Learning how to explore and navigate technology is becoming more and more apparent for children and parents everywhere. Teachers and families are learning how to communicate via platforms like ClassDojo, Google Classroom, etc. At Active Scholars we emphasize the importance of children learning digitally and exploring various STEM activities to prepare our Scholars for an advanced technological future. Below I am going to outline some key apps and websites to help parents support their Scholars at home.
Why is it important for children of all ages to learn code? Coding is digital literacy. Just like we instil physical literacy to teach children how to jump, run and roll before engaging in higher level sports. We instil digital literacy which allows children to learn the creative processes to tell the computer how to perform various tasks. There are numerous apps that are available for children that are pain free for parents. As a parent myself, I can understand the apprehension with technology and not feeling up to par with being able to introduce these tech apps to children. However, the apps below do a great job of providing the basics in a kid-friendly language that your little ones will be able to lead themselves through. Additionally, most of the programs listed below offer options for use on a website or app versions for tablets or smartphones. At our home, our kids really enjoy these apps; right now Tynker is the fan favourite.
Younger Scholars - 4 to 7 years old
Junior Scholars - 6 to 9 years old
Older Scholars - 8 to 13 years old
Lastly, it should be noted that digital literacy should be fun and enjoyable for any little learner. An ideal learning time should range from 20-60 minutes before they need to get up and move around. Stay tuned for more information in the near future with more STEM activities and how to keep the kids engaged physically as well.
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