Preparing Your Child for a High-Tech Future - By Sue Sato
Every day we?re preparing our children for their future. Every day we?re teaching
them lessons on topics ranging from personal relationships to bank accounts. But
when it comes to their future professional lives, are we giving them the skills
they need to succeed? With ever-changing technologies and business ideas that come
and go, it can be a daunting task.
We know that critical thinking, leadership, and communication skills will serve
our children well regardless of the path they choose. But how do we foster these
skills from an early age?
No matter the age of your child, it can be difficult to watch him or her struggle
through a problem without interfering. Unfortunately, this is one of the best ways
to foster problem-solving skills. Whether it?s a two-year-old trying to get into
her toy box or a teenager organizing a carpool, important problem-solving techniques
are applied and confidence is gained with success.
Let?s take the example of the toy box dilemma. The two-year-old is trying to
get into her toy box, but it?s covered with stuffed animals and books. At first
she?ll try pulling on the lid and become frustrated when it won?t immediately open.
But if she stops to analyze the problem, she?ll see that she has to remove what?s
on top of the box. This exercise in self-sufficiency will make her proud and confident.
At the Intel Museum in Santa Clara, Calif., we?ve developed programs for visiting
groups of students that foster critical thinking, problem-solving and communication.
One of our activities asks the students to write instructions on how to put together
a 3-D puzzle ball. This exercise can easily be replicated at home. Here?s how.
Puzzle your way to problem-solving
Begin by using a 3-D or brainteaser puzzle for older children (fifth grade level
or above) or a jigsaw puzzle for younger children.
The object is to write exact directions for putting the puzzle together. Emphasize
that every step must be captured in the directions. It is best to start with the
3-D puzzle intact and have the children observe and write down directions as they
take it apart. Directions for a jigsaw puzzle might start with, ?Turn over all the
pieces with the picture side up. Sort the corner and edge pieces and then sort those
pieces by the colors red and blue. Try connecting the different blue pieces with
the flat edge at the top.?
An online jigsaw puzzle such as one on the Intel Museum Web site at www.intel.com/intel/intelis/museum/teach_learn/puzzles/puzzles.htm
may also be used for this problem-solving task. In this case, the children?s directions
might include instructions like, ?Point to a puzzle piece with your computer mouse,
press and hold down the left button on the mouse, and ?drag? the piece to its proper
When your child is done creating instructions for his or her puzzle, follow the
directions exactly yourself and try to put the puzzle together. Note where you are
confused or where you feel details are missing.
Explain to your child that computers work because someone wrote directions for
them to follow. Computers don?t ?think? or make assumptions like humans; they can
only follow the directions.
Become your child?s robot
It may be your worst fear to have to do exactly what your child tells you, but
in the following case, it will teach him or her about precision and communicating
Have your child write down the instructions a robot would follow to make a peanut
butter and jelly sandwich in your kitchen. The directions should include how to
find the contents and what to do with them. Emphasize that every movement must be
detailed or else the robot won?t make the sandwich correctly. When they are done,
you become the ?robot? and follow the directions word-for-word, even if it means
you never take the lid off the peanut butter.
These activities help children identify relationships among objects, distinguish
relevant from irrelevant information, and sequence and prioritize information. In
addition, they introduce the basic concepts of computers and the chips that power
them. Technology is an excellent way to teach problem-solving and critical thinking,
as they are necessary components for technological advancements. Inventions come
from , analysis and problem-solving.
Take Advantage of Outside Resources
As parents look for resources and activities to keep children stimulated and
learning, they should consider the various outside resources such as museums, state
parks and libraries. Many of these organizations offer free programs designed specifically
for child development.
For instance, at the Intel Museum, we foster critical thinking skills by introducing
complex concepts of science and technology in fun and entertaining ways. The museum?s
brightly colored, interactive exhibits explain how microprocessors have evolved,
how they work and what they do, creating, what we hope will be an unending curiosity
You can bring the learning home through high-tech gifts and gadgets, including
the 3-D puzzle ball mentioned above, sold in the Intel Museum Store. Best of all,
admission and parking are free. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday
through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, excluding holidays. More
information can be found at www.intel.com/go/museum or by calling (408) 765-0503.
Parents are constantly teaching lessons that contribute to their children?s future
success. Focusing on problem-solving, technology and critical thinking will serve
them in many aspects of their lives as they face an increasingly high-tech future.
Sue Sato conducts school programs
at the Intel Museum and is a mother of two children.
It Is Here - By Punkerslut
It Is Here
Dedicated to Jacob Emptypockets, a good friend if there ever was one
[Author`s Note: Written Monday, March 17, 2003.]
And what will they find when they excavate into our experiences, our memories,
the result of our inspiration, manifesting itself in our art and literature, our
culture and the tone in which we approach everything. Beneath the bedrock of our
personalities, as anarchists and revolutionaries -- writers and painters -- creatures
and beings -- when they dig beneath the philosophy imbedded in our books and published
in our independent presses, and they want to know. When they do this, they will
find every reason that we are who we are, that we oppose the things we do, that
we stand in defense of those we do. Reason is a powerful thing, and every authority
will oppose it -- they will offer as many obstacles to it as much as they love their
power. While their ability to imprison, torture, and kill is constantly used as
a means to their end, they will forever be envious that the pen can incite a thousand
swords, that humane philosophy can conquer the vicious beast of cruelty.
The reasons, as many as there, as simple as they foundation they are implanted
upon, are there. For centuries they have struggled under the shadow of authority.
Secretly, a few have found them, and desired to bring them to the light. Anarchy
is a wheat-pasted poster on an abandoned building, calling to arms every worker
with the slogan, "What time is it? Time to organize!" It`s in the sweat of every
protestor who suffered the malignities of police brutality; it`s in the blood of
every worker who was dismissed from his job because of work with independent unions;
it`s in the tears of every individual, feeling more and more helpless and this world
seemingly grows more arrogant and more inhumane. Anarchy is in the dreams of those
who have wished to escape the slavery of the clock. It is imbedded in every just
cause, the sole principle of every liberation movement. It is the belief that those
who live in a society ought to be the ones who guide it, that those who work in
the factories ought to be the ones who own and run them.
What will they call it, when the seething emotions of despair and hopelessness
rise to the top, and individuals start doing what they want, refusing and resisting
at every cost? What will it be called, when workers start to share a fair share
of income, when whatever laws that are passed are passed by the public? What will
this be called? When every tyrant has been deprived of every resource, when the
angel of mercy is left holding a broken chain, when the exploiters of society must
move on because their ventures have become too troublesome, where no children must
suffer from debilitating disease because they are afflicted with malnutrition When
community means something more than a shopping center, and education means something
more than a high school, and government means something no more When the star we
have all wished upon finally flickers back, when the sighs whispering for a fair
life finally go in unison, when we finally see something more than a reflection
when looking into the pond of the fu ture, when life is not just a travelling through
the forest at night alone, when the oppressive regimes have been dismantled with
the tool of the people When true Democracy reigns, on principle and not on outcome,
what will they call it? Anarchy.
I am an Anarchist, because I believe that no man has any intrinsic right over
any other man. I am an Anarchist, because I believe that every man should be given
the right to govern themselves, and that if a man is incapable of governing themselves,
that they must be equally incapable of choosing another person to govern them, as
they would be without ability to know what would be required or needed. I am an
Anarchist, because giving authority to one person has always been at the sacrifice
of everyone else. I am an Anarchist, and I can count as many reasons as I can count
those who are capable of suffering. For every conscious being, there is another
black mark against the regime of tyrants. For every individual struggling for air
under the net of consumer society, there is another reason why my heart secretly
cries -- another inspiration for every word I have given to literature on revolution.
The reasons why I am an Anarchist are spread throughout the world, in every oppressed
society, in every nation where authority lies within a small amount of people and
not with all people.
One day, there will be more of us than them. One day, the workers who have been
treated with less regard than the machinery they operate, will revolt. One day,
the children of the children of the children of the children, who have been born
to do the same as their ancestors: work in gruelling conditions under inhuman supervision
and cruelty; one day, these men will read the books leaders have burned, and their
soul will drink from the spring of vitality. One day, we will all try to understand
before we try to act. Marked on the calendar as today for every Anarchist, this
day is a revolution, where the minds of men finally are consistent with their heart`s
yearnings -- when the lash and whip are no longer enough sustenance for the individual,
when toil and monotony are no longer enough to keep the blood flowing, when obtaining
material possessions can no longer deliver happiness
This day is coming, and for some of us, it is already here. The historians of
the bourgeoise elite will struggle to understand why we do what we do. The reasons
are purely human, purely mammalian, purely animal. Beliefs are the guiding cause
behind every action. Liberty. Community. Peace. Justice. Love. These are the causes
of why we do what we do. The sincerity of the revolution of our heart must be confirmed
by our actions.
The pen that writes the history of our liberation shall be guided by our reasons.
If your life in contemporary Capitalism doesn`t satisfy you, then you already have
Act. Organize. Protest. Shoplift. Unionize.
Punkerslut (or Andy Carloff) has
been writing essays and poetry on social issues which have caught his attention
for several years. His website www.punkerslut.com
provides a complete list of all of these writings. He is a high school dropout and
was homeless and living on the streets of New Orleans for three months, where he
served a week in Orleans Parish Prison for the charge of Criminal Trespassing.
Children articles index
- Brains on Fire: The Multimodality of Gifted Thinkers - By Brock Eide
- laying Baby Computer Games ? The New Parent-Child Tradition? - By Emma
- Book Excerpt: Einstein Never Used Flash Cards - By Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph
- Putting Fun Into Parenting - By David Stoepker, Psy.D., & Erin Brown Con
- Preparing Your Child for a High-Tech Future - By Sue Sato
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - Predominantly Inattentive
- Abandonment - By Sonya Green
- Explaining Suicide to Children - by Tracy Pierson
- Our Children`s Needs - by Robert Elias Najemy
- How to Develop Self-Esteem in Children - By J. Bailey Molineux, Ph.D.
- Helping Children Overcome Stress and Fear - By Debbie Milam
- Do you Shout at YOUR children? - By James Middleton
- Book Excerpt: Helping Children with Autism Learn - By Bryna Siegel,
- SPEED SPELLING: Another way to use speed reading skills for "schoolwork&q
- Children and Stress - By Laura Silva Quesada
- Boundaries- Why Are They Needed? - by Derek Randel & Gail Randel M.D.
- Juggling Home
- Explaining World tragedy to Children - By Chick Moorman and Thomas Ha
- Children and Pessimism - By Carol Tuttle
- Loving Yourself, Loving Your Children - By Margaret Paul, Ph.D.
- Social Manners for Children - By Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach
- The Sexual Abuse of Children - By J. Bailey Molineux
- A Few Simple Truths About ADHD and Stimulant Drugs - By Steve Edelman1,
- DYSLEXICS and A.D.D. KIDS BECOME GIFTED SPEED READERS - by George Stanc
- Using Feng Shui for Better Behaved Children - By Kathryn Weber
- Book Excerpt: Helping Children with Autism Learn - By Bryna Siegel,
- Five Keys to Raising Nonviolent Children - By Tammy Cox, LMSW
- The Best Way to Reduce Stress: Start Young - By Zach Brull
- Your Child?s Self-Esteem is in The Cards - By Susan Howson
- Calming Tips for Hyperactive Children - By Jeannine Virtue
- What is ADHD? - By Jeannine Virtue
- Talking to Your Children About Sex - By Jan Andersen
- How Our Children Really Learn And Why They Need To Play More And Memo
- HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM PREDATORS? - By Linda J Alexander,
- Teach Children Positive Self-Image Through Fitness - By Lynn Bode
- No Invitation Needed -- Part 3 of 3 Sacred Children Series - By Skye T
- Helping Our Children Feel Good About Themselves - By Dr.Barbara Becker Hol
- Unidentified Stepfamily Zones - Discoveries Made at a Stepfamily Confer
- Divorce and Children: Things To Consider When You`re Staying Married
- Six facts you should know to empower your teaching. - By Emmanuel
- Are You in an Abusive Situation? - by Colin Gabriel Hatcher & Randall
- The Divorce Revolution Has Failed - By J. Bailey Molineux
- Is Your Child Well-Mannered? - By Mary Jesse
- Jesus` Birthday -- Part 2 of 3 Sacred Children Series - By Skye T
- Empty Nesters: What Should You Do Once the Children Leave? - By Mary Guar
- We should celebrate the diversity of children and adults - By Robyn M
- How to Cope with Back to School Stress - By Debbie Mandel
- HIS KIDS: BECOMING A W.O.W. STEPMOTHER - by Julie Donner Andersen
- ADD / ADHD Children : Being Your Child`s Best Friend - By Kate Hufst