Month: August 2015

5 Ways to Instill Creative Problem Solving Skills in Your Child

5735283_origThink about how you get to work every day. Do you always take the same route? Or do you change it based on what time you leave home? Or do you adjust route because you need to make a stop along the way?
All of these questions are problems that you solve, likely without much thought. As adults, problem-solving is at the center of many decisions we make every day. In addition, using creativity to solve these problems allow us to balance our busy lives.
So how can we pass along this critical skill to our kids? Continue reading “5 Ways to Instill Creative Problem Solving Skills in Your Child”

Online Course Teaches Kids to Program While Having Fun

With technology skills becoming as important as readin’, ritin’ and ’rithmetic in today’s digital world, many parents want to ensure that their children develop the right skills for the future. But many don’t know where to begin and how to make learning tech skills fun for their kids.

A new online course, “Server Design 1,” is using one of the most popular video games ever – Minecraft, which has more than 100 million registered users and has been a hit among younger players – to teach code to children between 8 and 14. The course teaches kids how to create a Minecraft world that they develop and design themselves using Java code.

This is the latest online course designed by Youth Digital, a technology education organization whose mission is to “create creators” by teaching children how to code, develop apps and design 3D modeling in a fun but challenging manner.

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Fox News: Online Course Teaches Kids to Program While Having Fun

With technology skills becoming as important as readin’, ritin’ and ’rithmetic in today’s digital world, many parents want to ensure that their children develop the right skills for the future. But many don’t know where to begin and how to make learning tech skills fun for their kids.

A new online course, “Server Design 1,” is using one of the most popular video games ever – Minecraft, which has more than 100 million registered users and has been a hit among younger players – to teach code to children between 8 and 14. The course teaches kids how to create a Minecraft world that they develop and design themselves using Java code.

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Server Design with Minecraft® from Youth Digital

Youth Digital is an online classroom dedicated to teaching kids how to do a number of things including Game Design, Animation, and Minecraft Server Design. GeekMom Jenny wrote about the Minecraft Mod Design course a while back, but today I’ll be discussing my favorite course:  Server Design.

Minecraft, of course, is the second-most sold PC game of all time, surpassing World of Warcraft, Half-Life 2, and The Sims 3. With over 60 million players on all platforms, it’s no surprise that players of every age group want more and more from this celebrated sandbox game. After all, what’s better than a sandbox game with millions of custom mods, settings, and maps? Not much, I tell you. Not much.

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Cary Magazine: Games People Play

Kaitlyn Bajakian loves to create banners, stationery … and video games.

As she heads off to college this fall, the 2015 Panther Creek High School grad is taking along life skills and special training that could jumpstart her on that hot career path: Courses dubbed SciVis, or Scientific and Technical Visualization, and GAD, or Game Art & Design.

“We learned technology skills and programming to create games, but also problem solving and time management,” Kaitlyn said of the Career & Technical Education classes at Panther Creek. “The classes are project-based, so we had to keep up with deadlines. And we learned better teamwork skills, because we really needed to work together. That made things easier in my other classes.”

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What’s Hot: Youth Digital Online Courses

If you want to add substance to screen time, these online courses geared toward kids 8-14 include 3D Animation, App Design, Fashion Design, and Server Design 1 (teaching kids how to program and customize their own Minecraft server by coding in Java. This stepping stone toward professional-level software gives kids better insight into life as a digital creator, designer, animator, programmer or developer.

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