The family pet video blog [Youth Activities that Rock]

In this post we walk parents through setting up and executing on a a great indoor / outdoor activity for kids that teaches them the basics of filming, editing, and how to act in front of a camera. Specifically this activity centers around filming a family pet or pets over time and turning that video into a video blog or video podcast. Kids love this project because they get to run around with a video camera and film their pets, talk in front of the camera, and create charts that measures the progress of the pet over time. Read on past the break for more details of this great activity for youth that involves technology, film making, and learning!

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The iPhone: A parents favorite gadget. [Gadgets that Rock]

Why is the iPhone your favorite Gadget?

Picture of an iPhone 4

Photo Courtesy of @jorgeq82

Leann and I would both agree that the iPhone 4 is hands down our most favorite gadget for enabling us to bring up brilliant kids using technology and the Internet.  The iPhone is such a fantastic device!  It’s so easy to use and there are so many useful and fun applications that you can get for free from Apple’s App store.  There are also a lot of more polished applicaitons that you can purchase as well.  Prices for applications start at .99cents (after the free ones of course) and go up from there. There’s also so much utility in this little device! On a daily basis I use this little gadget for the following things: Continue reading

How to buy Apple Computers with out breaking the bank!

Apple Logo Filled With Money

Adapted from Photo by @borman818

The trick to buying apple computers without breaking the bank is getting comfortable getting rid of your depreciating assets and having a lease not buy mentality! This method requires some up front saving and initial purchase but once your in you can stay on that latest technology curve from year to year with very little out of pocket money. The way we do this is to buy used or refurbished and then only hold on to the gadget until the next version is just about to come out.  At that time we sell the item on craigslist or ebay and take that money and use it to buy the next (latest and greatest) version of the gadget or another device that we want more!  Read past the break to see how I used this method to “purchase” my last macbook for less than $300 for 18 months! Continue reading

The Macbook Pro: A must have for tech youth activities [Gadgets that Rock]

Why this gadget?

Picture of a Macbook ProApple makes some fantastic computers and they are so easy to use for both you and your little ones when they get old enough to start using a computer.  The Macs come preloaded with some wonderful software called iLife that allows you to make home videos, listen to and create music, create a family blog, create family photo albums, and much, much more.  Read on past the break to understand a little more why I’m advocating for Apple products here on this blog about kids, technology, and fun activities. Continue reading