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Get Ready for the Minecraft Generation

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 07.06.2015 | Technology
Chris Komisarjevsky

Admittedly, I am not a social scientist, nor do I play any video games, let alone Minecraft. While purists would use the term empirical research to describe my observations, we are now beginning to see the first of more formal research on these early teens and even younger kids.

Are Your Kids 'Addicted' to Mobile Games?

Catriona Wallis | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Catriona Wallis

As a parent of vivacious boys aged 5 and 8 obsessed with breaking-up and creating blocks and hiding from the Enderman in the mobile version of Minecraft, I have conflicting feelings about my kids playing this game.

Programming for Kids: Way More Fun Than It Sounds

XPRIZE | Posted 06.14.2015 | Education
XPRIZE

These types of games and activities appear to be the future of teaching computer science. Exposing kids to them at an early age, and in an imaginative way, can only help inspire them to learn more about programming and engineering.

'Minecraft' Bracelet Lets You (Or Your Kids) Bring The Game Anywhere

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 04.14.2015 | Technology

Plenty of people are hooked on "Minecraft," but now the game can literally be hooked on them.

The Future of Computing Is Your Face

Turnstyle | Posted 03.24.2015 | Technology
Turnstyle

One thing has become very clear in the last year, and it was drawn into even sharper focus this week: the future of computing is going to take place right on our faces.

Beverly Hills Mansion With a Candy Room: An Intercultural Perspective

Cosmin Gheorghe | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Cosmin Gheorghe

Minecraft creator beats out Beyoncé for $70M Beverly Hills mansion http://t.co/wIsi6W4Tvg via @mashable— Cosmin Gheorghe (@CulturesWise) Januar...

I'm With Stupid: Hapless Luddite Prevails Over Modern Technology

Todd Hartley | Posted 03.07.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

Thinking we'd finally done everything we needed to do to play the stinking game, we turned back to the Xbox, which had frozen up completely. No worries. We turned it off and let it reboot, but when it came back on, it immediately froze up again.

I'm With Stupid: The Xtreme Danger of Giving an Xbox for Xmas

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.25.2015 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

I can already see myself getting sucked into some pointless game for days on end. If you don't hear from me for, oh, the next 16 months or so, please come steal my son's Xbox and save me.

What Do I Do About Screen Time?

Dion Lim | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Dion Lim

Parents worldwide struggle with how much screen time to allow children. To hit this ever-moving target, I have found questions to ponder more helpful than rules to follow. Here is a list of ones I hope will be useful for your family to discuss together.

How a Cat and Squid Helped My Son Heal

Domino Renee Perez | Posted 01.24.2015 | Parents
Domino Renee Perez

We began to untangle a host of medical issues, pulling at each thread carefully, all the while logging on and tuning in for more Stampy, more Squid, more laughter.

A Futurist Prediction for Virtual Education

Rob Furman | Posted 12.28.2014 | Education
Rob Furman

As schools are starting to take seriously the concept of virtual class days during those blizzards and other days off of school, I believe they will need a more modern version of accountability.

What Minecraft Is Teaching Your Kids About Money

Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents

BY CHRIS TAYLOR NEW YORK Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:13pm EDT (Reuters) - If your kids are chattering non-stop about things like emeralds, pickaxes and...

No, This Isn't Google Street View, It's NYC In Minecraft

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 10.22.2014 | Teen

If you think you're looking at a real-life NYC skyscraper, thank 19-year-old Duncan Parcells' architectural genius. The teen built his own version of ...

The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Minecraft Channels on YouTube

Common Sense Media | Posted 12.17.2014 | Parents
Common Sense Media

For fans, Minecraft YouTube videos are a huge part of their enjoyment of the game. There are tutorials (for ideas on new things to create), "Let's Play" videos (footage of people playing the game), challenges (new gameplay ideas to try), mod showcases (which show off cool thing kids can download to modify their Minecraft worlds), and more.

Minecraft Explained from a Mom Who Gets It (Finally!)

Melissa Maypole | Posted 12.10.2014 | Parents
Melissa Maypole

Since my twelve year-old son has been obsessed with the game for some time now, I thought I'd pick his brain about what exactly is so compelling about the virtual world and what he thinks about the idea of Minecraft in the classroom.

Minecraft: The Game That Captured a Generation Through the Eyes of Serial Entrepreneur Jay Adelson

Ondi Timoner | Posted 12.07.2014 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

Educators around the world are now using Minecraft to teach children subjects like environmental issues, math, city planning and new languages.

A Lesson in Digital Learning from Minecraft

Christine Nasserghodsi | Posted 11.22.2014 | Education
Christine Nasserghodsi

Reflecting upon my son's Minecraft experience, I could see how truly multi-dimensional and integrated his learning network was. As he learned, he developed agency. He could test and apply his learning immediately and in ways that excited him personally.

How Video Games Can Instill The Values Your Children Need For Success

Kara Loo | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Kara Loo

Today, games aren't just "fun" or "educational." There are many games that kids and teens will not only love to play, but will also instill the types of behavioral skills Heckman, Tough and Duckworth deem critical to a child's success

MMOs and MMORG -- Control Your Kids Online Gaming

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Jason P. Stadtlander

I have a strict policy in my house. No MMO games, or rather -- no MMOs that are actually enabled online. I know, some of you parents and grandparents are saying, "What? What's an MMO?"

Why Minecraft Fans Are Right To Be Nervous

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | Posted 09.17.2014 | Technology

By the time Microsoft bought Rare in 2002, the game developer had already created numerous popular video game franchises like Donkey Kong Country, Ban...

5th-Grader Begs Microsoft Not To Mess Up Minecraft

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | Posted 09.15.2014 | Technology

Upon hearing that Microsoft would be buying the company behind the wildly popular Minecraft video game, 10-year-old Sabrina Lane had just one request:...

Microsoft Is Officially Buying Minecraft

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Technology

Microsoft is officially buying Mojang, the Swedish game developer behind the hugely popular game "Minecraft," Microsoft announced on Monday. The d...

'Minecraft' Fans Freak Over Rumors Of 'Selling Out' To Microsoft

The Huffington Post | Kerry Flynn | Posted 09.12.2014 | Technology

Fans of the ultra-popular game "Minecraft" are revolting against creator Markus "Notch" Persson as rumors swirl about a sale to Microsoft. The fans ar...

Remembering Katrina and Surviving the Loss of Everything

Rev. Amy Ziettlow | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Rev. Amy Ziettlow

The sudden sweep of a natural or personal disaster can happen at any time causing loss of life as well as treasured property and possessions. Ancient physician Galen reminds us that resiliency should not be left to chance.

What To Say When Your Child Blathers On About Minecraft

Jessica Ziegler | Posted 10.26.2014 | Parents
Jessica Ziegler

Creeper. Notch. Enderman. Griefers. Mobs. Mods. If you have a Minecrafter in your house, you've likely heard these words shouted -- like a foreign language -- from the computer room.