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Education

2 easy and 2 professional ways to teach coding

I’ve been teaching coding (along mathematics) for kids aged 9-16 for several years. I’ve proceeded in this order: code.org Scratch Python Unity First two are quite easily doable for teacher/parent with no programming experience. About the last two, I personally think that Unity is more appealing for today’s youngsters, but as an example of text-based […]

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Parenting

Happy childhood is a myth

Which is the happiest age for human being? I did some googling and the most significant results shows that happiness curve seems to be u-shaped. In these graphs human life is at its worst around 40 years of age. But, these charts start from around age 15-16 so they really say nothing about childhood. Still, […]

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Education Finland

Unofficial remarks on Finnish school system (part 1: Literacy)

It’s been widely noticed that Finnish school system definitely has some good properties. You can find an official description for example from here but in this series I take into consideration some features that may not come into attention internationally that often. Literacy rate in Finland is very high. Wikipedia uses the Unesco 2015 list […]

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Parenting

Why feeding kids’ creativity is ever more important

Think of the World 30 years from now. Focus especially to work. What would it be like? It’s given that some jobs which are still done by humans in 2018 will be done by robots/computers by then. This trend has been going on for long, in a way from the start of industrial revolution. For […]

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Social media

On the mercy of Twitter algorithms

This is not the key subject of this blog but I made some observations about Twitter. I might be wrong at some point, but it’s not likely. So, here comes 5 things that affects your visibility on Twitter. 1. Twitter’s own algorithms Admit it or not, this is what really matters. If you follow, let’s […]

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Parenting

Games are good for kids (except brain dead ones)

Computer and mobile games can be devided into three main categories: Strategic, reactive and braindead. Strategic games Success is based on planning your actions. Sometimes you have unlimited time to think, sometimes game goes on at some speed. In simple cases, the ultimate strategy is to gather and build everything (as fast as possible.) As […]

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Parenting

Balancing simple and difficult tasks

You need the right kind of challenges to encourage child’s abilities. But not every challenge need to be as hard as the other. You obviously need some difficult ones but the beauty in simpler ones is that they build up kid’s self-confidence. So they will feel that they can solve problems and that’s a valuable […]