Category Archives: learning

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Does My Child Need a Fidget Spinner?

Let’s face it – Fidget Spinners have hit the market with a tornado effect that has left parents dizzy from the demands of their child.

Ironically, Fidget Spinners are the ‘spin off’ from the Fidget Cube.  The latter was a solution offered to people (adults and kids) to help with ‘fidgeting’ which is a tactile response to an stimulated environment.

Tactile Learners require touch in order to deal with an environment – normally associated with learning!  Tactile Learners are often confused with Kinesthetic Learners, with the latter needing physical movement such as skipping, running or jumping to help them concentrate on difficult learning tasks.

Because of the confusion between the two, parents have been caught in the middle of a marketing & sales wind storm.  And because fidget spinners/cubes are under $20.00 the investment to purchase one versus a ‘demanding’ child is well worth the peace at home!

Does My Child Need a Fidget Spinner!

The answer is quite simple.  Unless you have completed an authorized Learning Style Analysis, it is challenging to determine if you child is a Tactile Learner.  However, little tell-tale signs might help you decide.

One give-away to a Tactile Learner is the clicking of a pen when given a challenging task.  At TechCamps4Kids camps we often can pick out tactile learners when given a challenge task during a tech workshop.  And as a result, we are equipped with some tools to help them through this learning process.  These learning tools do not include a Fidget Spinner, as we often find tools that make a noise are disruptive in a classroom environment.  And, because we want all kids to enjoy the program, we make sure we keep the class environment inclusive not exclusive!

How do I find out if my child is a Tactile Learner?

TechCamps4Kids offers Learning Style Analysis for Kids/Parents.  The analysis comes with 3 reports that help children understand their learning style (empowerment), helps parents understand their child’s learning style (knowledge) and helps the teacher understand your child’s learning style (solutions)

Are Fidget Spinners a Bad Thing?

This depends on a number of things!  Was the Fidget Spinner purchased to help in a learning environment or was it bought because everyone else has one?  The latter is not a problem, however it would be classed more as a toy than as a learning tool.

Secondly, one needs to question where you bought the Fidget Spinner?  Currently, there are a number of Fidget Spinners that have been found to have high amounts of Lead and Mercury (Read More Here)

And lastly, is the Fidget Spinner disturbing other children’s learning experience? Many schools are stepping in and banning Fidget Spinners from the classroom because it is disrupting the class.  As a result, everyone’s learning experience is being exploited which means your child may be the one who is missing out on some amazing new skills they can use now and in the future! (Read More Here)

 


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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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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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Learning Styles

Understand your Child & Their Learning

Learning Styles

We have all heard about some of the major learning styles such as Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic!  But, did you know there are over 20 types of learning styles with your child having a combination of any one of these?

After working with children for over 25 years, Brenda will be hosting a complimentary session for parents to help better equip them with skills about their child, how do they learn and how we can help them become better students and unleash amazing potential.

There are limited tickets and booking is essential.  BOOKINGS

 

 


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