History of Video Games – The First Video Game Ever Made?

https://fixzilo.com/unblocked-games-67/ As an avid retro-gamer, for quite a long time I’ve been particularly interested in the history of video games. To be more specific, a subject that I am very passionate about is “Which was the first video game ever made?”… So, I started an exhaustive investigation on this subject (and making this article the first one in a series of articles that will cover in detail all video gaming history).

The question was: Which was the first video game ever made?

The answer: Well, as a lot of things in life, there is no easy answer to that question. It depends on your own definition of the term “video game”. For example: When you talk about “the first video game”, do you mean the first video game that was commercially-made, or the first console game, or maybe the first digitally programmed game? Because of this, I made a list of 4-5 video games that in one way or another were the beginners of the video gaming industry. You will notice that the first video games were not created with the idea of getting any profit from them (back in those decades there was no Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Sega, Atari, or any other video game company around). In fact, the sole idea of a “video game” or an electronic device which was only made for “playing games and having fun” was above the imagination of over 99% of the population back in those days. But thanks to this small group of geniuses who walked the first steps into the video gaming revolution, we are able to enjoy many hours of fun and entertainment today (keeping aside the creation of millions of jobs during the past 4 or 5 decades). Without further ado, here I present the “first video game nominees”:

Does Technology Benefit Young Children’s Education?

https://thehourlytakes.com/technology/look-wellsaid-vocalid-aihao-mit-technologyreview/ As parents, all of us have fought the battle with our kids as they are absorbed into a video game or movie on an iPad, tablet or smartphone. We’ve had a better chance of getting the attention of Tom Cruise walking the red carpet than our kids.

Today, it’s common for two-year-olds to be using iPads, elementary schoolers hooked up to video games, and we all suffer (or live with) the challenge of prying your middle-schooler away from the computer long enough to eat a decent meal…

Technology is everywhere and its draw on kids is obvious, but is technology helping our kids learn?
Technology is becoming more social, adaptive, and customized, and as a result, it can be a fantastic teaching tool. That stated, as parents, we need to establish boundaries.

Today, software is connecting kids to online learning communities, tracking kids’ progress through lessons and games, and customizing each students’ experience.

By the time your child is in elementary school, they will probably well-versed in technology.

Learning with Technology at School
Schools are investing more and more in technology. Whether your child’s class uses an interactive Smartboard, laptops, or another device, here are three ways to make sure that technology is used effectively.

Young children love playing with technology, from iPads to digital cameras. What do early childhood practitioners – and parents, too – need to think about before handing kids these gadgets?

Let’s start at the beginning: what is technology in early childhood?
Technology can be as simple as a camera, audio recorder, music player, TV, DVD player, or more recent technology like iPads, tablets, and smartphones used in child care centers, classrooms, or at home.

More than once, I’ve had teachers tell me, “I don’t do technology.” I ask them if they’ve ever taken a digital photo of their students, played a record, tape, or DVD, or give kids headphones to listen to a story.

Teachers have always used technology. The difference is that now teachers are using really powerful tools like iPads and iPhones in their personal and professional lives.

Technology is just a tool.
It shouldn’t be used in classrooms or child care centers because it’s cool, but because teachers can do activities that support the healthy development of children.

Teachers are using digital cameras – a less flashy technology than iPads – in really creative ways to engage children in learning. That may be all they need.

At the same time, teachers need to be able to integrate technology into the classroom or child care center as a social justice matter.

Austin Home Sales Go Up in April Thanks to Tax Credit

https://theworldspedia.com/others/craigslist-vt/ The tax credit benefits announced by Obama Government’s foreclosure mitigation programs have started working or so it seems, while watching the Austin home sales figures go up by a handsome 31 percent in April. Pending sales properties were up nearly 47 percent from last year.

The reason attributed for this push up in Austin home sales is home buyers rushing to beat the April 30 deadline, for a federal income-tax credit announced in the government foreclosure mitigation and incentives to home buyers’ program.

Austin Board of Realtors released the above statistics and Board Chairman John Horton said that although the tax credit has expired, we are entering a growing economic, real estate and seasonal cycle, which he hoped will continue to provide momentum to carry Austin housing market upward.

For the information of those who do not know – the announced tax credit was $8,500 for first-time home buyers and $6,500 for those having an existing home and repeat buyers. The stipulation is the home buyers should have a binding contract signed by the end of April and qualified home buyers have time till 30th June to complete the sale.

Austin Board of Realtors reported that in April this year, the real estate agents sold totally 2,043 Austin homes, compared to 1,561 homes sold in April 2009. However, the median sale price of residential properties at Austin remained without change at $190,700.

Further statistics released by Austin Board of Realtors are – home sales are up by 17 percent for the period from January through April; the amount of time homes remained unsold in the market fell 13 percent – from an average of 79 days a year ago to 69 days presently; the number of homes on the housing market in April was 10,749 active listings, which represented a 6.5 month’s supply. The Board Chairman said the above figures showed a balanced market available at Austin.

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