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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Screen time: One more reason for mom guilt

When we flew with both of our children recently, I was a little nervous. I had never flown with two before. I wasn’t sure how my 16-month old would handle being confined for three hours. And my 3-year-old? There’s no containing that energy. A few days before the flight, I prepared. Busy bags were built, […]

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The real problem with screen time? Speech delays

Ever hand off your phone to your baby to keep her quiet? Or watched an infant stare at an iPad? A new study may have parents thinking twice when it comes to babies and screen time. New research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies meeting this year found that the more time children between the […]

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Inspire girls with stories of trailblazing female scientists and engineers

Normally, I hate TV commercials. I will mute, fast forward, change channels, get a snack, or pay for premium cable to avoid them. But once in a while, I get hooked: Subaru’s dog-centric vignettes, Dignity Health’s crib-crashing, fussy-baby-soothing dad, and best of all, GE’s “What If We Treated Great Female Scientists Like They Were Stars?” […]

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Why summer tech camp (teaching kids to code) is worth considering

When one thinks of summer camp, it’s easy to think about kids running, hiking and playing — free from school desks, homework and, yes, computer screens. We asked David Dodge, founder of Scottsdale-based CodaKid, why summer also is a good time for kids to learn coding. Dodge is a veteran Silicon Valley game designer and […]

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HGTV to give away its custom Smart Home in Scottsdale this summer

Anyone wanting a high-tech, energy-efficient home in Scottsdale may have a chance to win just that. HGTV built its 2017 Smart Home in Scottsdale, and the network will give the fully furnished home to one lucky viewer this summer. The 3,300-square-foot, single-level home has three bedrooms, a three-car garage, a wet bar, a home office and […]

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Parenting hack: Save time with online grocery shopping

As I’m writing this, our week has been a doozie. My family’s afternoons and evenings have been double- and triple-booked with soccer-playoff tournaments, basketball and baseball practices, Girl Scout meetings, a third-grade musical program and a school fundraiser. At one point, we had to call our personal Uber driver (a.k.a Grandpa) to transport kiddos from […]

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Level Up Village helps All Saints’ third-graders collaborate globally

You might not normally picture third-graders working on 3-D printers using computer-aided design, or conversing about solar energy with students halfway around the world. But thanks to the Level Up Village project, that’s exactly what’s happening at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School, a private elementary and middle school in north-central Phoenix. Sitting in a semicircle […]

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12 cool apps for tracking homework, encouraging chores

Being able to pull up all my kids’ chores on my phone has been a blessing and a curse. The convenience of assigning chores and special projects through a smartphone app as they pop into my head (as opposed to when I find a full load of laundry shoved underneath my daughter’s bed) can’t be […]

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Does your child want a smartphone? Here’s what to consider

In the past year, my almost 11-year-old daughter has been asking the same question repeatedly: “Can I get a cellphone?” It’s a universal conundrum for parents of tweens; it’s a tough call to determine when a child is mature enough to own a one. There are advantages to holding off: Doing so can minimize distractions, […]

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New Phoenix Coding Academy draws future tech leaders

Imagine commuting three hours round-trip to high school and being grateful. That’s how Harrison Kerkhoff of Wittmann feels about Phoenix Coding Academy. Harrison, 14,  joined nearly 100 other students at the school, which first opened its doors on Central Avenue north of Indian School Road in August. It’s the first Arizona high school to build […]

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