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UK schools using spyware to monitor students' ideology

The software monitors students' communications looking for "extremist" language like "jihobbyist," "YODO" (you only die once), and "jihadi bride."

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Culturing the critters on an 8-year-old's hand


Tasha Sturm, a lab tech, sampled her 8 year old son's hand when he came in from playing outside in an agar medium, then cultured the microbes that came off in the dish.

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“Conversations with my Toddler” video series, in which grown man plays role of little girl

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Matthew Clarke created a long-runnning video series of actual conversations he had with his daughter, who was 2 when his web video project began.

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Scratch creators around the world collaborate on "I'd like to teach the world to code"

Mitchel Resnick, founder of the amazing, kid-friendly programming project Scratch, writes, "Scratch community members from around the world joined together to create a collaborative project: 'I'd like to teach the world to code.'"

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Watch kids react to the original Transformers cartoon series

“This is not the Transformers I know!”

Dolls with hearing aids, port-wine stains and canes


Makielab, the 3D printed toy company my wife Alice founded, has created a line of toys for the Toy Like Me campaign, which urges toy companies to make toys that all children can see themselves in.

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Light-up Death Star beach ball


That's no moon -- it's a $10, 14" beach ball with impact activated LEDs!

Dragons Beware: Claudette's back in the sequel to Giants Beware!

2012's Giants Beware introduced Claudette and her adventuring pals in one of the strongest, funniest YA graphic novels I've ever enjoyed; the followup, Dragons Beware keeps all the charm and excitement while advancing the story.Read the rest

Class of 2015: most indebted in history


A report (issued by a college savings business, caveat lector) says that the US graduating college class of 2015 has more debt than any other class in history.

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Comics Connector: matching comics professionals with teachers/librarians for visits

Charles from the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund writes, "Comic Book Legal Defense Fund continues the celebration of Children's Book Week by launching its newest resource -- the Comics Connector, a directory that connects educators and librarians with comics professionals who are able to provide classroom/library visits."

Amazon drops "Boy" and "Girl" categories from toy listings


Amazon's toys category is no longer sorted into "Boys" toys and "Girls" toys.

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Everyone loves this delightful alphabet for all ages

Do you have young ones at home? Or do you simply live in a world where language and phonetics are touchable, colorful, dreamlike living things? Either way, be sure you have not missed Metamorphabet.

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Remember when Gerber tried to market "baby food for teens?"


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13-year-old kills it as Jean Valjean in Les Mis

Jean Valjean is the central figure of Les Mis and arguably the most iconic musical theater role for men

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Town will cut off power to families of kids who commit vandalism


If your child commits vandalism, the Farmer City, IL council want to cut off electrical power to your house.

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School bus driver bans little girl from reading


The school bus driver in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec told 8 year old Sarah Auger she wasn't allowed to read on the way to and from school because she might poke herself in the eye with a corner of the book.

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Kickstarting a lab where maker-kids produce amazing peer-educational materials


Andy from Steamlabs writes, "We challenged a sixth grade class to make learning about the power grid engaging and they designed a high-tech, science centre style exhibit over a 3 week period."

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