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6 resources to engage students in coding with Scratch

6 resources to engage students in coding with Scratch

04/02/2019

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Learning to code can help students expand their thinking, express their ideas and build creative confidence. How can you help more students realize their potential to express themselves through coding…

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Reflections on coding from an open-minded skeptic

Reflections on coding from an open-minded skeptic

02/05/2019

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“We’ve come full circle since 1981.” That was my first thought a few years ago, when I began to hear about the necessity of teaching coding in K-12 schools.

Back in the 1980s, programming was the buzzword. Logo, BASIC and Pascal programming were required classes for the…

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Profile of a technologically literate graduate

Profile of a technologically literate graduate

01/07/2019

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When school leaders set out to create a profile of their ideal graduate, many trip up on defining technological literacy and subsequently struggle to…

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Use coding to engage students in reading, writing lessons

Use coding to engage students in reading, writing lessons

12/28/2018

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It’s easy to think of coding as a skill that applies only to math or science, or to think coding is something not easily taught to the youngest learners. Heidi Williams is busting those myths, proving coding can be applied to reading and writing, even in kindergarten classrooms.  

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Why STEM recruitment programs aren' 't working

Why STEM recruitment programs aren't working

12/28/2018

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Maker faires, science camps, robotics competitions — they’re often the go-to strategies for recruiting students to STEM careers. Kids who are passionate about STEM find them irresistible. But are they effective at winning over students who are on the fence about it?

The…

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Embed literacy into STEM projects

Embed literacy into STEM projects

12/28/2018

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STEM is nothing without literacy.

As STEM/STEAM educators, we want to help students think and…

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Preparing students for an AI-driven world

Preparing students for an AI-driven world

12/28/2018

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Self-driving cars. Data mining. Robo-investment-advisers. Artificial intelligence has already begun disrupting entire industries, and it’s poised to completely transform the way people work.

As businesses across all industries adopt AI tools in droves, they’ll need employees…

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10 easy steps to start coding with Google CS First

10 easy steps to start coding with Google CS First

11/29/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics

In Greenfield Union School District where I teach fifth grade, I’m known as a bit of a technology enthusiast. This means I’m always excited about new ways to integrate tech in the classroom…

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3 unplugged activities for teaching about AI

3 unplugged activities for teaching about AI

10/02/2018

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Today’s students will live and work side by side with artificial intelligence. But will they understand it?

What kids know about AI often comes from movies like Wall-E and Big Hero 6, in which they see robots thinking, feeling and learning autonomously…

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3 ways to prepare students for computer science jobs

3 ways to prepare students for computer science jobs

09/26/2018

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The late Steve Jobs once said, “Everybody in this country should learn to program a computer because it teaches you how to think.” I am inclined to edit this quote to read, “Everybody in this country should learn to…

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