Best Free Ways to Learn Programming. I can remember back when I was young how alien a couple of lines of code that were published in a kid's magazine looked to me. Some twenty years later (or should I better say a year ago), I decided that I should teach myself how to create some small and usable programs. Sad to say, I lost interest shortly after. What’s Up with QR Codes: Best Tools & Some Clever Ideas A Word About Creating QR Codes I almost always create QR codes on a desktop or laptop computer. That’s because I usually like to display them on a project screen, and my laptop is already connected to that. If I want to print or incorporate the QR code into a document, I’ll probably be doing that from my desktop or laptop. If you make your code on your iPad and want to save it, there’s not a good way to name it, which can be problem since all QR codes look similar.
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?
Favorite Web Tools of 2014 Just before the year finishes, here are my favorite web tools in 2014. Evernote should certainly be the first on this list! I have been using it as my e-notebook for a long time. Also, the students in my 1:1 iPad class are using it as their electronic portfolios. They take their notes on the lessons, write their reflections, and keep their products online.
An Interview with Julien Bayle Thanks, Julien, for taking the time to do an interview. First off, could you tell us a little about your background? I’m Julien Bayle from France. After my French diploma in both biology and computer sciences, I worked inside the IT Network Architecture world but played with art & technology every night. Free Web Tools to Support CCSS Reading & Literacy - TeachingForward Many of us remember the excitement for the arrival of our Scholastic Weekly Reader magazines in the classroom. These days, with increasing emphasis on non-fiction, informational texts, teachers need high-interest, timely reading materials for use in the classroom now more than ever. The internet is full of these resources, but few teachers have time to comb through to look for the gems. As part of a recent workshop “Free Web Tools to Support CCSS Reading and Literacy” I compiled a list of websites and summarized each one to make your search a bit easier. These sites were selected because of their ease of use and searching as well as the quality of the reading material. TweenTribune and NewsELA both offer the ability to adjust the Lexile reading level for all of their articles so that you can easily adjust the text complexity to suit a diverse student population while ensuring all of your students are reading and discussing the “same” article.
Open GL Welcome to the OpenGL SDK! Here you'll find some of the most valuable resources available to OpenGL developers, all in one place. Use the menu above to navigate to each contribution. Revisit often, as there will be new contributions coming online all the time! The OpenGL SDK is a gathering of 3rd party contributions from many of the leaders in the community. Girls, Gaming and Gender Stereotypes I’ve shared this Lego Gender Remix site before but it is so powerful in what it does that it is always worth sharing out again. I used this site yesterday in my class of sixth graders as we begin diving into the concepts of our Digital Life unit, in which we explore technology and media from a variety of angles. Talking to 11 year olds about the permanence of the web and technology … it’s an eye-opening experience for many of them. One of the many angles we explore is advertising and gender stereotyping (a term which is relatively unfamiliar to them and which leads to a long discussion about cultural values placed on gender). If you spend time with the Lego Remixer site, you’ll see why it is so powerful for this conversation.
Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE '14 I was super excited to attend Hack Education (originally called “EdubloggerCon”), an all-day unconference held the Friday before the formal start of ISTE 2014. This interactive day of learning, now in its eighth year, was touted to me as the event to attend in Atlanta, and it did not disappoint. The informal, small-group conversations were inclusive and welcoming. Class With Apps MorfoSunSpark Labs Imagine the ability to bring any historical or fictional character to life. All you need is an image and the app Morfo. This creative app will take any front facing image of a person and using a student’s recorded audio, create a talking version of that person’s image. Students can write narratives for characters, offer a book review, recite an historic speech, and much more. How It Works?
How to Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources for Teachers You’ve probably heard the buzz about coding in the classroom, and you may even have thought about integrating it into your classroom, but just where do you begin? In this post I will run through a few of the most popular online services that are designed to help you and your students get up and coding in no time at all. 1. 8 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement Google Slides isn’t just for delivering presentations to an audience. Here are eight activities that bring interactive learning to students. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com) So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience.