[club] Kismet Club, autumn edition « Tidepool News

Hi everyone,

If you’re getting this, then your child knows my daughter Isabel, either from school or around town. As you’ve probably heard, I’ve been developing an educational computer game called Tidepool, which with any luck should be published by the end of the year.

Last summer, we organized the “Kismet Club”, a group of twelve children who would be the first players of Tidepool.  Today, I’ve doubled that number, adding another twelve children, most of whom are third graders from the Fox and Anthony classes at UFS.

In the next three months, the Kismet Club will meet six times at colleges around the Lehigh Valley.  Each 90-minute meeting will be both a kids brainstorming session and an ed-tech workshop.  We’ll teach your children using the techniques from our Waveplace classes in places like Haiti, Nicaragua, and Africa, though this time with Tidepool, the newest in a line of learning environments that includes Logo, Squeak Etoys, and Scratch.

Nothing is required from you except time and transportation.  It’s not necessary that your child make all six meetings, though the first is probably a good idea.  Your child should also have access to a computer at home (Windows, Mac, or Linux), so they can use Tidepool in their free time.   The kids will likely want to play together from home, as their schedules allow.

We’ll ask you to sign our standard waiver, which allows photography of the children and use of the materials created by them.  All works will be Creative Commons, so they’re essentially owned by the world, just like Wikipedia.

I completely understand if you don’t wish for your child to participate.  I’m actually hoping that some of you decline, so the class is smaller.  Please let me know if you’re interested or simply reply with “no thanks” (no reason needed) and I’ll take you off the list.  If you have questions, call me anytime at the number below.

To learn more about our Waveplace work (or to hear us featured on NPR’s All Things Considered), visit:  http://waveplace.org

Here’s a video that shows what it’ll be like.   Here’s a good one on our work in Haiti.

Immediately following this will be a SignupGenius email.  If you’re interested, let me know what dates.  We have flexibility with the times, so if you want another time, indicate in the comment for that day.

Take care,
Timothy

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