Category Archives: Skills

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WA Video Game Championships 19 August 2017

It is almost here.  And, there is still time to enter your video game.  Maybe you created something on scratch, game maker or even ClickTeam Fusion?  This day is aimed towards meeting other like-minded kids, having fun, seeing what others have created AND learning a few tricks of the trade.

This year, we will have a few more sponsors.  It is the 2nd championships and of course we need you to enter.  After all, this event was designed with you in mind.

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Introducing ToonGirl

ToonGirl is one of our Peer Lead Coaches.  From the moment she held a pen, she wanted to draw and over the years has had the amazing opportunity to work with well known cartoonist and animators to improve her skills.

Her goal is to work with Disney/Pixar and has competed in a number of animation competitions as one of the youngest competitors in the field.  Further, as a freelance agent, she has been contracted by a couple of companies to create original work.

These holidays, ToonGirl’s goal is to share some skills she learnt with hopes to inspires more kids to continue to draw and to create amazing art work.

One of ToonGirl’s original entries to the Disney Animation Competition

To join a FUTURE DISNEY ANIMATOR these holidays….BOOK HERE


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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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Back to the Future with Easter

 

This Easter we are taking kids back to the 80’s when the only form of video games could be found using an ATARI type console or going to an Arcade.  Road trips did not involved watching videos, because DVD’s were only starting to become a concept in the average household.  Of course, there was no internet, unless you were NASA. And time in the car was spent either playing ‘cricket’, ‘I-Spy’, or reading a comic.

So, in remembrance of an era that became the foreground to the evolution of technology, we have some activities which kids can do!  No I-PADS or smartphones, no computers or DVD’s.  Just old fashion pen, paper and communication skills.

The Challenge – How long can you go without using technology to keep you entertained this Easter?

A big thanks to DLTK for these awesome activities for kids.  To download the ‘old fashioned’ activities please click on image and print.  Or, click on image, save and print! 😉

Happy Easter Everyone

From
The TechCamps4Kids Team


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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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5 Ways to Keep the Kids Busy These Holidays with Literacy

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Category : Australia , Education , Literacy , Skills

At TechCamps4Kids we understand how delicate the brain is and, while we love technology, we also know the value of taking a break from technology to rest and recover.  After all, you don’t find professional sports people training 24 hours a day – so why should it be different with technology?

With this is mind, here are 5 fun ways to keep the kids busy these holidays.

 Decipher Code

Let kids create coded messages to you using ASCII Binary which is based on 7 digits using one’s and zeros.

ASCII Binary


Read a Comic

We found that many kids do not know how to read a comic.  Comics are a great way to teach kids to read, improve on imagination and help kids understand story board and content.  You can purchase comics from your local news agency.  Of course, Marvel and DC comics are popular but there are also other comics such as Richie Rich, Archie and Casper!

Create a Comic

Once kids have conquered how to read a comic, the next is to create one.  TechCamps4Kids published a book on ‘Comic Creations for Kids’.  This is a helpful easy to read book, giving kids tips and ideas on how to create their first comic.

Comic Book Template

Template Sample of a Comic Page

Visit a Library

There are so many Libraries in Perth with great things to see and do.  Why not visit your local Library to see what they have planned for kids these holidays?

Membership to a Library is free.  All you need is Photo ID, verification of your home address and to your application form (which you can acquire at the Library).

Write a Story

TechCamps4Kids are looking for junior contributors.  Have the kids write a story about space and/or technology.  It could be fiction or non-fiction.  Who knows, their story might make it to press!

Elmo enjoys a Good Read

 

 


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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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Autism Skills Kids Future

Working Together to Make a Difference

Category : Australia , Autism , Future , Skills

TechCamps4Kids recently had a meeting with the National Disability Service Commission.  The goal is to offer kids with Autism the opportunities to learn skills for the future.

We are excited to start walking with a organization that shares the same vision and goals.

If you have a child with Autism and would like to see what classes we will be hosting for them in the future, please contact us.  We are planning to host small short classes for high sensory children in the future.

 


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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.

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 do not join us?

 


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TechCamps4Kids aligns with Department of Education

Category : Austism , Australia , Education , Skills

We are super excited to be aligned with the Department of Educations ICT Curriculum Details.

With our focus on Life Skills, Literacy Skills and Learning Skills in a Technology Environment means everything we do in our camps has a tick of approval that meets the ICT Curriculum Outcomes.

So what is Australia looking for in the ICT Curriculum:

In the Australian Curriculum, students develop Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas, solve problems and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school and in their lives beyond school. ICT capability involves students learning to make the most of the digital technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.

To participate in a knowledge-based economy and to be empowered within a technologically sophisticated society now and into the future, students need the knowledge, skills and confidence to make ICT work for them at school, at home, at work and in their communities. Information and communication technologies are fast and automated, interactive and multimodal, and they support the rapid communication and representation of knowledge to many audiences and its adaptation in different contexts. They transform the ways that students think and learn and give them greater control over how, where and when they learn.

The nature and scope of ICT capability is not fixed, but is responsive to ongoing technological developments. This is evident in the emergence of advanced internet technology over the past few years and the resulting changes in the ways that students construct knowledge and interact with others.

Students develop capability in using ICT for tasks associated with information access and management, information creation and presentation, problem-solving, decision-making, communication, creative expression and empirical reasoning. This includes conducting research, creating multimedia information products, analysing data, designing solutions to problems, controlling processes and devices, and supporting computation while working independently and in collaboration with others.

Students develop knowledge, skills and dispositions around ICT and its use, and the ability to transfer these across environments and applications. They learn to use ICT with confidence, care and consideration, understanding its possibilities, limitations and impact on individuals, groups and communities.

We are super proud to be sharing this vision  with the Department of Education.


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