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Weekly Roundup: Kids Tech Sites, January 9

January 8, 2012

The Daring Librarian has a great post, 10 Super Geeky Tips for the New Year, focused on online safety, media storage, PLNs, etc. The   password tutorial is useful for both students and adults.

My library has had a few robotics programs and they are always a hit. The directions for How to Make a Mini-Robot look like a promising project for future programs.

Mozilla’s Hackasaurus iniative is aimed at teaching kids what is “underneath the hood” on the Internet. The X-Ray Goggles slide over a web page and show what code was used for each section. They will be at ALA Midwinter in Dallas. Look forward to hearing reactions from conference attendees.

Via Teacher Tech, I learned about some programs that allow you to create animation without having to learn Flash. Picasion will turn GIFS into animation lickety-split. Children’s author and illustrator Peter Reynolds has created a kid-friendly program, Animation-ish.

And, to close, an inspiring post from  The Reading Zone about Free Form Friday, an adaptation of Google’s plan which lets employees spend one day per week working on projects they design.

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