Hello All. Welcome back for an exciting new edition of “Of All The Gin Joints.” I’m your host, Margaux.
Sorry It’s been forever. Life Updates:
- I have a master’s degree now. I’m now a Master of Library Science, or an official Library Scientist. If you want to get specific, I’m a librarian.
- I have a job.
- I moved to a new “city” aka a suburb that pretends it’s a city
- That is all.
So I need a place to put a couple of kids’ websites and where better than on there, where I can put all the internet junk? I see no flaws in this logic. Feel free to unfollow the blog now.
Fun STEAM games for kids looking to build their academic skill while still having fun. Open access, no signup necessary to participate.
Similar to the AWE computers and Free at our library! These games are educational with games for
I honestly can’t remember the last time I got so caught up in a puzzle game. You know me, I’m more of a reader than anything else, with TV coming in a close second. So when I started noodling around with this block coding website, I was shocked at how into it I got. They use Plants V. Zombies, Angry Birds, and Flappy Bird to illustrate how to get from point A to point B in your coding tutorial. The goal here is to start the “Hour of Code” program, but I was honestly just hooked on the puzzle aspect of it. And it told me how many lines of code I was making. Simply drag and click your way to learning java. A fun way to see what you code impacts what you see.
It might come as a surprise, but I did actually have a kid come in to the library the other day who wanted to make an app. I ended up having to leave Youth Services for the Adult collection and even then, the only book I could give him was Android Apps for Dummies. And everyone knows how degrading that is, even for a 12-year-old.
So I find myself checking out AppInventor. It allows kids to noodle around with code that’s specific to the android market. Step-by-step instructions and an appealing interface made this an ALA Website for Kids.
Seriously. This is some really cool stuff here, friends. If you’ve ever played around on Mango languages, you know that there are less intense, more fun ways to learn languages than repeating after the instructor, etc… Enter Duolingo, the language site that allows you to set a goal, take a placement test, and have fun learning a new language. This includes French, Spanish, German, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Danish, Irish and many more. I’m totally doing this.
Is there an awesome site at your library that tricks kids into learning?