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Chris Dymond
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Chris Dymond

Sheffield, GB
I'm a digital strategist and innovation specialist (mostly), and I'm interested in knowledge and how we mediate it through technology. I also keep an occasional blog with my wife called Appy Families, where we discuss kids and technology and new forms of play.

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Geek dad of two young boys
Qualifications:
  • BA Hons Humanities
  • MA Politics
Working for:
Myself ( chrisdymond.com )

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  • Questions 1
  • Answers 20
  • Followers 6
  • Follows 2
  • Votes given 1
  • Votes received 24
Questions Answers Comments Votes
19Sep
Should teenagers choose GCSEs based on interests or future career hopes?

If their interests and their future career hopes aren't the same, then I think they've really got a problem, for the world is broad and wide and ...

15Jul

I'm afraid I have to disagree with Kelly, of course kids are primed to learn, but I would argue strongly that preschool children learn through ...

10Jan
How can we focus on tech and still support creativity?

I'm not sure if we should go back to CP Snow's "two cultures" argument to address this, or just say simply that the dichotomy between the two is a ...

09Jan
Are there national (US or UK) programs to teach inner-city kids how to code?

There's Code Club (http://www.codeclub.org.uk/) in the UK, which is a great volunteer-driven initiative.

08Jan
How do you strike the balance when it comes to technology?

I don't think people in the 70s thought technology would let them spend less time working did they? Unless it made them unemployed that is. I think ...

08Jan
How would enhance problem solving skills in under-5s ?

In my experience many under-5s enjoy playing puzzle games on computers - so much so that kids playing angry birds is now a cliché. These games are ...

12Dec
Do we need to teach kids to read a map now there is GPS?

I used to have a book of 'exciting activities' when I was a kid, and I remember there was a whole section on maps. It wasn't anything to do with ...

11Dec

Which kids apps review sites do you think are trustworthy?

11Dec
Is Minecraft more suitable than Civilisation for kids?

I agree with Matt. One thing I'd add though is that the big lesson that Civ provides (in my view) is the technology tree - the idea that one idea ...

11Dec
Of all the major consoles, which are most customisable?

I don't have much experience of XBox or Wii, however Microsoft have made a point about allowing people to hack their devices, especially Kinect. ...

11Dec
Can technology encourage children towards being physically active?

We haven't really needed to as our kids are still so little that it hasn't been an issue. I will say though that showing them Martyn Ashton's 'Road ...

11Dec
Should I network all the family's devices?

Hi Jiri, I'm not entirely sure what you mean by this - by 'network' do you mean hardwire or connect over wifi? Are you concerned about parental ...

08Dec
How can I encourage more use of technology that has a physical element e.g. Wii Fit?

You could try Geocaching? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching

06Dec
My daughter is reluctant with tech stuff, how do I encourage and support her to try more?

Depends on the age, but find games that she enjoys. Try to figure out what it is that puts her off. And try to reduce the complexity - e.g. ...

06Dec
Do children use tablets differently to adults?

I think the basic difference is that most adults will try to figure out what to do by just looking, while kids will try to figure it out by touching ...

06Dec
Are fears over violent video games affecting kids over the top?

Some of the moral panics over gaming are entirely over the top. It's a cultural learning process.

05Dec
Are there any good online games for playing with a one-year-old?

Depends what's meant by 'online': available through a browser, or that takes place in a persistent world and allows interaction with others online. ...

30Nov
How much attention should we pay to film and game classifications?

A lot I think. I like what commonsensemedia.org are doing, and I've always been a fan of the BBFC.

Q: Should teenagers choose GCSEs based on interests or future career hopes?

A: If their interests and their future career hopes aren't the same, then I think they've really got a problem, for the world is broad and wide and ...

3 years ago

Q: How can we focus on tech and still support creativity?

A: I'm not sure if we should go back to CP Snow's "two cultures" argument to address this, or just say simply that the dichotomy between the two is a ...

4 years ago

Q: Are there national (US or UK) programs to teach inner-city kids how to code?

A: There's Code Club (http://www.codeclub.org.uk/) in the UK, which is a great volunteer-driven initiative.

4 years ago

Q: How do you strike the balance when it comes to technology?

A: I don't think people in the 70s thought technology would let them spend less time working did they? Unless it made them unemployed that is. I think ...

4 years ago

Q: How would enhance problem solving skills in under-5s ?

A: In my experience many under-5s enjoy playing puzzle games on computers - so much so that kids playing angry birds is now a cliché. These games are ...

4 years ago

Q: Do we need to teach kids to read a map now there is GPS?

A: I used to have a book of 'exciting activities' when I was a kid, and I remember there was a whole section on maps. It wasn't anything to do with ...

4 years ago

Q: Is Minecraft more suitable than Civilisation for kids?

A: I agree with Matt. One thing I'd add though is that the big lesson that Civ provides (in my view) is the technology tree - the idea that one idea ...

4 years ago

Q: Of all the major consoles, which are most customisable?

A: I don't have much experience of XBox or Wii, however Microsoft have made a point about allowing people to hack their devices, especially Kinect. ...

4 years ago

Q: Can technology encourage children towards being physically active?

A: We haven't really needed to as our kids are still so little that it hasn't been an issue. I will say though that showing them Martyn Ashton's 'Road ...

4 years ago

Q: Should I network all the family's devices?

A: Hi Jiri, I'm not entirely sure what you mean by this - by 'network' do you mean hardwire or connect over wifi? Are you concerned about parental ...

4 years ago

Q: How can I encourage more use of technology that has a physical element e.g. Wii Fit?

A: You could try Geocaching? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geocaching

4 years ago

Q: My daughter is reluctant with tech stuff, how do I encourage and support her to try more?

A: Depends on the age, but find games that she enjoys. Try to figure out what it is that puts her off. And try to reduce the complexity - e.g. ...

4 years ago

Q: Do children use tablets differently to adults?

A: I think the basic difference is that most adults will try to figure out what to do by just looking, while kids will try to figure it out by touching ...

4 years ago

Q: Are fears over violent video games affecting kids over the top?

A: Some of the moral panics over gaming are entirely over the top. It's a cultural learning process.

4 years ago

Q: Are there any good online games for playing with a one-year-old?

A: Depends what's meant by 'online': available through a browser, or that takes place in a persistent world and allows interaction with others online. ...

4 years ago

Q: How much attention should we pay to film and game classifications?

A: A lot I think. I like what commonsensemedia.org are doing, and I've always been a fan of the BBFC.

4 years ago

Q: Should we encourage kids to 'switch off' devices for blocks of time?

A: I think we should encourage balance in all things. Not convinced it should be negatively predicated on 'switching off', but rather positively ...

4 years ago

Q: Is it damaging to children to ask them to wait while we text/email/check Twitter and so on?

A: It's contextual. One of the problems with multi-purpose devices is that there's no external indication of what a person's doing at a given time. I ...

4 years ago

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