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Students Can Create a Work of Code Art

10/27/2020

Topics: art, coding, computer science

Tim Needles is an advocate for bringing the arts to STEM education. But one of his favorite classroom projects actually brings STEM to the arts.

Needles, an art teacher at Smithtown High School East on…

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Equity literacy for STEM educators

02/19/2020

Topics: Computational Thinking, digital equity

In the context of STEM education, it is not enough for schools to identify the content and skills needed for K-12 students to become STEM ready. School leaders, STEM educators and educational stakeholders must…

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Lessons to Keep Hour of Code Going Year-Round

10/30/2020

Topics: Computational Thinking, computer science

Each December, schools around the world celebrate Hour of Code. Launched by Code.org in 2013, the…

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Why students should create with AI tools

Why students should create with AI tools

05/13/2019

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

That student with the heart of the world was born,
My data burns the same stars in a window.
 

No human would ever mistake these lines for award-winning verse. If they’re a bit…

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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

03/02/2020

Topics: Coding & robotics, Literacies

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,…

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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

05/01/2018

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STEM is nothing without literacy.

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

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Preparing students for an AI-driven world

Preparing students for an AI-driven world

05/17/2018

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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 who can use…

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