Shes 5, so a pre-schooler. A friend bought me the ‘pig’, which is a great gadget, she loves it. It amplifies the audio and makes lots of flashing lights and movement as she interacts with the site. I really like that you have to sign up for the site. On the home page, there is plenty of clear, fast loading audio to welcome young learners.
A nice feature is that new ‘eggs’ hatch, so you can see who has joined the site as ‘hatchlings’. So from the off, there is a sense that there are lots of other kids doing it, so it cool. Sarah’s not new to a laptop, a veteran of Barbie Horse games and Dora the ‘annoying’ Explorer. She has no problem in figuring out what needs to be clicked and what needs to be dragged and dropped. Shes also happier using a track pad than a mouse right now. In the mean time, my 7 year old son is getting frustrated by World of Warcraft – it seems he has to ‘read the quests’ if he wants to get further than his level 6 he managed on day one.
I just figured after my last rant, that I should post something positive – a put back. Reading Eggs is of course a free online learning site.
Feedly – Another RSS API – Which I liked. I know Google Reader is the weapon of choice, but this I think is well worth a look. I liked the open clean layout, the tab style feeds and the deep linking. One neat feature lets you preview the blog post in an embedded pop out window, leave your comment and then close – so you don’t have to leave the page. I use Flock browser, and Feedly’s API installed right onto the tool bar.
Posting comments to student work today, I spend less time than I normally do – so there’s the benefit (to me). I still like Bloglines and have been wavering between Google and Bloglines … maybe Feedly will sway me. Yet another recommendation from an NECC conversation!