Social distancing means online social connections and learning
I am now homeschooling my children. But mainly my 7 year old. I thought I’d be doing this for a week or two, but now six Bay area counties have “ordered” residents to “shelter in place” for the next three weeks.
For those new to online schooling, like me, here are some things I’ve collected that might be good ways to keep your kids engaged. Many may feel this is a vacation. But for me, my boys (7 yrs old, 13, 17) are going to school at home.
They make their beds and put their phones on the kitchen counter. For my older boys, they have five hours without their phones and in that time they’re reading a book, writing, meditating. There’s also some online resources, such as IXL, which is a comprehensive online curriculum for K-12. For my youngest son, he has a full day sans digital entertainment, but with recess and lunch breaks.
Here’s some apps that were recommended by his school teacher and suggested by friends.
Outschool — This is one of my favorite apps because you can sign up for an online class with friends and family. Like a web conferencing tool, all the kids can see one another with the teacher in the middle. The classes can be expensive, like this one called Beginner Multiplication Facts for $180 for 10 weeks. The classes are also limited. Here’s one for architecture for 6 weeks and it costs $121. American Government for 13-18 yr olds is for 16 weeks and cost $215.
FB Messenger for Kids — Admittedly, I was skeptical when a friend asked us to have my son Branson Race (7) sign up. But I went ahead and signed him up under my account. And firstly, it’s relatively easy. Secondly, he can only connect with people I allow him to connect with and they’re typically my friends on Facebook. It’s best that your child has his or her own iPad or device. The nice thing for me is that he’s too young to have a phone. But with an iPad he can connect to WiFi and then contact his cousins, aunts and uncles. You can also create a chat room and connect your child’s classmates or a group of cousins or friends and have conversations.
Storylineonline.net — This is free! This non-profit service is offered by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation featuring actors reading children’s books alongside illustrations. Some actors include James Earl Jones, Lily Tomlin and Kevin Costner. Reading aloud to children improves reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration.
Getepic.com — This is for $7.99 a month, you can get access to a number of popular books, like National Geographic books, Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Super Fly Guy. As of today, Epic is being offered free until June 30 2020. This is by teacher invitation. No credit card needed!
Raz-kids.com — This is free with school! This is one that my 7 yr old is on. This is part of the school apps provided for his school St. Philip Neri in Alameda. This is a great learning resource for students to proactively engage with. Each book allows students to hear the book read to them with words highlighted as it is read out loud; they then get to read the book and then take a quiz. Kids receive points for each book they read and quizzes they take.
Abcya.com — This is free! Here you can find word, math, skill and strategy games for Kindergarten to 6th grade.
Mathplayground — This is for $5.99 a month. There are a number of fun math games, puzzles for 1st to 6th grade.
National Geographic for Kids — This is free! It’s one of my favorites. Kids can take quizzes. Even personality trait quizzes. There’s fun sections, such as “Weird but true” things about the history of water. Not surprisingly there are tons of videos about different types of animals. It’s like Wild Kratts, but only two minutes long.
Farfaria — This is $4.99 a month or $99 for a lifetime. But starting today, using “Happy50” you can get half off any subscription — even the $99 for life. Sounds like a good deal. This reading app is for pre-school to 4th grade. Kids get access to more than 1000 books read to them with words highlighted as they’re being read. The titles include favorites, such as David and Goliath, and originals.
Here’s a couple of podcasts for kids.
Brains On — This appears to be free. This is a science podcast for kids. My son just finished listening to Understanding Coronavirus and How Germs Spread. Next, my son is excited to hear about Bigfoot, Unicorns and Dragons.
The Show About Politics & History — This is a podcast by a 9 yr old. These are 15 minute interviews about how American politics work. These podcasts include “The Supreme Court”, “Too young to vote”. These podcasts are hosted by 9-yr-old Nate who is joined by reporters, such as Leon Neyfakh, who hosts Slate’s podcast Slow Burn. He also spoke with NPR’s Nina Totenberg.
You can see a larger list of podcasts for kids from Ali Wilkinson, which was listed on Sonia Arrison Senkut’s Facebook thread after she asked for homeschooling tips. Thanks, Sonia!
(Image source: FB Messenger for Kids)
Coinbase Custody selected by 21Shares for Bitcoin ETP
Today we’re proud to announce that 21Shares AG has chosen Coinbase Custody to store its digital assets for its Bitcoin ETP. 21Shares AG is listing its 21Shares Bitcoin ETP (ISIN: CH0454664001 — WKN A2T64E) on the Deutsche Börse’s Xetra electronic venue on Thursday July 2nd 2020. Coinbase Custody will serve as custodian for the underlying assets of their Bitcoin ETP.
21Shares selected Coinbase Custody after reviewing our institutional-grade offline storage solution, which includes world-class security, regulatory compliance and insurance coverage. Coinbase is committed to serving a wide spectrum of institutional clients and we are excited to be the chosen custodian for the 21Shares Bitcoin ETP, Europe’s first physically-backed bitcoin ETP.
Hany Rashwan, CEO at 21Shares AG, says, “21Shares is delighted to bring this historic product to Europe. We are honored to give investors access to the best performing asset class of the last decade and we believe the next ten years as well, through our simple, transparent, and regulated crypto ETP product suite.”
Coinbase Custody is the world’s largest and most trusted crypto custodian. To learn more about Coinbase Custody click here.
Compound (COMP) is now available on Coinbase Earn
Earn COMP while learning how to borrow crypto and earn interest with Compound
Coinbase’s mission is to create an open financial system, where anyone in the world can participate on equal terms from their computer or smartphone. To bring this vision to life, we’ll need to make blockchain technology more accessible, both in the sense of making cryptocurrencies easier to obtain and easier to understand.
Coinbase Earn is a trusted source where customers all around the world can educate themselves about new developments in crypto and earn assets as rewards. Starting today, Coinbase customers can start earning Compound (COMP) by watching lessons and completing quizzes about the Compound protocol and its governance token COMP.
Compound (COMP) is an Ethereum token that governs the autonomous Compound protocol. The protocol allows anyone to borrow and lend Ethereum tokens through a decentralized market. Lenders earn interest on the crypto they supply to the protocol and borrowers pay interest to borrow it.
The ability to earn crypto assets has become an increasingly important function in the crypto ecosystem — alongside buying, staking, voting, and mining — especially when paired with education.
Since the launch of Coinbase Earn in 2018, we’ve announced nine different assets, including 0x, Basic Attention Token, Zcash, Stellar Lumens, EOS, Dai, Tezos, Orchid and now Compound. In less than a year, asset issuers offered over $100M in crypto to distribute to our customers, and we have launched Earn internationally. As we expand globally, millions of people are gaining access to a trusted, secure, and legal bridge to the crypto economy — even if they don’t have a credit card or bank account with which to buy crypto.
Check out all Coinbase Earn campaigns through our homepage or access them directly through the Coinbase mobile app.
Coinbase receives a servicing fee from the participating asset issuer. Consideration for Coinbase Earn is wholly independent of our digital asset framework for new listings. Click here for our Earn FAQ and terms.
Compound (COMP) is now available on Coinbase
Starting today, Coinbase supports Compound (COMP) at Coinbase.com and in the Coinbase Android and iOS apps. Coinbase customers can now buy, sell, convert, send, receive, or store COMP. COMP will be available for customers in all Coinbase-supported regions, with the exception of New York state.
Compound (COMP) is an Ethereum token that governs the Compound protocol. The protocol allows anyone to supply or borrow Ethereum tokens through a decentralized market. Suppliers earn interest on the crypto they supply to the protocol and borrowers pay interest to borrow it.
One of the most common requests we hear from customers is to be able to buy and sell more cryptocurrencies on Coinbase. We published a process for listing assets, designed in part to accelerate the addition of more cryptocurrencies. We are also investing in new tools to help people understand and explore cryptocurrencies. We launched informational asset pages (see COMP here), as well as a new section of the Coinbase website to answer common questions about crypto.
You can sign up for a Coinbase account here to buy, sell, convert, send, receive, or store COMP today.
Coinbase owns COMP tokens as a result of a 2018 investment in Compound. Coinbase intends to maintain its investment in Compound for the foreseeable future and maintains internal policies that address the timing of permissible disposition of its digital assets, including COMP tokens.
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