Stencyl Build Worlds If you're used to graphics editors like Photoshop, you'll feel right at home in the Scene Designer. Familiar features, such as a selection tool, zooming, grid-snapping and flood fill, will help you quickly craft complex worlds out of Actors, Tiles and Terrain. Create Actors Drop in graphics from your computer to create Actors on the fly. Computer Game Design in the Classroom - Stencyl as a tool for creating Flash games I've been briefly highlighting some computer game creation tools over the past week. The first two articles are here: For this installment I want to focus on my current resource of choice: Stencyl
Drawing with Ozobot Ozobot won’t move until at least one of the five bottom sensors sees a color. For instance Ozobot will just patiently sit, wait and blink when placed on a white sheet of paper. Place Ozobot on a dark area, like a wood desk or a black kitchen counter and Ozobot will immediately begin exploring and searching for the next adventure. Tip: Ozobot is Completely obsessed with finding a path and won't hesitate to jump off your dark desk. Drawing a perfect path.
Top 10 Best Sites to Learn How to Code - I'm Programmer 1. MIT OpenCourseWare MIT has opened all of its course content to web audiences, so anyone, anywhere can learn from one of the top American research institutions. MIT course ware has a number of courses related engineering and computer science. Easy Scratch Project Ideas for Kids Scratch is an amazing programming environment for children to learn about computer programming. It’s graphical environment is so easy that most of us and kids as young as in 2nd grade will know how to work with it in less than an hour. Almost all kids and adults interested in computer programming will like to do more with it and in the process we may need some easy and interesting Scratch project ideas. There are thousand of projects are shared on Scratch website but let’s make a list over here to start with. This list shows beginner’s level Scratch project ideas.
The Science Behind Foldit Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. This page describes the science behind Foldit and how your playing can help. What is a protein? Proteins are the workhorses in every cell of every living thing. Your body is made up of trillions of cells, of all different kinds: muscle cells, brain cells, blood cells, and more. Inside those cells, proteins are allowing your body to do what it does: break down food to power your muscles, send signals through your brain that control the body, and transport nutrients through your blood.
Ozobot Bit Adorable robot genius, anyone? These little ‘bots are guaranteed to bust even the most acquainted of minds. (We’re talking about you, nerds.) Ozobot's behaviour is programmed with a doodle, which is fantastic news, because intrigue of human-robot interaction aside, it’s likely been a couple of decades since it was deemed acceptable for you to get your scribble on. Thanks to Ozobot, no longer are illegible markings reserved for infants. What is Logo? "Logo is the name for a philosophy of education and a continually evolving family of programming languages that aid in its realization." - Harold Abelson Apple Logo, 1982 This statement sums up two fundamental aspects of Logo and puts them in the proper order. The Logo programming environments that have been developed over the past 28 years are rooted in constructivist educational philosophy, and are designed to support constructive learning. Constructivism views knowledge as being created by learners in their own minds through interaction with other people and the world around them.
Homeschooled children have higher graduation rates, more social prowess (NaturalNews) Homeschooling, once steeped in negativity and subject to eyebrow-raising naysayers, is fast-sweeping the nation as an alternative educational method that comes with higher graduation rates than traditional schooling.(1) In fact, there are approximately 2.2 million students in the United States who receive home education, and experts note that its popularity has continued, rather than waned, through the years. These students have been found to score up to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic achievement tests.(2) With homeschooling, children are taught under the direction of family members who maintain that learning at home allows youngsters to obtain customized instruction that public schools do not regularly provide, while simultaneously strengthening family relationships in a safe environment.(2) Higher graduation rates, test scores among homeschooled children
Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi Podcast Interview with Kara Swisher It’s easy to mistake computer science for programming, and Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi says that even the kids who will never work for Google or Microsoft should be educated in digital literacy. Partovi joined Re/code Executive Editor Kara Swisher on the latest episode of “Re/code Decode,” where he argued that we should start imparting the basics of computer science to kids in elementary school. “We don’t teach biology or chemistry to kids because they’re going to become surgeons or chemists,” Partovi said. “We teach them about photosynthesis and that water is H2O, or how lightbulbs work, just to understand the world around us. You don’t use any of it, but you do on a day-to-day basis use public-key encryption, and the average American has absolutely no idea what that is.” Vjeran Pavic for Re/code