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Explorable Explanations
Lion cubs play-fight to learn social skills. Rats play to learn emotional skills. Monkeys play to learn cognitive skills. And yet, in the last century, we humans have convinced ourselves that play is useless, and learning is supposed to be boring.

Gosh, no wonder we’re all so miserable.

Welcome to Explorable Explanations, a hub for learning through play! We’re a disorganized “movement” of artists, coders & educators who want to reunite play and learning.
education  parenting  games 
6 weeks ago by Chirael
Why Do Some People Love Reading? - The Atlantic
A lot rides on how parents present the activity to their kids.
books  education  parenting 
september 2019 by Chirael
Teens have less face time with their friends – and are lonelier than ever
Teens have less face time with their friends – and are lonelier than ever
trends  parenting  mobile 
march 2019 by Chirael
Bloxels - Build Your Own Video Games
You don’t need to understand fancy code and own super expensive computer programs to make video games anymore. All it takes is your Bloxels Gameboard, some blocks and a mobile device and, of course, your imagination to take the guesswork out of building your own video games!
videogames  programming  education  parenting 
february 2018 by Chirael
Making a virtual machine in Google Sheets | Hacker News
I don't think I've actually seen a more elegant functional visualization of how computers work at that level. I could see this being used as an educational aid to introduce students to the key concepts.
education  programming  excel  parenting  assembly  games  finance 
july 2017 by Chirael
IQ is only a minor factor in success - If You're So Smart, Why Aren't You Rich? - Bloomberg View
So if IQ is only a minor factor in success, what is it that separates the low earners from the high ones? Or, as the saying goes: If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?
Science doesn’t have a definitive answer, although luck certainly plays a role. But another key factor is personality, according to a paper Heckman co-authored in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last month. He found financial success was correlated with conscientiousness, a personality trait marked by diligence, perseverance and self-discipline.
psychology  motivational  parenting 
december 2016 by Chirael
How I Rewired My Brain to Become Fluent in Math - Issue 40: Learning - Nautilus
In the United States, the emphasis on understanding sometimes seems to have replaced rather than complemented older teaching methods that scientists are—and have been—telling us work with the brain’s natural process to learn complex subjects like math and science.
education  parenting  memory  mathematics  science  productivity 
september 2016 by Chirael
Praise for Intelligence can Undermine Children's Motivation and Performance
Praise for ability is commonly considered to have beneficial effects on motivation. Contrary to this popular belief, six studies demonstrated that praise for intelligence had more negative consequences for students' achievement motivation than praise for effort. Fifth graders praised for intelligence were found to care more about performance goals relative to learning goals than children praised for effort. After failure, they also displayed less task persistence, less task enjoyment, more low-ability attributions, and worse task performance than children praised for effort. Finally, children praised for intelligence described it as a fixed trait more than children praised for hard work, who believed it to be subject to improvement. These findings have important implications for how
achievement is best encouraged, as well as for more theoretical issues, such as the potential cost of performance goals and the socialization of contingent self-worth.
parenting  psychology  research  pdf 
august 2016 by Chirael
30 years later, QBasic is still the best | Personal Registry Editor
Noah has been asking me repeatedly to teach him how to make his own video games. And for the past 5 months, I have been looking for the holy grail of language/IDE for kids in the hope of turning that spark of interest into a memorable experience…

My quest has led me to endless forums, through which I have tried countless suggestions: SmallBasic, Pico-8, Smalltalk, Scratch, etc. I have even inquired of the Great Oracles of StackOverflow, to no avail. After 5 months, I ended up with a disappointing conclusion: nothing is even close to what I had back in another era. 30 years later, QBasic is still the best when it comes to discovering programming.
programming  games  education  parenting 
may 2016 by Chirael
CNBC - Schools wasting money on computers for kids: OECD
Getting kids up to scratch in traditional skills such as reading and math will better prepare them for the digital future than schools investing in high-tech equipment such as computers, a report by the Organization for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) claims.
education  parenting  mathematics  science 
september 2015 by Chirael
Path-Sensitive: Sources of Power
You’re in high school, trying to get into a good college. You know what you must do: do well in classes, score highly on the SAT, and be active in extracurriculars -- and do it better than everyone else.

Actually, I have a different suggestion: train with a friend for the USA Biology Olympiad, score highly in the first two rounds of exams, and qualify for the national training camp and then the national team.

Only a handful of people can follow that strategy. But anyone who could play the standard high-school achievement game and have a good shot at getting into MIT or Stanford could instead play the Olympiad game and have a great one. The USABO is disproportionately high-utility compared to how competitive it is. It comes with a free trip to a national training camp where you receive intense training in biology and bond with a few dozen other top high-schoolers. There are vast swaths of America, including lots of high schoolers studying hard for the SAT, who have never heard of USABO. And yet there are communities where training for Olympiads is such a well-known option that it barely counts as a strategy.
education  parenting  motivational  inspirational 
august 2015 by Chirael
Hello Ruby
Hello Ruby is the world's most whimsical way to learn about computers, technology and programming. The story starts with a book. It’s suited for kids between 5 and 8 (but even adults might learn something new).
ruby  programming  education  books  parenting 
august 2015 by Chirael
Consumer Report Security Freeze State Laws
Fifty states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation allowing consumers to place "security freeze" on their credit reports. A consumer report security freezes limits a consumer reporting agency from releasing a credit report or any information from the report without authorization from the consumer. If a person suspects that he or she has been victimized by identity theft, a consumer report security freeze can help the person track whether an identity thief is using the person’s information to set up bogus accounts.
Twenty-two states allow parents, legal guardians or other representatives of minors to place a security freeze on the minor's credit report.
creditcards  finances  security  crime  parenting 
july 2015 by Chirael
Why You Should Tell Your Children How Much You Make -
“The Opposite of Spoiled” will be published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, in February
finances  parenting  books 
january 2015 by Chirael
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