Christina Tynan-Wood

Columnist, freelance writer

San Francisco Bay Area

Christina Tynan-Wood

I have been covering technology since before Bill met Melinda and you met Google. I currently write the Family Tech column in Family Circle magazine and the Deal Seeker column at Yahoo! Tech. I also write about education, parenting, and many other topics for many other publications. Clients include, Better Homes and Gardens, Popular Science, This Old House Magazine, USA Weekend, PC Magazine, PC World, Jaguar, Saks Fifth Avenue, and many others.


Lessons Learned from Chromebook Rollouts

It was time to try something new in the K–8 schools of Community Consolidated School District 59 in Arlington Heights, Ill. Ben Grey, assistant superintendent of innovative learning and communications, had been on the job for more than a year. The junior high schools were well into a one-to-one notebook initiative, and the lower grades were due for a technology refresh.

Confessions of a cyberstalking mom

“Just say no!”. she said with authority. “And stick to your guns.”. We were at a dinner party at a friend’s house when a parent who takes a hard line on social networking began offering advice. Even though I strongly disagreed with her, I didn’t want to spoil a pleasant evening so I headed to the buffet.

Is that love or fear?

When my daughter Ava was in the sixth grade, she asked if she could walk to school by herself. The walk was idyllic, woodsy suburban, and one she and I often did together. I thought it was a great idea, a healthy walk before school would allow her to feel at home in the world outside our yard. in freezing snow — when I was much younger.

Articles by Christina Tynan-Wood

Christina Tynan-Wood is a freelance writer living in Northern California. She is a contributing editor for Family Circle magazine,, and and has written for dozens of national publications.

Crowdfunding: Don't do it for the money

Cameron Postwait and Greg Petersen are serial entrepreneurs who have used Kickstarter to successfully launch four products into the market under their MOS Magnetic Organizational System product line. They are fans of crowdfunding. But they freely admit that, while every little bit of money helps, they don’t do it for the funding.
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4 Cars with Tech to Help Your Teen

2016 Chevrolet Malibu is the latest car with features to limit teens' ability to get into trouble. Look back at those kids bickering in your back seat on the way to school, and enjoy them while they last. Before you know it, they’ll be asking for the keys and driving themselves to school. The most shocking thing about that may be that you will actually hand the keys over and let your baby maneuver that fast, massive, and potentially deadly machine into the world.
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BMW Made My Daughter a Driver

I took my teenage daughter to BMW Performance Driving School. The weekend started with my sixteen-year-old daughter, Ava, whispering these words to me as we sat down in the classroom portion of her weekend at BMW Performance Driving School. The room was full of teenagers. To me, none of them looked older or more confident than her.
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The Deal Seeker: Get a Galaxy S6, an iPad Air, or a Motorola Smartwatch... Cheap

The Galaxy S6 is finally out. You know you want it. It’s fast, slick, beautiful, and sexy. Yes, really. I want one. Maybe you do, too. Under normal circumstances, I’d never be able to justify another cell phone purchase. But for a limited time, new and existing Sprint customers can lease a Galaxy S6 for free by committing to the Sprint Unlimited Plus plan.
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Ten female celebrities who proved to be hard-nosed entrepreneurs

Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) has made such a success as an entrepreneur – with her ready to wear and boutique clothing lines, which earned £30m last year – that many people forget that she started out as a celebrity. And not just by looking pretty on the arm of her uber-handsome and internationally famous soccer star husband David Beckham.
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The Volvo XC90 Would Not Let Me Die

I had to try three times to swerve like a drunkard into the oncoming traffic lane. I was on a freeway in Spain, driving a new Volvo, and it would just not let me. The first two times, as soon as I started to drift from my lane, the Volvo’s steering wheel rumbled a warning against my folly. The third time, though, I managed to ignore the car’s insistent warnings and head directly across the median line.
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Your Next Car Will Have a Computer for a Dashboard

This year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit wasn’t just about the usual: speed, fuel efficiency, and comfort. Tech was everywhere. The annual car show was, in fact, geek heaven. Technology was everywhere, even though a lot of it was hard to see. Collision avoidance, smart cruise control, lane guidance, sensor-driven driving corrections, and radar alert systems are technologies you rarely notice.
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Do video games make you smarter?

It’s a pretty fair bet that, today, many of you are playing with (wearing, riding, or at least enjoying) some toy you got yesterday. I’m not just making this up as an excuse to play games all day. There is science to support the idea that not only do video games teach worthwhile skills but that they do it as well as other ways of learning things. Link to Story


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