Tuesday, December 9, 2014

iPad Given to Loleta 2nd and 3rd Graders

Today Computer Labs for Kids presented the 2nd & 3rd Graders of Loleta Elementary School with an iPad. They don't even have a computer lab at this school (yet). They were so happy to get this iPad. We loaded the iPad with learning apps and they are very interested in putting it to work for them in the classroom. They sang a CHEER for Computer Labs for Kids and presented us with a Thank You card. Wonderful kids and we are happy to help!!!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Favorite iPad Apps for Toddlers

As some of you might now, we have a 23 month old daughter, Elizabeth. Computer Labs for Kids was founded with the idea that kids learn best when they are exploring and having fun. So you might be curious what apps are on our daughter's iPad.

Here's the list and my comments about each one.

Toca Monsters - This app and it's sister app, Toca Kitchen allow you to explore cooking and feeding. Very fun for little ones because it lets them put the food in the monster's mouth. The monster says "yum" if they like it and makes a funny noise if they don't.

Toca Band - This app has each character playing a different instrument or singing or making some kind of noise. You can choose what ones to put on the stage together and in this way compose. It's very creative and easy to use.

Nighty Night! - Storybook that you can read together or have it read out loud. In the story you turn out the lights for the little animals. Great before bedtime.

Beck and Bo, Avokiddo ABC, & Avodkiddo Emotions  - In Beck and Bo when you move Beck and Bo they interact with objects that are spoke out loud. It helps your little one learn basic items like "bed", "boat" and so on.

Monster 1 & Monsters 2 - Sesame Street Books that make Elizabeth laugh and laugh. There's a MONSTER at the end of the book - oh no!

Frog and Fish - Storybook that you can interact with - touch and make objects move.

Peek-a-Zoo - When you click on the train cars, an animal peeks out.

Endless ABC Endless 123 ABC Alphabet - These are pricey. Get the bundle. You won't regret it. They teach your little one the letters and numbers in such an fun and entertaining way. These are by far Elizabeth's favorite apps, and I love watching her play with them because of the educational value. You move the letter "A" which is saying "A" "A" "A" into an outline of the letter and then you hear "Hurray". Fun little creatures come out and congratulate you. It goes through each letter, each number and also you put together whole words.

Little Fox - Very cute songs and music to nursery rhymes. You can touch little animals and they do different things. Simply adorable!

Poky - The Poky Little Puppy. This is a story book that lets you read the story together or reads it out loud for you.

G'night Safari - Another good nighttime book.

Wa Kingyo - Goldfish pond that when you touch the water, it moves like real water. Mind-blowing!

Rocket Reads - How Rocket Learned to Read storybook. This is another book that lets you read it with your little one or it has the read out loud to you option.

Squish - Mickey Mouse app makes Elizabeth laugh when the clay is squashed together.

Day & Night - Daniel Tiger gets dressed, takes a bath, and so on. Good for learning about putting on clothes.

That's it folks. Let me know if you like this and want more. Also we are putting together an iPad for the Lotela Elementary 2 and 3rd graders after learning the Elementary School doesn't even have a computer lab yet. If you have the heart to help, please do. We can use help making this purchase.

Friday, November 21, 2014

IDEA - Our Very Own Discovery Museum

Yesterday at our board meeting, we discussed an idea that I am very excited to share with you. For some time now, I've had a vision of Computer Labs for Kids opening our very own discovery museum. This facility would be something totally new and we would open the first one in California, the birth state of the internet and all things techie. 

I'm sure most of you have been to a Children's Discovery Museum. It's a place where kids can freely explorer and play with all sorts of science. It's designed so play IS learning. I've fallen in love with them since having a young little one. I love the openness and freedom granted to children to discover for themselves what something is by touching and playing with it. The very BEST way to learn!

The idea I have is for a Discovery Museum that wasn't possible until now (or will be in a few months).  iPad Pros. Robots you can program. Being able to paint with your fingers and no mess. Having the freedom to explore programming through exploration and play.

Mull this over and let me know if you would like to help get this started. I can use your help! My email is shira@computerlabs4kids.org.



Friday, October 17, 2014

The Paperless Classroom is Coming

The Paperless Classroom is Coming

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Help Computer Labs for Kids when you buy from Amazon

Computer Labs for Kids was recently accepted into the Amazon Smile program. What this means is that when you shop on Amazon, Amazon will donate (out of their pocket) for you buying the same stuff you normally get there. Here's how to help us out. Go to this link, Support Computer Labs For Kids Inc by shopping at AmazonSmile.smile.amazon.comWhen you shop at AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate to Computer Labs For Kids Inc. Support us every time you shop. and save the link to your bookmarks, so when you shop at Amazon, they donate to our cause.

Thanks folks!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Macbook for MARZ students

On Wednesday Computer Labs for Kids donated and setup a Macbook for the MARZ students. This laptop will be used for video production and editing and will be put to great use!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Laptop Computer Donated to Student

On Tuesday, Stephanie Bartlett who is soon to attend Redwood Community College was awarded a laptop computer. Our interview with her will be broadcasting on Public Access Television (Access Humboldt). Watch this YouTube to see her surprise!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Second Computer Donated to Humboldt Casa

Last week, we donated a second iMac to Humboldt Casa, so now they have two for the foster children use play with at their center. The kids have access to these after hours, so can fully utilize them. They are both iMac G4s and have been cleaned up and loaded up with learning activities and games for children between the ages of 5 through 13. My little helper, Elizabeth is in the background of the photo. She's inspecting their play area. It was approved. :-) A little bit of history about these G4s. They were designed after Steve Jobs got the idea from watching a sunflower move, so the arm of the display moves in many different directions enabling the position of the monitor at angles easier for viewing by kids (and for us adults too).

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Class on Basic Lighting at the MARZ Project

On Thursday, we held a class for the MARZ students on Basic Lighting (which we use when we can to film our YouTube videos). The MARZ students are studying digital video and art and we are putting the funds together to see if we can buy a basic lighting set for them.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Discovery Museum Given iPad Display

Yesterday Computer Labs for Kids donated and setup an iPad with a secure display for the kids at the Discovery Museum in Eureka, CA. Our 1 year old daughter, Elizabeth was an eager beta tester. :-) The iPad is mounted in a clear acrylic display similar to those found in the Apple Store. The casing prevents access to any buttons or switches and keeps the iPad in the application being presented. It is attached to a small display table that can be moved to different display areas as needed. It is ready and available today!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

iMac Donated and Setup at Humboldt Casa

On April 7, 2014 we setup an iMac G4 loaded with games and learning activities for children visiting Humboldt Casa in Myrtle. This facility is open to kids and their care providers even after the facilities business hours, which means the kids can use it at any time. It will be in the playroom and is at a kid-sized table and chair.
Humboldt Casa is located at 2356 Myrtle Ave in Eureka, CA. To find out more, visit HumboldtCasa​.​

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

MARZ Project Receives New Laptop Lab

On Valentines Day (2/14/14) Computer Labs for Kids donated a laptop lab to the MARZ project for the youth of Eureka, CA. This lab is located at the Ink People Center for the Arts, Marz Project (Media and Arts Resource Zone). MARZ meets Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6pm. The MARZ project is specifically for local youth to help give them the tools they need to succeed in the arts as well as job skills.

The lab is comprised of eight new Dell laptops and a server running Windows Server Essentials 2012.​