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Bill Gates tech education was unique but not because of money

August 11, 2019

For those who have read the story of Bill Gates, we can begin to connect the dots to see how his technology education during his formative years helped create the right boundary conditions for Microsoft to launch, grow and make a meaningful impact globally. However, his educational journey was not simply because of money. Instead, Bill Gates learned to build with technology in an ideal way for ...


Small Steps, Giant Leaps

July 21, 2019

This week, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.As Neil Armstrong remarked, "This is one small step for man and one giant leap for mankind."This historic occasion and celebration got me thinking about all the advances in technology that went into putting astronauts on the moon.As many people have accurately noted, the computing power in the space shuttle was much less...


5 Ways Learning to Build with Tech Improves Math Skills

July 7, 2019

Often as adults, we typically fall into two camps - those who think they are good at math and they who think they aren’t good at math. Usually, our confidence or anxiety began to develop in elementary, middle or high school and has stuck with us throughout our lives. While we may not know the exact point that we either leaned into math or moved away from it, the reality is that eventually our m...


Kids must develop this key technical skill

June 22, 2019

One of the biggest and most important responsibilities of parents is to prepare their kids for future success. For our parents, this seemed relatively straightforward. Good grades, solid extracurriculars, internships and a college degree would prepare them to achieve personal and professional satisfaction. Since the current generation entered the workforce, these elements no longer seem suffici...


5 Important Design Characteristics of the Future Classroom

June 16, 2019

While curriculum and instruction are extremely important to developing the creative problem solvers of the future, it is also essential to make sure the learning environment evolves to meet their needs.Below, we have outlined 5 important design characteristics that are foundational for the classroom of the future.Small Class SizesThe costs to deliver great educational experiences for kids has c...


5 Great Reasons for Kids to try Tech This Summer

June 9, 2019

Over the summer, kids are released from school for 3 months. Parents who are accustomed to having their kids educated now need to find things for their kids to do. For some, their kids are enrolled in a multitude of camps. Other families extensively travel during the summer to give their kids a more expansive world view. If the kids are older, they may start a business or find an internship at ...


3 Key Behaviors of Great Young Technologists

June 2, 2019

Over the past several years, we’ve worked with a large number of students in our studios. During our classes and camps, we’ve been able to observe students with a wide range of experience, ability and expertise. What we’e found is that there are 3 behaviors that seem to be present in great young technologists. For those that have these behaviors, we work to strengthen them. For those that don’t...


Microwave versus slow cooked technologists

May 19, 2019

For as long as most of us can remember, we’ve had a microwave in our homes. Given the immense time pressures that most of us have to juggle to keep our lives on track, heating a meal up in a microwave versus cooking on a stove or in the oven is not a luxury most of us can afford. However, we intuitively understand that a microwave meal is not going to be as good for us even though it fills the ...


3 ways to spark collaboration in kids

May 11, 2019

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." -African ProverbLately, our society seems to have overemphasized individual vs group performance especially during the developmental years for kids. This makes sense if you want students to perform well on standardized tests but not so logical if you want them to be the creative problem solvers that develop the inventions a...


Learn & Play in our Digital Sandbox

May 5, 2019

Technology literacy is no longer just an advantage, but a prerequisite to thrive in a complex, technology-driven world. Unfortunately, students do not have access to high quality technology education. Existing options are either too complex, boring or narrowly focused on low-level skills like programming syntax. These options might help students become coders who can translate someone else’s in...


5 Ways We Make Learning Technology Fun for Kids

April 27, 2019

Whether it’s playing sports or learning how to read, kids just want to have fun. This explains the popularity of educational themed shows like Sesame Street. They made learning fun by creating a mix of interactive and engaging characters while also being laser focused on delivering high quality educational content.At Digital Adventures, we have made a similar investment in prioritizing fun whil...


Why should I care about my kid learning tech?

April 19, 2019

As we discuss teaching technology to kids, we can often operate under the potentially faulty assumption that what we believe to be true is a widely held point of view. In reality, for any hypothesis that are often well-reasoned arguments both for and against a position. At that point, it becomes necessary to conduct an experiment to show whether the argument is demonstrably true or false.  One ...


For best results, build your kid’s technology skills over time

April 14, 2019

Humans have an amazing ability to project forward but then not do much in the near term to prepare for the future. For example, nearly everyone knows that humans are living longer and longer, yet not enough people are investing in their physical health. Closely related to the benefits of health investment is the need to have financial security that lasts for an even longer period after retireme...


Creating is WAY more than just coding

April 8, 2019

Learn to code is definitely on trend. In fact, based on a recent survey, 9/10 parents want their kids to learn this important skill. Hour of code is a large and growing educational event that millions of students around the world participate in. However, exclusively focusing on coding limits the full potential of what future inventors and innovators need to learn in order to positively impact t...


Don’t underestimate the learning potential of Scratch

April 1, 2019

At Digital Adventures, Scratch is one of the many hardware and software platforms we leverage to teach kids how to build with technology. Yet, when some students come in they already have preconceived notions about the utility of this powerful language.  They either say, I’ve already done Scratch or can we do a more challenging language? As an education technology platform, our goal is to make ...