Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology. However, when students hurdle that obstacle and see the value of computer science — specifically coding — they gain a broadened perspective and the potential for a rewarding career in the tech field. The following resources will help you teach your students the basics of coding and will provide tips on how to keep kids interested as you go. Tools to Use in Class Can you make coding fun for your students?
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8 Must-Have Apps for Geography Class Ask a student what the capital of Burkina Faso is and most will give you a blank stare. Most would be lucky to even tell you the continent the country is a part of. With these 8 must-have apps for geography, not only will students learn the capital of Burkina Faso (it’s Ouagadougou by the way), but they will learn a lot of geographical facts, as well as information that will help them navigate and better understand the world. Stack the States/Stack the Countries The Stack the States and Stack the Countries apps provide a fun way for children to learn about the 50 states and countries around the world. Featured in the apps are animated characters shaped like different states and countries.
Spike Jonze + Absolut Short Film If you hadn’t heard, Spike Jonze has continued his sustained assault on the short film medium, this time with his long-anticipated “secret robot short film”, I’m Here. This of course is coming on the heels of the Where the Wild Things Are DVD-extra, Higglety Pigglety Pop! and the Kanye West collab, We Were Once a Fairy Tale—a corpus which altogether represents the most attention short film has received from an established feature film director in a generation. Another 30 Designers that Shaped the World After the great feedback and suggestions we had with the post “70 designers that changed the world”, we decided to make another list with your suggestions. So, here are more 30 great designers, architects, artists. Andy Warhol Painter + printmaker + filmmaker (1928 – 1987) “Andrew Warhola, more commonly known as Andy Warhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.
YALSA's Teen Book Finder YALSA's Teen Book Finder is a free app to help teens, parents, librarians and library staff, educators, and anyone who loves YA literature access to the past five years' of YALSA's awards and lists on their smartphone. Have an Android phone? Download the Android version now! Have an iPod Touch, an iPhone or an iPad? Download the iOS app now! App features include: Best Practices For Setting Up Effective Trello Boards A blank Trello board can cause you to stop in your tracks. In some ways it’s a fresh canvas, ready for your ideas. But on the other hand it feels like there’s just so much to organize. Where to start? Here are the conventions that make for a truly successful board: one that’s easy to understand, that keeps your team on the same page, and that ensures tasks never fall through the cracks.
15 Great iPad Apps for Special Education Students Students and kids with learning disabilities have also the right to benefit from this surge in the use of educational apps on mobile devices particularly iPad. There are actually several iPad apps that can help your students overcome their autism and speech issues, develop both their communication and social skills, and enhance their literacy capabilities. Here is a list we have curated for you containing awesome apps specifically designed for students with learning disabilities. 1- Autism Timer