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CS for All Teachers. Getting Started with MIT App Inventor 2. App Inventor is a cloud-based tool, which means you can build apps right in your web browser.

Getting Started with MIT App Inventor 2

This website offers all the support you'll need to learn how to build your own apps. The App Inventor software, or "service" is at You can get there by clicking the orange "Create Apps! " button from any page on this website. Setup Instructions: How to set up your phone for live testing (or, if you don't have a phone, how to start the emulator).Designer and Blocks Editor Overview: Gives a tour of the App Inventor environment.Beginner Tutorials: Highly recommended as the best way to get started programming in App Inventor.Packaging and Sharing Apps: After you have built an app, you can package it for your phone and share it with friends. What's different in the new version of App Inventor?

Looking for the older version of App Inventor? Kodable: Programming Curriculum for Elementary. Computational Thinking. Google CS First. Google+ Learn. Minecraft Hour of Code Grades 2+ | Blocks.


VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year. Using technology in schools is no longer just about preparing our students for college and career.

VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year

Not only do they need the skills to navigate and utilize technology, but they need to understand how technology can connect them with people, places, and resources that were previously unreachable. In 2014, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year, and in 2015, I wrote about edtech teaching trends for the new school year. Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school.

So this year, I’m sharing my high hopes for how some of the new powerful tools out there could be used in your school or classroom. High Hope #1: Student-Created VR (Virtual Reality) and AR (Augmented Reality) Where we are: The buzz around virtual and augmented reality is hard to ignore. My high hope: Why not show students how to create with VR and AR? Where we are: Since the U.S. 6 STEAM tinkering tools for the holidays. Engage kids of all ages with these STEM and coding learning toys The year that was brought with it a renewed, and much welcome, interest in science and technology, as STEAM, makerspaces, 3D printing, and coding all became hot topics.

6 STEAM tinkering tools for the holidays

Each year, as parents look to celebrate the various holidays with our kids, many of us rack our brains trying to find gifts that are both fun and educational. This year is no different and fortunately, the latest STEAM push has made many of the learning tools very desirable as holiday gifts. The following are six ed-tech tools that will undoubtedly spark the creative and innovative side of kids of all ages (parents and teachers included). SCRATCHing the surface of Coding with your students. Jeffrey Bradbury Jeffrey Bradbury, author of Kidblog: An Introduction to Blogging With Your Students, is the creator of, TeacherCast University, and Educational Podcasting Today, is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Education Trainer, PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator, speaker, writer, broadcaster, consultant and educational media specialist.

SCRATCHing the surface of Coding with your students

In 2012, Jeff was recognized as one of top 50 educators using social media at the first ever Bammy Awards and has been nominated twice in the category of Innovator of the Year. Jeff has Keynoted for the Pearson Authentic Learning Conference, EdTechNJ and most recently at Columbia Universities Teacher College. Additionally the TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting Network has served educational conventions worldwide by providing on site live broadcasting to thousands of educators each week. Jeff is the host of the TeacherCast Podcast, Educational Podcasting Today and the TechEducator Podcast. Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch.

There are several ways to start learning about code, and each offers something a little different.

Ready to Learn Coding? Here are resources. Plus: Teaching with Scratch

Not all coding sites are created equal, and not every site or initiative works for every teacher or learner. A playful, introductory experience might not satisfy a teacher looking for a civic-minded coding experience, while an in-depth tutorial on programming games might not be the best starting place for a kid interested in web design. For novices, there are many ways to enter the coding ecosystem. Online coding lessons <Here’s Where to go/> Several sites offer free, online, self-paced lessons to help you learn text-based code—coding in the raw, so to speak. It’s very common to learn to code by looking at working code and figuring out how and why it works. Although the quality of lessons can be inconsistent, messing around on Codecademy or a similar site is an inexpensive way to learn the basics of programming, and how universal concepts transfer. Starting from Scratch Physical computing. Code Avengers: learn to code games, apps and websites.

Learn code. Learn math.