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

Apple vs. Epic: Fortnite App Store Battle Royale

August 23, 2020

Recently, Apple and Epic have gotten into major disagreement regarding the availability of offering Fortnite on the App Store.  The key issue is the fees that Apple requires for in-app transactions. Fortnite is one of the most popular freemium games. It is estimated that the game generates billions of dollars in fees for different customizations. The core of the argument is what is a fair perce...


TikTok You Don’t Stop

August 14, 2020

Recently the beloved video sharing service, TikTok, has become a political football for relations between China & the United States. The United States has accused the makers of TikTok of partnering with the Chinese government to use the application to spy on Americans. China has accused the US government of sour grapes from an innovation perspective due to the widespread global popularity o...


5 Post Covid-19 Lessons Learned from Re-Opening DA

August 13, 2020

As schools around the country begin to make plans for re-opening, we thought it would be helpful to highlight our own journey as an education providers for K-12 students. In mid-March, we were one of the 1st businesses like ours to completely shutter our operations.  For a small business, this was difficult. But, given the alternative of a student or a staff member becoming sick; it became much...


Cobra Kai Coding

August 9, 2020

One of my favorite movies as a child was The Karate Kid. The story centers around the main character, Daniel, and his karate teacher, Mr. Miyagi. Daniel is interested in learning karate so that he can protect himself from bullies at school and in his neighborhood. To develop his karate skills, Mr. Miyagi has Daniel embark on a series of seemingly unrelated projects like waxing cars and painting...


7 Simple Steps our EdTech Startup Took to Hack Our Way to 200+ 5 Star Reviews

July 31, 2020

We’re not a high frequency restaurant or even a business that customers are used to reviewing on social media. Digital Adventures competes within the education technology space by providing computer coding, engineering and design classes & digital technology camps in state-of-the-art learning studios for kids in pre-K through 12th grade. In short, we teach kids how to think and build like t...


Who Will Be The First Ninja of Online Live-Stream Education?

July 30, 2020

The first consistent, repeated exposure to online education for a large group of the general population was during a global pandemic. Unfortunately, the first impression was not great. While it is often said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, I think the reality is that online live-stream education will continue to iterate/improve.In fact, within the next several mon...


Online Learning Needs to Step THE Game Up

July 26, 2020

Around the world, many parents are being asked to make a very difficult question - “should I send my child back to school full time or resume online learning?”. Unfortunately, this question is unnecessarily challenging. For many parents, their first exposure to online learning for an extended period of time was in the midst of a global pandemic. Many school districts were faced with the monumen...


Deep Tech is The Future

July 19, 2020

Every few years, a new company comes along that promises to deliver all the results of understanding how to program without actually having to write a single line of code. From what you see is what you get on websites 10 years ago to the emerging trend of no code mobile apps. While the pitch is seductive, the reality is that tech’s future is going to require a much deeper knowledge base in orde...


The Future of Tech is Multi-Disciplinary

July 13, 2020

Often times when we think about technology, we think that specialization is essential. While focus is key and valued generically, leading technology companies prove that multi-disciplinary is how to gain and maintain a competitive advantage.Currently, there are 4 massive technology companies that are valued at more than $1 Trillion dollars. These companies serve as a blue print for what the nex...


3 Reasons Why the Mixer & Ninja Partnership Failed

June 23, 2020

This week, we learned that Microsoft is shutting down Mixer. As a result of this move, top tier streamer talent is now free to sign with Twitch, Facebook Gaming or any other platform of their choosing. While this may have been surprising to many, the reality is this partnership was doomed from the start. In business school, we studied a case on top tier financial analysts who were given the opp...


Puzzles, Progress & Programming

June 17, 2020

My youngest child recently turned 7 years old. For many years, he's been into puzzles. When he first started putting together puzzles at 5 years old, they were just a few pieces.  Typically, the pieces were large and it would take him quite a bit of time to figure out how to put everything together. Every time he completed a puzzle, we would celebrate.His 1st grade teacher also enjoys puzzles. ...


All Virtual Learning Didn’t Fail

June 11, 2020

While there are some salient points in this Wall Street Journal article, the reality is that online learning is being painted with a very broad brush. And, unfortunately, most of the commentary is decidedly negative.Just like there are different types of screen time, we also have different types of virtual learning.The reality is that there is much more nuance and considerations that we need to...


Want to teach your kid to code? FREE isn’t always best!

June 5, 2020

Coding seems to be unique within education in that there are a large number of people who think that kids can learn to code simply by turning them loose on the internet with Google searches and Stack Overflow as their reference material. This phenomenon has always struck me as particularly peculiar especially given that it can take years of practice to develop and improve your technical skills....


3 Great Lessons the SpaceX Dragon Human Flight Teaches Kids

May 28, 2020

This week, SpaceX is targeting the launch of their first human space flight, Dragon, with NASA astronauts - Bob Behnken and Dave Hurley. Many skeptics did not believe that a private technology company would ever reach this important milestone. They believed that only the federal government could design, develop and launch a complicated project like human space flight.However, Elon Musk believed...


The Power of Digital Play

May 21, 2020

As parents, we sometimes forget that kids know best when it comes to play. These past two months have been tough. I’ve found myself sleep deprived and on edge, trying to find creative ways to balance my life while making sure my daughter is okay. What I have loved are those rare moments when I can slow down and observe my daughter. They remind me that kids know best when it comes to play. Espe...