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Three students work on an Hour of Code activity on a laptop

Lessons to keep Hour of Code going year-round

11/26/2019

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

09/29/2017

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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

05/01/2018

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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

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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A girl and her teacher looking at an iPad

Make Hour of Code a lifelong passion with these free resources

11/26/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

Since 2013, more than 650 million students worldwide have participated in the Hour of Code, an international event designed to inspire students

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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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