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Chris Hadfield + Mars = The Kind of place to Raise your Kids

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You know we’re all about intergalactic communication over here at NXHQ. Well, how’s this for a long distance call—careful now, roaming charges WILL apply!

Earthling (8 yrs old):‘When you get close to a star, what does it really look like? I’d like to know so I can draw them better.’

Commander of International Space Station (live via video link):

‘Stars come in all different sizes. The sun is just a little yellow star. There are red ones. Ones that look brownish. There are huge white ones, ones that look blue. It depends on what chemicals are in them and how strong they are. But from the space station, they look like perfect points of light. Like an absolutely perfect diamond of light. They don’t even twinkle. They’re just a brilliant, piercing point of light. There’s nothing in the way, between my eyes and the star, there’s nothing to stop the light. They’re perfect.’

Just in case you’ve been trapped under a moon rock for the past few months, that would be Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut extraordinaire, talking with a Grade 2 student from the public school in Milton that proudly bears his name. He’s taking social media into the stratosphere, and bringing our kids along with him!

Check out http://starstore.ca/products/renaissance-rocket-man – an awesome new e-read about what he’s been up to; and join the 500,000+ who follow him on Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield for up to the minute-ers—

Who says ‘Mars ain’t the kind of place to raise your kids’? ;)

Gamifying Laundry (try this at home!)

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minute to win itWeekends are usually chore time around our house. I’m sure this comes as no surprise to all the working Moms and Dads out there. Much like the inevitable whining and complaining from the kids that comes with getting them to pitch in and help out.

After finally corralling my 11-year old in front of a mound o’ laundry to fold, and he had succumbed to his fate, I was thinking it would be about 3 t-shirts before the litany of moans and groans began. But what came out of him next threw me for a loop—but I guess it shouldn’t have—

He started into a full blown ‘Minute to Win It’-style narrative giving himself a minute to fold a certain number of clothes, all the while commentating on his progress. When each minute’s challenge had been passed, he moved himself up a level, increasing the difficulty of his task, but also the ‘cash reward’ he was heading towards.

Now, of course, there was no $125K bonanza for him when he had put all his pj’s away in record time, but he did get though his folding with a smile on his face, AND he put a big smile on mine as well. He GAMIFIED his task, nothing that kids haven’t been doing with the banalities of life for donkey’s years, but a good reminder that what we’re cooking up over here at NXHQ is gonna be all that and a bag of chips!

three jars

So while we’re on the subject of chores, here’s a really cool allowance/spending money management app that we’re going to take for a spin with our in house guinea pigs. It’s called Three Jars. Sort of a 21st Century version of the dreaded ‘list on the fridge’ that would appear on Saturday mornings—;)

 

And the winner is….

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The Survey Monkey has left the building! We have officially closed down our virtual focus group and access to Answerables v.1. Thanks to everyone who took the time to go in and check things out. At this stage in the game there is no such thing as ‘negative feedback’—every little bit helps! As promised, the draw has been drawn, and we’re happy to announce the winners of the Kobo Arc (a brother and sister dynamic duo) are Griff and Maud Saunders from Toronto. Congrats, guys! Of course, we wish we could Arc-ify ALL our awesome participants, but we’ve gotta keep pinching those pennies (make that nickels) for now.

So it’s time for us to head back up to STEMlab and tinker, tinker, tinker—.and as  famous Canadian rockers BTO once said, ‘You ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’ When we emerge with v.2 in a few weeks, Answerables will be fully integrated with what we here at NXHQ proudly call our ‘secret sauce’- the Dashboard. Our users will have access to a horn o’ plenty of educational online resources and collaborative tools housed in a personalized virtual hang out space where they can explore and create on their own, and then share and invite others to join the party! It is really gonna be ALL THAT!

Then, of course, it’s on to a second round of ‘Testing, Testing 1,2,3—’

Keep checking back and we’ll keep you fully looped in!

Last day to send Answerables Tour feeback & enter to win a Kobo Arc

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They say Jimi Hendrix was the master of feedback, but he’s got nothin’ on our team of awesome and opinionated first round Answerables testers! We’ve gotten a whole slew of responses to our survey and we’re about ready to put names into a big hat and pull out the proud new owner of a Kobo Arc.

For any of you last minute-ers out there (and at NXHQ we happen to know a little bit about that ;)—you’ve got until midnight tonight to press send and get us your feedback on the Answerables tour for your chance to win the Kobo Arc.

In case you’ve misplaced the information we sent you by email, here’s how to download the Answerables tour:

Mac Answerables Tour download linkhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/pabt9k2ug6ph3bj/Answerables.dmg
Windows Answerables Tour download linkhttps://www.dropbox.com/s/b94noepkwli1idg/Answerables.zip
And here’s a link to our focus group questionnaire in case you’re having trouble making it to the end of the tour but want to provide feedback: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AnswerablesTour

We’ll make the big Kobo winner announcement this Friday! Thanks to EVERYONE who took the time to participate. Your thoughts are crucial in helping us shape the next version of Answerables.

Alien Conspiracy? New Dropbox links to V1.Answerables tour coming soon…

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A high-five to the trusty testers who called our attention to a download problem with the V.1 Answerables tour that we sent out last night.

Everything seemed to be working tickety-boo when we sent the package out.  We saw this little alien guy giggling in The Garden eating Pez just  after the issue was detected. Alien conspiracy? It sure looks that way.

We’re fixing the problem this morning and sending you fresh, Alien-proof links to the Answerables V.1 tour today. Thanks for your patience!

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