Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? These are a few resources that parents can share with their kids to help them start learning about programming. Programming Tutorials From Made With Code by Google: Google's Made With Code project has a mission of encouraging girls to pursue careers in computer science.
35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam? Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures? Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more? If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment. Below are 35 proven psychological phenomena that affect you and your students every day:
View Materials These short, hour-long activities allow you to try out CS First and introduce your students to computer science without committing to a complete 8-activity theme. They're perfect for special events such as Hour of Code or CSEdWeek, or as practice to help you familiarize yourself with CS First before starting a normal theme. Gumball's Coding Adventure Sample CS First with "Gumball's Coding Adventure," an introductory activity based on Cartoon Network's Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Signal." This activity can be used in a classroom setting, at a conference, or at an event like Hour of Code.
Need A New Wallpaper? These 5 Awesome Sites Will Get You There Your choice of desktop wallpaper says a lot about who you are. On the one hand, it’s not good to make judgments and assumptions about people from such a small data set, but on the other hand, wallpapers that display expensive cars, fantasy art, scantily clad women, landscapes, or even solid blocks of color can speak volumes. Your wallpaper is an expression of who you are, so where can you find wallpapers that fit you? Within the past decade or so, there’s been a surge in wallpaper sites that allow users to upload and share their wallpaper creations for download. Non-social wallpaper sites have, for the most part, fallen by the wayside, but there are still a few good ones out there. Which of the available sites are the best?
Making an Undershoot Water Wheel Search The Renewable Energy site for Do-It-Yourselfers Some pictures of the water wheel: Ten Resources for Helping Students Learn to Code and Program When the conversation amongst educators turns to programming, Scratch is often the first resource that is mentioned. Scratch allows students to program animations, games, and videos through a visual interface. Students create their programs by dragging together blocks that represent movements and functions on their screens. The blocks snap together to help students see how the "if, then" logic of programming works.
Why coding is not the new literacy Despite the good intentions behind the movement to get people to code, both the basic premise and approach are flawed. The movement sits on the idea that “coding is the new literacy,” but that takes a narrow view of what literacy really is. If you ask Google to define literacy it gives a mechanical definition: the ability to read and write. This is certainly accurate, but defining literacy as interpreting and making marks on a sheet of paper is grossly inadequate.
24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning 24 Unique Maker Education Resources For Teaching & Learning by Mike Acedo 1. Makezine.com is a major hub for the maker’s movement, providing amateur makers and educators with a plethora of information, resources, and project ideas to implement for themselves, or in their classrooms. 2015: The Year Augmented Reality Matures - 2015: The Year Augmented Reality Matures You might not know it, but the past year has been huge for Augmented Reality. From the perspective of both consumer awareness and technological development, AR has been helped enormously by the fame of Google Glass, the expansion of the Oculus Rift community, and advances in Computer Vision and indoor beacon technologies. AR tools introduced in 2014 will enable developers to break AR out of it’s tethers and improving mobile hardware capabilities will let users across all industries start to use practical AR applications in everyday life.
7 Plans for Swings and Gliders for the Porch and Yard When I think of spring and my childhood, there are a few memories that come to mind. One of them is of the amazing four-seater glider my father built when I was young. It sat next to our row of lilac trees, and for a few weeks every spring, there was nothing more magical than just sliding back and forth on the swing, cutting through the lilac-perfumed air. We kids used it as much as the parents, and it being the only one in the neighborhood, it made our yard quite the star.