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TechCamps4Kids at the Ellenbrook Community Expo

Kids and Parents had the amazing opportunity to see what kids create in our camps.

Apart from watching some videos created for Mother’s Day, kids had the opportunity to play games other kids made while parents walked through the Ellenbrook Community Expo.

Co-Founder, Brenda van Rensburg, having a little fun prior to big event!

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Kids Play Zone!

Thanks to Gracelife Women for arranging an spectacular event.  Also a special thanks to everyone that visited the Expo on the day!  And lastly, thanks to all other stalls that volunteered their time to make this event a success.


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Protect your Child Online

Category : Australia , Coding , Cyber Safety

At TechCamps4Kids, we are constantly monitoring online behavior to ensure kids experience a safe and positive experience online.  Cyber Safety is one of our main topics we cover in a number of our camps where we teach kids about safety online and how to report any suspicious behavior.

Lately, however, we have found a number of search parameters which can not be filtered for young eyes.  The results concerned me as a parent and as a leading educator within the technology environment.

As a result, we have been working with Forensic Cyber specialists and Parental Software companies to ensure parents have opportunities to equip themselves with skills and tools to help their kids have a safe experience online.

One of the companies we work closely with, and one that has already received a nod of approval with a number of parents that have invested in their products, is QUSTODIO.

I downloaded this app to monitor my kids online experience.  Qustodio has excellent customer service and I can monitor my child’s online experience from any of my devices!  (Amanda – City Beach)

Currently, this company is offering all parents a special discount so that they can monitor, block and turn off computers from one click on their phone.  To find out more, please visit their website QUSTODIO. For only $49.00 for the year, this is an investment that cannot be overlooked.


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3 Ways you Can Help Your Child with Goal Setting this Term

Category : Uncategorized

Setting Goals can be a challenge, especially for kids.  Firstly, they don’t understand why they should set goals?  Secondly, they cannot understand how achieving a goal can impact their lives?  And lastly, completing a task can be timely and patience is not always in a young person ‘skill set’.  So how can parents help their child set goals?

LONG TERM (Term Project)

Ask you child what sort of things he/she wants to achieve in the areas they love! If they love soccer, ask them what is one thing they want to be better at.  And then ask them what they need to achieve to be better.  At this point, you can work out a little ‘game plan’ to help them work on this area.  Make sure you ask them to rate themselves in the ‘skill/area’ before creating a plan and then each week see how they are progressing.  Video is also a good tool to use, so they can visually see their improvement.

MEDIUM TERM (Weekly Project)

Some kids LOVE school.  Others struggle.  However, learning habits of doing a little homework will help in the later stages of school, especially in year 11 and 12.  Create a little Weekly Goal list where kids can focus on different subjects each day.  At the end of the week, they can be rewarded for achieving the weekly goal.

SHORT TERM (Day Project)

Help your child create a goal where they will see immediate success.  An example could be helping with chores at home!  Set one short term goal, such as making the bed or helping with the dishes.  Once they achieve this, remind them of their success of achieving that goal and reward them!  They could receive 5 more minutes watching their favorite YouTube or something you know they enjoy.

Our Minecraft Club focuses on Time Management and Goal Setting.  Using something kids are passionate about helps them achieve short term, medium term and long term goals WHILE having fun!

Keep a watch out for our next Minecraft Club which could be hosted in your area!


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Understanding Code

Category : Australia , Coding

Coding is a hot topic in Australia.  Many schools are teaching young kids to code. However, there is a big gap between coding and the importance of coding?

Ask any kid why they code, and the answer will be mostly that it is fun!  And we agree, coding is fun but it is A LOT MORE fun when we know how to apply it

This term, TechCamps4Kids will be teaching kids 8 to 12 coding with a difference. With over 2 years of working with kids throughout Western Australia, TechCamps4Kids have put together a curriculum to give kids an introduction to a range of coding languages. Besides learning a few more languages, kids will begin to understand Digital/Computer Literacy.  And more importantly, have a greater understanding of code and coding!

With each session planned around ‘FUN LEARNING’, Kids will begin to play with code like never before.  Starting from BASICS and working our way to Javascript, our goal is to have kids keen to know and learn more!

With the first session starting off with the 80’s, kids can expect to learn the foundations to coding.  And ultimately, apply the same concept to all languages that follow! [A clip of an 80’s coding movie “War Games” can be seen above]

There are still a few spots left.
Tuesdays – Guildford Grammar
Wednesdays – Guildford Grammar

 


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The Importance of Being a YouTuber

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Category : Australia , Camps , Literacy

Fact:  Any child under the age of 13 may not have a YouTube account!

However, learning to become a YouTuber has many advantages.  And, here is just a short list of why we think being a YouTuber is advantageous for the future!

  •  Literacy Skills

YouTubers must be able to compile a story board AND a script.  Not only do kids learn to write a story, they also need to learn to communicate their story to their audience.

  • Life Skills

Kids learn how to work with others in a collaborative manner so that they both can achieve a set outcome.  Focusing on strengths means kids learn to work in a team and create some exceptional.

  • Learning Skills

Sometimes things don’t go to plan.  Adapting to changes means kids learn to be flexible and think ‘outside of the box’.

Apart from this, kids learn valuable skills in regards to video production, recording and editing.  Currently we are in a visual digital world, and knowing how to create visual work means kids can use skills as a spring board to future careers.

TechCamps4Kids has partnered with Google (YouTube) so that they can offer kids the correct material for a bright future.  Look out for our next YouTube for Kidz camp.  #futureyoutuber

 


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A Sneak Peek into our Game Design Camp!

TechCamps4Kids has one primary goal.  To educate Life Skills, Literacy Skills and Learning Skills within Tech Environment.  It is through this, that kids learn skills that they can use now and build on for the future.  We call that “Creating a Road Map to a Career that makes you happy!”

In our Game Design Camps kids learn a ‘mountain load’ of information.  Apart from teaching basic coding techniques, we also teach kids how to design a game.  The latter is a little more challenging because kids need to figure out what type of game their friends will like to play.

While designing and developing a game is fun, it does not mean anything until you see your game on a global platform for the world to download and try.  This is called Real World Linkage and the information they receive back about their game is vital because this allows kids to understand what the market wants and what they want to buy. ‘Future Gamepreneur’.

TechCamps4Kids is proud to be pioneering a movement across Australia, and the world, where kids learn to create technological masterpieces.  We help kids grasp complex concepts in easy steps.  In other words…kids go from zero to hero literally within a couple of days!

Keiran came to TechCamps4Kids last year.  According to Keiran, TechCamps4Kids helped launch his ‘career’.  He entered into the WA Video Game Challenge held by TechCamps4Kids in 2016 where he came 3rd.  The prize was software over $120.00.  As a result, he dived into coding, and has not looked back.  To download one of his games —-> click here

The Mrhenben Team attended a camp on 10 and 11 April 2017.  This was their first attempt to creating a global game that could be downloaded on any computer and played.  They went from zero to hero within a couple of days.  To download their game —-> click here

This is what drives us…unleashing potential…and helping kids pave a way to an awesome future!

 

 


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Minecraft Camp

Why is Minecraft Important for Kids to Play

Minecraft has been around since 2009.  It has been through a string of changes with the latest version offering different playing options such as creative, survival or hardcore worlds.  A world is the virtual area where kids go to create and craft things such as houses, palaces or even solar systems.

Most parents are fearful of Minecraft because they hear a number of kids talking about killing, shooting and raiding. None of these traits we, as parents, want to instill in our kids.

However, in spite of these fear factors, Minecraft is one of the fastest growing game in the world.  Many parents find themselves asking why?

Apart from offering a 3D world which simulates lego, but in a virtual world, Minecraft offers kids the ability to make their own choices and mistakes.  When a mistake is made, they learn quickly why they should do in that situation. At TechCamps4Kids, we believe kids should learn to become comfortable with making mistakes because this is part of the learning process.  The biggest learning factor is the actions taking after making a mistake!

Another aspect that Minecraft offers is the ability to create a 3D design using virtual Lego blocks.  If you search Minecraft in Google and look under images, you may be surprised at the level of design kids can do.  We know of a 10 year old that design the Solar System in Minecraft.  Of course he scored 100% for his project!  What a cool way to present your project to your teacher!

Minecraft is not all doom, gloom and killing.  The fact they offer a creative world means kids can create a 3D image without stress.  In fact, most kids start at this point before they challenge themselves into a survival world.

At this point, you may be questioning all the terminology.  Don’t worry – we run Parent and Child Minecraft camps to speed parents up with this section of your child’s vocabulary. However, the most important aspect is simulating Minecraft to building something out of Lego only it is in a virtual world.

One of the best parts of a virtual world is that kids can play with other kids.  This is one of the reason we use Buddyverse, which is a kids safe server which is built for kids and run by kids.  The only adults that are allowed on the server are those that are camp leaders.  Outside of this, the environment itself offers kids opportunity to play games, build things and test their building skills in a more stressed environment with other kids.  We call that interacting and learning to communicate!

Minecraft Solar System

Another factor we enjoy is that Minecraft helps kids read and write.  In other words, it is the introduction to coding.  Many coding languages require the operator to write the correct terminology and it is VERY case sensitive.  The same can be said for any password.  Add a capital instead of sentence case, and the chances are you will not be able to access your account!

To move from world to world, to talk to player, or to command certain things within Minecraft you must use a form of code.  It is similar to javascript but more in the lines of Minecraft code.  Type any of these commands wrong and you will receive an error.  For us, we find this is the perfect learning environment.  Kids learn about frustration, how to over come it, how to check their work, learn from their mistakes, and then give it another go.

Using Minecraft to Learn and Present your History Assignment!

Outside of all of these amazing learning moments, kids also develop Fine Motor Skills and Hand-Eye Coordination.  Kids learn to navigate through the world using a keyboard and a mouse.  This type of skill is often over looked, however for kids it is a challenging task to type on the key board, while watching where they are going and directing their movements with a mouse!  For many, this is a very new experience and can be overwhelming.  However, because it is fun to play they persevere through these moments to master this skills.  We call that valuable Life and Learning Skills.

Therefore, while kids may be using limited grammar to describe their experience, there is a very real learning experience happening.  Ultimately as parents, we want our kids to learn doing thing they love doing.  And this is the very reason why we offer camps such as Minecraft, Create a Minecraft Server or Create Minecraft Animation.  We use what kids love doing and teach them Life Skills, Learning Skill and Literacy Skills in a technology environment.  They have FUN LEARNING!

Find our more about BV Minecraft Camps we host.

 


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Kids Become a Journalist

Seeking Junior Contributors/Journalists!

TechCamps4Kids is looking for contributors/journalist who love SPACE and TECHNOLOGY!  Contributors can be any age, however we would love some young contributors in the age bracket of 5 to 15.

As you know, skills are important.  Therefore, we want to help kids that are passionate in space and technology acquire some literacy and learning skills. More importantly, they will be able to show evidence of their work for any future jobs they make seek.

If you think you would like to give this a go, then all you need to do is to research some information about space and/or technology.  Write about 50 to 100 words about your research and then send that information to:

unleashingpotential@techcamps4kids.com

Finer Details

  • Articles will be placed in our next two magazines by our teen design team and then published into print and digital format.
  • Don’t forget to supply us with your ‘journalist’ name so that we can give you credit for the article.
  • If you have photos that you would like used, please make sure you supply the link of where you downloaded the photo.  If the photo is yours or your parents, please submit permission that we can use this in the magazine.

If you would like more information, please email us with your questions.  We hope to publish our next magazine by end of May/June 2017.

Astronauts LOVE spacetripreneurs

The latest ASTRO read!


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Preparing Skills for the Future

What Will Future Jobs Look Like?

This is what we do know.  There has been disruption within jobs.  Jobs, which we considered as secure 10 years ago, are almost redundant.  Some jobs that we did not even dream about 10 years ago, are taught in university.  Who would think that one could be a Social Media Manager?

Although Digital Technology has disrupted jobs, it has also offered us opportunities to diversify our skills into a more niche field.  One skill we can agree with is that collaboration is needed now and in the future.

We know that not all kids will be coders.  However, knowing how coding works helps, especially in the formation of an app such as Uber, is important?  The background of this apps stems from people who had a range of skills and teamed up to create a technology that will disrupt transportation as we know it.

So What Will Future Jobs Look Like?

Because we have seen a disruption in the job market, we know that any future job is possible.  Examples could be:

  • Robotics Surgical Engineer
  • Astro-Geologist
  • Remote Transport Operator
  • Virtual Educational Specialist

How Do We Prepare for This Type of Future?

What we know is that technology is constantly evolving.  Therefore knowing a ranging of technology skills is vital.  However, primary to this is having skills that allows us to be adaptable, solve problems quickly, can Fail Fast (Flearn), collaborate or present (only to name a few), is vital.  We call these soft skills that fall within our Life, Literacy and Learning Skills.

TechCamps4Kids is focused on keeping a watch on trends and changes in the skill sector.  We offer programs to prepare kids for the future.  And the way we do this is by offering camps that are in a fun tech environment.  Why not join us?

 


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Cyber Safety

5 Ways to Increase Cyber Safety in your Home

Let’s face it – we are in a digital world. Computers and the internet is vital and many school projects require kids to use them. However, the internet also present a more poignant threat which is one of the many fears parents have. Thus, knowing how to keep your child cyber safe is one of the most sought after advice asked in google.

As a result, we have created 5 ways to help you keep your child safe online.

1) Set some Rules

Many children are naïve to everything that happens on line and most find it hard to differentiate reality from fiction.  Most child up to the age of 12 see things as black and white and thus feel that nothing ‘bad’ could happen by revealing their personal information online.

Make sure your child understands that the rule of “stranger danger” is also applicable online.  They should not give any personal information to anyone that they don’t know personally in the real world.

2) Use parental control software

Monitor the way your child uses the Internet. Parents are finding it increasing harder to track their child’s online viewing.  A classic example would be YouTube which offers many visual targets for young inquisitive eyes.  Having software which allows parents to block content you don’t want your child can see can offer peace of mind.  A software we found useful is qustodio, however there are a huge range on the market at the moment.

3)  Educating Safety Online

Most parents don’t have the time to sit down and explain the possible threats online may have.  Some parents may also feel uncomfortable discussing this.  However, knowing about possible threats empowers children to make the right choices.

If parents are not sure where to start with online viewing, sending them to program that covers this in a program is beneficial. TechCamps4Kids offers a range a programs that include online safety procedures for your child.

4) Computers with the Family

It is hard to monitor your child’s online usage when he/she uses their computer in their room.  Therefore, having a computer in the family room, or creating a rule that the computers is to be used in the family room, is advantageous for several reasons.  Firstly, you can quickly observe if they are viewing sites they should not and secondly, kids feel included in a family circle thus developing social skills.

5) Use security and privacy settings

With kids accessing your computer for browsing could result in a range of negative experiences.  Using the security setting can assist with blocking downloads.  This step requires an administrative password. It will help prevent children from downloading viruses, Trojans or other ‘hacks’ that could affect safety on your computer and in your home.  It further aids parents by preventing kids downloading content that are a not suited for young eyes.

TechCamps4Kids goal is to educate life, learning and literacy skills through technology.  One of the subject we cover extensively through the year is Cyber Safety.  To be the first to know when we will be hosting community programs like Cyber Safety, please like our facebook page and/or subscribe to our newsletters found on the right top side of this page!


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