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Technology and Engineering

"The principal goal of education is to create men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done." —Jean Piaget

The Digital Age is changing the way children interact with the world around them. We are living through unprecedented times when the amount of information being circulated and new technologies being developed are changing the way we live, work, and relate to each other. Our children have access to new and exciting ways to create, connect, and express themselves, however it’s critical that we as parents and teachers help lead them through these experiences so that they know how to be safe, make good decisions, and continue to keep open and honest dialogue with us along the way. Playful Learning offers a variety of programs that teach specific technology tools and programs, as well as how to deal with the social & emotional side of technology use.

Introduction to Simple Machines

Science is so fascinating because it is literally all around us, and simple machines are the perfect examples! We use them daily, often without even...MORE

Technology as a Creative Tool: Keeping a Tech Log

Technology provides our children with amazing opportunities that we couldn’t have even dreamed of at their age. It’s important to emphas...MORE

Emoji EQ: Talking to Children About Technology

I may have just stumbled upon the golden ticket to opening up meaningful conversations with tweens and teens about technology! We started th...MORE

Simple Electric Circuit

I will never forget the feeling of creating my first electric circuit. I was in third grade and my teacher introduced the concept to us and gave us t...MORE

3 Poetry Apps for Kids

Rather than filling children’s minds with empty screen time, a key to the thoughtful use of technology is integrating it into everyday learning situ...MORE

A Book List for Young Architects

Taking a close look at the development of buildings over time is such a wonderful starting point for architecture and engineering. The following tit...MORE

DIY Digital Gifts for Kids

DIY gifts are an engaging way to involve children in the spirit of giving at Christmas. These digital DIY gifts are perfect for the budding photograph...MORE

8 Apps Your Child Will Love

Nuria from the The Adventures Archive is here today to share some fun kid-tested and mama-approved apps. Here you have 8 Apps that are both f...MORE

6 New iPad Apps for Little Ones

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some great new app recommendations for kids. Miximal and Drawnimal.  Miximal is new on...MORE

Studying Phenology with Time-Lapse

Last spring I wrote about introducing phenology to children and how to incorporate it into their nature journaling practice.  It is such an effectiv...MORE

Dinosaur Books and Apps for Little Ones

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share some great app and book recommendations for the little dinosaur lovers in our lives…...MORE

11 Math Apps for the Little Ones (part two)

It has been a while since I shared some learning apps, so over the coming months I hope to bring you a new collection from all areas of the curricul...MORE

Phonics Apps for Little Ones (Part Two)

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share part II of her recommendations for phonics apps for the little ones… After my initia...MORE

Phonics Apps for Little Ones (Part 1)

Rebecca from Thirteen Red Shoes is with us today to share another one of her thoughtful lists of app recommendations. My eldest son is beginning to...MORE

12 Creative Apps for Kids

I am thrilled to have Rebecca from ThirteenRedShoes back with us today. She has a great list of creative app recommendations for the budding young ar...MORE