A Great New Tool to Teach Kids Coding September 23, 2014 Code Studio is a newly released platform geared towards helping students from kindergarten to high school learn the different coding concepts. Code Studio which is a product of the popular nonprofit group Code.org known for its relentless efforts to make coding part of the curricula. Code Studio, as is explained in this excellent review, provides a variety of features that set it apart from other coding platforms.
LiveCode in Education Course Materials – Age 14 to 16 Based on the Scottish National level 4 and covering the complete syllabus. These notes are editable in a variety of formats and suitable to be adapted as a general introduction to programming for students anywhere in the world within this age group. 9 Websites to Learn Coding As Compiled by TED May 15, 2014 Learning how to code has become an essential skill for the 21st century students. The importance of coding lies in the fact that it enables students to learn a slew of other important skills all along the way. In his popular TED talk " Let's Teach Kids to Code", Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab outlined a set of skills that students get to learn from coding .
8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows. You’re doing a presentation, so you start with the facts you want to get across. Teach students to learn by doing with Google school coding clubs By Janice Mak April 23rd, 2015 Google’s CS First clubs open up new worlds for novice coders A few months ago, I was searching for resources to support computer science education for middle school students—girls in particular—when I came across Google CS First. Not really knowing what it was, I went ahead and registered my school, and then myself—as a teacher host, advocate, volunteer, and guru all at the same time. I might not have known what I was getting into, but I knew that I would do anything to inspire my students to grow and learn in all areas of STEM, but in particular, computer science.
An Elementary Introduction to the Wolfram Language by Stephen Wolfram The Wolfram Language represents a major advance in programming languages that makes leading-edge computation accessible to everyone. Unique in its approach of building in vast knowledge and automation, the Wolfram Language scales from a single line of easy-to-understand interactive code to million-line production systems. This book provides an elementary introduction to the Wolfram Language and modern computational thinking. It assumes no prior knowledge of programming, and is suitable for both technical and non-technical college and high-school students, as well as anyone with an interest in the latest technology and its practical application. Read Stephen Wolfram’s Announcement Blog Post » See also: Fast Introduction for Programmers »
Amazon launches AWS Educate to promote cloud learning Amazon has announced AWS Educate in order to accelerate cloud technology learning in the classroom. Announced on Thursday, the program is designed for teachers and students involved or interested in the cloud technology field. Cloud computing is rapidly transforming the modern business landscape. Cloud computing can be used for data storage, disaster recovery, information analytics and as a means to outsource IT services and functions or utilize infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which can help corporations keep the cost of IT down. In addition, cloud computing is becoming an essential component in research and development, and is now a hot area for application development. Lesson Plans for Floors — Pixel Press “We currently do a lot of game design work with our classes using things like Kodu and scratch but really try to get the students to think about design and playability. We do this be getting them to plan out their levels on paper before they start to create on the computer and I can see Pixel Press really helping with this.” - Darren Sutton “I work with middle school students with high functioning autism and they are in love with Scratch. Having the ability to create other game formats using measuring, fine motor, oral skills (being able to explain the levels/game) just to name a few skills would be fabulous! Would that be something you might envision?”