Taking the child on a tour through punctuation, Mr. Stops introduces him to a cast of literal “characters”: there is Counsellor Comma, who knows “neither guile nor repentance” in his pursuit of “dividing short parts of a sentence”; Ensign Semicolon struts with militaristic pride, for “into two or more parts he’ll a sentence divide”; and The Exclamation Point is “struck with admiration”, his face “so long, and thin and pale”.
Friday, April 28th, 2023
Thursday, November 12th, 2020
James has penned a sweeping arc from the The Mechanical Turk, Sesame Street, and Teletubbies to Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
Friday, March 27th, 2020
I think this is beautiful.
Thursday, May 10th, 2018
James shares his experience of teaching a class of 9 and 10 year old children how to code, and offers some advice:
- Don’t dumb it down
- Use real-world examples
- Make it hands on
- Set clear expectations
- Award certificates and/or stickers
As members of the web community we have a responsibility to share what we have learned. I can’t think of a better way of doing that then helping kids get started.
Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Alan Kay’s initial description of a “Dynabook” written at Xerox PARC in 1972.
Friday, April 21st, 2017
A write-up of the BrightSparks programme that Clearleft is taking part in.
Each company agreed to help support one local child from a low-income family, on free school meals or with a yearly household income of under £25k.
Wednesday, December 28th, 2016
Ten years on from Afonso Cuarón’s masterpiece.
Friday, September 23rd, 2016
This is rather lovely: explore a network of nodes, each of which contains the audio of a child describing a dream.
Inspired by the concept of an 8th continent to which all children belong, RadioEight is an interactive soundscape dedicated to the hidden world of dreams.
Monday, October 5th, 2015
Just when I think that I don’t get the point of Medium, along comes Dan to show me the light. This thought-provoking thinkpiece isn’t quite on the same level of his seminal groundbreaking kittens work, but I guarantee it will stay with you.
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Sounds like a good exercise for explaining just about anything. Smart.
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
This was my favourite moment from the Handheld conference in Cardiff.
Monday, August 12th, 2013
This is a really well-written and worrying piece that pokes at that oft-cited truism about kids today being “digital natives”:
The causes of this lack of digital literacy can be traced back to school:
We’ve mirrored corporate networks, preventing kids and teachers access to system settings, the command line and requiring admin rights to do almost anything. They’re sitting at a general purpose computer without the ability to do any general purpose computing.
Also, this article has the best “TL;DR” description ever.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
Josh has been teaching HTML and CSS schoolkids. I love the pages that they’ve made. I really mean it. I genuinely think these are wonderful!
Friday, November 16th, 2012
A great short talk from Clare about Code Club.
Thursday, November 8th, 2012
And this is why Code Club is such a great initiative.
Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
This wouldn’t be appropriate for every site but I still think it could be a damned fine use of otherwise-neglected 404 pages: including information about missing children.
Friday, June 29th, 2012
Kids say the mindblowingest things.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2012
A co-working space in Brighton combined with a crèche: such a great idea!
Monday, April 16th, 2012
This is an excellent idea: get a whole bunch of after-school code clubs going to teach kids how to code in Scratch.