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Recommended Smart Toy Lists by Age

Sheri Kam and kidsSean McCarroll

On the Dec. 13, 2014 program Sheri Kam, PR Specialist and involved mom and Sean McCarroll, social studies and technology teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School in suburban Detroit discussed “Smart Toys”.  The follow list shows the smart toys they recommend for each age group listed.


Young:

No Coding

  • Tobbles Neo (0-2 Logic) or anything stacking
  • Duplo
  • K’nex Jr.
  • Little Bits
  • Snap Circuits

 

Ages 5-8:

Modicum Understanding of Coding and Circuits

  • Thames and Kosmos
  • Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks
  • Marble Runs
  • Legos
  • More Little Bits
  • Goldie Blox and the Movie Maker

 

Tweens Into Teens:

Coding, Sensors, Logic Streams, Fluid and Creative Thnking

  • Fluxx Card Game (come in a variety of themes)
  • Top Trumps Card Game (comes in a variety of themes)
  • Ollie (App controlled robot) – a tube with treads
  • Sphero (App controlled robot) – a fast moving orb
  • Marble Runs (some have elevators and lifts)
  • Lego Mindstorms
  • Thames and Kosmos
  • Arduino (controller)
  • Raspberry Pi (microcomputer)
  • Lily Twinkle and ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board
  • Gamer Kits for Arduino
  • 3D Printer
  • App Gift Card (Just be aware that there are some In-app purchase possibilities)
    • Foldify (Design 3D Designs – can be sent to conventional printer or 3D printer)
    • Minecraft
    • Electopocalypse

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Podcast 1450 12/13/14: Smart Toys for Smart Girls and Boys

 

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Show Notes:

Gift Giving for a New Generation of Tech Savvy Children

Sheri Kam and kidsWelcome back Sheri Kam, PR Specialist, Social Media Expert and mother of two teenage daughters.  Sheri not only knows her way around technology but has a mother’s eye for holiday presents that will teach as well as entertain children who are interested in technology…without breaking the bank

 

Click to Listen to Smart Toys Segment with Sheri Kam and Sean McCarroll

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Creating an Innovation Lab in High School

Sean McCarrollSean McCarroll is a social studies and technology teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Sean worked with fellow teacher Gary Abud to design, collect funding for, and implement the GP North Innovation Laba modern learning space equipped with the technological tools needed for learning in the 21st Century. It was designed to promote creative and innovative thinking, group collaboration, and better access


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Security for the Holidays

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October 29, 2014

By Joel Rosenblatt
The holiday season is filled with opportunities for the Bad Guys to take advantage of people who are filled with the holiday spirit, out and about having a good time and letting their guard down.  Since I work at a university, I sometimes get asked to pass along tips to increase the awareness of how easy it is to be taken advantage of. Here are some of my “Seasons Greetings:”

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Podcast 1348 12/7/13: Microsoft Device Ninja & Styleshack

Show Notes:

Hour 1:

Women 2.0

Emily Hay

Emily Hay, our social media diva, shares her recent experiences at the Women 2.0 Conference in Las Vegas.

Styleshack

Rachel Schostak smRachel Schostak, presents a new website Styleshack.com where you can identify your unique style and shop for the perfect outfit locally.

Microsoft Takes the Next Step

Jerry CarlsonJerry Carlson returns in his role as Microsoft Device Ninja, helping us get into just the right Windows 8.1 device as a new crop of devices appear just in time for the holidays.

 

Microsoft’s 12 Days of Christmas Sale, Microsoft Store, Somerset Collection Troy

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Loot Crate 

Loot Crate Shane Hamelin introduces a fun way to find the perfect gift for the geek or gamer in  your life: Loot Crate.  Listeners who sign up can use the discount code “advisors” to get an extra 12% off your subscription.

 

 

MiTechNews Report

Mike BrennanWeekly feature with Mike Brennan, editor and publisher of MiTechNews.com, highlighting technology headlines from Michigan and around the world that impact of our state’s growing high tech sector. This MiTechNews report with Mike Brennan is brought to you by  the Engineering Society of Detroit, representing 16,000 engineers in Southeast Michigan. 

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Don't buy a new PC or Mac before you read this

Is the laptop, desktop, or tablet you plan to buy stuck with a last-gen CPU? That may be a reason to wait — or a way to get a great deal. Here’s how to tell.

by Dan Ackerman  August 22, 2013 8:33 AM PDT
(Credit: CNET/Sarah Tew)
Editors’ note: This article was originally published June 27, 2013, and was updated August 22, 2013, to reflect that many more systems are now available with Intel’s latest processors, with still more to come later this year.
Before swiping your credit card on a new ultrabook, all-in-one, or convertible, you’re going to want to dive a little deeper into the spec sheets. That’s because the latest Intel CPU upgrade, introduced in June and code named Haswell (but officially known as “fourth-generation Core i series”) offers significant battery life improvements in the laptops we’ve tested so far. So, unlike the more ho-hum Intel updates we’ve seen in years past, there’s a real-world payoff in seeking out a Haswell-equipped laptop.
But, many popular laptops, such as the Lenovo Yoga 13 and Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, still use third-generation Intel CPUs, with no official upgrade plans yet announced. If better battery life isn’t a …


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Look Who’s Tops on Cyber Monday Sales

It’s not likely a surprise to anyone, but on-line activity in the retail category has increased year-after-year and this year was no exception, according to a Brand Keys survey. Cyber Monday got off to a turbo-charged start with an increase of traffic of nearly 25%, which translated to nearly $1.25 billion in sales.
According to the Brand Keys Holiday Survey, here’s how online retailers ranked, the top-15, when it came to customer visits:
1. Amazon
2. Wal-Mart
3. Apple
4. Target
5. Zappos
6. Best Buy
7. Kohls
8. Sears
9. JCPenney
10. Macy’s
11. Toys R Us
12. Kmart
13. Overstock
14. Bed, Bath, and Beyond
15. GameStop

 


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New iPhone App Tells You Where Your Product Is…in the Store!

No this isn’t just about finding the right store in the city where they sell what you want.  This is about arriving at select stores and having an iPhone app that will tell you the precise shelf in the store where the product is located.  This is be a boon for late shopping husbands and boyfriends who HAVE to get a certain gift.  Full Story


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