• 11/15/2017 12:27 PM | Tim Sieber (Administrator)

    With Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) just around the corner from December 4-10, 2017, many organizations are putting time and energy into creating fun and interactive Hour of Code resources to introduce youth to coding. Here are a few activities your student may enjoy this year...

    • codeSpark Academy has two online Hour of Code activities: a fun puzzle  with The Foos for beginner coders or friends can team up and learn basics with Snoopy’s Beagle Scouts in a fun and silly snowball fight!
    • From and Microsoft, three online Minecraft-themed coding modules introduce various coding basics to students grade 2 and above.
    • Have you ever noticed the whimsical and ever-changing Google logo called the Google Doodle? Using Scratch and videos from Google CS First, students can code their own Google logo.
    Many more online Hour of Code activities that introduce students to coding can be found at

    Hour of Code logo

  • 11/05/2017 2:34 PM | Tim Sieber (Administrator)

    With technology being ubiquitous in our world today, parents are concerned with the role of screens in a child’s health and development. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages parents to help children develop healthy media use habits early in life. In a 2016 article written by the AAP titled “Why to Limit Your Child’s Media Use,” overuse of and poor habits with digital media may place children or teens at risk regarding obesity, lack of sleep, problematic internet use, degraded school performance and increase in risky behaviors.

    Enter the Family Media Plan, an interactive tool developed by the AAP that creates a personalized media use plan based on your family's values and parenting style. Also included is a Media Time Calculator that can give you a snapshot of how much time each child spends on daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, homework, physical activity, and media use. The tool also includes AAP recommendations on screen-free zones, media manners, and much more.

YouthCode is a program of Impacting The Next Generation Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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