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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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Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

Make CS accessible to all students with physical computing

09/14/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

The notion that computer science education is essential for all is picking up steam in the United States; however, we still are a long way from making it accessible and equitable for all.…

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Robotics demystified in 4 steps

Robotics demystified in 4 steps

08/07/2018

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Robotics is popular in many schools and is a great tool for teaching kids the most fundamental…

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Harness the power of 3D models in the classroom

Harness the power of 3D models in the classroom

07/30/2018

Topics: STEM & STEAM

3D design and modeling might seem like constructs exclusively for video gamers, architects and engineers. But the truth is, 3D concepts are useful in many arenas and are even finding their way into classrooms to teach a variety of digital age skills.

3D models are realistic-…

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4 ways to make CS for all a reality

4 ways to make CS for all a reality

05/24/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Literacies, Makerspaces, professional learning

Kimberly Lane believes that in the digital age, computer science (CS) should be right up there with reading and writing as a foundational skill.

Lane, blended learning specialist for Lancaster Independent School District near Dallas, walks the talk by helping educators…

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8 competitions to get your students fired up about STEM

8 competitions to get your students fired up about STEM

04/23/2019

Topics: Coding & robotics, Robotics, STEM & STEAM

Quick! How do you get students interested in STEM?

The answer, unfortunately, isn’t easy to pinpoint. With the exception of a small number of math, science and computer whizzes, most middle and high school students — particularly…

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Students build coding skills block by block

Students build coding skills block by block

04/19/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Gaming, Robotics

New knowledge is constructed by building on what we already know, making connections by tinkering with new combinations of familiar blocks.

In the same way that a musician improvises new melodies, or a poet constructs new juxtapositions of sounds, words and images, students…

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Computer programming in 4 steps

Computer programming in 4 steps

03/20/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Robotics

At the secondary level, core computer science (CS) concepts and practices are taught in courses typically within the…

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Coding, robotics programs are engaging learners worldwide

Coding, robotics programs are engaging learners worldwide

03/15/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Robotics

On a recent visit to a class in Sitka, Alaska, we watched second grade students gain incredible experiences in digital age skills. The teacher, Cindy Duncan, believes in teaching young children to code, so she begins the year by introducing the students to…

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