5 Brilliant 'Design Your Own Game' Websites for Students There’s been a lot of buzz lately about the use of gaming in the classroom – from the ‘gamification’ of learning to the use of Minecraft to teach everything from physics to strategic thinking. Since long before education technology even existed, video games have been a hugely successful way to engage students, creating a fun and compelling environment in which they can learn, develop and interact with their peers. But allowing students to actually take control of designing the game themselves takes the concept to a whole new level, allowing them to practice a host of new creative and technical skills. 1. This brilliant website allows students a vast range of options. 2. Ideal for younger students, this game allows the player to create their own pathway for a stick man hero by spray painting a route for him onto the game board. 3. 4. 5. What ‘design your own game’ sites or tools are you using to encourage students to get creative in gaming? Feature image courtesy of Flickr, JD Hancock.
guide.pencilcode Top 10 Sites for Educational Games There's no denying the appeal that online games have for kids. Despite the stigma games hold, many online educational games not only enhance the joy of learning, but also strengthen skill sets. The following are my favorite educational gaming sites on the web. Funbrain- One of the most popular educational gaming sites around. Not only does this site cover a variety of subjects, it also caters to K-8th graders, and has nice teacher resources as well.Game Classroom- Excellent, safe, teacher-approved, state-standard-aligned games for grades K-6. Also, lots of teacher resources,including videos, lesson plans, worksheets, and more.Gameaquarium- Great site for games for kids K-6 in all types of subjects. David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment.
Scientific Speed Reading: How to Read 300% Faster in 20 Minutes (Photo: Dustin Diaz) How much more could you get done if you completed all of your required reading in 1/3 or 1/5 the time? Increasing reading speed is a process of controlling fine motor movement—period. This post is a condensed overview of principles I taught to undergraduates at Princeton University in 1998 at a seminar called the “PX Project”. The below was written several years ago, so it’s worded like Ivy-Leaguer pompous-ass prose, but the results are substantial. In fact, while on an airplane in China two weeks ago, I helped Glenn McElhose increase his reading speed 34% in less than 5 minutes. I have never seen the method fail. The PX Project The PX Project, a single 3-hour cognitive experiment, produced an average increase in reading speed of 386%. It was tested with speakers of five languages, and even dyslexics were conditioned to read technical material at more than 3,000 words-per-minute (wpm), or 10 pages per minute. The Protocol First – Determining Baseline 2) Speed (3 minutes):
A Beginner's Guide to Integrated Development Environments The Web Development Series is supported by Rackspace, the better way to do hosting. Learn more about Rackspace's hosting solutions here. If you're new to programming (or new to programming in a particular language) you might be looking for an IDE — that's an integrated development environment, the handy, dandy piece of software that acts as text editor, debugger and compiler all in one sometimes-bloated but generally useful package. Unless you're committed to working in a text editor and a command prompt window (and there are compelling reasons for doing exactly that) you might be looking for some advice on how to choose a good IDE, the pros and cons of various varieties, the relative costs (financial or system resources) of running a particular IDE, what other languages the IDE might handle well, the operating system(s) it runs on and ever so much more. I was recently in need of such advice, myself. The topic is apparently a minefield of catastrophic proportions. Multi-Language IDEs Geany
Three Free iPad Apps That Teach Kids To Program The first time that I wanted to stay after school was in the sixth grade. In sixth grade we could stay after school to use Logo Writer. My friend Sean and I had a great time building some simple programs that we ran on the two computers in our teacher’s room. Daisy the Dinosaur is a free iPad app designed to introduce young students to some programming basics. Cargo Bot is a fun and challenging game that students can play to learn some principles of logic and programming. Kodable is an iPad app that introduces children to logic and programming through a simple visual interface. Tags: coding , free ipad app , free ipad apps , programming
The Royal Society of Edinburgh | Computing Science For Teachers Resources → Computing Science → Implementation of Curriculum for Excellence and the development of new National Qualifications in Scotland have presented a timely opportunity to revise the way Computing Science is taught in schools and provide a more interesting, up-to-date and engaging experience for both teachers and learners. This resource will provide an introduction to computer science and basic Computing concepts and give students a grounding in computer programming. Download the full resource pack. This resource will explore further Computing concepts, with a focus on abstraction, modularity and hierarchy within programming. Download the full resource pack. This resource seeks to consolidate previous concepts through the medium of mobile app development. Download the full resource pack. This resource supports aspects of the Information Systems Design & Development Unit of the Scottish National 4/5 Computing Science qualifications. Download the full resource pack.
The 2015 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K–12 IT Blogs The world of educational technology can be intimidating. Bloggers help make sense of this ever-changing industry with wit, insight and tactical advice. EdTech is proud to recognize this latest crop of the top K–12 IT bloggers. This year's 50 entries are a mix of veterans from years past, fresh picks by our editorial staff and nominations from readers. One of our goals for this year's list was to highlight blogs from a wide range of educators and experts. From innovative teachers to statewide school tech directors and technology departments at individual schools, this year's list is EdTech's most diverse ever. If you'd like to check out the Must-Read IT Blogs from previous years, view our lists from 2014, 2013 and 2012. Did your blog make our list? This year, educational technology guru and speaker Michael Gorman led a prolific eight-part series covering more than 70 STEM classroom resources. Follow: @mjgormans | Read the blog:
» 33 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True, What Every Person Should Know… Alex Jones New World Order Report January 6, 2010 After reading the article released by Cracked.com, I decided to update and revise their sloppy work. Their article had only 7. ost people can’t resist getting the details on the latest conspiracy theories, no matter how far-fetched they may seem. is a term that originally was a neutral descriptor for any claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy. To many, conspiracy theories are just human nature. Skeptics are important in achieving an objective view of reality, however, skeptism is not the same as reinforcing the official storyline. In fact, if one were to look into conspiracy theories, they will largely find that thinking about a conspiracy is associated with lunacy and paranoia. I find it extremely odd that the assumption is on thousands of participants in a conspiracy. A d v e r t i s e m e n t What follows are some of these most shocking modern conspiracy theories that turned out true after thorough investigation by our society.
repl.it Help What is repl.it? It is an online environment for interactively exploring programming languages. How do I start? Once you have selected a language, start by typing an expression into the console on the right side of the screen and pressing Enter. Can I use variables or other state? Yes! Can I save my session? Yes! Is repl.it open source? Can I use repl.it on my phone or tablet? Yes! How does repl.it work? All code processed by repl.it runs entirely on your computer, with no server-side evaluation. Enter Evaluate the entered command. Shift+Enter Continue to the next line. Tab Indent. Shift+Tab Unindent. Up Previous history item. Down Next history item. Ctrl+Up Move to the line above the cursor. Ctrl+Down Move to the line below the cursor. Ctrl+E Move to the end of the current line. Ctrl+A Move to the start of the current line. Ctrl+K Clears the console. Ctrl+Z Cancel current prompt. Ctrl+L Open languages selector. Ctrl+G Open examples preview. Ctrl+H Open this help page. Ctrl+S Save session (new revision). Escape About Us
Computer coding and programming for primary school children If getting your child to learn his times tables is a struggle, the thought of him mastering computer programming probably sounds rather far-fetched. But from September 2014, following a successful campaign led by Google chairman Eric Schmidt to introduce computer coding to the primary-school curriculum as a matter of ‘prominence and urgency’, all five to 11 year olds in England will be taught code as part of the ICT curriculum. Baffled? Here’s what you need to know. Why is coding so important? Coding means telling a computer what to do by giving it commands to which it responds. ‘We live in a digital age, and children need to understand how the devices they’re using work and how to control them,’ says Clare Sutcliffe, co-founder of Code Club, a new initiative offering free after-school coding lessons to Year 5 and 6 children. Teaching coding puts children in control of the computer and lets them learn through experimentation, mastering concepts such as logic and consequences. Code Club
Europe Code Week 2015 - Resources and guides EU Code Week is a grass-root movement run by volunteers who promote coding in their countries as Code Week Ambassadors. Anyone – schools, teachers, libraries, code clubs, businesses, public authorities – can organise a #CodeEU event and add it to the codeweek.eu map. To make organising and running coding events easier, we have prepared different toolkits and selected some of the best lesson plans, guides and other resources. Presentations and toolkits Local resources in your language Coding lessons for beginners of all ages Scratch ode to code: Multilingual Scratch tutorial for Europe Code Week Codecademy: Learn to code interactively, for free, on the web. Coding for younger beginners Scratch: With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Full online courses for advanced learners edX: EdX offers interactive online classes and MOOCs from the world’s best universities.
8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we can extrapolate from what these promising technologies and predict how schools will adopt them in time to come. However, just as the original intentions for new technology often give way to innovative and unpredictable usage, we can never be sure if a twist is waiting for these rising stars. Recommended Reading: Major Tech In Education Trends In 2013 [Infographic] 1. We’re still waiting for Augmented Reality to take the world by storm by way of Google Glass, gaming and awesome apps for astronomy. It’s expected to wow audiences with its AR capabilities, which allow users to see additional information layered over what they see through the lens. Read Also: 5 Top Augmented Reality Apps For Education A New Way To Teach 3.