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5 Pokémon GO Discussion Topics for Families

By Leah Nieman | July 21, 2016 | 2 Comments
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I probably don’t need to tell you that Pokémon GO is a huge phenomenon. I can’t go anywhere without overhearing a Pokémon GO discussion and it warms my heart. Yes, I said it. Seeing kids, families, millennials, people of all ages, genders, and cultures, out interacting and enjoying a game together – it makes me happy!…

Quick Guide: Parental Controls for Amazon Fire Devices

By Leah Nieman | July 19, 2016 | 0 Comments
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*This post contains affiliate links. Recently, I was asked about parental controls for Amazon Fire devices. If you’re looking for powerful parental controls and child-friendly features in a tablet, Fire OS is actually pretty impressive. Amazon Fire devices are also amazingly inexpensive when compared to Android tablets and iPads. Amazon Fire devices give users the option of…

Quick Guide: Parental Controls for Android Devices

By Leah Nieman | July 1, 2016 | 1 Comment
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It’s no secret – I’m an Android girl. I love the flexibility Android devices offer users.; but I will say Android devices are hands down the most challenging for most parents when it comes to setting up parental controls. The challenge might be due, in part, to the range of Android devices on the market and…

10 Best Apps for Special Needs Learners

By Leah Nieman | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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*This post contains affiliate links. We’re winding down in my Best Apps for ….series. I’ll be honest, selecting apps for my 10 Best Apps for Special Needs Learners list was hands-down the hardest app selection process of this entire series. There are a number of apps on the market developed specifically for special needs learners.…

Our Words Matter

By Leah Nieman | June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Our words matter! They hurt when they are read just as much as when they are spoken directly to someone. In light of the recent situation at the Cincinnati Zoo, where a 4-year-old boy fell into the gorilla exhibit causing zoo staff to shoot and kill the 17 year old Harambe, it’s clear we…

10 Best Apps for Reading

By Leah Nieman | May 24, 2016 | 2 Comments

*This post contains affiliate links. Reading seems to come easier for some kids than others. It’s tough to watch your struggling reader. You want to gently encourage practice, but you don’t want your struggling reader to become frustrated. Adding a couple of high quality apps for reading is a great way for kids to gain the extra…

2 Worth-It Garden Apps for Gardeners

By Leah Nieman | May 19, 2016 | 2 Comments

I’ve had my hands in two places this past week – on my device and in the dirt! It’s garden season and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t know about you, but I survive the cold central Illinois winter by planning my spring garden season. I don’t like paper piling up around the house. If there…

3 Social Media Skills Every Teen Needs

By Leah Nieman | May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
3 Social Media Skills Every Teen Needs

76% of teens ages 13 to 17 use social media. Our teens are incredible tech savvy. Their social media skills often rival or exceed that of their parents. As a parent, it’s easy to overlook the essential social media skills every teen needs. We’re so busy focusing on what they are posting and who they…

Exploring nature with my mobile device

By Leah Nieman | May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
Exploring Nature with My Mobile Device

*This post contains affiliate links. Last Thursday I went for a walk. I’ve neglected my favorite nature trail for the past few months. I grabbed my mobile device as I exited the car because I needed to get a photo for social media. Part of my walk was related to work, but exploring nature is something…

The 4 C’s of Great Educational Apps

By Leah Nieman | May 10, 2016 | 1 Comment
The 4 C's of Great Educational Apps

The number of apps available these days is mind-blowing. Apps are big business, and we’ll continue to see more apps hit the market. While selection is good, the search for great educational apps can be overwhelming. It doesn’t help that the label “educational” doesn’t really seem to be a fitting label for all apps which fall…