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Jill Hodges
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Jill Hodges

Education London, GB
I have two tech-mad kids - they take after their mum! So we're going public and starting tech camps for London kids so that everyone can learn to program video games, design apps, engineer robots! And so that parents have some stimulating, constructive, exciting activities for kids during term breaks and summer holidays!

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Founder of Fire Tech Camp
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Fire Tech Camp ( www.firetechcamp.com/ )

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  • Questions 0
  • Answers 45
  • Followers 11
  • Follows 2
  • Votes given 19
  • Votes received 63
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11Oct
Should we be worried about the Minecraft videos our kids watch?

I'd agree that the language gets pretty salty on those videos! I let my (10yo) son watch them - in the room with me. I think it's a great opportunity ...

11Oct

I had to monitor my son's video consumption after hearing a few videos. Also there's the habit-forming nature of the services. Video on demand is an ...

11Oct
My son is minecraft mad and I was wondering about starting up a minecraft after school club?

I think it's a great idea! You could see if you could pull in Minecraft Pi to make it educational, too!

11Oct
Will Raspberry Pi Minecraft encourage kids to code?

We are developing a curriculum to teach Python with Minecraft Pi as an important leg of the course!

27Jun
Should I buy my 10 year old daughter a mobile phone?

We got our daughter one when she turned 11 and started travelling on the bus to school on her own. We got her a non smart phone (or at least not very ...

17Jun
Did anyone get or send an e-card for Father's Day?

Yes, we got one and we would definitely send one (although I have to admit I forgot to send one to my dad this year). He got his greetings on ...

17Jun
What’s the best way to organise family life?

We use Google Calendar so that everyone can have their own personal (and work for adults) calendars and we can share it across the whole family, ...

10Jun

Thanks for this question! I'm currently studying just this topic in very detail. The best option I'd give you now is going to the page: ...

10Jun
Which programming language is the most useful first step for kids?

[Scratch](http://scratch.mit.edu) is definitely seen as one of the best first steps! It's in-browser now, and on their home page you can get the ...

30May
Who runs Code Club?

Code Club was started by Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik almost exactly a year ago (happy birthday!). But the individual Code Clubs are organic - ...

23May
What musical instrument is best for children?

I agree with the others that the most important thing is to find an instrument that captures the imagination and makes them want to learn! That said, ...

22May
How can we focus on tech and still support creativity?

Give kids tech tools to create! There are great platforms for teaching video game design, app development, robotic coding, etc and kids are chomping ...

22May
Will our kids need to be creative adults?

Creativity is part of what makes people adaptable, and we all know that the world is changing at an ever increasing speed. One of the interesting ...

22May
How would rate a school with these three features 1. respectful for diversity 2. nurturing curiosity 3. geared towards creativity ?

I would love it! Alas, they are all too few and far between, at least in practice! So many schools now are about memorising facts and regurgitating ...

10May
What is indie gaming and why should I know about it?

Thanks for this - I'm a big Minecraft fan but some of those names are new to me and I'll definitely check them out! I don't see any redeeming value ...

24Apr
Which parental control program works best for Macs?

Personally I find all of the parental controls I've ever tried to be pretty much unworkable. What works for us is that the kids don't have the right ...

24Apr
Do country-specific restrictions on streamed TV encourage teens to 'bootleg'?

I don't let my kids watch shows from any of the bootleg sites. Beyond the legal and content value and integrity issues, those sites are a hotbed of ...

11Apr
Which TED talks are a 'must watch' for inspiring our kids to explore their potential and follow their passion?

:) I'm actually at camp this week! So amazing!

Q: Should we be worried about the Minecraft videos our kids watch?

A: I'd agree that the language gets pretty salty on those videos! I let my (10yo) son watch them - in the room with me. I think it's a great opportunity ...

3 years ago

Q: My son is minecraft mad and I was wondering about starting up a minecraft after school club?

A: I think it's a great idea! You could see if you could pull in Minecraft Pi to make it educational, too!

3 years ago

Q: Will Raspberry Pi Minecraft encourage kids to code?

A: We are developing a curriculum to teach Python with Minecraft Pi as an important leg of the course!

3 years ago

Q: Should I buy my 10 year old daughter a mobile phone?

A: We got our daughter one when she turned 11 and started travelling on the bus to school on her own. We got her a non smart phone (or at least not very ...

3 years ago

Q: Did anyone get or send an e-card for Father's Day?

A: Yes, we got one and we would definitely send one (although I have to admit I forgot to send one to my dad this year). He got his greetings on ...

3 years ago

Q: What’s the best way to organise family life?

A: We use Google Calendar so that everyone can have their own personal (and work for adults) calendars and we can share it across the whole family, ...

3 years ago

Q: Which programming language is the most useful first step for kids?

A: [Scratch](http://scratch.mit.edu) is definitely seen as one of the best first steps! It's in-browser now, and on their home page you can get the ...

3 years ago

Q: Who runs Code Club?

A: Code Club was started by Clare Sutcliffe and Linda Sandvik almost exactly a year ago (happy birthday!). But the individual Code Clubs are organic - ...

3 years ago

Q: What musical instrument is best for children?

A: I agree with the others that the most important thing is to find an instrument that captures the imagination and makes them want to learn! That said, ...

3 years ago

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

A: Give kids tech tools to create! There are great platforms for teaching video game design, app development, robotic coding, etc and kids are chomping ...

3 years ago

Q: Will our kids need to be creative adults?

A: Creativity is part of what makes people adaptable, and we all know that the world is changing at an ever increasing speed. One of the interesting ...

3 years ago

Q: How would rate a school with these three features 1. respectful for diversity 2. nurturing curiosity 3. geared towards creativity ?

A: I would love it! Alas, they are all too few and far between, at least in practice! So many schools now are about memorising facts and regurgitating ...

3 years ago

Q: What is indie gaming and why should I know about it?

A: Thanks for this - I'm a big Minecraft fan but some of those names are new to me and I'll definitely check them out! I don't see any redeeming value ...

3 years ago

Q: Which parental control program works best for Macs?

A: Personally I find all of the parental controls I've ever tried to be pretty much unworkable. What works for us is that the kids don't have the right ...

3 years ago

Q: Do country-specific restrictions on streamed TV encourage teens to 'bootleg'?

A: I don't let my kids watch shows from any of the bootleg sites. Beyond the legal and content value and integrity issues, those sites are a hotbed of ...

3 years ago

Q: Isn’t fraping just harmless fun?

A: Just the name raises all kinds of red flags! Crikey!

3 years ago

Q: Will Roominate create a generation of engineers?

A: It may be a bit of a marketing stretch, but I think it's a cool toy!

3 years ago

Q: Are Makies the future of toys?

A: Fantastic!

3 years ago

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