Megan Fister is a website designer and manager of the Central Penn Adobe User Group in Harrisburg, PA. She loves technology and is married with a young daughter. She enjoys blogging on Homework Helper about technology and how it relates to children & education. Megan is BJ's sister and technical advisor to the Homework Helper Website.
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According to this article teens should only have about 1 hour or homework per day. I remember as a middle-school-er getting so much homework I could barely care the books home on the bus and spending what felt like my entire evening just doing homework. I can definitely appreciate teachers’ wanting to supplement and reinforce learning at school, but how do we strike the
With schools ending in a couple short months, now is a great time to start planning for the time your kids will be out of school. I have to admit, when I see headlines like “10 vacations to take before your kids turn 10” from USA Today I’m skeptical. Usually these types of articles are filled with advice that next to no one
Just added the site “If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel..” our Space Sciences page: http://bjpinchbeck.com/students/science/space-sciences/ Check it out!
Interesting study showing that kids who share devices score better on testing than those who each have one or those without. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/04/schools-stop-wasting-your-money-tablets
I’m not really having this issue yet (my daughter is in Kindergarten) but I’ve heard other parents’ concerns with how math is being taught in school. This article seems to shine a light on the frustrations if you aren’t hip to how math is being taught now-a-days. I find it interesting and see both sides of it. As someone who struggled with mathematics in
We really liked this article from The Athens News: “Even parents who might not be able to help kids with their calculus homework are already helping by simply creating an environment in which kids know they are expected to do their homework every day and that mom and dad will be there to make sure they do.” Full article at: http://www.athensnews.com/ohio/article-44746-how-to-help-your-kid.html
When my daughter started Kindergarten this year, my mother-in-law encouraged me to join the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). I balked thinking it would be all politics and little fun…but she strongly disagreed. “It’s fun!” she exclaimed. “Especially the classroom parties!” At any rate, I decided to take her advice and I’m glad I did. I signed up to be a “Homeroom Parent” (i.e. Party
Bruce Sr. “Dad”, BJ and I have almost always had some sort of physical activity in our lives spanning all kinds of interests such as tennis, soccer, hockey, running, rollerblading, aerobics, and more. It’s just been something that we’ve consistently enjoyed in our lives so I thought we’d share some of our favorite new low cost and free fitness activities. Note that most
I (Megan BJ’s sister) run an Adobe User Group where each month we get together to talk about various technologies as they relate to design, photography and/or programming. Last month we had a great presenter, Tamara Eyster, who talked about creating educational games for children. While her presentation was largely geared towards adult educators, we learned that there’s quite a few good
I’m a big fan of Podcasts and a new favorite of mine is StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson. First, a little about Neil deGrasse Tyson. Frankly, he is the most down-to-earth astrophysicist on the planet. He can break down these amazingly complex ideas like string theory and quasars, in a way that is both entertaining and easily understood by those of us