What creative tech-related projects can I do with my tweens?
No matter what your tweens are into -- LEGOs, skateboarding, music, dancing, reading -- there's a creative tech project you can do to celebrate it, honor it, commemorate it, or simply appreciate it together. (Using technology to make multimedia presentations, communicate concepts, tell stories, and explain information is handy for school, too!)
Here are some ideas for creative tech projects to do with tweens:
With your child, join an age-appropriate social network such as YourSphere or Kidzworld. Create a shared space devoted to a subject your kid is into and upload photos, videos, and other media. Invite others (or not), and consider talking to your kids' friends' parents to get them to join.
Design a digital scrapbook, using a program such as Skrappy or Wonderful Days, dedicated to one of your kid's interests, such as her soccer team, or a shared experience, such as last summer's vacation. Use the book to help your kid tell a story using pictures, words, and family interviews.
Edit your videos using basic editing software such as VideoFX Live or Magisto. Add effects, transitions, music, and titles. Consider sharing them with friends or keeping them just for you two to enjoy.
If your kid loves video games, use a sandbox program such as Algodoo or Minecraft or a rich level-creation tool such as LittleBigPlanet 2 to create totally new and original environments in which you can interact.