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

Beware the naysayers.....

August 19, 2017

Earlier this week, an article came out in the Globe and Mail entitled, “Coding for kids: another silly fad”.  The author argues that while coding is the basis for giving instructions for a computer that most of us do not have to learn it any more than you have to understand an engine to drive a car or indoor plumbing to use a toilet. The writer then goes on to argue that the technology industry...


Inspired by Kids, Powered by Parents

August 12, 2017

“I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way.” – Whitney Houston At Digital Adventures, we are fortunate to be in a position to prepare the next generation to have a big impact using technology as their platform. In the process, they will help make the world a better place for all of us.  As we continue to build the business, I thought it would be good to re...


Learning to code is no accident

August 5, 2017

Since founding Digital Adventures and working with hundreds of kids on thousands of projects, we’ve discovered a fundamental truth; kids just want to play and build cool stuff they can show off to their friends and family. Our educational approach is based on accidental (or incidental) learning, and is designed to facilitate a dual purpose – enabling kids to have fun while they are learning. Ac...


10 Tips to Keep Your Kid Safe Online - Part 3

July 29, 2017

In this series, we will highlight 10 tips to help start the conversation around protecting our children in a digitally enabled world. The 1st part of the series focused on screen time, browser history checks and social media monitoring. In the 2nd part of the series, we will dig into being aware of illegal behavior, cyber-bullying and virus protection. For the 3rd and final part of the series, ...


10 Tips to Keep Your Kid Safe Online - Part 2

July 22, 2017

In this series, we will highlight 10 tips to help start the conversation around protecting our children in a digitally enabled world. The 1st part of the series focused on screen time, browser history checks and social media monitoring. In the 2nd part of the series, we will dig into being aware of illegal behavior, cyber-bullying and virus protection:Awareness of illegal behavior As the world ...


10 Tips to Keep Your Kid Safe Online - Part 1

July 15, 2017

While there are huge benefits to our kids developing digital fluency, there may also be associated risks if we aren’t mindful and aware of how we can best protect our children. As parents/guardians, our #1 goal is to keep our kids safe. Whether it is getting them swim lessons so that they are protected in the water or teaching them not to talk to strangers or advising them on the proper way to ...


10 reasons why your kid should learn to code - Part 3

July 8, 2017

In the first part of our series, we highlighted how technological disruption, technology fluency and how coding is the new language of business are key reasons why your kid should learn to code. In the second part, we outline how coding impacts the development of creative problem solving capabilities, influences their ability to communicate their ideas, teaches how to flex kid's entrepreneurial...


10 reasons why your kid should learn to code - Part 2

July 1, 2017

In the first part of our series, we highlighted how technological disruption, technology fluency and how coding is the new language of business are key reasons why your kid should learn to code. In the second part, we outline how coding impacts the development of creative problem solving capabilities, influences their ability to communicate their ideas, teaches how to flex kid's entrepreneurial...


10 reasons why your kid should learn to code - Part 1

June 24, 2017

Often when you are in neck deep in an industry, you might assume that everyone has the same framework or point of reference when it comes to the importance of kids learning to code. However, instead of assuming, we thought it would be important to clearly state the 10 reasons why we think your kid should learn to code. This will be a 3 part series. Without further ado, here are the 1st 3 reason...


5 Brain Boosting Benefits of Learning to Code

June 17, 2017

At a basic level, programming is writing a set of instructions for a computer to execute to achieve a desired output. Since computer coding is a relatively new discipline, there hasn’t yet been a ton of research on the associated brain benefits of learning this subject. However, a recent study helps shed some light on how the brain benefits from learning to program. In this study, 17 participan...


Born to Create - The Next Generation of Creative Artists

June 10, 2017

Right now, entrepreneurship or more specifically tech-based entrepreneurship is definitely en-vogue. This glamorization of what is a really tough calling has been building for years with the current generation. From the pioneers in the field like Bill Gates (Microsoft) to the modern day champions like Mark Zuckerberg (Snapchat), Jack Dorsey (Twitter) and Elon Musk (Tesla); it seems like entrepr...


5 Tips to Prevent Summer Learning Loss

June 3, 2017

This is an exciting time for lots of parents and students around the country. Some students will complete pre-K/Kindergarten and enter elementary school. Others will finish elementary school and begin middle school. Another group will finish middle school and enter high school. Regardless of whether there is a major shift from high school to college or intermediate step that involves advancing ...


The Jobs of Tomorrow

May 27, 2017

As a company that works with kids, we think a lot about the future. We imagine what trends will impact our current students, we think about what kind of jobs they might have, and we think about how we can play a role in helping prepare them for success given those inputs. One of the popular schools of thought as it relates to the necessity for teaching computer coding and engineering skills is ...


Designing the perfect tech learning environment

May 20, 2017

“The greatest sign of success for a teacher is to be able to say, the children are now working as if I did not exist.” – Maria Montessori One of the areas that we think a lot about is how to design the perfect learning environment for kids to learn how to solve problems by leveraging technology-based solutions. While we don’t claim to have all the answers, we do believe that we have found a cou...


Impostors, No More!

May 15, 2017

"If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right." - Henry Ford According to a review of 308 studies involving over 1.1 million girls and boys from 30 countries, girls have been outperforming boys in all subjects (reading, language, math and science) for nearly a century. Despite their performance, there is a nearly universal belief that boys are better at math &amp...