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quick computer skills to teach your kids

teacher avatar Philip Campbell, web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow

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8 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. 1.0 - introduction to digital tools for kids

    • 2. 1.1 - hardware to learn with your kids

    • 3. 1.2 - let's learn some coding together

    • 4. 1.3 - talking about money with our kids

    • 5. 1.4 - lessons for kids to understand data

    • 6. 1.5 - take part in the project, say hi

    • 7. 1.6 - the roundup

    • 8. 1.7 - share, review and go premium?

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I think this will be the first of many courses like this for the kids in our lives.

I'm concerned daily about how my daughter will work in this ever-changing digital landscape. she needs to be informed and prepared and able to adapt quickly to change. she will have many jobs, many hats to wear and she needs to understand what she is interacting with, who they are, where they are, how to keep safe online and a variety of other things that are unfolding as we speak with ar, ai and vr technologies.

it's all a bit scary really for a parent. we kinda hope it just sorts itself out but the truth is the more informed she can be in how she works with technology the easier I hope her life can be.

in this course.. .

  • wanted to make a course that i could work through my own daughter
  • some ideas of software, kits & things we should be playing with for 2017
  • programming languages and study for children at home and school
  • platforms to learn about money and finance and banking
  • data, devices & geolocation - educating kids about smart devices

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Philip Campbell

web3, OBS Open Broadcaster, Screenflow


brand new for 2022 | let's decentralize our content into web 3

i'm an internet strategist teaching anyone that wants to efficiently learn digital skills and tools often with free software based in the cloud - twenty-five plus years of expertise with all things digital and covering the latest trends today (and weekly in our podcast!)

I make courses as often as i can (in between blogging daily that is) my courses are about things I've learned or already done online -- i never make a course about skills I don't have yet!



hitting the road, working mobile, exploring across the uk and america! remote working 

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1. 1.0 - introduction to digital tools for kids: today's new course wanted to make a course that I could step through work through with my daughter. So today I'm bringing you a digital course working with kids, some ideas off software kits and things we should be playing with as digital in 2017 with the next generation. I know my nine year old daughter especially loved from the stuff in this pack. Programming languages and study for Children at home and school platforms to learn about money and finance and banking. And, finally, data devices on geo location. Educating kids about smart devices. Think this is the most important section teaching kids about data, the location where they are, how people can find them, things like that. I'm going to go into a bigger syriza about data before the end of the year as well. So let's get into this course 2. 1.1 - hardware to learn with your kids: right then some kit. This is Ah, computers Been around for a while now. Actual company who takes a raspberry pi computer British invention packages it together into a box with lots of other pieces in their keyboards. Got custom OS running on it as well, and it's a complete computer bundle for £239. I think it is that I mean, it was 299 300. Quit for the bundle and think about it is it's not just a pretty box with a raspberry pi on the keyboard and a few bits and pieces, and there's a whole programming section loads of kids to be able to build your own little mini projects. And I think if you're going to sit down with your child, learn about technology and learn about computers, there's nothing better, I think, than a computer at this scale. On the pricing point on the entry to computers is incredibly low with this, and you can learn about programming that you played games on it and you can actually access the Internet with it. So if you're looking for something in between buying a laptop or an iPad and instead of them gaming on it full time that maybe this is a way to get them interested into programming languages. If you do want to go a little bit cheaper than Max, is a bit expensive. Pepperoni Oh, has the Pi three starter kit on that hike aid. £85 for the pie. Splattering stock it. Which is incredibly well, Price on the Pike Aid is actually a recipe pie powered arcade machine with a little mini arcade machine enclosure, the joystick in the keys on its £180 for that, And they actually upset Bitcoin as well. Which is kind of interesting. One of the first UK you kind of sites to do with raspberry pi in and technology in general that I've seen abscess Bitcoin. I'm sure there's more of them, but it's the 1st 1 that really popped out to me. That old is a button here where Bitcoin two other ones that I wanted to bring up, mainly because I want kids to understand where their food comes from, how to make their own food, the cycle that plant life has to go through from seed to plant. 1st 1 is click and grow dot com, which is this self contained system with this specially made soil in the led lighting that helps you grow the the herbs and make a herb garden that kind of runs itself. You just have to fill it with water every so often and also farm. But I mentioned this in a previous Calls farm, but the i o both of these are my The 2nd 1 is open source for sure. The CNC farming machine Amateur ballot 1st 1 first one click and grow is actually a Kickstarter campaign. But what I like about it is it's self contained, unmatched actual visual feedback that you can have with your kids to see it actually growing and then opening up a dialogue about how does it go from that to that, the metamorphosis of it changing the soil, the water, all the components that need together all of these ideas. These digital ideas were really to get them thinking creatively about life and understanding technology more than just a piece of hardware just given to them, and it just works. It would be nice to get them to understand how it all holds together. Shooting a video editing audio, different shots, how to use a camera. I brought this up because I think we don't do this enough. We don't teach the process that behind the scenes work of what it takes to learn how to edit something to record audio out of stop wind noise why should shoot different shots when different shots are being used in a film? How much time is taken actually deliberating how those shots should be taken on how to use a camera? In general, there's lots of different features, lots of different steps, and I think we're removing a lot of the frustration out off technology, which is fantastic. But I also believe that they need to know from the mental of how that technology exists in the first place. Make dot do is a great way to get kids using creativity in making and construction of just recently come across these. It's an interesting little kit that you can screw into little bits of cardboard and create different objects from the cardboard. What what I like about it is it's not using a screwdriver and a screw. It's almost using this like injection molding little viral that you have a little screwdriver that connects into it, and you can connect bits of Kabul to all the bits of cardboard on. I'm sure it could be used for other things as well, but that's what I've seen it for. I think that just sparking the creativity cycling kids is really useful. 3. 1.2 - let's learn some coding together: all right then. So coding. Let's have a quick look at coding apple dot com four slash were four slash playgrounds For the iPad, it's a great way to get into coding. Swift, obviously, is the new programming language from Apple. A lot of games on AB Stal programs are written in Swift. If you want to get your kids, your Children, you're even yourself into learning about how to program in Swift. It might be a good idea to download this playgrounds app and go through. It gives you a little bit of information about how things work, some solving steps about the small problems that code has come across and how you go about it. And they've gamma fied it by. You have to go through a series of steps your character in this kind of game two bell to go and do those certain functions. And I think that's a really interesting visual way of learning on Gets them past that stage of just a blank screen with text and learning about functions. You're kind of gamer. Fine it in a way that is a appealing to Children. Scratched at mit dot edu. This is obviously from Boston M I t it spin around. Scratch has been around now for a long, long time. Free programming language and online community. Massive community online for scratches being used in the high schools. Not quite sure what level it is in the UK, but I do know exists. Python for Kids Book for kids age 10 plus on their parents together in 2017. Thing. You'll find it on Amazon Python kids. Definitely interested in teaching my daughter when she turns 10. A programming language in the new year, Kodo is a worldwide movement off free, volunteer led, community based programming clubs for young people. Think this was a lady from island that set this community up originally? And it is now worldwide. If you're looking for a place locally for you to go with your kids at the weekend, then coded, Oh Joe, do a search for that online, you will find it 4. 1.3 - talking about money with our kids: All right, then let's talk a little bit about finances and money, and I think I might get into crypto body into this. If no, I will be on the next scene. Squirrel dot Me. The UK simplest way to create and stick to a budget actually was gonna be a brand advocate for squirrel. They did a interesting campaign, threw up work on die, did sign up for it, and I did started making a budget in the lining stuff. But you really have to pay in the full amount of money for it to really work like they want to do to pay your money in your wages into their accounts. And then they deal with paying your bills and sorting out the savings and think brilliant system. I'm just not their usual participant. I'm not their usual freelancer in terms off the money amount that's coming in is not really enough for me to warrant setting up an account on doing all the various send bits and money out here and now I'd rather look after and manage that myself, but I think for sitting down with kids and even yourself to get yourself on top of things in terms of saving and holidays on just bills. In general, squirrel dot made a brand new one on the block, and it's a really nicely laid out and sensible, straightforward piece of software Web software. Go every doctor that UK pay pocket money and teach kids good money habits. So the good thing about the Go Henry site is that it has a card with it, and then it's just that modern day way off having that dialogue, I think about pocket money and spending it and not just being given money and then not realizing where it came from and how to utilize it the best. I like the idea of having two sides of it, the app for the parent and app for the child, and then also the card and how much could be spent on when it just makes them or aware off money on the source of it when they're going to get it again. Billy's Bitcoin dot com learned with the kids about Bitcoin in a fun way. When I do have some additional money, next year will be buying these books and you can download them, I think, to kindle. I'm not sure about IOS or Android, but I will look into that. Billy's Bitcoin dot com If you want to teach your kids a little bit in a sensible way in an easy way about crypto and the coin money and age by age guide, you can find some great ones across the Web. I did a bit of research looking for applications, obviously for the finance and banking part, and I found a chart where you should be teaching kids certain age ranges in their life about money, understanding those things at a certain age to go check that out on age by age guide. If you've got young ones around so 45 then obviously you will have to change the way you talk about financing and banking in a different way. Interested in getting into this with my daughter, talking about money and talking about electron ICS and technology and laptops and wanting this and wanting that. So I really want to educate as fast as possible about how to acquisition of wealth and that spending off also obviously the saving given and especially from crypto perspective. Believe it or not, i n s a dot gov for slash kids. They have a advice on crypto. They have all these like superhero characters, and they've got these pdf downloads I thought was kind of cool is an interesting way for them to talk about crypto going to get out. They've got a whole bunch of different things. They're for kids. 5. 1.4 - lessons for kids to understand data: all right, so Children need to understand what data is like. Electricity. It is invisible. They flick that light switch and it just comes on. It comes from somewhere. When my door to get to my iPad, she just clicks on an icon on the game load. She just realized the data transfer of the upload and download behind the scenes. She doesn't necessarily need to, I guess, because it's just they're laid out for. But it doesn't give her any basis or background to understand how that data can be manipulated, how that data works, how you can own your own data, how you can be private and maintain some level of privacy. I want to be able to teach that data can be manipulated. I believe it's important to teach them that data can be manipulated and changed. We started to see things with the supposedly with the election in the US when we're starting to see things in cyber crimes across the world, gradually taking off on becoming more prevail in and being part of our everyday life, says I think it's important that we make them understand how to cross reference that data that material so that they can make amore decision. Based on that information, one source is not enough to make a decision on. We've got to find a way off making sure that they look at different areas. They don't just follow. The advice on one YouTube video is important that they have different peer groups off knowledge and cross reference those groups that a smart device comptel them on other people where they are in the world and lots more sensor data is on these smartphones smart devices these days, my concern. Kids will use technology without understanding the ramifications off that device being connected to a WiFi to being connected to the world to sending out a geo location tag to where they are within 10 or 15 meters. I think it's super important that they become guardians of their own, data their own devices and understand the ramifications of having a smartphone, a computer in their pocket that can update anybody who can get access to that machine, that device where they are in the world. And that's important from not just a privacy standpoint, from a security standpoint, in terms off them, being able to navigate the world to be secure without data and understand the way our data can be used off how we use the Internet. Now that data can be sold for them. Looking up Palm videos on YouTube from going shopping on Amazon and all these other different websites on about how that data is being bought and sold between different websites. Building a identity of who you are as a browser as where you are, what time and what things that you're buying cause I want them to be custodians of their own data. Their data is being sold about them. I'm not to be manipulated and forced into a situation or into a lifestyle that they don't. They don't then have the ability to unsubscribe from and really interested in trying to give more information to our kids about data so they can be effectively good managers off their data experience. 6. 1.5 - take part in the project, say hi: So five step project. Then go to your project in the bar below par. An awesome project title in the project Works based. Be creative. Include pictures and the steps You took Pictures we cover image If you don't have one glove to know my doc Pictures Click on Save on Dure Done. 7. 1.6 - the roundup: all right, then the roundup. This course was only meant as an initial guide to specific areas. There's so much more knowledge to share about data and kids on devices and geo location and all the things that scare me about the world that my daughter's going into. And I don't know why I'm scared about it, because I grew up with technology and I I adapted, and I'm sure she will adapt. It's just that so many different complexity and layers to technology these days that it can kind of strike a little bit of fear into you on worry how they will get on when they're having to change their hats for lots of different jobs in the years to come. I did not mention it in the course, but being able to cross reference fact check and critique information I think is a huge skill that we need to be sharing with the next generation coming up having those skills we kind of grew up or my generation grew up with tinkering with desktop computers, the home computers, slow Internet games of various quality that gradually changed over the years and got better and better until we're today where we can actually stream on live from making income from just playing games online. So it's not that I'm trying to stop there, but I'm just trying to find a way for us to give them a really solid foundation of the things that we learned in a condensed way. My hope is that this gives you a bump in the do things together department as well as parents. We need to be able to understand where they're at what they're doing, not necessarily in intimate detail of where they are on the Web and what videos are watching and who what YouTube is there watching. But I think they need to understand that there is good parts of the Internet on bad parts of the Internet, and I think that's where I was going with this course. I would love to hear back from you from all the parents of things you do with your kids, to teach them about technology. Do you even use technology used analog way of explaining things? Get that through to them before you actually put them on digital technology. I also would love to know how Maney, how many parents out there have kids under 10 actually have some kind of smart device being an iPad or a phone. And at what age did you introduce it? And how did you go about it? Did you get some lessons? Did you go on a course? Did you some reading? Did you sit down together? I would love to know how to enjoy the course. I will catch it. We seem check out by. 8. 1.7 - share, review and go premium?: while I have you enjoyed the course, Please share and review the course. It really does. Help me out. Click on the triple dot button. Leave a review shared with Twitter and Facebook. I'll catch up with you.