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How a 'wildly stupid creative decision' turned this teen into an animator

How a 'wildly stupid creative decision' turned this teen into an animator

12/11/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics

Six years ago, a 12-year-old sat frustrated in front of her laptop and decided that she could not animate.
Three years later, she stopped caring and did it anyway.

Hi, that’s me – 18 years old now and fresh out of my final high school exams. Time for me to enter…

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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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Mitchel Resnick: Scratch creator, professor is an expert on helping student creativity flourish

Mitchel Resnick: Scratch creator, professor is an expert on helping student creativity flourish

09/21/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, STEM & STEAM

Mitchel Resnick’s portfolio is packed with impressive titles and honors – a bachelor’s in physics from Princeton University, a master’s and Ph.D. in computer science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he works today. There’s even a stint as a science-technology…

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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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Find ideas for learning with tech in our back-to-school guide!

Find ideas for learning with tech in our back-to-school guide!

08/03/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Digital Citizenship

For many educators, the school year has already begun or is just around the corner. We know a lot of you are already thinking of ways to make this year different, better, more engaging for your students — and yourself.

Why not commit to trying one new thing this year to…

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5 things you can do to bring computer science to all your students

5 things you can do to bring computer science to all your students

07/08/2020

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking

There’s no doubt that in today’s world, computer science (CS) is foundational knowledge for all students and coding is a foundational skill — just like reading and writing. Yet many schools, especially those in low socioeconomic areas, don’t teach computer science because of a lack…

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Embed computational thinking into PBL

Embed computational thinking into PBL

07/17/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, ISTE Standards for Students, STEM & STEAM

Like many of my students, my daughter, Anisa, is very familiar with using electronic circuits to make designs …

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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…

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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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