A fantastic list of resources for adults and kids. Documentaries, programming, information. Oh my! Check it out…
I plan on looking at each resources and sending my kid links to “assignments” (watch, read, do, etc…) and cc’ing his dad on them so that maybe we can get out of the SSDD of summer break. Not that my kid is just sitting in front of the TV, but he has been more self-propelled this year than ever before. He has been teaching himself how to use Raspberry Pi, Linux, Python, Scratch, and more things that made me finally understand how overwhelmed and somewhat alienated and antiquated my parents felt when I became more tech savvy in the late 80’s/early 90’s. I couldn’t remember a keyboard shortcut the other day, and I pride myself on my resourcefulness (read: I don’t ask for help unless it’s a last resort. The results of this creed have found me in numerous
situations learning experiences that would have escaped my eager grasp, had I not been endowed with such tenacity) but I went to holler an inquiry to Alex instead of seeking the answer the “me way”.
It’s surprising, to me, how technology has grown since I left the traditional workforce over nine years ago, due to illness. It’s mind blowing, to me, that Alex’s education is largely technology based, but more organically than I would have imagined a few years ago. Technology is there as a medium and I can’t imagine it having more impact than in a classroom for children with communication disorders, as the technology offers the versatility, when combined with traditional analog methods, to meet the needs of the kids concurrently. Kind of neat.
So Alex has been playing with technology, this summer and I have been flexing my problem solving skills. I’m trying to explore how we can integrate technology into our world, here at home, without investing in some of the ready to go tech that is so out of reach for us, financially, and in a pseudo-organic way so that it is less of a distraction, more of a functional tool, and less of a superpower with the ability to create human islands in a little condo in SW Florida.
Anyway, check out the link and the resources on that list. There were some that I was familiar with and others that made me giddy with anticipation.
Did they miss any? Please share, in the comments, if there are any you would add and I will do the same.
Hope your summer is going well!