[Surfnetkids: 07 Apr 2010] Kites

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#1. April 7, 2010

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

It took me awhile to gather all my thoughts about how to use Facebook, and I’ve made a few bloopers, but now I feel like I am on track. Here’s the story.

Because I am an online publisher, I feel a need to test and participate in major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. But like everyone else, after you’ve been there awhile, the question arises, “Why am I here?”

My answer came blaring out at me when my seventeen-year old daughter went to study for a semester abroad in Israel, and she added me as her Facebook friend. It was then that I saw how today’s high school and college kids are using Facebook to keep in touch with their extended social circles. And, I loved it! I could chat with family members, we could organize who was bringing what to the holiday potluck, and we could share photos.

But at the same time it seemed both ridiculous and maybe even dangerous, to also include my online circle of readers and strangers. Who am I classifiying as strangers? There are huge numbers of “online wannabe rock stars” that feel that collecting friends on Facebook or Twitter will translate into some sort of celebrity status. And when strangers were friending me on Facebook, I had no way to differentiate between a Surfnetkids reader (whom I appreciate and have so much to learn from!) and that other kind of Internet stranger.

So, I decided to make my Facebook personal page, just that: completely personal. But, the good news, is that at the same time I do have a place for Surfnetkids readers like you to join me on Facebook, and that is the Surfnetkids page here: http://www.facebook.com/surfnetkids.

So, a few months ago I started “unfriending” everyone who I hadn’t met in real life from my personal page. If I unfriended you, please do NOT take it personally. What I should have done is send out an announcement to all BEFORE I did the unfriending, but I wasn’t that clever. Ha ha. Hindsight is 20/20, as they say.

Currently, you can join with me at the Surfnetkids Facebook page by “becoming a fan.” Soon that wording will change to “Like” Surfnetkids. Either way, the result is the same.

I look forward to chatting. See you there soon, I hope.

P.S. While we are on the topic of Facebook, please make sure that your teens have all their privacy settings set at “Friends Only.” The “Friends of Friends” setting is just as dangerous as “Public.” But more on that in another post.

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Kites

by Barbara J. Feldman
http://www.surfnetkids.com/kites.htm

Kites Printable (** for premium members only)
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Kites date back 3000 years, when the Chinese made them from bamboo and silk. Over the centuries kites have been used in religious ceremonies, scientific experiments, military maneuvers and, of course, for fun. In honor of April’s status as National Kite Flying Month, today’s sites explore the history, the science and the sport of kite flying.

20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes
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Can a classroom of twenty students make twenty kites, and be outside flying them in twenty minutes? You betcha! Uncle Jonathan from the Big Wind Kite Factory on the Hawaiian island of Molokai shares the kid-tested instructions he’s been using with tour groups for fifteen years. The kites are folded from 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, so they are smaller than the usual kite, but the simple directions are easy enough for kindergartners, yet fun enough for big kids too!

How Does a Kite Fly?
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This eye-pleasing site, created for a Physics course, starts with a short explanation of drag and lift, then quickly moves on to other disciplines. Don’t miss the folk tales from China, Bali and Hawaii (found on History of Kites page) or the interviews with kiters Michael Graves and Peter Peters. Instructions for building a simple diamond kite and a large list of kite links complete this site.

NASA: Kites
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“An excellent way for students to gain a feel for aerodynamic forces is to fly a kite. ” This NASA site starts with a short history of kites, and then introduces the forces that act on kites. “In fact, with the exception of thrust, the forces acting on a kite are also the same forces which act on an airliner or a fighter plane. Like an aircraft, kites are heavier than air and rely on aerodynamic forces to fly. ” To progress through the Guided Tour about Forces on a Kite, use the blue next arrow at the bottom of each page.

… Click to continue Kites .

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