2008 Kids & Family Reading Report

From Scholastic, a report that shows books still appeal to kids. Does this mean that mouse-clicking adults will think of books as childish? A new study released today finds that 75% of kids age 5-17 agree with the statement, “No matter what I can do online, I’ll always want to read books printed on paper,” and 62% of kids surveyed say they prefer to read books printed on paper rather…

Test Links

My son created a game in Scratch, “Hector’s Catch and Avoid.” Here’s a short video showing what Scratch looks like from the inside: Hector.swf My Son the Science Teacher

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News Flash: Bloggers Stop Quoting AP Stories

Want to quote 5-25 words from an AP story? That’ll be $12.50.  ($7.50 for non-profit or educational use.)  The AP has published a form that details the cost of an “Excerpt for Web Use” license. The AP has a right to discourage people from posting the full content of articles online, just as you or I retain the copyright to our own writing (unless we explicitly give those rights away). …

'Spore' Releases the Pixar in You

Wired examines a side-effect of the long-awaited life-creation game Spore: Role-playing games have trained millions of gamers in highly complex resource and inventory control. Basically, they’ve made screwing around with databases fun. Or think about conducting a big raid in World of Warcraft, where you need to deploy virtual team-management skills and diplomacy worthy of the Cuban missile crisis. Previously, this was the concern of only very high-level employees at…