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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills
It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Everything that "just works" has some type of code that makes it run. Coding (a.k.a. programming) is all around us. That's why all the cool kids are coding . . . or should be. Programming is not just the province of pale twenty-somethings in skinny jeans, hunched over three monitors, swigging Red Bull. Not any more! If you're concerned that that a) elementary school students don't have the ability to code, b) there's no room in the curriculum, and c) you don't possess coding chops to teach programming skills, throw out those worries. In no particular order, we have listed all the coding apps that are appropriate for young learners. GameStar Mechanic Platform: WebCost: $2 per student GameStar Mechanic teaches kids, ages 7-14, to design their own video games. Scratch Platform: WebCost: Free! Tynker Platform: WebCost: Free! Move the Turtle Hopscotch Platform: iPadCost: Free! Daisy the Dinosaur Cargo-Bot

Learn To Code, Learn To Think : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture Is learning to code software a valuable skill? Is it one that prepares people to join the workforce of the future? On the one hand, the popularity of computer science as a college major and the proliferation of coding bootcamps suggest the answer is decidedly "yes." Preparing Kids to Code - Apps for all Ages You know what I love about these apps. Often I show a kid one of these apps and away they go. There is no instruction, they just go for it. These apps are good for all kids. They develop logical thinking and sequential planning. Code Monster from Crunchzilla <h2>Code Monster gets kids excited about programming. It is a combination of a game and tutorial where kids experiment with learning to code. <p> Code Monster use Javascript.

Should every school class be a computer coding class? This spring, at St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Virginia, the fifth-grade Spanish class programmed computers to produce bilingual, animated photo albums. The seventh-grade science class rejiggered the code behind climate models. The first-graders programmed robots to run mazes. iPad Basics Students Need to Know about April 8, 2014 Yesterday when I posted "How to Control What Students Can Do on iPad Using Guided Access", somebody emailed me asking for an iPad basics guide to share with her students. I have had a look at my archive and found this wonderful presentation.The slideshow below features the essential and basic tips iPad beginners need to know about in order to tap into the full potential of this versatile device. Here is a round-up of the things your students will get to learn from this presentation:

This French tech school has no teachers, no books, no tuition PARIS — École 42 might be one of the most ambitious experiments in engineering education. It has no teachers. No books. No MOOCs. No dorms, gyms, labs, or student centers. Intro to Computer Science Class Online (CS101) When does the course begin? This class is self paced. You can begin whenever you like and then follow your own pace. It’s a good idea to set goals for yourself to make sure you stick with the course. How long will the course be available? Why Teachers Should Play Minecraft In Class Dig, dig, dig. Break and build. Such are the simple, hallmark mechanics behind one of the world’s most popular indie games, Minecraft, which has sold an estimated 20 million copies across different platforms and consoles since its alpha release in 2009. That includes copies at more than 1,400 schools across six continents, shared Joel Levin, the "Minecraft Teacher" who many accredit for bringing the game into the classroom. Levin, who teaches computer science at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in New York City, is the co-creator of MinecraftEDU, the official version of the game specifically tailored for teachers and students.

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) According to, 90 percent of parents in the U.S. want their children to learn computer science—it will be crucial for many jobs in the near future—but only 40 percent of schools teach it. Critics claim that it is mainly the more affluent schools that offer computer science courses, thus denying those who attend poorer schools the chance to learn necessary skills. A focus on STEM is not enough: also reports that while 70 percent of new STEM jobs are in computing, only 7 percent of STEM graduates are in computer science. It is imperative that savvy schools begin to focus some STEM resources on computer science and programming. In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They need this skill not because they’ll all go into it as a career—that isn’t realistic—but because it impacts every career in the 21st-century world.

6 Great Homework and Study Aids iPad Apps for Students June 20, 2014 Today I am sharing with you a host of carefully selected apps that students can use on their iPads to help them both in the planning of their studies and in their homework. Using these apps students will be able to organize their study materials, arrange their classes and courses, track their assignments and tasks and also collaboratively work on their homework. Of course the list is not exhaustive and there are several other apps to be added to it but I only included the 6 most popular ones. 1- iStudiez iStudiez is an iPad app that helps you arrange all your schedule and homework. 2- inClass

Level Creation Guide - The LittleBigPlanet Wiki - LittleBigPlanet characters, levels, walkthroughs, and more Pressing in create mode pulls up the Popit Menu. The main functions essential to creation that appear in the Popit Menu are the Goodies Bag, Tools Bag, Sticker Menu and the Popit Cursor. Levelcraft Understanding these concepts is easy, but applying each and every one of them into unique and original ideas can be more difficult. Make sure there's not too many complicated things in one small area, or else the entire game will freeze and will lose all changes. How to Code During the month of December, Computer Science Education Week is promoted and is a national movement for students in K-12 schools. Computer Science is an important subject or concept to teach students because it will teach them: about meaningful contextthe learning process break down complex ideas into simpler ideascollaborate with otherskeep calm and move on when frustration sets insparks their creativity and critical thinking skills These are just a few benefits of learning to code. Students today are surrounded by so much technology, that they should have a better understanding of how it really works.

QR Codes & Augmented Reality - When and Where To Use Each Augmented reality apps like Aurasma can provide a fun and interesting way to present new information to students. But, like anything else, there is a time and place for using augmented reality in education. At other times a QR code may do a better job of delivering information to your students' mobile devices. Let's take a look at use cases for each.

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