Multiple kids, multiple learners

When you have one child, it’s pretty easy to believe that your parenting has shaped everything about their behavior. When our second kid came along, and proved to have (surprise!) different skills, strengths, and personality from her brother, we gained some perspective on how much the kid herself brings to the parenting equation. We were parenting, but they were childing — each in their different ways.
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I’ve always had interest in educational technology, but between my Houghton Mifflin / Ziff Davis years and the birth of my first kid, it lay fallow. More than anything else, Scratch, a “drag-and-drop” programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group, re-ignited that interest.
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