Kojo Home Kojo is an open source App that runs on Linux, Windows, and Mac. It is a Learning Environment – with many different features that enable play, exploration, discovery, creation, and learning in the areas of: Computer Programming and Computational thinking. Math and Science. Inductive, Deductive, Systematic, and Analytical thinking. Chip for Raspberry Pi by Soldering Sunday Chip and his friends, The Pixel Pals, live on Planet M and they are makers. Through their adventures, they learn about different materials and technologies, solve problems, and explore new ideas. 184 very special people helped bring Chip for Arduino to life through Kickstarter and now Chip is here to start a new adventure on the Raspberry PI - and he needs your help. Many electronic kits do not offer anything more than a battery and a LED.
Teaching Kids to Code Every era demands--and rewards--different skills. In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops. Now we are teaching them to code. We are teaching them to code, however, not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We are teaching coding to help our kids craft their future. In this collection we share many different perspectives on coding, from a university professor's vantage point (MIT's Mitch Resnick describes why learning to code is like learning to learn) to an entrepreneur's reflections from his cross-country roadtrip to bring coding--and his stuffed dog--to classrooms across the U.S.
Bee-Bot Floor Robot – Teaching Basic Programming A friend gave me a Bee-Bot floor robot on “permanent loan.” She wanted me to figure out some good ways to teach the basics of programming as well as some algebra. I was happy to take on the challenge. What is the bee-bot? I handed the bee-bot to the kids with the prompt, “What do you think?” When they asked about it, I answered: “Figure it out.” This Computer Language Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds Last year, I went to Nigeria with Mark Zuckerberg. One of the first stops on the trip was a program that taught kids how to code. When Zuckerberg entered the room, many of the young students had a hard time pulling themselves away from their projects, even to gawk at one of the world’s richest men. Facebook’s founder instead came to them. “What are you making?” he’d ask.
Education reform for computer science With schools more eager to welcome coding in the classroom, some advocates now push to make it a public-education priority. In her 2014 book Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming, Yasmin Kafai, Ed.D. ’93, of the University of Pennsylvania, urges schools add on to the traditional “3 Rs” of reading, writing, and arithmetic: the aRts and pRogramming. That the public perceives computers as both essential, and essentially opaque, is a form of illiteracy. Jane Margolis, Ed.D. ’90, senior researcher at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, argues that this “learned helplessness” has larger implications for equality. Margolis’s book Stuck in the Shallow End continues to be one of the few lengthy examinations of how an early section of the pipeline—public K-12 education—creates racial disparities in the field of computer science. Despite the free programming resources available online for learners who know where to look, cultural barriers remain.
Computational Thinking for Educators - Course What: A free online course helping educators integrate computational thinking into their curriculum Who: Humanities, Math, Science, and Computing educators When: Now through December 20th The goal of this course is to help educators learn about computational thinking (CT), how it differs from computer science, and how it can be integrated into a variety of subject areas. Microsoft MakeCode for Minecraft - Microsoft MakeCode Posted May 2nd, 2017 Microsoft MakeCode is a platform that combines the magic of Making with the power of Coding as a more inclusive approach to computer science education. Using a hands-on approach to computing education, Microsoft MakeCode brings computer science to life for all students with fun projects, immediate results, and both block and text editors for learners at different levels. Microsoft MakeCode supports physical computing devices like the micro:bit, and Circuit Playground for students to create robots, digital air guitars and magic wands. Today the Microsoft MakeCode team is happy to announce their beta release for Minecraft: Education Edition.