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
Parents LEGO & Society : Kids NXT Tech The children were there to join in workshops that focused on LEGO® WeDo and LEGO MINDSTORMS. In the furious flurry of building and competing the adults didn’t stand a chance. Because the children were the instructors – and they had very definite ideas on how the various models should look. “One of the grown ups I was helping had no idea how to build a bird. The whole day was devoted to various workshops at which participants – in addition to LEGO MINDSTORMS and WeDo – tried their hand at everything from digital storytelling and interactive games to a live SEGA video game console, electronic rhythm boxes and lots more. NEXT KIDS TECH wasn’t all play and workshops The day was also peppered with talks by 12 speakers representing most of the digital world. This was the first occurrence of NEXT KIDS TECH but if the organisers have any say in the matter, it won't be the last. WeDo and MINDSTORMS LEGO MINDSTORMS is a more advanced robot application for users in the 8-99 age group.
MIT Researchers Use Legos To Solve Real-Life Problems CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – From the blockbuster movie, to the new Legoland Discovery Center opening in Somerville at the end of the month, the old school children’s toy is a modern day hit. Across the river in Cambridge, there is evidence that Legos are also a hit with researchers. It turns out, the brainiest of the brainiacs at MIT are also Legomaniacs. Ira Winder is a researcher and project manager of CityScience at the MIT Media Lab. He’s using Legos to study the “walkability” of a city. MIT’s Lego version of Kendall Square in Cambridge. “The Legos help me express the ideas I’m really passionate about,” he said. He builds Lego models of cities, then projects computer data onto the Legos so researchers can test how changes to infrastructure will affect real life. Winder is currently helping city planners in Australia increase the walkability score of a proposed new city. It’s not just in Ira’s office. Legos litter the landscape here. One of the many creations in the MIT Media Lab.
Ideas for Teaching Computer Technology to Kids | A collection of ideas and resources that might help someone who wants to teach kids about computer technology “This is the first of a 9 part video series from SparkFun where they take you through the basics of how Robots work and how you can build your own!” Chris Betcher gave a talk during the K12 Online Conference. Tynker is a new computing platform designed by Silicon Valley technologists specifically to teach children computational learning and programming skills in a fun and imaginative way. “Programs are very similar to recipes. A HUGE list of videos and lectures to learn programming. Texas 10-year-old Rhys uses Gamestar Mechanic to program and create worlds to play in, learning valuable skills in science, technology, engineering, and math along the way
Portrait | Fondation La Fondation Education et Développement est le centre de compétence national sur l'éducation à la citoyenneté mondiale. Elle est présente dans les quatre régions linguistiques. La Fondation Education et Développement promeut un enseignement qui encourage les enfants et les jeunes à agir de manière responsable dans la société mondiale. Elle s'adresse en premier lieu aux enseignantes et enseignants, mais également aux chercheurs, aux experts et aux responsables auprès de la Confédération, des Cantons et des Communes dans le domaine de l'éducation. Elle apporte son soutien aux enseignantes et enseignants de tous les niveaux scolaires pour Transmettre des savoirs sur les interdépendances globales à l'école et dans l'enseignementEveiller la sensibilité sur les besoins globauxFormer les élèves à une approche autonome et critique des enjeux mondiauxEncourager dans leur école les échanges au-delà des frontières linguistiques et culturelles. L'offre La Fondation Education et Développement
Screen Shot 2014 08 18 at 2 06 27 PM Tools X-Ray Goggles allow you to see the building blocks that make up websites on the internet. Activate the goggles to inspect the code behind any webpage, then remix elements with a single click, swapping in your own text, images and more. You can build: a custom homepage for the New York Times an alternate version of a controversial webpage a funny remix of your best friend's favorite site and more! Thimble makes it ridiculously simple to create and share your own web pages. a personalized greeting card an online poster for your favorite movie a hilarious meme and more! Popcorn Maker helps you easily remix web video, audio and images into cool mashups that you can embed on other websites. an animated gif with sound a documentary with dynamic links a video profile to introduce yourself to the world and more!
How The Lego Foundation Is Saving Creativity By Getting Our Kids Playing In School When Randa Grob-Zakhary, a neuroscientist by training, took the position of CEO of the Lego Foundation a year ago, she had the weighty task of overhauling the charitable arm of a brand that is loved around the world for pretty much one thing: toy bricks. So Grob-Zakhary decided that the foundation should stop making its mission about giving away its namesake toys. The Lego Foundation is 26 years old, but is in the midst of a strategic shift that reflects a new influx of cash and a desire to focus on having an impact that can, like a business, scale up and fully utilize the organization’s resources. “The foundation has always done good work. But we’ve gone from a position of simply giving donations of cash and mostly bricks ... to really focusing on 'changemaking,’” Grob-Zakhary says. The impact she wants to make involves nothing less than cultivating a major mindset shift in schools across the world. Today, the Lego Foundation is in the embryonic stages of its new mission.
‘This is a new sport’ - 35th America's Cup It was one year ago today when ORACLE TEAM USA and Emirates Team New Zealand lined up, improbably, for the start of Race 19 of the America’s Cup Finals. We say ‘improbably’ because the score was 8-8. Just one week earlier, ORACLE TEAM USA had trailed in the series, 8-1. The winner of this final race would win what had turned out to be a marathon America’s Cup. Watch a replay of the final race here It was the closest America’s Cup in history. “These are sights and sounds that nobody in sailing ever dreamt we would see,” was the way television commentator and former America’s Cup skipper Ken Read described the racing. Two wing-sailed catamarans flying above the water - upwind and downwind - at times less than a boat length apart, and traveling at speeds in excess of 40 knots. The sailors transformed into world-class athletes operating at maximum physical exertion for 30 minutes at a time as they battled the elements and each other for every inch of advantage.
The Maker's Box "L'école doit apprendre à lire, écrire, compter et programmer" Par Thierry, Catégories : Politique “Il est urgent de ne plus attendre“: c’est le titre du rapport que vient de publier l’Académie des sciences sur l’enseignement de l’informatique à l’école. Ce texte d’une trentaine de pages, à la fois simple et profond, est tout simplement le meilleur rapport en français écrit à ce jour sur le sujet et je vous encourage vivement à aller le lire (au moins sous sa forme résumée, qui ne fait que 3 pages). Faîtes-moi plaisir aujourd’hui: n’achetez pas le journal, ne regardez pas “Pékin Express” sur M6, décrétez l’embargo sur Facebook. Lisez simplement ce rapport. Je vais commencer pour aujourd’hui par quelques notes de lecture tirées du rapport, brièvement commentées ou reliées à quelques billets que j’ai écrits dans les cinq dernières années. Disons simplement que j’aurais aimé écrire ce texte moi-même. Sur l’importance cruciale de l’enseignement en informatique dès le plus jeune âge et pour tous Voir aussi dans ce blog: Sur la formation des enseignants