Friday, 22 September 2017

The Tessera is a free to play online story-based educational game to teach computational thinking to teenagers. Computational thinking is the set of skills you need to go from a problem to a computer system that solves it. This is an important skill-set that is needed along with coding.

The game has a spookily atmospheric storyline which is communicated by Ada Lovelace. It has a Victorian steampunk aesthetic with fantastic graphics.

Note: The Tessera is partially funded by the National Science Foundation, and is a collaboration between teams at Brigham Young University, the University of Maryland, Tinder Transmedia, and the Computer History Museum (Mountain View, CA.)

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Wonder Workshop has announced a new robot, CleverBot Cue, specifically designed with older children in mind. Cue is a programmable robot and is available in white or black. They have also announced a creativity kit for Dot, which includes a green version of the robot!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Britannica Kids is an online encyclopaedia packed with well-researched information on a variety of topics. The site has recently been released with full content requiring a subscription to access.

I tried out Britannica Kids with my children who are in upper primary school. The content is designed for children from K-12 with differentiated content for different ages and abilities.

Disclosure: We were provided with a free trial of Britannica Kids for the purposes of this review. As always our opinions are our own.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Tinybop makes fantastic apps for children. They have a number of different apps and we’ve reviewed a few of them here on Tech Age Kids. Our kids have enjoyed (some are a bit older now) and still choose these apps over other attractive options. Read our review of:
In this post, we take a look at Digital Toys series of apps. It includes 6 apps, Robots Factory, Everything Machine, The Monsters, Infinite Arcade, Me and The Creature Garden. You can get them all in the Tinybop Makers bundle (which works out cheaper than purchasing the apps individually).

Disclaimer: We received a download code to write this review. As always our views and opinions are our own.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

We went on a family camping trip this summer. Usually, we look for a holiday place that includes WiFi, but this summer our teen (now 17) decided he’d rather not join us. I had an idea and shared my plan with my husband. Why don’t we have a completely technology free holiday!

We've got lots of LEGO! Boxes and boxes of bricks. We've been inspired by the LEGO Masters TV series on Channel 4 in the UK and started doing our own LEGO challenges at home. This has been great fun and has turned out to be a brilliant way to spend some time together while the kids (and adults!) develop some useful skills.

As my kids have got older they've stopped playing with LEGO as much as they used to (which was a lot admittedly!) The draw of digital devices is strong. I'm more than happy for them to spend lots of time on laptops and tablets, but the key is 'balance'. Plus, all that LEGO cost a fortune, I want to make the most of it!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Potato Pirates is a card game that teaches coding skills to kids aged 6 and up. They are currently raising funds on Kickstarter and doing rather well. The project is already fully funded and it looks awesome.