The Prenda Blog

Best tech toys for learning coding in 2016

It was a bright, sunny morning in Chandler AZ, and hundreds of kids were walking up to the Infusionsoft headquarters. They carried laptops and sleeping bags, and wore sleepy but determined looks on their faces. Even though they came from vastly different...

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Interesting is something you do

It's now late summer, and the complaints of boredom are starting to register. Despite the strict "no complaining about being bored" policy at our house, my kids have played all the games, built everything they could think of out of blocks and legos (and other toys),...

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Shattering glass boxes with coding

Imagine a life inside a glass box. On the one hand, you would be safe and comfortable, immune to the dangers of the outside world. But you would also be limited in your reach and potential impact. You can see, but not touch, and after a while, you will probably wonder...

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A Coding Program So Easy, Anyone Can Do It

It’s not professional basketball. It’s not astrophysics. Not even Shakespeare. It’s coding. In a recent survey of library directors and children’s librarians, the number one reason for not hosting computer coding clubs was a lack of technical expertise from anyone in...

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Why coding programs are exactly what libraries need in 2016

“If I had a nickel for every snarky comment about libraries being irrelevant since the internet…”

It’s probably not a surprise that libraries are under pressure. Sure, the cocktail party comments are annoying. But if the politicians with the purse strings think of the library as a repository for dusty books that everyone has already downloaded to their Kindles, then we have a problem.

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Creativity is a beautiful thing.

Have you ever watched a child draw a picture? I find it beautiful. Like, sunset over the ocean beautiful. Planet Earth from space beautiful. It's the creation process. One moment there is a kid holding a crayon, looking at a blank sheet of paper. A few minutes later,...

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