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Technology shouldn't feel like magic

November 3, 2019

When students build their first video game or robot, they will often say, “Oh wow. It works.” Typically, I respond with, “don’t be so surprised!” However, I think there is a deeper insight from students response to bringing something new to life right before their eyes. Humans are naturally a creative bunch. We seek to bring new ideas, innovations and inventions to life. In technology, this can...


Technology education has the highest ROI for kids

October 27, 2019

"If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." - Derek Bok, President Harvard UniversityIn business, return on investment (ROI) is a metric that is often used to determine which projects to fund. Projects with the highest ROI are typically prioritized versus those with a lower ROI. To make this assessment, a team will often put together a proposal outlining that components of a project a...


The Stunning Paradox of Failure

October 19, 2019

“Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t fail.” - Bill GatesAlthough most of us would agree with this quote by Bill Gates. In many ways, we try to spare our kids from failure because we know how it feels. Failure can be painful. Failure can be demotivating. Failure can be difficult. So, we erroneously think that if we can orchestrate their friends, classes a...


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 ...