Category: Magazine
Computational Thinking, Programming…and the Google App Inventor

The ‘About’ section of Google’s App Inventor site acknowledges the work of mathematician and educator, Seymour Papert – “The educational perspective that motivates App Inventor holds that programming can be a vehicle for engaging powerful ideas through active learning. As such, it is part of an ...

10 Reasons Your Child Will Love Astronomy

2009 is the International Year of Astronomy and marks the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s first use of a telescope. From October 22-24, the Galilean Nights Project is sponsoring events around the world to encourage amateur and professional astronomers along with the general public to point their ...

Of iPhone Apps for Kids and Learning Through Gaming – I

If you are a proud (smart?) owner of a smartphone, or an iPhone to be more specific, chances are that you aren’t the only user of the device in the family. Your kids probably use it just as much as you do – and for good reason! Whether it’s to silence the rear row passengers of the minivan, or ...

Recommended Fiction for Tweens (9-12 year olds)

Nurturing good reading habits, and ensuring that young readers always have a ready supply of good, wholesome fiction reading at home (or in the classroom) is a constant challenge for most parents (and teachers). It would be a near impossible task to list out all the great books for kids this age, ...

What are 21st Century Skills?

“21st-century skills”, “21-century learning” “21st-century education”, “21st-century learners”… These phrases are all around us. They even feature as themes in the SmartBean Magazine and Resources. What do they mean? What’s different in this century? Why are they necessary? Who decides what these ...