Megan Fister

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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5 Unexpected Lessons from Joining My Kid’s PTO

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

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Low Cost and Free Family Fitness Ideas, Tools & Apps

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

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Computer Programming Resources for Kids

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

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Podcast Review: StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

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The Science Behind the Fun of Shrinky Dinks

Growing up, I loved when my mom would get out the Shrinky Dinks, let me color them, and watch them bake down in the oven. When I saw a “Jewelry” Shrinky Dinks kit on clearance at a local bookstore, I knew it was time to introduce my daughter to the wonders of shrinking plastic. Shrinky Dinks, for those who may not know, are thin

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Art Supply Review: Do·A·Dot Art Markers and Coloring Books

My daughter and I were introduced to Do·A·Dot Art markers (we call them “stampers” in our house) at her preschool when she was about two years old.  One of the main reasons I wanted to write a blog post about these markers is that they are one of our very favorite art supplies and they are made in the USA too. Do·A·Dot Art markers

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Kitchen Table Artwork

I haven’t seen my entire kitchen table in weeks, maybe months. Oh, I’m sure it’s there somewhere buried under the kid crafting supplies and finished artwork. The thing is, the chaos of the kitchen table as the arts & crafts area seems like a fair trade off.  At least until dinner time when I’m frantically trying to keep the food from burning while clearing

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iPad App Review: Mickey Mouse Road Rally

My family is big on technology.  What can I say, it started young when my Dad taught me how to get online using BBS on his Kaypro Computer back in the day. I’m really dating myself, aren’t I?  That means, of course, that my 4-year-old daughter has been indoctrinated in the joy of technology at a young age, too.  Since she’s so young, she’s really

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