AoP Tech Parent December 2017
Tech News, Support, and Information for AoP Parents!
AoP Tech's Christmas Gift Guide
Does your child have a computer at home?
Chromebooks are the economical solution for student devices. Look for models priced around $200. With a battery life that outlasts most smartphones, and free Google applications (Drive, Sheets, Slides and Docs) Chromebooks are quickly becoming a powerful educational tool. Some models have upgraded memory, touch screen and multiple screen positions. These are nice, but not necessary features. There is also very little difference between machines. Look for compact models that are solidly built such as the Dell 3180 or check out some of these models.
Is your child a builder?
If your child is already a fan of playing with Legos, both Lego and littleBits have developed kits that your child can use to construct robots and other inventions. These devices not only target their imagination and desire to construct, but they also introduce them to the world of coding. Lego’s Mindstorm EV3 is robot perfect for middle and high school aged students. littleBits are compatible with Lego bricks, and are suitable for children ages 8 to 108.
Are challenges, mazes or Star Wars more their thing?
AOPTech wishes children of all ages a very Merry Christmas!
Family Tech Tip of the Month
This Christmas season consider having an "old-fashioned holiday" by going device free for a day over the break. Pull out the board games, plan a day trip, go crazy with crafting - anything! Add some snacks and hot chocolate and it will surely be a day to remember.
Tech in the News
You might have seen that YouTube recently announced it is cracking down on disturbing videos of young children on its site. It is a good moment for all of us to reflect on what we put online and being mindful of what our children are watching.