Tag Archives: Children

Kids, Social Media & Computer Games – A Guide for Grown Ups

As the parent of two young children, I’m often in conversation with other adults about the ways kids use technology.  We sometimes feel a bit out of our depth and almost intimated by the boundless confidence our children exhibit when engaging with games, apps and social media. However daunted we might feel, we can’t sit […]

Creativity Review

Here are some recent articles about creativity. Creativity and children Why Are We Raising Robots? | Let Children Play Compares how adults are trying to improve their own creativity with how the lack of play strips creativity from children.  Why children lose their creativity | Stltoday Looks at how children may be forced out of creativity, finishes […]

Creativity review

There is a continuous stream of research studies and articles about creativity that catch my eye.  Here are some recent pieces that have caught my attention.  Hope you find them useful. Creativity and children Despite less play, children’s use of imagination increases over two decades according to research Looks into the reality of the idea […]

Creativity review

Here are some recent articles that I’ve read about creativity.  It’s a thriving area of concern and I’ll continue to track items that catch my eye – a collection of theory and practice. Please let me know if you see any others of note that I can add! Creativity and children Ten Suggestions for Raising […]

Let the children play, it’s good for them

I read this fascinating article by Alison Gopnik on Smithsonian.com and I wanted to share the main thrust of it because I think it reiterates the importance of play. “Walk into any preschool and you’ll find toddling superheroes battling imaginary monsters. We take it for granted that young children play and, especially, pretend. Why do […]

Reforming education

The reason I do the job I do, is because I believe that education can change lives. I believe that is a universally applicable truth. For some though, the importance and potential impact is more significant. I am privileged to work with a host of organisations helping them develop and deliver their learning provision. One […]

Riding a bike

I talk about learning all the time, it’s often learning situated in classrooms or in the workplace. Of course, I see examples much closer to home too. My little girl is 5 years old. She started school in January. She hasn’t stopped learning since the day she was born and whilst that might be true […]

Underage gaming

I received this note from a friend recently, I wanted to share it and my reply because I think this is an important issue for parents and children. “A lot of children in my son’s class are playing games well above their age, specifically call of duty. My son is 9. He was shown it […]

Art and Play

One of the projects I’m working on at the moment is a website that will help primary school children (5-11s) with their art work. The audience for the resource is quite complicated because teachers are likely to be the standard bearers for it – they’ll be the ones that direct children to it (at least […]