Teaching Kids to Code Every era demands--and rewards--different skills. In different times and different places, we have taught our children to grow vegetables, build a house, forge a sword or blow a delicate glass, bake bread, create a soufflé, write a story or shoot hoops. Now we are teaching them to code. We are teaching them to code, however, not so much as an end in itself but because our world has morphed: so many of the things we once did with elements such as fire and iron, or tools such as pencil and paper, are now wrought in code. We are teaching coding to help our kids craft their future. In this collection we share many different perspectives on coding, from a university professor's vantage point (MIT's Mitch Resnick describes why learning to code is like learning to learn) to an entrepreneur's reflections from his cross-country roadtrip to bring coding--and his stuffed dog--to classrooms across the U.S.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 7 of The Best Chrome Apps for EFL... February 27, 2015 Today we are sharing with you some useful Chrome apps to help your students with their language learning. These apps are particularly helpful for EFL and ESL learners. They (the apps) provide a wide variety of activities, games, flashcards and exercises on language practice. Almost all of them are geared towards solidifying students' vocabulary learning and empowering learners with a rich and diversified lexicon to assist them in their writing and reading comprehension.
OLE Partners: Cricket Media Title: Engineering and Technology Article: Bit and Byte Go Fishing with Scratch Description: This real-world informational text from Ask magazine develops content knowledge and 21st Century skills. Give STEM subjects extra steam with a game-building tutorial. Source: Cricket Media Media Type: Document Content Category: Informational Text Monthly Code Projects for Kids Bitsbox aims to be the friendliest way for kids to learn to become programmers—even if they want to be doctors, firefighters or fairy princesses when they grow up. Learning to code is just like learning any other language; the earlier you start, the easier it is. Kids can use Bitsbox as soon as they can read and write. If you want your kid to learn guitar, you don't start with Rock Band. You start with a smaller guitar.
Education reform for computer science With schools more eager to welcome coding in the classroom, some advocates now push to make it a public-education priority. In her 2014 book Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming, Yasmin Kafai, Ed.D. ’93, of the University of Pennsylvania, urges schools add on to the traditional “3 Rs” of reading, writing, and arithmetic: the aRts and pRogramming. That the public perceives computers as both essential, and essentially opaque, is a form of illiteracy. Jane Margolis, Ed.D. ’90, senior researcher at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, argues that this “learned helplessness” has larger implications for equality. Margolis’s book Stuck in the Shallow End continues to be one of the few lengthy examinations of how an early section of the pipeline—public K-12 education—creates racial disparities in the field of computer science. Despite the free programming resources available online for learners who know where to look, cultural barriers remain.
Need a collaborative recording studio on your Chromebook, PC or Mac? You got it. Soundtrap.com is a Chrome based web app that lets you record sound or create loop based sequences on any laptop or PC. It has a simple interface but a fair bit of power underneath. You can create sound tracks for videos, learn the basics of sequencing dance tracks, record singing or instrumental playing, import sounds, apply effects, and many other features.
Programming in Scratch “Although many of the programs designed to teach kids to code are very simplistic, many of them, like Scratch, are suitable for all ages. It doesn't matter how old you are…Get started with the basics of programming!” -Lifehacker 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.
Scratch Day Step 1 Imagine What kind of Scratch Day will you create? Step 2