began streaming content via the internet using a combination of data & analytics to drive high levels of customer engagement. In order to satisfy the growing demand for content and insulate itself against the competition, Netflix began...


3 Ways Tech Builds Problem Solving Skills

December 21, 2018

One of the major challenges in an unpredictable and ever-changing world is the ability to creatively solve problems.Technology is one of the most useful platforms to not only create the solutions that will be broadly useful but also to simultaneously build the problem solving muscle with practice.Through repeated interaction and engagement with hardware and software platforms, we’ve found that ...


We Teach More Than Just Technology Skills

December 13, 2018

As an education technology program, our primary focus is teaching kids how to build with technology so they can one day change the world. However, there are also skills that students develop that go beyond just the 1 and 0’s of building hardware and software projects.  In fact, there are key areas embedded within education technology that help build not just technical skills but also those skil...


Should my kid learn how computers work?

December 7, 2018

Many parents will often ask us a variety of questions about computer coding and programming. Embedded within their question is a curiosity about whether or not this technology acumen is really for their child. Or, at times, it may even be an insecurity because of something that someone told them when they were a kid about who should learn about computers and who shouldn’t. And, often there is a...


Kids Will Save us from Bad Tech

November 30, 2018

Over the last several months, the rising influence and impact of technology in our daily lives has fallen out of favor in popular culture. From the use of the Facebook platform to influence the Presidential election to Google helping build a censored search engine in China. Everyone is now realizing just how powerful hardware and software companies can be.And while technology has undoubtedly ma...


7 Surprising Ways Fortnite Changed Game Development Forever

November 23, 2018

Love it or hate it, but if you know a child who is in elementary, middle or high school; they know about Fortnite. Even if you don’t think you know about Fortnite, if you’ve been around kids at anytime during the last 18 months, you’ve probably seen them emulating the dances popularized in the game.Fortnite is a global phenomenon that was launched 18 months ago. Since launch, it has taken the g...


Chicago didn’t win the HQ2 Amazon lottery….now what?

November 16, 2018

A year ago, Amazon announced an RFP from cities around the country to compete to become the site of HQ2. In the RFP, Amazon highlighted considerations such as infrastructure, educated workforce, population, transportation and real estate. We wrote about all the great reasons why Chicago should be selected.  This week, it was announced that Northern Virginia and New York city will be splitting t...


Stop Pretending That All Screen Time is the Same

November 9, 2018

Recently, the NYTimes published an article entitled, “A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley”. This primary thesis of the article is that the technologists, who created the devices and the software that runs on them, are doing the best they can to keep their own kids away from these inventions.  While that conclusion is intentionally shocking because it creat...


HELP…..how do I choose the best coding class topic for my kid?

November 1, 2018

With most educational topics in school, parents have typically had prior experience taking classes themselves or are aware of the natural progression in subjects like mathematics, science and reading. Unfortunately, for most parents, they don’t have a lot of experience with technology based topics. In addition, most formal courses of study in technology begin at the collegiate level and have no...


Didn’t win $1.537 Billion in Powerball? Try Tech Instead!

October 24, 2018

On Tuesday October 23rd, 2018, a single person in the great state of South Carolina won the $1.537B dollar jackpot in Powerball. This was the largest prize in the history of the lottery. A single ticket costs $2 and the odds of winning were roughly 1 in 300,000,000. This led to an unprecedented number of players tossing their hat in the ring for their chance at over a billion dollars.While cong...


11 Inspiring Videos for Why Kids Should Learn Coding

October 19, 2018

Technologists like Mitch Resnick, inventor of the Scratch Programming Language, Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, and Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, have voiced support for teaching kids to learn coding. Successful immigrants like Ali & Hadi Partovi, the founders of code.org, have discussed how programming has positively impacted their lives.There are also examples of young kids who ...


6 Off-Screen Ways to Teach Coding Logic to Kids

October 11, 2018

While we often think of technology learning as the exclusive domain of screens and devices, there are also many other ways to introduce and develop the logic necessary to successfully build with technology. Below are 6 Off-Screen ways to teach coding logic to kids. 1. Sandwich Exercise One of the fundamentals of technology is to internalize that programming is the process of giving a series of ...