Drawing and thinking

Drawing can indicate emotions, self-esteem, and self competency as well as one’s personality. Strong emotion will come in form of image not from word.

Children tend to receive art therapy. Because it can help children in creating self- expression, explore conflict, and exercise the control over the reality that they perceive. Art provide safe and enjoyable. This means that it encourage children to explore, make decision, and solve problem. It illustrates their inner world without having to rely on words.

It is an informal way of understanding of what the children’s struggles and their internal world. Drawing can use to help the child gain insight and to review progress through drawing records. Especially, children who are shy, quiet, impulsive have speech and language difficulties.

There is a case study of 7-year old student who lost her mother and have a problem with school. In the drawing, the school can perceive that that student has the feeling of helplessness, anxiety, and need to feel the important in connection to other people.

What do you think of what it shows when you draw? Have you ever drawn in class when you feel bored or what have you thought when you draw?


Have you ever think of developing an app at 12 years old?

For this last post, I would like to thank all of you that spending your time commenting, sharing your idea, and also discussing with me during this master year. I hope you all have been learned something new within all of my posts.

As conclusion, I will end up with a twelve year old smart kid, Thomas Suarez, who made an IPhone application and really successful for that. During his presentation on TED talks, he explained some tips of how children can develop the apps for Iphone devices. A lot of kids like playing game, but why do not they think of how to build it?

A simple answer would be, because they don’t know how to start? So how did Thomas make this? Going to school is not enough to accomplish his goal. He has to take time for more research. That’s very impressive that he can program in multiple languages such as C, C++, Java, Python, etc. Hence based on his knowledge, he can make the app using software development kit.

To me, that kid is so cool, I couldn’t even think about making some new dishes at 12, but he decided to what he wanted and made it. I really envy him for his challenging spirit, I learn from him that there is no perfect time to do what I want, it is now. He didn’t wait the time, he just did it. I really respect him doing like that. And he also teaches me how much being specialized at something is important. He makes me try to do more deeper on areas in which I’m interested.

Source: http://www.ted.com/talks/thomas_suarez_a_12_year_old_app_developer#t-106826

How young is too young?

It’s a simple question for those parents making a debate every day, what age should their kids be allowed to have their own cell phones? Since the reality is that most kids have mobile devices, or smart phones well before high school.

According to a 2010 survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, there are various percentage of children at the age of 8 to 17 that using mobile devices. He found out that 85% of those aged 14 to 17 are being use the cell phone, and from the age of 11 to 14 are about 70%. However, he was surprised that around 30% of kids between 8 to 10 years old are using the smart phone devices now days. But what do you think that which age should we allow them to use it?

In my opinion, there is no reason for a child or young teen to have a cell phone.  Parents use it as a way to keep track of their kids – which is silly.  A phone is not a substitute for knowing where your kids are at and what they’re up to. I think they need it just because other kids had phones at young ages. Kids these days don’t appreciate much of anything, because parents just hand it over as fast as they can. Parents aren’t obligated to keep up with fads, and phones are not a necessity when kids are young.

Source: http://www.webmd.com/children/features/children-and-cell-phones

The reasons why cartoon is most popular for children?

Many children around the world like watching cartoon on Television, also now is popular in smart devices as well. To learn and know how they like watching it, many researchers were published a lot of reports.

According to Rizzitrinidad, a fourth year student at Eastern Visayas State University, illustrates three main aspects that lead some children prefer to watch the cartoon. Firstly, the cartoons on the TV are fun to watch; for instance Tom and Jerry, School house rock, The little mermaid, and so on. These cartoons made children watch them almost all days when they are free. Next reason is that children can study many things from cartoons easily since they are funny and not dull. The last reason is that cartoons are fantastical, which means that they are not realistic.

So for my idea, cartoon really make most children funny and make them away from feeling bored. They can learn many things from the scene such as culture, history, mathematic, difference languages,  and somehow the make the drawing picture of cartoons, etc. That is why many young people are addicted to watching cartoons.

Did you have any reasons or idea why children like watching cartoon?

Source: https://rizzitrinidad.wordpress.com/2011/08/06/three-reasons-why-children-like-watching-cartoons/

The Secret to Raising Smart Kids

All parents in the whole society always desire to see their kids growing smarter to achieve livable communities and regional equity. Otherwise, least of them can achieve their goal due to the lack of knowledge to do so.

According to the Time’s Magazine which based in USA, they described some importance strategies to make your kids smarter. For instance, music lesson makes the students learning advantage in the classroom and gave greater increases in full-scale IQ. Next, parents should not read the books to your kids, but please read with them; it would be help build their reading skills. Health is the best thing to focus for your kids, so you should give them the healthy food. Other example is happiness; since happier kids are more likely to turn into successful accomplished adults. Give your baby smart toys. These are toys that stimulate and build his brains. Apps from tablets and smartphones can be effective educational toys, but it is best that you play with them with your baby. Machines are not as effective as humans in building your baby’s brains.

In my opinion, making your kids smarter should be involve from all aspects combine together such as family, friends, teachers, and the environment in the society. But I think parents have their big impacts to their child than other one to make their child smarter. In this case, parents have to be clear about their own values, because children watch us closely than the other. If you want your children to be able to stand up for their values, you have to do the same. Furthermore, parents also have to make sure their own lives are fulfilling.

Source: http://time.com/12086/how-to-make-your-kids-smarter-10-steps-backed-by-science/smart-kids

Gesturing with hands is a powerful tool for children’s math learning

Most children usually use their hand to gesture when they want to calculate the math numbers or complexity equation. That was the easy way to improve a deep understanding of the problem they were taught, based on the new research from the University of Chicago’s department of Psychology.

The research found that, acting gave children a relatively shallow understanding of a novel mathematic concept, whereas gesturing led to deeper and more flexible learning with a convenient approach. Moreover, gesturing encourage the learners to create their knowledge they had gained during instruction, concrete gesture somewhere in between and action least effective. Children will appear to learn underlying concept from their action only insofar as those action can be interpreted symbolically.

To me, abstract gestures are very useful and powerful tool for helping children understand and create mathematical principle. For instance, as shown in the picture, children will be first presume to calculate (2+9) that led to equal 11 then will add with 4 to get the result of 15. Therefore, gesturing help them to find the way to get solution quickly with more accuracy rate instead of try to calculate the whole complexity equation.guesture

Source: http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2014/03/10/gesturing-hands-powerful-tool-children-s-math-learning

Gaming can make a better world

That’s a good new for gamers who like spend their time on gaming. Indeed, playing game not even made their self-fun, relax, and challenging; otherwise could be help the world better. How come the game designer can make the game for inspire players helping the real world better?

According to TED talks by Jane McGonigal about “Gaming can make a better world”, she remarked some interesting links between gaming and motivation. For example, she clarified that playing game is to escape from the real world suffering, using game to get away from everything broken in the real environment, and everything that not satisfy about the real life. She stated three famous game that she was created which give the people the means to create the epic win in their own future, e.g. World Without Oil game. In addition, she links gaming to developing the 4C’s (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking).

This video inspired me to attempt to integrate the aspects from game theory into curriculum design. Gaming/Game-based Learning is definitely a tricky use in the classroom. It is all about finding a good balance but is definitely doable. I think we should use it because learners love games so why can’t learning be fun sometimes?
What do you think? Does gaming have a negative or positive impact on children and learning?

Source: TED Talks by Jane McGonigal: