Microsoft Research is literally creating code kids can play with. It’s called Kodu – a play on the word “code” – and it’s a programming language for creating games on Xbox that’s “designed to be accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone,” Microsoft says on its Web page about it. You design with a game controller (and my 12-year-old thought he was going to have to learn game design in college!). But you’re actually designing a game while playing a game – how cool is that? Chris Wilson at Slate tried it and writes that it’s “also actually fun!” [See also "From 'chalk 'n' talk' to learning by doing" for a story about a school in New York, Quest to Learn, that teaches with videogames – subjects from math and history to videogame design – and for links to great resources on learning in play.]
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NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
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- Why Google (and Facebook) should admit kids under 13
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