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What Do I Do About Screen Time?

Dion Lim | Posted 12.09.2014 | 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 11.26.2014 | 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 10.28.2014 | 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.

Screen Literacy for the Next Generation: How the Arts and Humanities Matter

Christine Henseler | Posted 09.03.2014 | Education
Christine Henseler

In my college classroom I often ask students about their technology habits and, to my surprise, I repeatedly find that this "tech generation" is not as active as we have come to believe.

Kid Loses His Sh*t Over New Minecraft Game

The Huffington Post | Mandy Velez | Posted 07.02.2014 | Parents

This kid begged, he pleaded, he finally got Minecraft. Upon receiving the coveted video game and Xbox, which his parents say he has asked for almos...

This Genius Mashup Brings 'Halo' And 'Minecraft' Together For One Epic Game

The Huffington Post | Taylor Casti | Posted 05.27.2014 | Technology

If you thought Cortana would've been sexier with less curves and more corners, you're in luck. "Minecraft" is bringing the weapons, music, charac...

'Minecraft' Is Coming To The New Xbox And Playstation

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 05.22.2014 | Technology

Great news "Minecraft" fans, you can finally play the game you love on your next-generation gaming console. Mojang, the studio behind “Minecraft...

A Parents Guide to Minecraft

Jason P. Stadtlander | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Jason P. Stadtlander

I heard other friends of mine mention Minecraft from time to time, no one could really tell me what it was or what kids did within the game. So, as with every other technology, I told my son that I couldn't let him play it until I had tried it myself.

Someone Recreated An Entire Country Using Minecraft Blocks

The Huffington Post | Taylor Casti | Posted 04.25.2014 | Technology

The people who play the block-building game Minecraft have created some impressive things over the course of the game's history. We've seen to-scale m...

'Minecraft' Might Become A Movie

The Huffington Post | Taylor Casti | Posted 02.28.2014 | Technology

"Minecraft" may soon be hitting the big screen. Markus "Notch" Persson, co-founder of "Minecraft" development studio Mojang, announced on Twitter ...

There's A Guy Journeying To The Edge Of The Minecraft World

Taylor Casti | Posted 01.28.2014 | Technology

There is a place in gaming where no one has trodden. It's so far off the beaten path that it would take a lifetime's worth of gaming and a heck of a l...