MiFam Tech-Knowledgy for Families

To use or not to use the iPad with young children by Fawzia Reza, Ed.D.

Children have many more technology options than were available to previous generations but there is no consensus between early childhood educators regarding the extent to which electronics should be used in early childhood classrooms. For example, computers and iPads are increasingly common in schools but there have been mixed reports regarding whether these devices have a positive effect on the cognitive development of young children.


7 Ways to Keep Your Kids’ Brains from Turning to Mush This Summer by Dan Tynan

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As a great educational theorist once observed, when released each summer from the rigorous oversight of academic professionals, children often abandon such fundamentals as the use of writing implements and reading of scholarly tomes.
Numerous studies show that when school’s out for summer, kids’ brains start to drain. When the next academic year starts, they often spend a month or more catching up to where they were when vacation began. READ MORE

The Transition to Online Common Core Testing – Provide your Feedback

At MiFam, we are researching the transition just experienced by many students across the country to online Common Core testing. We have developed a short survey which aims to shed light on how schoolchildren felt about the online test given their use of technology at home and at school. Please click below to take this short survey and enjoy the informative article about the Tech divide in schools and how it relates to the new Common Core testing:


Mom’s the Bomb: 9 Awesome Apps Moms Will Love by Dan Tynan

Quick — who’s the most important person in your life? The one who brought you into it, obviously. Also, probably the one who brought your own children into it. And if you didn’t remember that Sunday is Mother’s Day, this is your fair warning.


So what does Mom really want for her day, besides chocolate, champagne, and a foot massage from Matthew McConaughey? Apps. Specifically, apps that help make her life easier. Isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about? READ MORE





This year marks the 45th earth day since we officially began celebrating it. At Mifam, we are publishing an ABC list of things we can do to help save the earth. The list of actions was compiled by a 2nd grader at an elementary school in CA for an earth day project. We added useful links and made it an effective article utilizing technology around us to act now and make this earth better by next year’s Earth Day. The list can be overwhelming because there are so many action items to take but we recommend trying out one or two action items per month with your family and continue applying what you learned throughout the year. Feel free to share or print these ABC’s solutions and check off the items as you go about implementing these or making permanent changes to better the earth.

 Always turn off unnecessary energy use in the house.

EcoCharge  is a useful app for devices and home. It’s a beautifully crafted battery manager which plays an alarm whenever it’s fully charged so you won’t forget it plugged in, like it usually happens. It has an integrated battery info screen, which shows exactly the remaining battery life.


B  Be careful around fire!

Learn about fire safety at NFPATODAYGet a personal alarm for your bag or key chain. Few we recommend can be purchased online here . 

C  Care for plants. 

Forget about not having knowledge or skills to take care of plants. We recommend trying iplantcare as your personal plant care guide.

The goal of this service is to make use of up to-date technologies through internet and global mapping for plant care. It has a stable and reliable IPCSs (Individual Plant Care System) and algorithms (iPCE-iPlantCare Engine) that enables this service for live real plants.  READ MORE

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