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Students bring their own technology to class

The Scottsdale Unified School District’s Bring Your Own Technology program allows students to use their smartphones and tablets in class. At the beginning of...

Laptops for college: Mac or PC?

Mac or PC? With the school year fast approaching, parents of college-bound students are wondering which laptop would be best suited for their entering...

Not fun: phonics game on an iPad

Does it make any sense to hope your kid will learn phonics by playing games on an iPhone or iPad? A book seems simpler,...

Exhibit calculates math in our lives

You don’t need to love math to enjoy the new exhibit "MathAlive!" which opens today at the Arizona Science Center. No one will be asked...

iRony and the iPad

Consider the concept: An iPad app to promote the proper grip for grasping a pencil in the real world? The irony apparently is lost...

Shady and electrified

The east parking lot at the Children's Museum of Phoenix has new shade structures which will be perfect when the heat wave rolls in...

“Call” me crazy

No matter how vehemently a parent opposes the whole electronic invasion, eventually your will is eroded and you give in to things you never in a million years believed you’d give into. So I figure it’s only a matter of time before my son manages to coax an evil, spend-your-life-texting implement out of us...

A haus by the lake

Sitting on the southern shore of Tempe Town Lake just east of the Tempe Center for the Arts is a tiny structure with no...

The world is iFlat

I really wanted to go to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year to check out the Mommy Tech exhibition area. I...

Penguin hijinks for kids

Buckeye writer Erin Davis wrote an app for iPhone and iPad called "The Pete and Sneakers Bath and Bedtime Show," about two penguins who...

Baby care app for busy parents

My first inclination when I get press releases for smartphone apps telling moms when to feed and change the baby is to scoff and...

Buy, share, sell

There are so many games, books and DVDs it’s easy to catch “Amazon-click fever.” You find a book you really want to read, or...

Pictures of lights

Shooting holiday lights takes trial and error and willingness to play with your camera’s settings.

Parenting+software = Internet safety

Over the last few years I’ve read about several software products that claim to protect children from the hazards of the Internet, chat rooms,...

I am a camera

I’m sitting at my computer watching a slide show of photos of happy kids, untroubled parents and a family that clearly loves life, each other and having fun. Who are these people?

Keeping up with chores online

Zach Murset is a typical 13-year-old with a busy schedule. Awake by 5 a.m., he hurries through his list of chores before breakfast. After...

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