Is Gen Y the Gen Tech? (Infographic)

The team at ebuyer has designed an informative infographic which visually represents the most recent statistics available relating to children aged 3-15 years and their associated technological use. Although generation Y are undoubtedly and somewhat instinctively more proficient at using tech than most of their adult counterparts, some of the collated data may still come as a surprise. Here are the key findings:

72% of 12-15 year old’s own three or more media devices
16% of 8-11 year old’s own five or more …

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What we learned this week #75

Schoooooool’s out for winter. Schooooool’s out for…like, a week? Maybe two? It’s been so long since I’ve had the joy of a half-term break, I can’t remember how they work. I just remember playing a lot of Playstation and falling in rivers. Anyway, I do remember the bits that broke up those joyful holidays – where everyone had to actually go to school – and so do our expert writers, who had a lot to say about education this week!

The …

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What we learned this week #74

In many ways, we’re living in the future we idealised as kids – it’s all 3D televisions and magic printers – and in others, we’re stuck hopelessly on the problems of the past – like how do we stop our kids from misbehaving?! – and we learned about both sides of that dichotomous (definitely a word, I looked it up) coin this very week! Handy that.

The internet of things, explained at last! 

There’s been a lot of ‘buzz’ on the ‘web’ …

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What we learned this week #73

Well lookie here, if it isn’t the first ‘what we learned this week’ of 2014! I figured after our bumper end-of-the-year edition – plus y’know Christmas and stuff – you lot could use a bit of a break, but we’re back for good now. And we’ve already learned a lot! (Any suggestions that ‘dry January’ has any connection to the production, or lack thereof, of these posts is not only insulting but libellous, so. Watch it. And pass me that bottle opener.)

No …

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What we learned this week #71

Santa claus iPad

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Why, it must be an early present, because it’s a new what we learned this week blog post, replete with festive advice from our experts! Or it might be Santa. We’ll soon see.

Leave big presents until the new year! 

Don’t worry, we’re not coming over all Scrooge-like, it’s just the idea of saving some pennies by picking up presents in the January sales makes sense to Kelly Rose Bradford

‘I most definitely think we should wait …

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Why unschooling doesn’t mean uneducated

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There was recently an article in the Daily Mail regarding a mother who ‘unschooled’ her children which had its commenters up in arms over how her children would grow up to be unbalanced, unsocialised, uneducated and unemployable.

Unschooling is not, as the article said, a new concept. It has been around for many years and is simply a way of educating a child by focussing on their interests – or even on what they are interested in today. With no set …

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Sesame Street+Simpsons=Great maths game?

Nomnoms: Math Universe

Maybe that doesn’t quite add up but, then, I haven’t played Nomnoms: Math Universe. The educational game for Apple devices is due out on December 15th and helps teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and divison, through the tried and tested method of guiding a spaceship through the cosmos!

Read the full article on Quibly

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Watch a kid assemble a computer in minutes

Since its launch in 2012, the Raspberry Pi stole our hearts at Quibly, captured our community’s imagination and sparked a renewed love of DIY learning and getting under the bonnet to find out how stuff works.

Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google was so taken with Pis (and so horrified by the lack of computer programming currently being taught) that he donated a barrel load of them to British schools.

Raspberry Pi is now one of the most talked about products on Quibly and one …

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What have the robots ever done for us?

They’ve taken everything we had, not just from us, from our fathers and from our fathers’ fathers. And what have they ever given us in return?

Sanitation

Robotics within food-packing factories, robots to disinfect hospitals and spare a thought for ‘sewer bots’, which are exactly what you think they are, and locate problems in the poop pipes way before their human overlords.

All right, I’ll grant you that sanitation is one thing that the robots have done…

And the roads…

President Obama famously said that …

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Eight 2014 predictions you can bet the house on

Fortune telling

If 2013 is anything to go by, the speed at which 2014 hits us is directly proportional to the amount of time left, multiplied by the level of work to get through, divided by the length of your holiday. In short, it’s probably already 2014 and none of us have caught up to the idea yet. Tamsin Oxford tells us what can we expect from this even-numbered year…

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